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21/08/2018 12:11 PM IST | Updated 21/08/2018 12:12 PM IST

Google Doodle Honours Urdu Writer Ismat Chughtai On her 107th Birth Anniversary

Ismat Chughtai was an iconic feminist writer known for her progressive stories like 'Lihaaf'.

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Google India has marked Urdu writer Ismat Chughtai on her 107th birth anniversary with a doodle on their home page.

The iconic feminist writer was born in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh, on 21 August 1915. She started writing in the 1930s about subjects such as female sexuality and femininity that were considered taboo during her time.

She also wrote about class conflict. Her writing was progressive and pertains to issues that women face even today.

Some of her famous writings include Til, Gainda and Lihaaf. In fact, Lihaaf was considered "obscene" during the time that it was written and got her summoned to the Lahore court in 1944.

She was, however, exonerated in the case.

Chughtai later moved on to writing for films in Bollywood. She made her debut in 1948 with Latif's film Ziddi, which was based on a short story written by her.

She also won a Filmfare Award for best story in 1975 for the critically acclaimed film Garm Hava.

She was awarded the Padma Shri in 1976.