I am Farhat Ishtiaq – Biography



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farhat-ishtiaq-biography I developed my writing skills through trial and error. At middle school, I would often write short stories during my summer holidays and ask my friends to read them. Before I even got to high school, I had written a complete novel and designed its cover. Later, after I had progressed to reading more popular adult fiction, I was inspired to send my first handwritten short story to Khawateen Digest. It was published, and thus began a long-standing association with them which continues to this day.

There is a prevailing misconception in our society that writers are financially insecure and that writing should never be taken up as a profession. Although I suffered some taunts from skeptical relatives when I quit a secure Civil Engineering job to pursue what they considered to be a pipe dream, I have striven to prove that writing can be a worthwhile career. The sheer number of my fans and book sales are a good indication that my determination and formula works.

Since I have a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering fromNED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, I prefer to make my leading characters intelligent and also highly qualified. Many of them are successful civil engineers, architects, or brilliant students who live specifically where I still happily reside in Karachi.

I was born on June 23, 1980 in Karachi, Sindh. Having lived abroad, it comes as no surprise that I also often write about foreign lands. I had an almost fairytale childhood in Japan, my school was wonderful and so were my friends. Consequently, I usually write a lot of my own experiences into my stories.

Writing is not always a dream job, however, and is certainly not for everyone. I often find it an intensely lonely and painful process. I become irritable and go through mood swings. And it becomes even worse when I get stuck in a story. I always show my first draft to my sister Huma. Huma is a valuable resource who gives me an important reader’s perspective and often advises me on my story lines and characters. Based on her feedback, I make amendments to the draft. Often, I make at least three revisions before sending anything to Khawateen Digest.

As a screenwriter forPakistan television channels, my most noted novel for television is Humsafar. This catapulted me to nationwide (and even international) fame, andpressure to emulate that success is present with every subsequent television production. Humsafar was followed by Mata-e-Jaan Hai Tu.

Translating novels to screen requires a lot of hard work. Some characters that are only minor ones have to be either rewritten or fleshed-out for television. Sometimes I have had to create a new character that never existed in my book. For instance, Yameena does not exist in the novel Mata-i-Jaan.

Currently, a serial named Rehai, which I wrote as an original script, is being broadcast on Hum TV. Rehai focuses on gritty depictions of child marriage, gender discrimination and economic empowerment based on real-life stories, and is a lot different to the romantic fiction which I am known for.

In my romantic novels, I often explore many South Asian cultural issues, particularly the role of women in society. I have encountered some extremely harsh criticism over this, particularly from academics. But this is what I want to write, and I will continue to do so.

Above all, I will continue to write simple, emotionally intense stories. I am very committed to writing romances At present, I want to explore the possibility of falling in love for a second time. I don’t believe that one must get married after a certain age. I don’t want such a marriage. And I am ready to stay single until I find such a person.

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  1. I am really admired from maatijaan hai tu.. I just want to talk to u for a while and want to know how can u write such story.. It seem to be that while reading I was just feeling that all the characters are revolving around me.. I just cried a lot when abi died and was just about to die I was effected with hania’s condition.. I just want to know is this a true story ? Is that happened with you ? Do tell m please..

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    1. You are a wonderful writer and your novels captivate the soul . I am always full of praise about your skills and topics which I believe are down to earth. The characters are so sound and strong I wish you all the success and luck in real life. To be a writer is a unique gift and skill as having tried writing a true story and not managing for last 50 years proves that writers thoughts and imaginations are a level above
      Good luck

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  2. I really like the stories JO BCHY HN SANG nd HMSAFR. Amazing and awesome.Sikandnr nd Ashar character also my favourite.

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    1. completly Agree With You … 🙂

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  3. I read your novel matae jaan h tu, mera hamsafer mera dost, bin roe aansu, dil se nikle h jo lafz etc..
    After reading it I just want to talk you how you write such beautifull stories. I just feel that I also a part of that story. I am happy with them also get sad with them. Its very different feel for me. Novels make me cry when character of novel get cry.

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  4. I m a romantic person and I read almost all novels of yours but in mata e jaan hai tu u just make me cried .I never cried before while reading novel but when abii died I m just shocked that HOW? Anyhow your stories are very happening and your characters r very strong .In jo bache hain sikander character is very layerd nd very complicated that I like most …God bless u

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  5. I loved the character of Agha Jan in the TV serial DIYAR E DIL. It reminded me of my father
    God bless you

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    Asslam o Alikum I have read some stories of you. I am inspired. Now I wish you must have to write a novel on religious basis just like a very strong religious character. Stay Blessed

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  7. i am a big fan of u. keep it up

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  8. niceeeeeeeeeeee

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  9. hi salaam very very nice love uuuuuuu

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  10. I enjoyed several of your novels and shows. Also I was glad to note that you also graduated from NED where I had studied too, much earlier than you though. Keep up the good work, but please open up more, write more mature topics and please keep away from being a moral or religious preacher. Good luck.

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  11. m so much impress by ur novel hmsafzar,….v big fan of u

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  12. just read your novel safar ki sham.. too much emotional and your language is too easy to understand
    amazing..

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  13. Asslam o Alikum I have read some stories of you. your stories are very happening and your characters r very strong .In “jo bache hain sang samait lo” sikander character is very layerd nd very complicated that I like most …God bless u

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  14. Excellent !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. jo bache hn sang smait lo nice novel

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    AOA
    Mam!!
    I m also interested in story writing. I have a lot of poetry material. I wanna publish. But nobody support me even from home. Nobody is there to guide me in my career. I submitted my story in a magazine but they ask me to bring composed story. I don’t what i should do. Please if you can guide me, i will be very thankful to you.
    Waiting for a kind reply [email protected]

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