Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi

Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi, PP, SI (Urdu: احمد ندیم قاسمی) born Ahmad Shah Awan(Urdu: احمد شاہ اعوان on November 20, 1916 –died July 10, 2006) was an Urdu and English language Pakistani poet, journalist, literary critic, dramatist and short story author. He wrote 50 books including poetry, fiction, criticism, journalism and art.He was a major figure in contemporary Urdu literature. His poetry stood out among his contemporaries' work for its unflinching humanism,and his Urdu afsana (novel) work is considered by some second only to Prem Chand in its masterful depiction of rural culture.He was also editor and publisher of literary magazine Funoon for almost half a century, grooming generations of new writers. He wrote many English poems and short stories. His poem "The Feed" is included in the syllabus of intermediate classes in Pakistan.[citation needed] He received awards the Pride of Performance in 1968 and Sitara-e-Imtiaz in 1980 for his literary work.