Deepak Budki- Urdu Short Story Writer & Critic
Deepak Budki is a retired Indian Postal Service Officer (Retired in 2010 as Member Planning, Postal Services Board, New Dlehi). Served in Army for 9 years on deputation attaining the rank of Lt Col. With basic education as M Sc (Botany) and B Ed, he graduated from National Defence College, New Delhi, India (ndc) as also became an Associate of Insurance Institute of India, Mumbai during his service career. His interests are Literature, Art and Painting, Cartooning, and Gardening besides Cricket.
Being a renowned short story writer, Budki's short stories numbering more than 100 besides more than 250 critical essays and book reviews have been published in reputed magazines and newspapers all over the Urdu world. Many of the short stories stand translated into other languages like Hindi, English, Marathi, Telugu, and Kashmiri.He started writing short stories in 1970 when his first short story 'Salma' was published in Daily Hamdard, Srinagar, Kashmir. One of his short stories 'Reyzey' was televised by Door Darshan Srinagar in 1974. After joining his service he gave up writing for almost 20 long years but 1996 saw the rebirth of the witer. Ever since his pen has been very active.
Deepak Budki has to his credit 6 collections of Short Stories in Urdu viz Adhoore Chehre, Chinar ke Panje, Zebra Crossing par Khara Aadmi, Reza Reza Hayat, Ruh Ka Karab and Muthi Bhar Rait (ادھورے چہرے ، چنار کی پنجے ، زیبرا کراسنگ پر کھڑا آدمی ، ریزہ ریزہ حیات، روح کا کرب اور مٹھی بھر ریت ) besides 4 Collecions of Critical Essays and Book Reviews viz Asri Tehreerein, Asri Shaoor, Asri Taqaze and Asri Tanazur(عصری تحریریں ، عصری شعور ، عصری تقاضے اور عصری تناظر) .Two of his books, Adhoore Chehre and Chinar Ke Panje (अधूरे चेहरे , चिनार के पंजे ) have also been published in Hindi. As many as three urdu magazines, Shair Monthly Mumbai, Intesaab Quartely Sironj and Asbaque quarterly Pune brought out special numbers on the author. The author's short stories received rave reviews from leading luminaries such as Qateel Shifai, Warris Alvi, Balraj Komal, Qamar Rais, Anwar Sadeed, Harcharan Chawla,Sultana Mehar etc. The deftness and the artistry with which Budki weaves his short stories has been much appreciated. his stories paint the agony of humanity and make the reader sit back and ponder over where the humanity has gone wrong. In a rare compliment Prof Qamar Rais writes;
The short stories create a unique and individualistic impression which is not seen in other contemporary writers. Whether it is Amma', 'Mange ka Ujala' or 'Chinar ke Panje', every story has something to think and ponder about."
In 2006 Deepak Budki sprang up a surprise by coming out with a book on Critical Essays and Book Reviews titled 'Asri Tehreerein'. Te book makes a critical study of works of Manak Tala, Gulzar, Dr Brij Premi, and Veerinder Patwari besides more than fifty reviews on books of contemporary writers. About his critical essays famous prose writer, Kaiser Tamkeen of Britain describes Budki's work on Manak Tala to be as good as a dissertation which could have earned him a PhD degree.
Two students successfully submitted dissertations on Budki's works for their M Phil degree while one student successfully submitted her thesis for her PhD degree as under:
- Deepak Budki ki Afsana Nigari by Javed Iqbal Shah subnitted to Jammu University
- Deepak Budki ke Afsanon mein Niswani Kirdar by Mohammed Amin Najar submitted to School of Humanities, University of Hyderabad, Telangana.
- Deepak Budki ke Takhleequi Afkar ka Tanqueedi mutala'a by Sofia Bano submitted to M S University, Vadodra, Gujarat.
Deepak budki was awarded 'Bhartiya Gaurav Award' by the International Friendship Society in 2009 which was handed over to him by Shri B N Singh, erstwhile Governor of Assam and Tamil Nadu. He was also honoured by Andhra Urdu Academy, Sadhbavna Manch, Sironj, Bhopal and J&K Urdu Academy,Srinagar.
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