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Zaitoon Bano
Native name
زیتون بانو
Born(1938-06-18)18 June 1938
Sufaid Dheri, Peshawar, Pakistan
Died14 September 2021(2021-09-14) (aged 83)
Peshawar, Pakistan[1]
Occupation
  • Writer
  • Poet
  • Women's rights activist
LanguagePashto, Urdu
EducationUrdu and Pashto
Master's
Alma materIslamia College University
GenrePlays, Short stories, Novels
SubjectPolitics, Social, Literature
Notable awardsPride of Performance
Years active1958–present
SpouseTaj Saeed[a]
ParentsPir Syed Sultan Mahmood Shah (father)
RelativesPir Syed Abdul Qudus Tundar (grandfather)
Zaitoon Bano (18 June 1938 – 14 September 2021), also spelled Zaitun Banu, was a Pakistani feminist writer, poet, and the former broadcaster. She primarily wrote in Pashto and Urdu languages. Sometimes, she is referred to as Khatun-e-Awal (the first lady) or "first lady of Pashto fiction", a honorary title awarded to her in recognition of her contribution to women's rights of Pashtuns. She wrote over twenty-four books, including her first short story titled Hindara (Mirror) which appears one of the prominent writings of Pashto language.
She was born to Pir Syed Sultan Mahmood Shah in Sufaid Dheri village of Peshawar, Pakistan. She married Taj Saeed and is granddaughter of Pir Syed Abdul Qudus Tundar, a Pashto poet.
Contents
1 Education and background
2 Literary career
2.1 Work
3 Death
4 Awards and accolades
5 References
5.1 Notes
Education and background
Zaitoon received her primary schooling and matriculation from a city school, and later obtained master's degree from the Islamia College University in Pashto and Urdu as a private student. After completing her education, she taught at various educational institutions, and later joined Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation where she served as a producer. Prior to debuting in writings, she was associated with the Radio Pakistan and Pakistan Television Corporation, a state-owned Television channel.
Literary career
She started her career in 1958 when she was studying in ninth grade with her first short story titled Hindara (Mirror). Between 1958 and 2008, she wrote fiction books and short stories in Urdu and Pashto languages. Her publications include Maat Bangree, Khoboona (1958), Juandi Ghamoona (1958), Berge Arzoo (1980) and Waqt Kee Dehleez Par (1980). Among other publications, short stories titled Da Shagu Mazal (A Journey Through Aands) revolve around stories written between 1958 and 2017. She wrote only one poetry collection in Pashto titled Manjeela (head cushion) which was published in 2006. Besides writing, she is also credited with contributing to numerous radio and television plays.
Work
Key
Remarks denote a short description of the work where available.
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Title
Year
Type/Credited as
Remarks
1
Hindara (Miror)
1958
Short story
N/A
2
Maat Bangree
1958
Short story
N/A
3
Juandi Ghamoona
1958
Short story
N/A
4
Sheesham Ka Pata
1978
Short story
N/A
5
Bargad Ka Saiya
1978
Short story
N/A
6
Berge Arzoo
1980
Novel
It was later broadcast as an Urdu serial on Pakistan Television under the title Dhool.
7
Waqt Kee Dehleez
1980
Short story
N/A
8
Khoboona
1986
Short story
Later released as a play in 1991
9
Kachkol
1991
Play
N/A
10
Zama Dairy
N/A
Book
N/A
11
Naizurray
N/A
Book
N/A
12
Da Shagu Mazal (A journey through sands)
N/A
Book
It covers the social issues of the Pakhtun women
13
Manjeela (head cushion)
N/A
Poem
N/A
Death
She died on 14 September 2021 at the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan following her chronic condition.
Awards and accolades
Zaitoon was awarded fifteen national literary awards including the Pride of Performance and Fakhr-i- Peshawar award in recognition of her contribution to Pashto and Urdu fiction. In 2016, a panel of the Sustainable Development Goals, awarded her a honorary title Khatun-e-Awal (first lady) or "first lady of Pashto fiction" during the International Women’s Day celebration in recognition of her service to the women's rights in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
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