The English translation of Akhri Dawat (The Last Supper) penned by two Jamia Millia Islamia alumni, who currently teach at Jamia, has been prescribed at Princeton University for its undergraduate Urdu. The Urdu story has been written by Dr Khalid Jawed, Associate Professor, Department of Urdu, Jamia and translated in English by A Naseeb Khan.
“I am feeling good,” Dr Jawed, who did PhD from Jamia, told OT.COM. Currently, he is an associate professor in Dept of Urdu, Jamia, that he joined in February 2001 as an assistant professor.
His area of specialization is literary criticism and modern fiction. He has written 8 books related with criticism and creative writing. A Naseeb Khan is an authority in translation as is Principal Jamia School.
With a collection of poems entitled Rip Not the Sore published from Writers Workshop, Kolkata, A Naseeb Khan has his Ph.D. thesis on translation of modern Urdu poetry into English and M. Phil. Dissertation on Khushwant Singh and A. J. Arberry’s translations of Iqbal’s Shikwa aur Jawab-e Shikwa. He has several translated and edited volumes to his credit, and his translation of Ghalib’s Urdu poetry included in a volume – Evolution of Ghalib, is to be published soon by Rupa (New Delhi).
He also has to his credit the translation of a monograph on Moin Ahsan Jazbi, published by Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi. His articles in as diverse areas as Translation Studies, Literature, Peace Education and Islam, along with his reviews of literary books and translations of modern Urdu poetry, Urdu short stories and critical essays have appeared in prestigious journals and collections. His translation of Maut ki Kitab, an Urdu has been published Anybook, New Delhi. He has taught English literature and language at King Saud University for five years and is currently working as the Principal, Syed Abid Husain Senior Secondary School, Jamia Millia Islamia.
Khalid Jawed, novelist, short story writer and poet, was born in 1963 in Bareily – where he grew by healthy social conventions and vital values. He studied Philosophy and Literature and began his university career at Rohail Khand University.
He taught Philosophy there for four years. Equipped with an exceptional ability to think of a fresh framework for his stories and novels he tends to cultivate a novelty of approach towards his themes and language. Distinct by virtue of freshness and unpredictability sensitivity towards contemporary anxiety and concerns, strenuous artistic control, his stories tenaciously resist a linear and orderly progression.
Quite frequently, philosophical preoccupations get into the texture of his novels and stories demanding active participation from the readers. Frank and uninhibited, his creativity prefers not to be bridled by conventional rules of writing fiction and sound dull and formulaic.
His major works, collections of stories and novels respectively, include Burey Mausam Mein (2000), Akhiri Dawat (2007), Tafreeh ki Dopahar (2008) – collections of stories, and Maut ki Kitab (2011) and Nemat Khana (2014). The story entitled ‘Burey Mausam Mein’ had won him Katha award. An Associate Professor of Urdu, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, Khalid Jawed also has to his credit several academic books, including Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Fun aur Shakhsiyat (2010) and Milan Kundera: Fun aur Shakhsiyat (2011).
CAPTION: Dr Khalid Jawed (left) and A Naseeb Khan