Title: Thanda Gosht
Author: Saadat Hasan Manto
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Thanda Gosht (Urdu: ٹھنڈا گوشت) is a non-fiction short story written by Saadat Hasan Manto. It was first published in a literary magazine in March 1950 in Pakistan. Manto was charged with obscenity for this story and faced a trial in criminal court.
About the Author:
Saadat Hasan Manto (Urdu: سعادت حسن منٹو) was a Pakistani writer, playwright, and author born in British India. Writing mainly in the Urdu language, he produced 22 collections of short stories, a novel, five series of radio plays, three collections of essays, two collections of personal sketches.
The story is about the communal violence of 1947. Ishwar Singh, a Sikh fails to make love to his mistress Kulwant. She suspects him of infidelity and in a fit of jealousy stabs him with his own dagger. While dying, Ishwar Singh admits his crime getting involved in riots which broke in his village killing a Muslim family with the same dagger and abducting a Muslim girl after breaking in their house and attempting rape with her, who was actually dead. Hence the title “cold flesh”.