Comic Relief – Khud Kush Hamla
Humor contended Erma Bombeck is a spontaneous wonderful bit of an outburst that just comes. Its unbridled, it’s unplanned, and it’s full of surprises. The book under review – the 16th from veteran author Dr.SM Moin Qureshi – meets this criterion of chaste humor. In his delectable preface, he maintains that ‘in the wake of widespread wave of suicidal attacks, I am espousing the concept of self-pleasing attacks’. Rather than employing any explosive, you need to apply your sense of humor to put up with life as it is. The book in hand is an attempt towards achieving this end’. This is unique idea and the author has successfully argued his case the book comprises 40 humorous articles which not only provide delightful reading, but also offer much food for thought. The headlines of the articles are as amusing as the title of the book itself. For instance: ‘Mian Sahib phir say Mian bany’ (with reference to Shahbaz Sharif`s second marriage), ‘Habibi Hayya Hayya’ (on Musarrat Shaheen`s on joining the Pakistan Awami Tehreek led by Allama Tahir Qadri) and ‘Aakhir Tractor kis ka tha!’ (on the theft and subsequent prompt recovery of the Sindh`s CM`s tractor). All the articles are so interesting and absorbing that one cannot help but read the book thoroughly till the last page.
The writer uses spontaneous verses, historical references, humorous quotes and even jokes to embellish his lines. In his comments about the book eminent humorist Mujtaba Hussain has remarked, ‘Moin Qureshi uses all the tricks of the trade to create humor. And yet, as observed by Muhammad Khalid Akhtar (late), ‘speaking in the lighter vein,Dr.Qureshi never hesitate to unrevealing bitter facts of life needing our attention’. This means that the humor is not just for the sake of humor but it is purpose oriented. Dr Qureshi is one of very few Pakistani authors who write on light as well as serious subjects in both Urdu & English with equal ease and eloquence. In the words of a gifted humorist in Urdu, Mushtaq Yousufi, ‘Dr Qureshi uses four pens so deftly as to conceal from one what the other three are writing at the same time.
The subjects of the essays are mostly social and deal with the day to day life of a common man. However, the author has not turned his back on typical issues like politics, bureaucracy, economy, corruption, pollution and polarization. There are several instances where his satire holds the reader spellbound. Literary luminaries like Syed Zamir Jafri, Shafiq ur Rehman, Dr Wazir Agha, Dr Aslam Farrukhi, Ata ul Haq Qasmsi, Mushfiq Khawaja and Dr Abul Khair Kashfi have paid tributes to the individualistic style of the author and rightly so. The foreword of the book has been contributed by seasoned critic Prof. Sahar Ansari in which he has referred to the writer as a distinguished humorist.