ISMAT CHUGHTAI AND M.A. RAHMAN CHUGHTAI LIKE BROTHER AND SISTER
ISMAT ALWAYS ANNOYED WITH HER ACTUAL BROTHER MIRZA AZIM BAIG
SHARED A LOT ON THIS ACCOUNT IN MANY WAYS.
M.A. Rahman Chughtai loved writing. He wrote hundreds of things and he enjoyed reading others. He loved the rebellious attitude of Ismat Chughtai. The first edition of MASOOMA in 1962 carries on its cover, a design by M.A. Rahman Chughtai. They were in contact with each other, and we have her letters in our archives. Her choice of writing CHUGHTAI with her name came from her affinity with M.A. Rahman Chughtai, for other members wrote of themselves as BAIG (BEG).
Very early M.A. Rahman Chughtai had presented Ismat Chughtai with a beautiful painting. It was with her till the last, till it was sold by her family, and we came to know about it. In the 1980s she visited Pakistan and was in Lahore. Abdur Raheem Chughtai visited her and presented her with a copy of Amal e Chughtai, the illustrated edition of Dr Allama Iqbal. She was most happy to receive same.
A lot more is there and as more of our archives will be charted, more will come out of the relation of M.A. Rahman Chughtai with his literal sister Ismat Chughtai. Till then enjoy what is already there!