ZAKIA MASHHAD (b. 1944) is an Urdu fiction writer, as well as translator, who has now been writing for over 40 years. She has to her credit seven collections of short stories, three novels and 16 translations of fiction, as well as academic books, in Hindi, Urdu and English. Currently she is working on an Urdu translation of Tamil short stories and also on a new collection of her own stories. It can be said that no anthology of contemporary Urdu literature is complete without a story of hers. Her stellar works have brought her literary acclaim. Recently she has been awarded the highly prestigious “Iqbal Samman” by the Ministry of Arts and Culture, Government of Madhya Pradesh. She has also been bestowed with awards like Sahitya Academy Award for Translation from English into Urdu and Mirza Ghalib Award for Literature, to name just a few.