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Mulk Raj Anand (1905–2004) by Howard Coster, 1930s © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Anand, Mulk Raj (1905–2004), author, was born in the city of Peshawar, North-West Frontier Province, India, on 12 December 1905, a kshatriya (warrior) by caste. His immediate ancestors were coppersmiths and silversmiths, though his father, Lal Chand, had broken away to become a clerk in the ...

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Faiz, Faiz Ahmed (1911–1984), poet in Pakistan, was born on 13 February 1911 at Kala Qadir, Narowal district, Punjab, the son of Khan Bahadur Sultan Muhammad Khan (d. 1913), landowner and lawyer, and his wife, Sultana Fatima. He started learning the Koran...

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Manto, Saadat Hasan (1912–1955), author in Pakistan, was born on 11 May 1912 in Sumaira, in the Ludhiana district of the Punjab, British India, the son of Ghulam Hasan Manto (1855–1930), judge, and his second (concurrent) wife, Sardar. He had a sister, Nasira Iqbal...