The purpose of today’s blog entry is to acknowledge the services extended by Professor Mangel to Pashto Literature. Professor Mangel has wide portfolio that extends to Pashto drama, Pashto Ghazal, Pashto Nazam, and Pashto Novels, and Pashto Translations. His contribution to the Pashto literature is indispensible and he is considered an authority in Pashto literature.
The real name of Aseer Mangel is Isam-ud-din, and he was born in 1956. Unfortunately he did not receive a formal education during his early childhood. In 1976, he left for Abu Dhabi, but was forced to return to Pakistan and seek admission in local college. Aseer graduated in 1981, obtained a masters degree in 1983, and joined the town library as librarian in 1983. In December 1986, Aseer join the Press Information Department in Peshawar and started his professional career as an editor. After passing the public service commission exam in 1991, he was then appointed as Lecturer at Government Degree College Tangi. Currently Aseer Mangel is serving as Assistant Professor Government Post Graduate College, Nowshehra.
Some of his scholarly contribution to the Pashto Literature include “Kojdan”— a Pashto drama, “Tarla”— Pashto novel, “Da Karami pa Gharha” – a novel, “Shago key Ragona” – autobiography, “Fasana-e-Kohsar” – translation of some of the finest Pashto novels and dramas into Urdu, the national language of Pakistan, “Kohsaroo key ye Loog” – Pashto translation of Tahir Afridi Novel, “Pashto Afsany Key Saw Saal” a historical overview of the step by step development of the Pashto novels during the past 100 years, “Apshama” the collection of Aseer Mangal Ghazals and Nazams, and “Da Rangoono Baheer” which is the collection of some of the finest Ghazels.
I feel that Aseer Mangel has unparallel talent and craze for poetry, and this could be confirmed by going through his book “Apshama.” While reading various Nazams and Ghazals in the book, the reader feels enchanted by the sweet words of Aseer Mangel. In addition the literature work of Professor Sahib may be regarded as a starting point for understanding Pashto literature. A good way to start and get an initial idea about the Pashto literature and its history is “Pashto Afsany Kay Saw Saal.” This work presents the historical overview of the Pashto novels during the last 100 years.