Umrao Jaan Ada is a story of a Tawa'if (Dancing Girl); A tragic tale of innocent girl to whom time was not kind. How Umrao became Umrao Jaan Ada, a Tawa'if whom his brother refused to accept as sister when she came back to him after the long exile.
This novel is basically a very vivid portrait of the declined culture of Lukhnow, the way it is written is the proof of why it became so popular as a novel in Urdu Literature.
In India and Pakistan many films were created based on the same novel and recently Geo Television Network also brodcasted a Drama Serial based on it.
The novel has been translated into many languages. The famous Indian Writer Khushwant Singh has translated Umrao Jan Ada into English and his translation is the most popular English translation of the book among other English translations of the book.
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