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Mustansar Hussain Tarar

Mustansar Hussain Tarar (Urdu: ?????? ???? ?????; Mustan?ar ?us??n T?ra?) (born 1 March 1939) is a Pakistani author, travel enthusiast, writer, novelist, columnist, TV host.

Born 1 March 1939 (age 77) in 2016
Lahore, Pakistan
Pen name ???? ?? ?????? ???? ????
Occupation Novelist, newspaper columnist, travelogue writer, TV Host
Nationality Pakistani
Ethnicity Punjabi
Citizenship Pakistani


Early life

Mustansar Hussain Tarar was born at Lahore in 1939. When he was still young, his father, Rehmat Tarar, operated a small agricultural seed store by the name of “Kisan & company” that later flourished to become a major business in that field.

Tarar was educated at Rang Mahal Mission High School and Muslim Model High School, both in Lahore, Pakistan.

He did further studies at the Government College, Lahore and in London. While abroad he spent much of his time in watching movies, hanging out with friends as a teenager and reading books. In 1958, he attended the World Youth Festival in Moscow and wrote a book named Fakhta (Dove) which was based on that experience.


He has written more than 50 books including novels and a collection of short stories in his career. His first book was Nikley Teri Talaash Main (1970), dedicated to his youngest brother, Mobashir Hussain Tarar, a travelogue of Europe published in 1971.

This followed a period during which he travelled in seventeen European countries, and it led to a new trend in Urdu literature. As ‘Safar Nama’, (travelogue) he has so far over forty titles to his credit.

He also became a television actor and was, for many years, a host of Pakistan Television Corporation’s (PTV) livemorning show Subah Bakhair (1988) (Good Morning).

His unconventional and down-to-earth style of hosting earned him great popularity among people from all circles of life. He is one of the most recognised personality among children as he spent a big part of transmission time addressing children exclusively.

He called himself thechacha jee (paternal uncle) of all Pakistani children and soon became known by this title.

An autograph by Mustansar Hussain

Tarar has been an active mountaineer for many years and has been to the base camp of the famous mountain K2and the Chitti Buoi Glacier.

Columns as a journalist and books

During his long career, he has been a newspaper columnist and a contributor in Pakistani newspapers includingDawn newspaper, Daily Aaj newspaper and used to write a weekly column for Akhbar-e-Jahan.

His books include:

  • Andulus Mayn Ajnabi (????? ??? ?????) (Stranger in Spain) (ISBN No:9693515471, Publisher:SMP, Language:URDU, Category: SAFAR NAMA Year: 2009) First published in 1972
  • Bahhao (????) (Flow of water)
  • Bay Izti Kharab (?? ???? ????) (Insulting dishonor) – This phrase is deliberately wrong and commonly used this way in local communities, thus the book name.
  • Berfeeli Bulandiyan (?????? ???????) (Snowy Heights)
  • Carvan Sarai (?????? ??????) (Caravan Motel)
  • Chikh Chuk (?? ??) (Remove the curtain)
  • Chitral Daastan (????? ??????) (Tale of Chitral)
  • Dais Huwaa Perdais (??? ???? ?????) (Homeland becomes foreign land)
  • Deosai (???????)- First published in 2003
  • Dakia aur Jolaha (????? ??? ??????) (Postman and cloth-maker)
  • Gadhay Hamaray Bhai Hain (???? ????? ????? ???) (Donkeys are our brothers)
  • Ghar-e-Hira Mien Ek Raat (a night in cave Hira)
  • Guzara Naheen Hota (????? ??? ????) (Hard to get by)
  • Gypsy (????)
  • Hazaron Hain Shikway (?????? ??? ????) (Have thousands of complaints)
  • Hazaron Raastay (?????? ?????) (Thousands of paths)
  • Hunza Dastaan (???? ??????) (Tale of Hunza)
  • K-2 Kahani (?? ?? ?????) (K2 Story)- First published in 1994
  • Kaalaash (?????) (Kafiristan)
  • Khana Badosh (???? ????) (Gypsi)- First published in 1983
  • Moorat (????) (Idol)
  • Moscow Ki Sufaid Raatein.????? ?? ???? ????? ( White nights of Moscow)
  • Munh Wal Kabbey Shariff Dey (??? ?? ???? ???? ??) (Face towards Qibla) [Experience of performing HAJJ]- First published in 2006
  • Nanga Parbat (?????????) (book named after the mountain of the same name)
  • Nepal Nagri (????? ????) (Land of Nepal)- First published in 1999
  • Niklay Teri Talash Main (???? ???? ???? ???) (Out in your search)- First published in 1971
  • Pakhairoo (??????) (Birds)- A book in the Punjabi language
  • Parinday (?????) (Birds)
  • Parwaz (?????) (Flight)
  • Payar Ka Pehla Shehr (???? ?? ???? ???) (Love’s first city)
  • Putli Peking Ki (???? ????? ??) (Monument from Peking)- First published in 2009
  • Qilaa Jangi (???? ????) (Fortified war)
  • Qurbat-e-Marg Main Mohabbat (???? ??? ??? ????) (Love, when you are near death)
  • Raakh (????) (Ash)
  • Ratti Gali- First published in 2005
  • Safar Shumal Kay (??? ???? ??) (Travels of the north)- First published in 1991
  • Shamshaal Baimesaal (?????? ??????) (Extraordinary Shamshaal) First published in 2000
  • Shehpar (????) (Wings)
  • Shuter Murgh Riasat (??? ??? ?????) (Ostrich State)
  • Snow Lake (??? ???) First published in 2000
  • Sunehri Ullo Ka Shaher (????? ??? ?? ???) (The city of golden owl)
  • Yaak Saraey (??? ?????) (Yaak Inn)- First published in 1997
  • Khas-o-Khashak Zamane ( A novel)
  • Alaska Highway – (ISBN 9693524446 Publisher: SMP Language: URDU Subject: TRAVELOGUE Year: 2011)


He is also the author of many famous drama series for Pakistan Television Corporation or PTV.

  • Hazaron Raastey (Thousands of Paths)
  • Parinda (Bird)
  • Shehpar (Wings)
  • Sooraj Ke Sath Sath (staying along with the Sun)
  • Keilash (Name of a tribe in northern areas of Pakistan)
  • Fareb (illusion)

Travelogue writer

As a mountaineer and a travelogue writer himself, Tarar has long promoted the cause of tourism projects in the northern areas of Pakistan.

Awards and recognition

  • Pride of Performance Awards- Awarded in Literature in 1992

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