Ikramullah (1930) was born in Jundiala (India), finished high school in Amritsar and moved to Multan after partition where he received a B.A. in 1953. He took a law degree from University Law College, Lahore. After practicing law in Multan for a few years, he joined the insurance trade in 1965. He began writing fiction in 1962. His first collection of short stories was titled Jungle, which was published to wide critical acclaim. His novel Gurg-e Shab was banned by Gen. Zia-ul-Haq and still remains so. Though rooted in realism for the most part, his stories are different from his contemporaries especially in terms of psychological and sexual underpinning. He has translated Chinua Achebe's classic novel Things Fall Apart into Urdu as Bikharti Duniya. His other collections of short stories are Badalte Qaalib and Savaa Nayzay Par Suraj. His latest novel was published by Sang-e Meel in 2001 under the title of Saayay Ki Awaaz. He has been widely translated into English. He makes his home in Lahore. The current story is from his first collection, Jungle.