Muhammad Khalid Akhtar was born in 1920 in Bahawalpur, to a family of scholars. An engineer by training, he began writing in his early twenties. Khalid Akhtar produced numerous stories, essays and travelogues, many of which were published in the Urdu magazine Sawera. Love in Chakiwara and Other Misadventures (Chakiwara mein Visaal), one of his best-known works, was written in 1964, and won the Adamjee Literary Award. Khalid Akhtar died in Karachi in 2002.
Muhammad Khalid Akhtar, tr. Bilal Tanweer