It is of no surprise that when it comes to reading novels many people opt for international bestsellers that are, of course written in English. Little do many people know that we have some great Urdu books that are a must read for everyone. Urdu books are highly underrated especially among the youngsters.

If you are looking to read some good Urdu books, we have got you covered. Here are our top picks for 10 books that every student must read.

Urdu ki akhri kitab

This book is written by Ibn-e-Insha and it is one of the most classic yet entertaining novel. This is humorous to the core and takes a sarcastic jibe at the Pakistani society. A must-read.

Raja gidh

Raja Gidh is one of the finest works of Bano Qudsia. Raja Gidh focuses on the negative aspects of the human nature and how us humans like to exploit the weak. This book may not be everyone’s cup of tea but is surely a very interesting book.

Himaqatein aur mazeed himaqatein

This is for all the comedy lovers out there. It is a collection of essays penned down by Shafiq-ur-Rehman. These two books contain hilarious plots and unforgettable characters. A good book to refresh your mood.


Many of must be familiar with the name of this novel. Pir-e-kamil is one of the best novels. It is written by Umera Ahmed. It is a story that focuses on two main characters, Saalar Sikander and Imama Hashim. The story revolves around the Qadiani sect and the journey of how Imama turned to Muslim from being a Qadiani. This novel also has a sequel Ab-e-Hayat. This book is a must read.


This is an award-winning novel by the legendary Urdu writer, Khadija Mastoor. The storyline is about the movement of independence in India and gives the readers a brief overview of the political developments of the 20th century. It is a classic read for every student out there.

Over coat

Over coat is a short story and not a book but it gained much popularity. It is written by Ghulam Abbas. The book Over coat highlights an issue that is very much common these days, the plight of a certain class, how some conscious people try to blend in by pretending to be someone they are not. This book has a timeless theme, and it is quite an interesting read. Highly recommended.

Patras ke mazameen

Patras ke mazameen is short series of article written by Patras Bukhari. This is easily one of the most hilarious books that will keep you in splits till the end. Patras ke mazameen makes to the list of must-read Urdu books because it is a classic. Highly recommended.


Raakh is a classic Urdu novel written by renowned novelist, Mustansar Hussain Tararr. Raakh is one of his finest pieces and is widely read. The story of this classic novel is about Pakistan’s separation into East and West Pakistan. It shows the readers about the hidden facts about this tragedy and how it affected the future generations. This book will be a great addition to your classic novel collection.

Khuda ki basti (God’s Land)

This book is written by Shaukat Siddiqui. The novel contains an interesting social story about a young, widowed mother of three who is facing hard times, jobless and there is little to no hope for better days. This book has been translated in to 11 major languages including English. The novel’s basic theme is to highlight the struggles of the poor people living in the slums of Lahore and Karachi in the 1950s. A good read.

Dastak na dou

The book Dastak na dou is one of the most significant works ever by Altaf Fatima. It was a super hit story that was loved by every reader and this book brought the author to mainstream fame. Read this novel to find more about the storyline.

There are many more Urdu books, and the list might be a bit too long but unfortunately the article on the best Urdu books has come to an end. However, it is extremely important for us to revive the culture of book reading because these authors have written some great masterpieces that we all should add to our book collection.

Which book from this list do you find the most interesting? Which book would you like to read first?


Natasha Irshad holds a degree in Marketing & Management from University of London. She is interested in writing about education and pop culture.

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