A Thematic Analysis of Manto's Short Story 'Ullu ka Patha': Exploring the Sublime Message


  • Syed Musa Kazim Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
  • Warda Batool Government College University, Lahore
  • Nida Khan University of Oklahoma, United States of America
  • Ali Haider Khan Higher Education Department, Punjab, Pakistan
  • Syed Azwar Abbas Lecturer, Hazara University, Mansehra
  • Faiza Mazhar Alvi Islamabad Model College for Girls


Saadat Hasan Manto's short story, 'Ullu ka Patha,' delves deep into the intricacies of the human psyche, unraveling the complexities of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). This literary gem showcases Manto's profound understanding of the human mind and its idiosyncrasies. In the narrative, Manto masterfully dissects the psychological aspects of OCD, painting a vivid portrait of the protagonist, Qasim, whose life is overshadowed by this condition. Manto's depiction of Qasim's obsessions is nothing short of extraordinary. The relentless urge to utter 'ullu ka patha' to someone becomes an all-consuming compulsion, an unrelenting force that dominates his thoughts and actions. Through Qasim's character, Manto skillfully explores the tormenting nature of intrusive thoughts and the debilitating impact of compulsive behaviors. Moreover, the story doesn't merely scratch the surface; it delves into the vicious cycle of OCD, portraying the cyclical nature of obsessions and compulsions, which traps Qasim in an inescapable web of torment. Manto's narrative not only entertains but also educates, shedding light on the often misunderstood world of mental health, making 'Ullu ka Patha' a timeless masterpiece that continues to captivate readers and scholars alike.




How to Cite

Kazim, S. M., Batool, W., Khan, N., Khan, A. H., Abbas, S. A., & Alvi, F. M. (2023). A Thematic Analysis of Manto’s Short Story ’Ullu ka Patha’: Exploring the Sublime Message. Journal of Excellence in Social Sciences, 2(2), 17–23. Retrieved from https://journals.smarcons.com/index.php/jess/article/view/131