Habib Imodi 


Habib Imodi was born on the 5th October 1937 in the village of Barziki, Chusti district, Namangoni Province in the Republic of Uzbekistan in a kolkhazchi (collective farming) family.

Habib Imodi graduated from the National University of Tajikistan in 1967. In September of the same year he started work as an editor at Maorif Publishers. He also worked at the childrens newspaper Pianiri Tajikistan, Soviet Tajikistan, and for many years worked on the National Committee for Television and Radio.

His first collection Yah Dasta Sadrang (A Handful of a Hundred Colors) was published in 1974 by Irfon. In 1980, he published another collection Jasorat (Bravery) comprising some of his stories and a novel. In 1986, his collection of stories Dimoghi Sabz (Green Mood) was published by Irfon. He has also translated works from Russia and the West such as Konstantine Paustovskys Qissayi Shomal (Story of the North), 1985, and the French novelist, Alezander Dumas Muallimi Shamshirbazi (The Teacher of Swordplay), Adib, 1988. He has been a member of the Union of Journalists since 1975 and of the Union of Writers of Tajikistan since 1997.

His work has been published in newspapers and magazines. In an interview on June 7th 2003, he described the following stories:

The four-part story Mushtaki Didari Pedar (Longing to Meet Father) was published in the weekly independent newspaper Muhabbat va Oila, (Love & Family) editor Ashabiddin Sunati. It appeared in Nos. 20 to 23 inclusive, 20 & 27 July, 3 &10 August 2001. It is the story of Madina Madmarova (pen-name), a 16 year old girl born in 1985, and her search for her lost father. He had gone to Russia to work when her mother was six months pregnant and had never returned. Her aunt told the girls story to Habibi Imodi in basic form and he retold it in the first person, filling in the details. Mr. Imodi never met Madina in person but received her photo from her aunt and included it with the story, which takes the form of letters to her father, signed jigarbandaton, Madina. (yours truly, Madina). Although she writes to him she can never send the letters because she does not have his address. Although she has never met her father, she keeps his photo under his pillow. Her mother had remarried and she was brought up by her grandmother. She always wonders about her father and wants to find him, and has always felt different from the other children in school who lived with their mothers and fathers. When she and her grandmother go on hajj to Mecca, the lack of water makes a big impression on her, seeing it sold in bottles, and the difference between the environment and natural surroundings in Saudi Arabia compared with Tajikistan. She leaves school in 6th grade and studies Quran with her grandmother, prays fives times a day, and helps her grandmother around the house.

Dunya ba Umid is a story about true events during the civil war in 1992. It appeared in Adabiyot va Sanat (Literature and Art) No.33-4, 23 August 2002, p.7.

It is about two brothers: Jamaliddin is the elder, and Shahobiddin, the younger of the two. During the war, in the noise and chaos of bombs and shooting, there is no food in the house and they have to venture out in search of daily sustenance. They live in a village in the mountains and in the spring they go in search of wild rhubarb. Shahabiddin goes to Russia to work and comes back with money which enables him to go into business selling flour. One day he sees that Jamaliddins wife has flour on her hands after they had said that they had no food. As a result of this, he doesnt help his brother. Some time after his return from Russia, Shahibiddin is arrested and locked up by the police because he has lost his travel ID. Jamaliddin stands by his brother and goes and gets him out of prison. They resume their rhubarb-picking trips together. One day, Samariddin, Jamaliddins son came running home with the news that masked men had burgled Shahibiddins house. When Jamaliddin reached their house he found Shahibiddin and his wife tied up.

Sobhi Shadi (Happy Morning) appeared in Jumhuriyat (Started in 1925 as Bidori Tajiki, daily produced 5 days of the week, at time of article every two or three days) newspaper 4th October 1997. It is a story about two boys: Khorshid, aged 5 and his brother Sadeq, aged 12. Their father disappeared during the war. Sadeq works in the bazaar, pulling a cart he has made himself, in order to make a living for himself and his mother and brother. One day, their father comes home with a long beard. At first Khorshid doesnt know who it is, as he has never seen his father with a beard. Then Khorshids father promises that he will shave off his beard so that he will recognize him again.

Bachayi Badnafs (The Badly-behaved Child) appeared in Anbaz weekly on April 6th 1999, p.6. It is about a boy called Hassan who goes to the market to find food and eats so much that he gets stomache-ache. His friend, Sameh, warns him not to do this, but he doesnt listen. Sameh takes him home to his mother. She is angry with him and punishes him for eating food outside the house.

Siyohak appeared in Anbaz No.7, 1997, the only edition of the year. Siyohak is the name of a small dog. The story is written in the first person, with the author in the character of a friend of the boy Morad, who buys the dog in the market. Siyohak is a very intelligent dog and all the boys in the neighborhood play with him. Then one day, a naughty boy from another neighborhood throws a stone at Siyohak and hits him on the nose, causing it to bleed.. Morad and his friend take the dog to the doctor where it was bandaged. The boys have to feed him on atolat (a mixture of water and flour) as he cant eat. After this, Siyohak becomes sad and doesnt play with children again.



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