Excited at the prospect of visiting their father's birthplace, the three daughters of noted Urdu writer Saadat Hassan Manto crossed over to India via the Attari border on Tuesday.
Nusrat Manto, Nuzhat Arshad Manto and Nighat Manto are in India to participate in an Urdu seminar to be organised by the Aalami Urdu Trust in New Delhi on September 7.
During their stay in India, they will first visit Manto's birthplace at Paproudi village of Samrala in Ludhiana district on Wednesday.
On their return from Delhi they will also pay a visit to Manto's house located at Kucha Vakila in Amritsar, where he stayed for many years.
"I am excited to be here since it is the first time we are getting a chance to visit our father's ancestral village. The way we have been received here has been heartening and we are grateful to everyone," said Nighat, eldest of the three sisters.
Nighat was born in India, while the other two in Pakistan. However, she lamented the fact that for a long time her father's writings and literary contribution for India and Pakistan remain unrecognised.
Manto, who was born on May 11, 1912, was a noted short story writer in Urdu and is known for writing heart-touching stories depicting Partition.
'Khol Do', 'Thanda Gosht' and 'Toba Tek Singh' are his most celebrated stories.