Masood Barkati, editor of children's mag Naunehal, passes away

Masood Barkati, editor of children's mag Naunehal, passes away

Mr Barkati had been editing the magazine for the past 65 years without missing a single issue
11 Dec, 2017

Masood Ahmed Barkati, who edited children’s magazine Hamdard Naunehal for around 65 years, passed away after a protracted illness on Sunday. He was 87.

His friends and family members said Masood Ahmed Barkati, a prolific writer of children’s literature who wrote 20 books, was ill and died on Sunday evening.

He had been editing the magazine for the past 65 years without missing a single issue.

Most critics said such a long period for someone to edit a publication might be a record in itself in the world.

Mr Barkati was a close aide to Hakim Mohammad Said, who owned the magazine. He belonged to a family hailing from Tonk, Rajasthan, India, that produced a number of famous intellectuals.

He was a younger brother of Hakim Mehmood Ahmed Barkati, a researcher and scholar.

He is survived by three daughters and a son.

His funeral prayers will be held at Masjid Falah, Naseerabad, Federal B Area, after Zuhar prayers.

People recalled Barkati sahib's work as a gift of their childhood:

Originally published in Dawn, December 11th, 2017


Rizwan Dec 11, 2017 09:24am
Have read this magazine when I was young. This magazine was one of the finest one for children. I pay my tribute to Barkati sahab.
Trump Et Dec 11, 2017 09:26am
Beautiful soul. Big loss.
Jared lee Dec 11, 2017 09:43am
This is called COMMITMENT to work. He didn't have the latest technology, but he did his best. The current generation should learn from his work ethic. May his soul rest in eternal peace (Ameen). Whenever I read Naunehaal as a kid, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Surya Kant Agrawal Dec 11, 2017 10:01am
Salute to a man who can understand the language of a child.
M.Mudassir Siddiqui Dec 11, 2017 10:32am
big loss for Pakistan
Kazmi Dec 11, 2017 10:44am
may he rest in peace :'( .
Einstein babar Dec 11, 2017 11:01am
great man carved the amazing childhood of many of us
JA-Australia Dec 11, 2017 11:10am
I used to love reading Naunehal as a kid.
Ali Dec 11, 2017 11:30am
alas! one of the best childhood memory I had in shape of Naunehal.
Nadir Dec 11, 2017 11:54am
I didnt know about about Masood saheb till today. but how this unknown person to me made my childhood so wonderful and imaginative that we use to wait for the naunehaal releases.
hnmirza Dec 11, 2017 11:55am
Read every single issue of Naunehal growing up. Barkati saheb has helped shape the characters of thousands of children along the way. My his soul be blessed by the Almighty and he be rewarded more than amply for his efforts. I met him once with my late Uncle who knew him from his childhood...a real gentleman.
mba Dec 11, 2017 12:03pm
What a wonderful life remaining a child for ever. RIP old kid.
Shahid Dec 11, 2017 12:29pm
RIP Sir! Unforgettable services to Urdu language and especially children.
Chishti Dec 11, 2017 12:46pm
Heart sank, just as one of my very close one passed away. Rest it peace.
Abdul Basit Dec 11, 2017 12:50pm
The days we cherished and still remember when we started reading in childhood. Naunehal magazine was top priority and it was the part of our daily routine to read and learn. Masood saheb's name is a well familiar to all who read Naunehal. His services will never be forgotten for Pakistan. May his soul rest in peace!
Rameay Dec 11, 2017 01:06pm
My Almighty rest her soul in peace.
Truth teller Dec 11, 2017 01:22pm
One more great gone , I had a wonderful childhood reading Urdu stories due to his and hakim sahib efforts. Deeply saddened.
Imdad Ali Dec 11, 2017 02:05pm
Great people are leaving the world without their replacements coming into it. Alas!
Abdul zaheer Dec 11, 2017 02:09pm
Graet loss. Rest in peace.
Asif Dec 11, 2017 02:39pm
How wonderful those such innocent stories were. Thank you Sir for making my childhood such a wonderful time.
SPEAK_TRUTH Dec 11, 2017 09:20pm
@Rizwan That is true. We used to get the monthly subscription when we were children.
Saeeds Dec 11, 2017 10:20pm
Thanks Mr Barkati RIP
Nasiroski Dec 12, 2017 05:53pm
RIP a silent hero wor ked his life away in creating generations of people who became good humans.
Kashif Dec 13, 2017 07:38am
Its sad to hear about Barkati Sb, Naunehal was an integral part of our childhood days. Those gadgets free days were full of colors due to people like Barkati sb, may his soul rest in peace.
Prof. Dr. Noman Ahmed Dec 14, 2017 09:28am
RIP Barkati Sahib, I grew up reading Naunehal and now my children avidly wait for our newspaper hawker to bring the magazine on the first day of every month. I know of many well known schools in the country where reading Naunehal and then discussing its contents are a regular feature of the academic life. Besides, I find the standard of the magazine going up substantially every passing issue. Hamdard and Naunehal are two important ingredients of our national life.