Syed Qasim Mahmood(1928 – 2010) Urdu writer,researcher,editor and Pakistan foremost encyclopedist.He compiled five Encyclopedias, authored many books and edited fifteen magazines of science,literature and knowledge.
Syed Qasim Mahmood was born in Kharkhoda , city , Tehsil and a municipal committee in Sonipat India.He started off as a short story writer and attained fame for being quite an eminent writer of the genre.He started “Shahkar“ books series and published scores of best sellers in cheap, affordable editions. He brought out quite a few journals as well.
After having humble beginnings of his career with some of the great names of the Urdu journalism eg. Maulana Zafar Ali Khan, Maulana Murtaza Ahmed Khan Maikash, Maulana Azhar Amritsari and Haji Laq Laq ,he joined as an assistant to Dr M Afzal and then with world famous Allama Muhammad Shafi, Editor-in-Chief of the ‘Maarif-i-Islamia’ project of Punjab University.
He worked with Syed Abid Ali Abid in fortnightly ‘Sadiq’ and then as an assistant Editor Weekly Lail -o-Nehar‘ with Faiz Ahmed Faiz and S.Sibte Hasan. His next destination was the editorship of Monthly Sayyara Digest and then he worked as Editor of the Urdu encyclopedia, a project of ferozsons.
Under Shahkar publications his important publications, Islami Encyclopedia and Baby Encyclopedia also created tremendous ripples across the sub-continent. In 1981, he came up with Shahkar book Foundation in Karachi and became Deputy Editor of Daily Nawa-i-Waqt. Islami Encyclopedia was a momentous publication of this period. The monthly science magazine was another milestone and so was the publication of Encyclopedia Falakiat and Encyclopedia Ijadat.
From 1987 he started publication of Quran series, One para a month in four languages English, Urdu, Hindi and Gujrati. In 1996 another gigantic publication came out and that was Encyclopedia Pakistan followed by Seerat-i-Nabi Encyclopedia.No other Pakistani of our time has done so much for Urdu readers .Before death he is busy with the processing of Quran Encyclopedia and Encyclopedia Ahyaye Islam (Encyclopedia of Islamic Renaissance). Six of Quran Encyclopedia have been published so far.
hree collections of short stories ‘Deewar Patthar ki’, ‘Qasim ki Mehndi’, ‘Qasim Mehmood ke Afsanay’, a novel ‘Chale Din Bahar k’ and a novelette ‘Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’ established him as an important short story writer.
As far as Urdu translation from English are concerned ,the list is as follows; William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Othello, Hamlet and Julius Caesar, besides several works of Tolstoy, Maupassant, Dostoevsky Emile Bronte, Charles Dickens, John Galsworthy, John Masters, treatise of Darwin, Freud, T.S Eliot, C.E.M Joad and Dr Kenneth Walker etc-etc.