He moved to Delhi after he retired. Short stories and
novels flowed from his pen unabated.
Author of more than 20
bestsellers in Urdu and hundreds of short stories translated
into Hindi, English and many other languages.
He has been honoured with all major Urdu literary awards
including many national and international accolades including
the SAARC Life Achievement Award, Iqbal Samman, Ghalib Award and
Sahitya Academy Award.
His well-known novel in Urdu ‘Khwabro’ has been published as
‘Sleepwalkers’ in English; Urdu ‘Paar Pare’ as ‘Blackwaterss’
(Penguin) and a forthcoming Urdu novel ‘Nadeem’ as ‘Blind" by
His short stories collections in Urdu - "Kahan", "Dharti ka
Kaal", "Main Kyoon Sochu", "Khodu Baba ka Maqbara"among others -
have also been translated into many Indian and foreeign
He believed that Urdu is 'not a language but a culture' and
for him writing is to be in the culture.
He was part of the Progressive Urdu Writers' Movement.
Two books on his life and works have been published.
Invited to address his admirers abroad, Joginder Paul visited
UK, USA, Russia, Pakistan, Tunisia and other countries.