Mustansar Hussain Tarar, who was born on 1st March, 1939 in Lahore, is an author, actor, former radio show host, and compere. His father, Rehmat Khan Tarar, operated a small seed store by the name of Kisan & co that
Mustansar Hussain Tarar
Mustansar Hussain Tarar, who was born on 1st March, 1939 in Lahore is a author, actor, former radio show host, and compere. His father, Rehmat Khan Tarar, operated a small seed store by the name of Kisan & co that developed to become a major business in that sphere. As a young boy, Mustansar witnessed the partition of India and the events that took place.
Mustansar Tarar was educated at Rang Mehal Mission High School and Muslim Model High School, both in Lahore. He did further studies at the Government College, Lahore and in London. While abroad he spent much of his time in watching movies, doing theatre and reading books. In 1957, he attended the World Youth Festival in Moscow and wrote a book named Fakhta (Dove) which was based on that experience.
His first book was Nikley Teri Talaash Main, dedicated to his youngest brother, Mobashir Hussain Tarar, a travelogue of Europe published in 1971. This followed a period during which he travelled in seventeen European countries, and it led to new trend in Urdu literature. As Safar Nama, he has so far over forty titles to his credit. These span many genres, including travelogues, novels, short stories and collections of his newspaper columns and television dramas.
He also became a television actor and from 1988 was for many years a host of PTV's live morning transmission Subuh Bakhair. His unconventional and down-to-earth style of comparing earned him great popularity among people from all circles of life.
He is one of the most recognized personalities among children as he spent a big part of transmission time addressing exclusively children. He called himself the cha cha jee of all Pakistani children and soon became known by this title.
Tarar has been an active mountaineer for many years and has been to the base camp of K2 and the Chitti Buoi Glacier. He has gained respect among the Pakistani mountaineering community.