Jasoosi Dunya (Urdu: جاسوسى دنيا) (The Spy World) is a best-selling series of Urdu spy novels created by Ibne-Safi. The first novel, Dilaer Mujrim (دلير مجرم) was published in March, 1952. In the following 27 years, Safi wrote 127 books in the series with his last Jasoosi Dunya novel, Sehra'ee Deewaanah (صحرائی دیوانہ,) appearing in July 1979, a year before his death.
The series mainly spotlights Inspector (later Colonel) Faridi and Sergeant (later Captain) Hameed, although four initial books were focused purely on Anwar and Rasheeda. Interestingly, the later were introduced as the former two were away on a visit to Europe. Then, Inspector Faridi and his assistant Hameed returns to become permanent feature of Jasoosi Dunya with Anwar and Rasheeda occasionally appearing helping Faridi with his investigations.
A model of rectitude and obsessed with his detective-work, Ahmed Kamal Faridi is a no-nonsense aristocrat who loathes crime and is much resolute in expunging the criminals. He possesses the qualities of a superman.
Sergeant Sajid Hammed is Faridi’s most favoured assistant and trusted partner. There intimacy leads them to live together in Faridi’s house. The two are inseparable. Nonchalant, mischievous and having a spirit doused in romantic bits, Hameed constantly brings smiles to the readers’ faces.
Qasim is another comical and brainless wacky buffoon who yields irresistible occasions of laughter.
The central idea and theme of Safi’s first book was taken from Victor Gunn’s novel Ironside's Lone Hand. However, the key characters, Faridi and Hameed, were Ibn-e-Safi’s own creation. As mentioned by the author in the preface to one of his books, the plots of Purasrar Ajnabee (پُراسرار انجبی), Raqqasaa Ka Qat'l (رقاصہ کا قتل), Heeray Ki Kaan (ہیرے کی کان), and Khoonee Patthar (خونی پتھر) were adopted from various English-language novels. The characters of Professor Durrani from Khaufnaak Hangaama (خافناک ہنگامہ), and Chimpanzee and the White Queen from Pahaaroan Ki Malikaa (پہاڑوں کی ملکہ) were also borrowed from English literature. The rest of Ibne-Safi’s novels are pure and original. Jasoosi Dunya used to be published simultaneously from Pakistan and India.
Ahmed Kamal Faridi has aristocratic linage and is son of a Nawab, an Indian Baron. A man of principles, Faridi believes in rigorously disciplined life, controlled emotions, and objectivity. His abstinence from inebriation, carnal lusts, and uncontrolled desires illustrates his sound character. Women leave a little rather no affect on him; emotionally he appears unmoved. Because of his impassive and subdued emotional nature, Captian Hameed dubs him as "Father Hardstone". It does not mean that he is dispassionate, deep inside he is of a sensitive nature.
He is very well read and highly educated man. Even though rolling in money, he, obsessed with interest criminology, joins the police department as a mere inspector and remained there forever. Due to his remarkable services to the nation, he, nevertheless, is conferred upon the title of Honorary Colonel later in life. The President has accorded him a "special permission" to interfere in any matter that required his attention. He, therefore, has organized a secret crime-fighting establishment known as the "Black Force". The Force is an international organization and its members remember their chief as Colonel Hardstone.
Like his nature, Faridi has acquired some peculiar hobbies. His interests include reading, and domesticating dogs and snakes. Science, specifically chemistry, appeals him so much that he owns a state-of-the-art laboratory at home. He also knows several local and foreign languages.
If Faridi is brain of the team, Hameed is the heart. The indispensable two. Being Faridi’s confidant, Captain Sajid Hammed assist his superior the way only fits for him; no one else could have done the job better. Hameed’s military background had made him serve in the World War II at the Singapore front for British Forces. On his return, at the end of the War, he accidentally meets Faridi and joins hands with him. Having a rebellious nature and much unlike Faridi, Hameed is non-serious, blithesome, jovial, and temperamental, but, on the other hand, his qualities of courage and fearlessness, intelligence and astuteness, at times, surprise even "Father Hardstone". Due to the romantic bits within him, he love flirting with women, but never crosses the line he’s drawn for himself.
One of Captain Hameed’s unique interests is to train unusual pets like mouse, goat (Baqra Khan - بکرا خان), Myna (مینا ) and others. He is expert in playing musical instruments: violin and mouthorgan. Like his mentor, Faridi, he himself is a master of disguise.
Colossal but brainless Qasim, is his close friend and together they always are after some kind of mischief that leads to some hilarious scenes.
Various characters repeatedly appear to aid Faridi and/or Hameed on different occasions in Jasoosi Dunya’s escapades. They are the friends of Messrs Col. Faridi and Capt. Hameed and not some official adjutants.
Anver and Rasheeda
Except for the initial four novels the two were never portrayed as pivotal characters; they turned up as unofficial aides of Colonel Faridi in the later books. The readers have a love and hate relationship with the crime reporter Anwar who works for the "Daily Star." He blackmails the evildoers, even become accomplice to a crime, but at the same time, hates the criminals. He has no respect for the society or moral values it stipulates. He thumbs his nose at authority and carries disdainful attitude toward women including his best friend Rasheeda. Due to the unjustly harsh past, the intelligent former lawyer turned into an angry, ruthless, but courageous individual having a rebellious philosophy of life known to him as "Revenge". Revenge, to him, is the driving force behind life, his life. The only authority that gets his esteem is Faridi; and he, on and off, joins hand with the later against the evil.
Being his next-door neighbour, Rasheeda is Anwar’s colleague as well as the closest friend. Rasheeda is a fearless young woman who is always ready to fight out the criminals and their mucky activities. Her character is portrayed in a mysterious manner until her real identity is disclosed in Bhayanak Jazeera (بھیانک جزیرہ). She is the crown princess of a secret Island in Pacific Ocean; she was raised outside her state as her life was at risk from opponents. She, however, abdicates the throne in favour of Anwar and returns back from her motherland.
Without him, the Jasoosi Duniya couldn’t be complete. He is Hameed’s buddy and is completely under his influence. Together they bring about irresistible laughter.
The only son of an industrialist baron, Qasim is a comical rather hilarious buffoon. He is too simplistic, childish, and spontaneous. His appearance is more like that of a genie, he is not only colossal in size, about seven feet tall and nearly as fat, but he eats like an elephant too. He has a slurred speech, he babbles, and that perhaps due to his suppressed upbringing. Along with Hameed, he invents weird names for ladies. Since he likes healthy women, he calls them full-falooties. Skinny, lightweight, and slim females irritates him much, they, in his opinion, are Yalayilees. The reason for this maybe is found in the fact that Qasim has never been able to develop a sexual relationship with his wife, who belongs to the “Yalayilee” category. He distastefully calls her “Gilahri Begum” (Mrs. Squirrel) because of her petite figure.
Neelam is a young fearless, daring and adventurous girl, who is brought up by the gang-leader, after her smuggler-father and mother are murdered. With a strong urge of avenging her parents, she has a relentless desire to do away with the band of gangsters. Both her wishes are accomplished when she extends her help to Faridi and Hameed to wipe out the gang. Faridi adopts the youngster. She usually calls Faridi 'Uncle' and Hameed 'Baba' (father or old man), which profoundly irritates the honorary Captain. After assisting Faridi in a few cases, she is sent abroad for higher studies. Graduating in criminology, she returns in Neelam Ki Waapsi (نیلم کی واپسی).
Young and ambitious officer struggling to achieve excellence in her career, Inspector Rekha Larson appears off and on when Colonel Faridi needs a female assistance. She tries to glue to Faridi but he, being allergic to women, keeps her at a distance. On the other hand, Hameed keeps flirting with Rekha and she keeps managing him away.
Ibne-Safi’s fundamental strength rested with his ability of portraying ingenious and distinctive characters and their development. His forte did promote heroism, and with striking impressiveness; nevertheless, his pen didn’t faint there. He continued painting antiheroes and villains in the same vein to compose some unforgettable infamous figures.
The most incredible creation of an outlaw is of Sing Hi. A Chinese expelled from his country on account of treason and insurgency, is wanted by most of the governments because of his international-wide criminal activities.
Highly unreliable and erratic, Sing is one of those revolting individuals who commit crimes for the sake of entertainment. Though slender appearance with a visibly weak physique, he has remarkable strength like of an animal. Those who know him, remember him as Jonk (leech) for his ability to clench his enemy to suffocation and unconsciousness. A thorough control over his emotions makes him even more dangerous. His incredible cool perhaps helps him to acquire another striking skill, the only of its kind, of dodging bullets fired at him from any reasonable distance. It is rightly called "Sing Art" for indeed it is an artistic skill.
He is the only villain to appeared in both Jasoosi Dunya and Imran Series. Sing Hi holds a deep respect for both Faridi and Imran as he preferred to trap and use them rather than kill them. Sing, in fact, declared Imran to be his rightful nephew and in reciprocation Imran called him "Uncle Sing" (Urdu: چچا سنگ).
Like Theresia and Sing Hi, Finch is another amusing and unique character. Thought dwarf at only four feet and half, he possesses many talents. An innocent and simple soul, Finch used to work in a circus. He can extend his height by using bamboos and walk like a normal person. As Dr. Dread’s mob kills his adopted orphan girl, Finch turned criminal, creating his own gang to take revenge on Dr. Dread. He follows Dread to Faridi's homeland. While Faridi manages to break Dr. Dread’s mob, Finch escapes.
Jabar is the first major villain who encounters Inspector Faridi. He is of Indo-Germanic background, influenced by Nazi philosophy. He is also a chemist and a good scientist and during one of his experiments his nose evaporates.
Nanota and Reema are agents from Zeroland, known as Second Serpent ( دوسری ناگن) and Third Serpent (تیسری ناگن) respectively and both are deputy to First Serpent, T3B, Theresia. Both been imprisoned by Faridi and Hameed.
Probably an Englishman, Gerald Shastri is another notorious figure with many talents. Apart from being a great scientist, he is expert in Astrology and Hindu Philosophy. He comes to India with plans to rule the world and is doomed by Faridi.
Dr. Salman perhaps is the toughest opponent of Colonel Faridi. He is psychologist by profession and is the head of the most powerful underworld organization Taaqat (Power), a group that tries to bring revolution in the country.
Qalandar Bayabani is a spy storywriter, who actually is into dirty drug business being the largest drug dealer of the country.
Black Force Organization
Through the special authorization of the executive of the country, Faridi maintains a secret crime-fighting organization: Black Force. As being the head, Faridi is usually referred to as Colonel Hardstone by the members of the Force. These agents, recognized by code names such as B-11, B-2 and so on, mostly hide their identity so much so that even Hameed gets irritated by it since, according to him, and rightly so, he is the closest companion of "Father Hardstone". The Black Force, actually, is an international organization. As to the infrastructure of the organization, its hierarchy or strength, or how its budget is met, the writer absolutely throws no light on these questions.
- Safi, Ibne, Zameen Ke Badal (زمین کے بادل), Asrar Publications, 1958
- Safi, Ibne, Thandi Aag (ٹھنڈی آگ), Asrar Publications, 1957 and Chandni ka Dhua'n (چاندنی کا دھواں), Asrar Publications, 1958.
- Safi, Ibne, Bhayanak Jazeera, Asrar Publication, 1953
- Safi, Ibne, Bur'f Key Bhoot, Asrar Publications, 1954 and Zahreela Aadmi, Asrar Publications, 1963
- Safi, Ibne, Toofaan ka Aghwaa, Asrar Publications, 1957
- Safi, Ibne, Raifal ka Naghma, Asrar Publications, 1957
- Safi, Ibne, Surkh Da’irah, Asrar Publications, 1957. Rekha’s first appearance.
- Safi, Ibne, Lashoan Ka Bazaar, Asrar Publications, 1956
- Safi, Ibne, Zehreelay Teer, Asrar Publications, 1957
- Safi, Ibne, Daaktar Dread, Asrar Publications, 1957