Baaqi jahaan mein Qais na Farhaad reh gayaa Afsaana aashiqon ka faqat yaad reh gayaa

Afsaana Aashiqon Ka Faqat Yaad Reh Gayaa

Dagh is celebrated as a master of the Urdu idiom and respected as a lively artist with good humour at his fingertips.

Dagh was a disciple of Sheikh Ibrahim Zauq, the poet laureate of the Mughal court and a celebrated mentor of many poets including Bahadur Shah Zafar. Dagh developed a style and a typical phraseology of his own which clearly distinguish his ghazals from others.

Mere junoon ka nateeja zaroor niklega

Mere Junoon Ka Nateeja Zaroor Niklega…

Having a tough time? These couplets will surely lift your morale!

Life is full of hardships; it poses new challenges quite often. Remember that nature loves balance. After every dusk, comes a dawn. Oh! That was poetic. Well, poetry has its own ways to inspire and motivate. Here are some motivational shers for you from Urdu poetry: Follow your passion; it will surely bring success. No… continue reading

Maha Laqa Chanda Poetess

When there was no woman poet in Urdu, there was Mah Laqa

The Importance of Being Mah Laqa Chanda

At the threshold of the nineteenth century, the Urdu language saw the emergence of the first woman poet with a complete divan to her credit.

Firaq Gorakhpuri

Shab-e-furqat bahut ghabraa rahaa hoon

Aane waali naslein tum per fakhr karengi ham asro
Jab un ko ye dhyaan aaiga tum ne Firaq ko dekha tha

Holi ki shaam hi to sehar hai Basant ki

Holi’s dusk is the dawn of Spring

Colours! Dance!! Music!!! Festivity!!!
All these sum up Holi in our popular imagination.
But Holi is more—much more—than fun and frolic, fete and fiesta.

Ghalib: More Than a Poet

Ghalib is a poet par excellence.

He remains unparalleled for his intellectual curiosity, as also for his wit and humour. We bring you some lateefas (jokes) that will bring a smile to your lips. But they will also make you sad.