Urdu jise kehte hain. Language, urdu, culture

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जो ज़बान अपने चारों तरफ देखती है वही ज़बान इनसानी जरूरतों को पूरा भी कर सकती है।

ज़बानें अपना कल्चर रखती हैं और वही ज़बान बड़ी तसव्वुर की जाती है जिस में ख़याल और इज़हार के लिए अल्फ़ाज़ की तंगी न हो, यूँ तो सारी ज़बानों के अपने लफ़्ज़ और अपना शब्द-कोश होता है। और दुनिया के मुखतलिफ़ हिस्सों में बस्ने वाले लोग अपनी ज़बान पर फ़ख्र भी करते हैं, इसी तरह… continue reading


Five prominent Feminist writers in Urdu

Concept and Text: Abbas Qamar In the latter half of twentieth century, the world was hit by a Feminist storm; and rightly so. The female voices rose to break free of the four-walls behind which they had always remained unheard in a strongly patriarchal society. We mention here some names and their works that championed… continue reading


The Case of Urdu

A brief history of Urdu language exploring the popular myths that label Urdu as a ‘foreign language’, ‘Islamic language’, ‘camp language’ etc. It also offers a rough sample of a broad and universal linguistic pattern through the case history of India.

Hamse puchho ki Ghazal kya hai |

A brief appreciation of Ghazal and its characteristics

Talking about the appeal of Urdu Ghazal, it would be no exaggeration to assert that ghazal dwells outside the bounds of Time. Despite almost eight hundred years of its existence, it hasn’t lost its magnetic sheen. This blog unravels the elements of a ghazal that render to it its essential language-less musicality and enchanting lure.

Breaking Barriers: Kishwar Naheed on the Fierce Woman

Woman as outcast, woman unvanquished, woman as a force to be reckoned with.

Kishwar Naheed is known to be an outspoken individual who defied stereotypical expectations. Her verses celebrate the woman who asserts herself and thrives in spite of adversities. Through her poetry, her construction of femininity stands out – uncontrollable and unapologetic.

ishrat afreen, shayari, sher, urdu woman, feminism

Aurat Aurat ke Liye : Woman for Woman

Ishrat Afreen on women's identities, their work and the possibilities of their future

Women share histories – personal and political. Afreen urges women to recall the stories that contribute to the meaning of their existence. How and where will they go from this point onward?

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