Akbar Allahabadi

Akbar Allahabadi in a New Avatar!

7 Urdu shayari memes for the millennial idea of humour

In Akbar Allahabadi, Urdu language found a humorist, a satirist, a commentator, and a reformer. Unlike many, his satire is not corrosive, or black in nature. He lived during the British Raj and his poetry provides glimpses into the socio-political conditions of that age. He chose to be jovial and politely critical in his poetry that made a great appeal to his readers. Akbar wrote frankly on a number of issues including falsity, hypocrisy, politics, education, and social norms. Having an objective view of things, he may be appreciated as a humanist with deep concern for healthy politics, society, life, and living.

Here are 7 meme GIFs showing that classic poetry when styled like Akbar’s — fit so perfectly with the millennial idea of humour.

1) “Aap purush hi nahin… mahapurush ho…”  

Poochha Akbar hai aadmi kaisa Hans ke bole wo aadmi hi naheen

2) The yesteryear idea of group study- 

Main bhi graduate hoon tum bhi graduate Ilmi mubaahise hon zaraa paas aa ke lait

3) The unseen scene of my after-death feasting- 

Bataaun aap ko marne ke baad kya hoga Pulaao khainge ahbaab fateha hoga

4) Lag ja gale – for the pleasures of life 

Seene se lagaaein tujhe armaan yehi hai Jeene ka mazaa hai to meri jaan yehi hai

5) The frenemy who loves to complain – 

Raqeebon ne rapat likhwaai hai jaa jaa ke thane mein Ke Akbra naam leta hain Khuda ka is zamaane mein

6) Mom: “Clean your room”
    Me: Finding an excuse like – 

Bole ke tujh ko deen ki islaah farz hai Main chal dia ye keh ke aadaab arz hai

7) Don’t shy away from shyness

Lipat bhi jaa arre Akbra ghazab ki beauty hai Naheen naheen pe na jaa ye hayaa ki duty hai

Concept & text: Aman Ali