Think, what first comes to your mind as you read a couplet? Its idea, image, eloquence, assonance, or something else? Barely are we drawn towards the sounds that envelope the syllables that we’re uttering.
Born Shankar Dutt Kumar, in Bahawalpur, Pakistan, on 3rd July 1935, Kumar Pashi’s family left their house and belongings in Delhi after the Revolt of 1857. But, as fate would have it, Delhi called him back. At 12 years old, following the mass exodus of the Indo-Pak partition, he returned to Delhi.
Teacher’s day is quite a reminder as to why we should never forget what our teachers did for us. The same can be said for Urdu poetry where the tradition of Ustad and Shagird is both a legacy and a legend. Each of our favorite poets, at some point in time, reached out to their Ustads for corrections and amendments in their works, it’s a kind of unwritten law, one that is seldom read these days.
A part of India’s exquisite literature that has arguably been the closest to common people is Urdu poetry. So much so, that many of the couplets have become like idioms to us. But besides Ghazals and its Shers, Nazms, too are etched in our collective consciousness.
Some of the finest exemplars of intriguing imageries of rain and aftermath are contained in our beloved Urdu poetry. Poets, classical and contemporary alike, have colored their couplets with words, masterfully. From Mirza Ghalib, painting the most abstract impressions, to Ahmad Mushtaq, brushing the simplest of everyday stills, this little collection offers some of the most inviting images drawn, with alphabets!
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