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The love-life of Akhtar Shirani: Imaginary or Real

Bahut tadpaayegi dil ko hamaari daastaan ik din

Anisur Rahman One who wrote poems like Sarzameen-e Ishq, Ai Ishq Kaheen Le Chal, Ai Ishq Hamein Barbaad Na Kar, Badnaam Ho Raha Hoon, Jahaan Rehana Rehti Thi, Chand Lamhe Azra Ke Saath, Shikwa-i- Judaai, Aiteraaf-e Mohabbat and many more of the kind must be in the dock of lovers. Whether Akhtar Shirani had really… continue reading

faiz-ahmad-faiz, resistance poetry

BOL KI LAB AAZAAD HAIN TERE

Faisal Fehmi Whenever there was a need to stand for truth and to raise a voice against oppression, there was a poet to do so. Poetry has inspired many historic revolutions that have restored order in society. This did not, however, come easily to the poets. They had to suffer immeasurably for raising their voice… continue reading

faiz couplets poetry

FIVE NEVER-HEARD-BEFORE-COUPLETS OF FAIZ

Faisal Fehmi Faiz Ahmad Faiz was among the most celebrated and popular poets of Urdu. He faced political repression for his revolutionary views. He is acknowledged as a torchbearer of progressivism and modernism in Urdu poetry. Here are five couplets of Faiz that you may not have heard of or read before. You may read… continue reading

Iqbal love life atia faizi

The love-life of Mohammad Iqbal (1877-1938)

Anisur Rahman Thinking of Mohammad Iqbal is thinking of one with many distinctions to his credit. Being a poet, philosopher, barrister, academic, and political thinker with a knighthood to his credit made him special in many ways. All these distinguished identities qualified him to be widely celebrated as the “Poet of the East”, “Hakim-ul-Ummat”, and… continue reading

Do share with us your understanding of these shers.

Brainteasers

Urdu poetry has innumerable shers where the two lines do not seem to have any apparent connection. Only after intense thought, one does realize that the two lines have a deep-rooted correlation. Here we bring to you five such shers. Read and give them a thought. We have provided hints for each sher to help… continue reading