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پھرتے ہیں میرؔ خوار کوئی پوچھتا نہیں

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Jigar Moradabadi

Jigar Moradabadi: The Quintessential Romantic

Hum ko mitaa sakey yeh zamaane mein dum nahin

When one thinks of the Urdu ghazal that celebrates romantic love and pleasures of wine, one naturally thinks of Jigar Moradabadi. This is but a stereotype that has eclipsed his greater worth.

Ibn-e Safi : The Uncrowned Emperor of Detective Fiction

When it comes to detective fiction in Urdu, it wouldn’t be wrong to think of Ibn-e-Safi as its synonym.

Many of his admirers go back to his works, taking them out of their well-guarded boxes, or dearly preserved libraries. They enjoy each turn of phrase and each shot of wit as his characters act and interact ingeniously to solve mysteries.

Syed Ahmad Khan who excelled in many ways as an educationist, reformer, religious commentator, historian, biographer, political visionary, and institution maker, made it possible for the literati of his times to realize the importance of political changes occurring then. He could visualize their impact on society, and think of the possible ways that might be adopted to create a better socio-cultural condition. Apart from many others, three of his contributions—the creation of Aligarh Scientific Society, the launching of a journal Tehzeebul Akhlaq, and the establishment of Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College on the pattern of Oxford and Cambridge—made way for liberal thinking in the field of education. He emphasized on Western scientific knowledge, promoted translations of Western literatures into Urdu, and reflected on issues relating to culture, society, manners, and morals. Although his impact on literature was not as direct as that of the others but he created a healthy condition that made way for the poets and writers to reflect upon the ways that could help them imagine literature as social text.

SIR SYED AHMAD KHAN

Extraordinary Reformer; Amazing Iconoclast

Syed Ahmad Khan, who is better known and addressed as Sir Syed, was a canonical figure of India’s intellectual history. He passed away in 1898 but stays with us with his writings on a variety of subjects that have not lost their relevance even though they are deeply rooted in their times.

Reh Gaya Kaam Hamara Hi Bhaghawat Likhna

Reh Gaya Kaam Hamara Hi Baghawat Likhna

A major voice of resistance in Urdu poetry.

Habib Jalib is considered one of the most valiant and high-spirited persons of his times. He pulled the masks off the faces of the tyrant rulers and showcased their real faces to the people which he considered to be his real engagement.

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.