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.

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.

Mere junoon ka nateeja zaroor niklega

Mere Junoon Ka Nateeja Zaroor Niklega…

Having a tough time? These couplets will surely lift your morale!

Life is full of hardships; it poses new challenges quite often. Remember that nature loves balance. After every dusk, comes a dawn. Oh! That was poetic. Well, poetry has its own ways to inspire and motivate. Here are some motivational shers for you from Urdu poetry: Follow your passion; it will surely bring success. No… continue reading

Maha Laqa Chanda Poetess

When there was no woman poet in Urdu, there was Mah Laqa

The Importance of Being Mah Laqa Chanda

At the threshold of the nineteenth century, the Urdu language saw the emergence of the first woman poet with a complete divan to her credit.

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