Gaman Movie Ghazal, Makhdoom Mohiuddin, आपकी याद आती रही रात-भर, Aapki Yaad Aati Rahi Raat Bhar Ghazal

‘गमन’ फ़िल्म की ग़ज़ल: यादें और उम्र जितनी लंबी रातें

प्रतीक्षा की रातें बहुत लंबी होती हैं… बहुत बार एक उम्र जितनी लंबी। उनमें जिंदगी की थकन भी जुड़ती जाती है। इस इंतजार के एक सिरे पर यादें होती हैं तो दूसरे सिरे पर उम्मीद। मगर यादों और उम्मीदों के बीच का फासला इतना लंबा होता जाता है कि संभाले नहीं संभलता। “आप की याद… 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.

Firaq Gorakhpuri

Shab-e-furqat bahut ghabraa rahaa hoon

Aane waali naslein tum per fakhr karengi ham asro
Jab un ko ye dhyaan aaiga tum ne Firaq ko dekha tha

Holi ki shaam hi to sehar hai Basant ki

Holi’s dusk is the dawn of Spring

Colours! Dance!! Music!!! Festivity!!!
All these sum up Holi in our popular imagination.
But Holi is more—much more—than fun and frolic, fete and fiesta.

Ghalib: More Than a Poet

Ghalib is a poet par excellence.

He remains unparalleled for his intellectual curiosity, as also for his wit and humour. We bring you some lateefas (jokes) that will bring a smile to your lips. But they will also make you sad.

Saqi and Alvi

We lived together till death did us apart

Two major voices of modern Urdu poetry would never be heard again.

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