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.

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आँखों से सम्बंधित मुहावरे

आँखें शरीर को ही नहीं भाषा को भी ख़ूबसूरत बनाती हैं!

आँखें वैसे तो शरीर के दूसरे अंगों की तरह एकअंग ही हैं जिनके द्वारा हम संसार को देखते हैं और उसके दृश्यों से सम्बंध स्थापित करते हैं, लेकिन हमारी ज़िंदगी में इनकी अहमियत शरीर के दुसरे अंगों की अपेक्षा कुछ ज़्यादा ही रही है. अदब व शायरी में भी आँखों के इर्द-गिर्द नये नये मज़ामीन… continue reading

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Wondrous Literary Narratives

Baitaal Pacheesi and Singhasan Batteesi

Literary narratives are known to have a latent relationship between their oral and written forms. Two analogous Indian narratives–Singhasan Batteesi (Thirty-Two Tales of the Throne) and Baitaal Pacheesi (Twenty-five Tales of Baital)–that have passed from the oral to a variety of written forms over a long period of time may be mentioned in this context.

Satyavan and Savitri: the story of love’s victory over death.

Satyavan and Savitri: the story of love’s victory over death

Traced back to the Mahabharata, here is a story that Rishi Markandeya narrated to Raja Yudhishthira. The story which praises the virtues of a zealous woman and a devoted wife is that of Savitri who figured in Devi Bhgwat Purana and also became the subject of several literary compositions in the East and the West.

An emotionally honest Josh has remained an icon of love with a difference.

The love-life of Josh Malihabadi

Jise ghuroor ho aai kare shikar mujhe

An emotionally honest Josh has remained an icon of love with a difference.

The Love-life of Sahir Ludhianavi Mujhe gale se lagaa lo bahut udaas hoon main

The Love-life of Sahir Ludhianavi

Mujhe gale se lagaa lo bahut udaas hoon main

Sahir was passionate about life, as he was about love. Some of his lady-loves were illusory; others were real but in both he remained a deeply aspirational character.

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