stories, vikram, vetaal

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.

faiz-ahmad-faiz, resistance poetry

BOL KI LAB AAZAAD HAIN TERE

POETRY IN RESISTANCE, POETS IN PROTEST

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)

Acha hai dil ke saath rahe paasban-e aql | Lekin kabhi kabhi ise tanha bhi chhod de

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

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Brainteasers

These five couplets will inflame your imagination

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

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Readers’ Choice on Rekhta in 2018!

The most viewed poets, poetry, short stories and blogs on Rekhta.org

The year 2018 saw the Rekhta family grow by huge numbers. Millions of people joined in to read and relish Urdu poetry and literature. We have compiled a list of the most searched content on the Rekhta website. These were the most searched couplets on the Rekhta website. To read more of the poet just… continue reading