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From 1857 to 1947: Towards Our Independence with Urdu Nazms

A part of India’s exquisite literature that has arguably been the closest to common people is Urdu poetry. So much so, that many of the couplets have become like idioms to us. But besides Ghazals and its Shers, Nazms, too are etched in our collective consciousness.

We have said it all Nothing left to say Let’s go for a drink The night is here to stay

Abhi Raat Kuch Hai Baaqi

When the night finds itself as a muse in Urdu poetry

Poets have often represented night- now as an image, now as a metaphor, now as a symbol. And the way Urdu poets signify different dimensions of the night will definitely leave you spellbound. Here we present a constellation of seven couplets from the mesmerising galaxy of Urdu poetry.

Ai mohabbat tere anjaam pe rona aaya Jaane kyun aaj tere naam pe rona aaya

Shakeel Badayuni: Poet as lyricist; lyricist as poet!

Kal Raat Zindagi Se Mulaaqaat Ho Gayi

A ghazal aficionado, Shakeel Badayuni developed a dialogue with life in all its romantic glory and grandeur

Husn-e-Jaana ki tareef mumkin nahi

Husn-e-Jaana Ki Tareef Mumkin Nahin

Husn-e-baakamaal ki tamseel, sher-o-shayari ke saanche mein.

When it comes to praising the glory of your beloved, poetry always comes handy.

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.

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