Indian Independence Blog

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.

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 and Urdu

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

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.

Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi Humour

Yusufi: The Master of Humour & Satire

“Koi umr puchhta hai toh phone number dekar baton mein laga leta hu”

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