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Qissa Kahaani Banaam More Naama

Ishq kya kahiye ke kya kya ishq hai: The story of a queen and a peacock

The stories of human-animal love are not too rare. Here is an atypical story of love between a queen and a peacock told by no less a master craftsman than Meer Taqi Meer (1723-1810). This verse- narrative known as More Naama has survived through two centuries and has been acknowledged as an exemplar of Meer’s skill of telling a tale in a poetical framework which is allegorical in nature and far reaching in appeal

Rekhta blog Sahir

Jab Bhi Aaya Naye Geet Laata Rahunga

A Romanticist-cum-Marxist, Sahir Ludhianvi remains with us as an iconic poet. Celebrated as a poet, film lyricist, he also remained at the centre of stories that has kept us fascinated over these decades. Here are some excerpts from his poetry that establish him as a poet of resistance par excellence. Dreams sustain us. Even in… continue reading

Ismat Chughtai Rekhta Blog

Ismat Chughtai: Voice of the Voiceless

You might know Ismat for her story ‘Lihaaf’ but she surely has much more than that. Here are some stories you should definitely read to know her better.

Daagh Dehlvi Rekhta blog

The love-life of Nawab Mirza Khan Dagh Dehlvi (1831-1905)

Hazaaron kaam mohabbat mein hain maze ke Dagh

Dagh Dehlvi lived a life of pain and pining in love. He left behind a treasure-trove of love poetry but did not experience the blessings of love. His coffer was empty; he only knew of an illusory love and died with a wish for turning that illusion into a reality.

Dard se mere hai tujh ko beqaeraari hai hai Kya hui zaalim teri ghaflat sha’ari hai hai Umr bhar ka tu ne paimaan-e wafaa baandha to kya Umr ko bhi to naheen hai paaedaari hai hai Sharm-e ruswaaee se jaa chhupna niqaab-e khaak mein Khatm hai ulfat ki tujh per parda daari hai hai

The Love-Life of Asadullah Khan Ghalib (1797-1869)

Ishq se tabeeyat ne zeest ka maza paaya

To think of love and life is to think of Ghalib the lover, and Ghalib the beloved. He was not angelic in form and moving, nor a god in his apprehension but he surely was a piece of work, not very noble in reason but infinite in faculty. He was indeed Shakespeare’s ‘quintessence of dust’ who saw his love going to dust with emotional attachment and philosophical detachment.

The importance of prayer

Gandhi: “My Life is My Message”

Gandhi was a Sufi and a Yogi, a liberator and a martyr for whom India was the karma bhoomi.

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