Monday, May 24, 2010

Testing Urdu Transliteration!!

شرجیل احمد "ارمان"




ساسوں کا احساس بھی اب بیگانہ سالگتا ہے


تیرے بن ہر اک لمحہ ویرانہ سا لگتا ہے






وہی در و دیوار، وہی جھروکھا، وہی فانوس سجا؛


مگر آینہ بھی اب تو بیگانہ سا لگتا ہے






سرد ہوائیں نہ جانے کسکا پتا پوچھ رہی ہیں مجھ سے


دل میں کیسی خلش ہے، ہر خیال بمانے سا لگتا ہے






کتنے لمحے گزرے، کتنے اور گزرنا باقی ہیں


لَمہون کا یہ کھیل سازش زمانہ سا لگتا ہے






کہیں دور سے آتی ہے جب کوئی آواز گر کہیں؛


مانو ساے سے نکل کر تیرا آنا سا لگتا ہے






دل نے تجھ کو یاد کیا ہے آج اتنا صنم؛


تیری جدائی کا عالم غمگین افسانہ سا لگتا ہے؛






وہ پوچھتے ہیں ہم سے ارمان کیا حال ہے آپ کا؛


دل آويز وہی تنہائی کا عالم پرانا سا لگتا ہے...

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

My English translation of the famous nazm "Lab pe aati hai dua banke tamanna meri...

My longings and desires adorn my lips as supplication;
May my life, Oh Lord, be the face of the pious illumination;
May my persona ornament my homeland with elegance;
As the flowers ornament the garden with their fragrance;
May I reflect the mettle of the knowledge-seeking moth O Lord!
May I forever seek love for the radiance of knowledge O Lord!
May I last to support and brace the poor and the dejected;
May I live to love the elderly, the needy, and the neglected;
O ALLAH ! Protect me from the evil and estranged ways;
Make me walk the path of righteous and benevolent ways. 


My English translation of the famous nazm "Lab pe aati hai dua banke tamanna meri..." by Sir Allama Iqbal.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Duniya darakht

Ek gumsum sa darakht hai,
Koi saya jisme kho gaya
Ek gehri syahi si shab aayi
Aur ek sukoon so gaya
Koi dukhti rag thi kahin
Jiska zakhm zehen mein khul gaya
Fir shuru hua silsila dard ka
Fir jal uthi chita koi
Aarzuon ke shmshaan mein.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

An Excellent Composition by Asrar-ul-Haq Majaz

कुछ तुझ को है ख़बर हम क्या क्या ऐ शोरिश-ए-दौरां भूल गए;
वह ज़ुल्फ़-ए-परीशां भूल गए, वह दीद-ए-गिरयां भूल गए;

ऐ शौक़-ए-नज़ारा क्या कहिए नज़रों में कोई सूरत ही नहीं;
ऐ ज़ौक़-ए-तसव्वुर क्या किजिए हम सूरत-ए-जानां भूल गए;

अब गुल से नज़र मिलती ही नहीं अब दिल की कली खिलती ही नहीं;
ऐ फ़स्ले बहारां रुख़्सत हो, हम लुत्फ़-ए-बहारां भूल गए;

सब का तो मदावा कर डाला अपना ही मदावा कर न सके;
सब के तो गिरेबां सी डाले, अपना ही गिरेबां भूल गए;

यह अपनी वफ़ा का आलम है, अब उनकी जफ़ा को क्या कहिये;
एक नश्तर-ए-ज़हर-आगीं रख कर नज़्दीक रग-ए-जां भूल गए...

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

तन्हाई का आलम पुराना...

Composed while my wife (life) was away visiting her parents....
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साँसों का अहसास भी अब बेगाना सा लगता है;
तेरे बिन हर इक लम्हा वीराना सा लगता है;

वही दर-ओ-दीवार, वही झरोखा, वही फानूस सजा;
मगर आईना भी अब तो अनजाना सा लगता है;

सर्द हवाएं ना जाने किस का पता पूछ रही हैं मुझसे;
दिल में कैसी ख़लिश है, हर ख़याल बेमाना सा लगता है;

कितने लम्हे गुज़रे, कितने और गुज़रना बाक़ी हैं;
लम्हों का यह खेल साज़िश-ऐ-ज़माना सा लगता है;

कहीं दूर से आती है जब कोई आवाज़ गर कभी;
मानो साए से निकल कर तेरा आना सा लगता है;

दिल ने तुझ को याद किया है आज इतना सनम;
तेरी जुदाई का आलम ग़मगीन अफसाना सा लगता है;

वोह पूछते हैं हमसे अरमान क्या हाल है आप का;
दिलावेज़ वही तन्हाई का आलम पुराना सा लगता है...

Friday, December 05, 2008

बहार-ऐ-वफ़ा

This is a rejoinder to my previous post titled "शिकस्त-ऐ-वफ़ा"
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जाने क्यूँ कानों में गूंजती हर सिम्त यह शहनाई है आज;
उल्फत का वोह "दिलावेज़" चेहरा, हसीं शाम फिर ले आई है आज;

महफिल-ऐ-गुलज़ार है, गुलों और गुंचों की शमा भी रौशन है;
हर सिम्त से खुशियों की चादर लपेटे बहार आई है आज;

जशन-ऐ-खुदाई में यह कहाँ मुमकिन, मुकम्मल हो हर बात;
पर इसके बावजूद, हर तरफ़ महफिल-ऐ-खुशहाली छाई है आज;

अब सुबह का इंतज़ार किसे, फलक पे छाया वोह चांदनी का झूमर;
क्या खूब वोह जाम-ऐ-विसाल है जो तू ने पिलाई है आज;

क्या मैं सिला दूँ, कौन सा वाज़ीफा तुझे नज़र-ऐ-इनायत करूँ;
तू ने जो इनायत की है, मेरी हस्ती की इक नई शनासाई है आज;

अब बहारों के आगोश में पल रहे हैं हसरतों के नये ख्वाब;
जिंदगी जैसे "अरमान" बहार-ऐ-वफ़ा में समा कर आई है आज........

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Ishq Yeh Dekhke Hairaan Hai!!

Although I have not yet watched Jodha Akbar, (and would probably not watch it at all) my inner sense keeps telling me :: It's not worth it. I can never stand Hrithik Roshan as Emperor Akbar (naaaaaaaaaaaa!!), never. As a normal psychological tendency, one would expect it to be close to Mughal-e-Azam; which is obviously not the case in any sense.

However, one thing that still makes me feel good about the movie is -- Ishq yeh dekhke hairaan hai! Jawed Akhtar is good, after all :-) Enjoy the lyrics!
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Kehne ko Jashn-e-bahara hai
Ishq yeh dekhke hairaan hai

Phool se khusboo khafa khafa hai gulshan mein
Chupa hai koi ranj fiza ki chilman mein
Sare sehmein nazare hain
Soye soye vaqt ke dhare hain
Aur dil mein koi khoye si baatein hain

Kehne ko Jashn-e-bahara hai
Ishq yeh dekhke hairaan hai

Kaise kahen kya hai sitam
Sochte hai ab yeh hum
Koi kaise kahen woh hai ya nahi humare
Karte to hai saath safar

Faasle hain phir bhi magar
Jaise milte nahi kisi dariya ke do kinare
Pass hain phir bhi paas nahi

Humko yeh gum raas nahi
Seeshe ki ek diware hai jaise darmiya
Sare sehmein nazare hain

Soye soye vaqt ke dhare hain
Aur dil mein koi khoye si baatein hain

Kehne ko Jashn-e-bahara hai
Ishq yeh dekhke hairaan hai
Phool se khusboo khafa khafa hai gulshan mein

Chupa hai koi ranj fiza ki chilman mein

Hum ne jo tha nagma suna
Dil ne tha usko chuna
Yeh dastaan humein vaqt ne kaise sunai
Hum jo agar hai gumgee

Woh bhi udhar khush to nahi
Mulakato mein hai jaise ghul si gai tanhai
Milke bhi hum milte nahi

Khilke bhi gul khilte nahi
Aankhon mein hai baharein dil mein khiza
Sare sehmein nazare hain

Soye soye vaqt ke dhare hain
Aur dil mein koi khoye si baatein hain

Kehne ko Jashan-e-bahara hai
Ishq yeh dekhke hairaan hai

Phool se khusboo khafa khafa hai gulshan mein
Chupa hai koi ranj fiza ki chilman mein

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Jawab-e-Shikwa - Bewafai - By Arman

Woh they kitne qareeb jo aaj rehte hum se door hain;
Poochne pe kaha wafaa ka ab to yehi dastoor hai;
Kal takk main rukh-e-saaqi thaa unke mainkhaane ka;
Ab kaya maye aur maikhana, wafa ki ummeed fazool hai.

Wafa sikha kar woh kehte hain ruswai na karo;
Hum wafa karne wale hain, humse bewafai na karo;
Phir farz ke naam par utaar diya seene mein khanjar;
Hum jo tadpe to kaha dard ki duhaai na karo;
Chup reh kar seh gaye hum ilzaam bewafai ka;
Arman is daur mein ab aur dil aashnaayi na karo...

Woh kehte hain Wafa-e-fan ki shaahkaar hai yeh duniyaa;
Haasil-e-muqaam ki justajoo mein bezaar hai yeh duniyaa;
Meel ke un paththaron ko nazr-e-zarra kar ke muskuraye;
Kaha Arman, fankaaron ka baazaar hai yeh duniyaa...

"Shikwa" - By Qais

badey ruswa le lagte ho...........
bewafai ka ilzaam bhi lagate ho
ye to kaho ki wafa kisne ki
kisne shuru kia khel bewafaai ka
:)
jo tum banane waale ho aashiana duur kahin;
kyun aas lagate ho wafaa ki unse jinse jaana hai duur kahin

jise tum wafa-e-asbaab samajhte thay wo thee wafaa-e-fan
wafa-e-fan se wafa karo, maqsad-e-zindagi se ru-ba-ru ho
khamoshi nahi hai nishan bebasi ka, izhar-e-dard ka
ye wo taaqat hai jo milti hai phaile huey samandar ko
tum to is taraqqi pasand duniya mei mahez ek musafir ho
phir kyun meel ke patharon se dil aashnai karte ho

Monday, April 16, 2007

Kho Gaye

Dhalti shaam ke saaye mein, kahin gum ho gaye
Thaki hui see hawa ke saath, rookhsaar ho gaye
Rukhsat kiya na kisi ne hamein jaate dekha
Ke aatey aatey paas khud se door ho gaye

Dhoondhati hai usey khamoshiyon mein
Uski awaaz aaj laawaris hai
Goonjati siskiyan kho jaati hain
Jaane kyon sannaton mein, zaar zaar ro gaye...

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Meet Aashna

One day I suddenly came across her - Aashna, that's what she calls herself. The reason we got together is the same passion of poetry. She might be an amateur in the field, but has often inspired me with her words.

Here I present a few of her lines.
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aaj koi achchaa lagne lagaa
har sapna sachcha lagne lagaa
jiska tha Aashna ko intezaar
woh apna paas aaney laga

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kuch na paa sakin, kuch na kho sakin,
aur kuch nahin tho wafa bhee na kar sakin
pyar mein Dil ki mehfil ko roshan jo karein
aashna woh shama bhee na ban sakein

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Mera tanha mann... aur soona aangan...
sunai dethi hain... sirf hawaon ki gunjan...
Iss sukoon mein mahsoos hoti....
teri wo khushboo, aur meri ye dhadkan

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uss manzar ko kaise na dekhein
jismein jhalak tumhari ho
uss pal ko kaise bhulayien
yaad teri jismein basi ho
Aashna kaise roke us saans ko
jismein teri arzoo pali ho

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koi mashroof hain kaam mein,
toh koi shaam-e-gum mein,
koi tanhayion mein,
toh koi khamoshiyon mein
Aashna toh masroof hain
kabhi na khatm ho jo
kisike intezaar mein

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intezaar in paloin mein hain itni sitam
chin rahaan sukoon badh rahein hain gum
Ye soch kar Aashna ki aankhen hain numm
kab hoga chandini raat mein teri baahon ki maalaa sanam

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Shab-e-Firaaq

This was published at "Rang-e-Hayat" http://www.spaces.msn.com/rang-e-hayat/

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Zikr-e-Shab-e-Firaaq Se Wehshat Usay Bhi Thi
Meri Tarha Kisi Se Mohabbat Usay Bhi Thi

Mujhko Bhi Shoq Tha Naye Chehron Ki Deed Ka
Raasta Badal K Chalne Ki Aadat Usay Bhi Thi

Us Raat Bohat Dair Tak Woh Raha Mehav-e-Guftugoo
Masroof Main Bhi Kam Tha Faraaghat Usay Bhi Thi

Sunata Tha Woh Bhi Sabse Purani Kahaniyan
Taaza Rafaqaton Ki Zarurat Usay Bhi Thi

Mujhse Bichar K Shehar Main Ghul Mil Gaya Woh Shaks
Halankey Shehar Bhar Se Raqabat Usay Bhi Thi

Woh Mujhse Barh K Zabt Ka Aadi Tha Jee Gaya
Werna Har Ek Saans Qayamat Usay Bhi Thi !

-Parveen Shakir-

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Jafaa-e-zamaanaa

This was posted on aligarians.com; liked it so am posting it here... Don't know the name of the shaayar... ;-)

Jigar aur dil ko bachaanaa bhii hai;
Nazar aap hii se milaanaa bhii hai;
Muhabbat kaa har bhed paanaa bhii hai;
Magar apnaa daaman bachaanaa bhii hai;
Jo dil tere Gham kaa nishaanaa bhii hai;
Qatiil-e-jafaa-e-zamaanaa bhii hai;

[Qatiil : slain; jafaa-e-zamaanaa : cruelty of the world]

Ye bijlii chamaktii hai kyuN Dam-ba-dam chaman meN ko’ii aashiyaanaa bhii hai

[dam-ba-dam : now and then ...]

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Caravan Serai

Kaash ke yeh kadam tham jaayein
Yeh safar kuchh lambaa ho chala hai
Hum chalein hain door talak
Ke bahut door falak ho chala hai
Zameen ko yeh guman bhi nahi
Khaaksaar yeh badan ho chala hai
Koi in kadamon ko lagaam de
Ke in kadamon ka hosh
Hawa ho chala hai...

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Rewayat-e-Dunia

Is Dunia ki rewayat se anjaan hai aap,
Kis kis ke liye pareshan hai aap,
Kaun karta hai pyar nibhane ke liye,
Dil, dil to ek khilona hai zamane ke liye.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Shikast-e-Wafaa

Jaane kyun iss qadar khaamosh yeh tanhaayi hai aaj;
Gham ka woh chehra haseen shaam phir le aayi hai aaj;

Mehfil-e-raanaayi hai, viraani ki shama bhi raushan hai;
Hur simt se yaadon ki chaadur lapete bahaar aayi hai aaj;

Jashn-e-Khudai mein yeh kahaan mumkin, mukammal ho har baat;
Uss par zamaane ka sitam, har taraf aalam-e-bewafaai hai aaj;

Sanam kade ke darr pe khara hun subeh ke intezaar mein;
Kaya khoob woh jaam-e-visaal hai jo tu ne pilaayi hai aaj;

Kiska gila karun, kaun sa shikwa tujhe nazar-e-inayat karun;
Tune khud hi wafaa ki aarh mein meri hasti mitaayi hai aaj;

Ab dard ke aaghosh mein soye hain hasraton ke saare khwaab;
Zindagi bhi "Arman" shikast-e-wafa meiN samaa kar aayi hai aaj;


- "Arman"

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Dastoor-e-safar

Ek khaamosh sa lamha, chhookar beh gaya
Ek zindagi mili, ek waqt theher gaya

Kuchh baat thi us galiyare ki, jahan se guzar gaye hum
Us galiyare mein ek dil theher gaya

Kabhi dee thi dastak, haule haule dhadkan si
Kabhi ruk gayi, kabhi haath theher gaya

Kahan ki khushi phir laut aayi hai aaj
Kahan ka ghum, theher kar bikhar gaya

Shayad yehi dastoor-e-safar hai ke
Unke saath, ek manzar theher gaya.

Arman ki khwahish...

shikast-e-wafa nahin hoti, shikast hoti hai ummeed-e-wafa ki,
zindagi dhokha nahin hoti, dhokha hoti hai zindagi se khwahish,
Iss safar mein dard-o-gham ka saath,
Reh jaata hai sirf ek ehsaas bankar,
Gar nahin hota hai khauff karam-e-muqaddar ka...

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Tanhaayi ki Duniya

Aabad na kar paoge barbad karoge,
Le jao maiN Dil deta hu kyaa yaad karoge;

Thukra kar mere pyar ko tum saanseN to loge,
Tanhayi ki duniya kahin aabad karoge;

Yeh bhi khabhi soocha hai chod kar hameN,
Jab hum na rahenge to kise yaad karoge;

Arey hum to chale jayenge duniya se tumhari,
Ro ro ke baad meiN khud hi fariyad karoge;

Aabad na kar paoge barbad karoge,
Le jao mai Dil deta hu kyaa yaad karoge....


-Amit-

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Jashn-e-Mehdi Hassan

Mehdi Hassan ke gale mein Bhagwaan bolta hai…
Lata Mangeshkar

They say a true evaluation of one’s genius is that which comes from one’s own peers. So, do we need a greater proof of evidence to proclaim the genius of Mehdi Hassan than these laudatory remarks by the Melody Queen, Lata Mangeshkar? Best known for his unparalleled magnum opus GuloN meN rang bhare…, Mehdi Hassan has to his credit greater credence and vehemence in the world of ghazal singing than what any lexis can claim to express.


To lovers and affiliates of ghazals or Urdu poetry, Mehdi Hassan is not a new name. Acclaimed as the “King of Ghazals,” Mehdi Hassan instantly shot to fame and glory by the famous ghazal: GuloN meN rang bhare, Baad-e-nau-bahaar chale… In his singing career, which now extends more than 50 years, Mehdi Hassan has the credit of having sung more than 30,000 ghazals and geets. What makes his panache unrivaled is his dexterity for even the most difficult of ragaas, or musical notes. His popularity and distinction has been ever increasing, and people do not cringe in bracketing him together with the greatest of Pakistani ghazal singers like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Noor Jahan.

Mehdi Hassan has had an enduring singing career, embracing a gamut of celebrated and legendary ghazals. The list is endless, but some prominent are as:

* Meray khayal-0- khwab ki duniya liye huway – Film: Shikaar; 1962
* Duniya kisi kay pyar mein – Film: Jaag Uthaa insaa; 1966
* Mujhay tum nazar say gira tau rahay ho – Film: Doraha; 1967
* Ik naye morH pay lay aaye hain – Film: Ehsaan; 1967
* Ye kaghazi phool jaisay chehre – Film: Devar Bhaabhi; 1967
* Tark-e-ulfat ka sila – Film: Dil mera dharkan teri; 1968
* Ye wafaon ka diya aap ne – Film: Phir chaand niklega; 1970
* Khamosh hain nazaaray – Film: Bandagi; 1972
* Ga meray diwanay dil – Film: Daulat aur duniyaa; 1972

Take time to visit

http://www.aligarians.com/category/singers/mehdi-hassan/ and celebrate the cavalcade; Jashn-e-Mehdi Hassan.

References:


* Pakistan Television Corp. Ltd.

http://www.ptv.com.pk/webptv/singer13.asp

* Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehdi_Hassan

Thursday, March 30, 2006

My latest composition

Jaane kyun iss qadar khaamosh yeh tanhaayi hai aaj;
Gham ka woh chehra haseen shaam phir le aayi hai aaj;
Dard ke aaghosh mein soye hain hasraton ke saare khwaab;
Zindagi bhi yoon shikast-e-wafa meiN samaa kar aayi hai aaj.

- "Arman"

Mere Lahoo kee do boondein

Zamaana kya hum par aansoo bahataa hai,
Humne dhool se apni aankhen seenchi hain;
Apni maiyat hai, aur unhe rona nahi aata hai,
Janaaza humaraa hai, aur hum hi denge kandha,
Shayad is maut mein hi koi saath dene wala hai.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Metaphysics of Symbolism and Motivation for Life in Urdu Poetry

Ragon mein daurhte rehne ke hum nahi qayal;
Jab aankh hi se ne tapka to phir lahoo kaya hai…

One thing that makes Urdu poetry significantly different from other forms of literary expressions is the symbolism or metaphysical association of human emotions. The above couplets beautifully symbolize life's realities in terms of pains and sufferings. The symbolism depicted here metaphysically ascribes to blood (lahoo). And that blood epitomizes the highest degree of suffering and pain is quite understood!

The way pains and sufferings as part of our lives is visualized by the first line of the couplet: Ragon mein daurhte rehne ke hum nahi qayal. We can visualize life being full with pain and suffering in the same way as veins (rag, or ragon) are filled with blood. This line emphatically suggests that although life is full of pain and suffering, the pains and sufferings are not significant, at least in the eyes of the poet. The line translates as: It's the basic characteristics of blood to flow in the veins, and the poet does not subscribe to the importance of blood till it flows in the veins.

The beauty of the thought is brought out in the second line of the couplet: Jab aankh hi se na tapka to phir lahoo kaya hai [The blood holds no significance till it flows out from your eyes]. The couplet in tandem translates into the thought that though blood is significantly symbolic of suffering and pain, the symbolism is not brought out till it flows down your eyes!! In symbolism, majority of life's miseries, pains, and sufferings are insignificant; till they reach an acme [the acme being symbolized by the blood flowing out from your eyes].

Though different people might have different thoughts and logic to comprehend this couplet, to me, the above sentences would definitely describe the best translation of the couplet. This holds the window to the reality of life, by urging us to view pains and sufferings as insignificant till they reach their acme.

The next couplet in this ghazal by Ghalib represents his own state of mind as far as pains and sufferings are concerned:

Chipak raha hai badan par lahoo se pairaham;
Hamari jeb ko ab hajat-e-rafoo kaya hai.


To me, the translation of this couplet amounts to stating that his (the poet's) sufferings [the origin of which lies perhaps in his poverty and misery] are so intense that the sufferings themselves ensemble his respite - he does not need to mend his torn pocket, as his shirt sticks to his body because of the blood flowing!!

A note to conclude: Although a very nicely written and an excellent masterpiece of its kind, this ghazal lacks the basic motivation towards life. A marked difference between poets like Ghalib and poets like Allama Iqbal is that while the former category focuses more on presenting the situations of life, while the later category concentrates on motivating people to continue living against all odds, for these odds are part of life.

"Nahin tera nasheman Qasr-e-Sultani ke gumbad par;
Tu shaheen hai, basera kar paharon ki chattano mein."


This couplet by Allama Iqbal sums up what I intend to conclude: If you are a man of courage, grit, and ditermination, and you want to stand out in the crowd; do not approach the easy way. On the contrary, prepare to lead a rock-sturdy life, which is characterized by hardships (paharon ki chattein).


Welcome to Dareecha-e-Ghazaliyaat!!



Welcome to Dareecha-e-Ghazaliyaat!!

Though there might be numerous blogs and discussion forums running on the theme of Urdu poetry, this one stands out different.

Although poets like Ghalib were ordinary people, and wrote for ordinary people, it is not always the case that ordinary people easily understand them. For one thing, poets such as Nida Fazli, Kaifi Azmi, and Basheer Badar belong to the more recent breed of Urdu poets; and though their excellence cannot be challenged, these poets are easily understood. However, the essence of Urdu as a language lies in the depth of Urdu poetry. And this depth is not easy to comprehend.

This forum will seek to make the incomprehensible comprehendible. The forum is open to discussions and exchange of opinions on these and many other issues. We would appreciate your efforts to this end and would also expect you to advertise and spread word about this blog.

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