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Celebrating Urdu Poetry - Follow up Story

On the 10th of November 2015 we commenced the evening at Mehfil with the recitation of Urdu poetry as part of the Prithvi festival at Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai. 348 more words

Urdu Mehfils

is tarah apni khaamushi gooNjee

is tarah apni khaamushi gooNjee
goya her samt se jawaab aaye

Faiz thi raah ser-ba-ser manzil
ham jahaaN poNhchay kaamyaab aaye

[ Faiz Ahmed Faiz ]
Died: November 20, 1984

Urdu Poetry

Decree of refusal

A necessarily clumsy translation of the last four lines of Faiz’s 1966 poem, sar-e-waadi-e-seena, written after the Arab Israeli war would go thus:

As the chosen few have ritualized oppression… 168 more words


Celebrating Urdu Poetry @Mehfil

Urdu poetry is a rich tradition of poetry and has many different forms. It is basically an outcome of superimposition of Persian Language poetry on Khari Boli with Sanskrit.  121 more words

Urdu Mehfils

Amateur theatre group from Pakistan tours USA with Partition stories

My article on Islamabad-based group Theatre Wallay’s theatre project ‘Dagh Dagh Ujala’ (This Stained Dawn), that toured the US recently, published in Scroll.in today – … 1,531 more words


The Book of Gold Leaves

Another love story set in Kashmir, and such a pretty cover. After having read The Kashmir Shawl, I am convinced that there is something about Kashmir, some ethereal quality that lends itself to romance and enchantment. 745 more words

Book Reviews


Here I share a poem written by “Faiz ahmed Faiz” . Whenever I feel lost in some meaningless battle of thought in my mind. I read lot of poetry looking for answer. 76 more words