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ART & CULTURE

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Ghazals, Urdu Poetry, Rahatindori

Remembering Rahat Indori: A fiery solace

Despite often being scoffed at by the purists, Rahat Indori’s evocative and easily graspable poetry, richly expressive of life and our common social concerns, makes him the poet of the masses. The fiery poet passed away on August 11, 2020.

VOICES

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Mira bai, Urdu, Urdu Poetry, Mirza ghalib

Why I think modern Hindi literature looks woefully poor before Urdu

At a literary gathering, I expressed my disappointment with Hindi. Instead of positive engagement, my views caused a furore.

ART & CULTURE

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Urdu Poetry, Shahjahanabad, Beloved delhi, Saif mahmood

Eight poets, one city they loved and lived in: 'Beloved Delhi' is a fresh look at a city much written about

There have been many books on the lives of these poets, and on Shahjahanabad, but Saif Mahmood merges the two milieus.

ART & CULTURE

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Eid Ul Fitr, Eid, Urdu Poetry, Parveen shakir

On Eid, spotting the moon — and infinite sorrow in Parveen Shakir's poetry

The beloved might be alone and waiting for her on this Chand Raat too.

ART & CULTURE

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Urdu Poetry, Progressive writers, Habib Jalib

Remembering poet Habib Jalib and his fight for a free Pakistan

He spoke out against the use of religion as a tool to legitimise dictatorship.

ART & CULTURE

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Ghazals, Jashn-e-Rekhta, Rekhti, Rekhta

Rekhta, Rekhti and how women found their voice in Urdu poetry

Who speaks for 'her'.

ART & CULTURE

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Mussoorie, Urdu Poetry, Dehradun, Tom Alter

How Tom Alter made me learn to love life

The actor and writer has broken his promise to meet me in November, but he'll live in our hearts forever.

ART & CULTURE

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Urdu Poetry, Love poems, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Valentine's Day

Gift Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s poetry to someone you love this Valentine's Day

Remembering the poet of love and longing on his birth anniversary.

ART & CULTURE

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Revolution, Urdu Poetry, Faiz Ahmed Faiz

Why Faiz Ahmed Faiz - the poet - was more revolutionary than romantic

He was always a rebel at heart.

ART & CULTURE

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Urdu Poetry, Gulzar, Jashn-e-Rekhta

5 stunning gems by Gulzar at Jashn-e-Rekhta

The poet extraordinaire's couplets on Partition, ghar wapsi and belonging were steeped in the essence of Urdu.