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dil ko bhī ġham salīqa na thā pahle pahle

us ko bhī bhūlnā achchhā lagā pahle pahle

dil ko bhi gham ka saliqa na tha pahle pahle

us ko bhi bhulna achchha laga pahle pahle

Kishwar Naheed

mohabbat sazā tark-e-mohabbat

mohabbat yahī in.aam bhī hai

mohabbat ki saza tark-e-mohabbat

mohabbat ka yahi inam bhi hai

Wamiq Jaunpuri

ujlī ujlī ḳhvāhishoñ par niiñd chādar na Daal

yaad ke rauzan se kuchh taaza havā bhī aa.egī

ujli ujli KHwahishon par nind ki chadar na Dal

yaad ke rauzan se kuchh taza hawa bhi aaegi

Afzal Minhas

tamām shahr āñkhoñ meñ reza reza huuñ

kisī bhī aañkh se uThtā nahīñ mukammal maiñ

tamam shahr ki aankhon mein reza reza hun

kisi bhi aankh se uThta nahin mukammal main

Farhat Ehsas

chashm pur-nam zulf āshufta nigāheñ be-qarār

is pashīmānī ke sadqe maiñ pashīmāñ ho gayā

chashm pur-nam zulf aashufta nigahen be-qarar

is pashimani ke sadqe main pashiman ho gaya

Jigar Moradabadi
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āñkhoñ se vo kabhī mirī ojhal nahīñ rahā

ġhāfil maiñ us yaad se ik pal nahīñ rahā

aankhon se wo kabhi meri ojhal nahin raha

ghafil main us ki yaad se ek pal nahin raha


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Prof. Shamim Hanafi (1939-2021) was a world-famous scholar, critic, playwright, poet, fictionist, and Professor Emeritus at Jamia Milia Islamia. But did you know that he was also an accomplished columnist? His columns continued to publish in various newspapers of the country. The popularity of these columns was such that the day his column was published, not a single copy of that newspaper remained in stock. His column-writing began in 1963 and continued for almost fifty years. Shamim Sahib never made column writing a profession. With respect to their subject, these columns were political and literary. He was of the opinion that these columns were pieces of his social concerns. But these were literary works that were very close to his literary criticism. A book titled “Ye Kis Ka Khwab Tamasha Hai” was published which contained 98 columns written by him. In 1965, Shamim Sahib had even started a children's newspaper in Hindi with his friends during his early lectureship days in Indore. Besides playwrighting, he has also written many interesting books for children.



Pandit Anand Mohan Zutshi Gulzar Dehlavi (1926-2020), a mellifluous Urdu poet, a paragon of the Ganga-Jamni Tahzeeb, and a freedom fighter, used to observe one fast every year in the month of Ramadan which he himself called “Roza-e-Rawaa-Daarii”, or fasting in good-faith. Usually, he would observe this fast on the “Jumu’atul-Wida”, that is the last Friday of the month of Ramadan. His friends used to make donations and arrange a wonderful Iftar feast. Invitations were sent by post. On this occasion, important personalities of various religions and sects would unhesitatingly gather. He says:
Dars-e-Urdu Zabaan detaa huu.n
Ahl-e-Iman pe jaan detaa huu.n
Main Ajab Huu.n Imaam Urdu Kaa
But-Kade mein Azaan detaa huu.n
In addition to poetry, he was for years the editor of the first Urdu science magazine, “Science Ki Duniya”, which was started by the Government of India in 1975.



Akhtar Shirani, also known Shair-e-Ruuman, was the first to name his beloved(s) in Urdu poetry. Salma, Rehana, and Azra are incarnate characters of love and affection in his poetry. He himself confessed to a friend that Salma was not his beloved’s real name but a pseudonym and that other female names, too, followed the suit.
yahii vaadii hai vo hamdam jahaa.n 'rehaana' rahtii thii
yahii.n bastii thii ai hamdam mire ruumaan kii bastii
He was also the first to write Sonnet in Urdu. But his fame as a romantic poet overshadowed his fiction-writing and translation works. Akhtar Shirani died at the age of 43 due to excessive drinking. In his brief lifespan (1905-1948), he so profusely wrote both prose and poetry, that very few people ever did. He translated the famous Turkish playwright Sami Bay's play "Kave" as "Zahak" in Urdu.
‘Aaina-Khaane Mein’, is a collection of his five short-stories. It is said that they were all written in one night. These stories are in the form of the biographies of film actresses illustrating the exploitation of women. He also wrote columns for many newspapers and magazines under the pseudonyms of Lord Byron of Rajasthan, Ibn-e-Batuta, Balam, Rajkumari, Bakavali, Akkas, etc.



In his biography titled ‘Jahan-e-Danish’, Ehsan Danish, popular as Shair-e-Mazduur, has described his extreme poverty, the various works of labor he undertook since childhood, and his literary endeavors in a very interesting way.
Once, on the invitation of the "Bazm-e-Shorish", he arrived in Amritsar to participate in a Mushaira, but was stopped by the organizers outside the town hall. He was not even identified as a poet owning to his old, discolored Sherwani which was smeared by the dust of the roads and the smoke of buses. Upon the intervention of an acquaintance, he was allowed entrance into the hall. As the compere of the Mushaira frowningly announced Danish’s name for the recital, the audiences began to hoot at him. As soon as he read the opening verse in his distinct Tarannum, the listeners became overwhelmed, and upon reciting the second verse, he was showered upon with praise and applause. Ehsan Danish recited the closing verse, wrapped up the Ghazal, and simply sat on the floor.
Did you know that the works of this poet, who passed only the fourth grade, include twenty collections of poetry, twenty-nine books of prose literature, and ten mathematics books up to the fifth grade?


A 'Deewan' is a collection of Ghazals compiled alphabetically according to their Radeef, beginning from Alif up to Ye.
The first ghazal in Ghalib's Deewan follows the same method:

“naqsh fariyaadii hai kis kii shoKHi-e-tahriir kaa”

Also, Meer Taqi Meer writes:

mujh ko shaair na kaho 'miir' ki saahab ham ne
dard-o-Gam kitne kiye jam.a to diivaan kiyaa

But this method is largely discontinued today. Nowadays, poets publish their poetry collections, including Ghazals, Nazms, and other forms of poetry, with the book having a title agreeing with the vein of their poems. 

Additionally, a notebook in which a poet scribes his verses is known as 'Bayaaz'. However, these days, mobile phones, too, have come to be used as Bayaaz. 
A notebook in which readers jot down their favorite couplets of other poets is also called 'Bayaaz'.

us ne aa.nchal se nikaalii mirii gum-gashta bayaaz
aur chupke se mohabbat kaa varaq mo.D diyaa

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Bakhsh Layalpuri

Bakhsh Layalpuri


A people’s poet with progressive leanings, also served as the president of Progressive Writers Association of UK

koī shai dil ko bahlātī nahīñ hai

pareshānī rut jaatī nahīñ hai

koi shai dil ko bahlati nahin hai

pareshani ki rut jati nahin hai

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