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tum zamāne raah se aa.e

varna sīdhā thā rāsta dil

tum zamane ki rah se aae

warna sidha tha rasta dil ka

Baqi Siddiqui
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zindagī ne mujhe qabr se kam hai zamīñ

paañv phailā.ūñ to dīvār meñ sar lagtā hai

zindagi tu ne mujhe qabr se kam di hai zamin

panw phailaun to diwar mein sar lagta hai

Bashir Badr

sāhil ke sukūñ se kise inkār hai lekin

tūfān se laḌne meñ mazā aur kuchh hai

sahil ke sukun se kise inkar hai lekin

tufan se laDne mein maza aur hi kuchh hai

Aal-e-Ahmad Suroor
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yahāñ libās qīmat hai aadmī nahīñ

mujhe gilās baḌe de sharāb kam kar de

yahan libas ki qimat hai aadmi ki nahin

mujhe gilas baDe de sharab kam kar de

Bashir Badr

ye ishq nahīñ āsāñ itnā samajh liije

ik aag dariyā hai aur Duub ke jaanā hai

ye ishq nahin aasan itna hi samajh lije

ek aag ka dariya hai aur Dub ke jaana hai

Jigar Moradabadi


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pride/ conceit

merī ḳhātir na sahī apnī anā ḳhātir

apne bandoñ se to pindār ḳhudā.ī le le

meri KHatir na sahi apni ana ki KHatir

apne bandon se to pindar KHudai le le




Ismat Chughtai’s incomplete autobiography, "Kaghazi Hai Pairhan", was published after her death. In fact, she had been serially writing it in the journal ‘Aaj Kal’. From 1971 to 1980, a total of 14 parts were published, but, as fate would have it, it remained incomplete. Although the book does not go into much detail about progressive literature, it does offer an interesting account of her journey to Lahore to face the trial of obscenity over her short-story 'Lihaaf', and the uproar over the publication of 'Angare' in Aligarh. There aren’t any particular tales from the film city of Mumbai though.
The book is simply a testimony to Ismat’s bold, fearless and compassionate personality, as it unfolds a telling narrative of a family’s ways, habits, customs, obstinance, and the love-hate relationship that revolves within, all of which is spread over a number of cities. The book also introduces its readers to Jugnu, Ismat’s cousin, and her first love interest. An interesting anecdote involves the Nawab of Joara, Madhya Pradesh, where her brothers were employed and she too was commanded to teach the Nawab's daughters for a few months. An escapade unravels as Ismat, nearly ducks out of becoming a wife to just about any of the Nawab’s lazy and useless sons. Ismat has also touched upon her fear of being buried in the coffin after death, which also alludes to why she expressly cites in her will to be cremated.

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