Maikada Shayari

Tavern is a place in Urdu poetry which has emerged as a powerful symbol. This is the place where the pious ones meet the profane ones and shy away from each other. A tavern is also an institution with its own constituents like the cup bearer, the preacher, and the mosque etc. This selection of verses on tavern will bring you to a different world where you will meet with a diverse set of characters and situations.


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aa.e the hañste khelte mai-ḳhāne meñ 'firāq'


jab chuke sharāb to sanjīda ho ga.e

ab to utnī bhī mayassar nahīñ mai-ḳhāne meñ


jitnī ham chhoḌ diyā karte the paimāne meñ

ai 'mus.hafī' ab chakhiyo mazā zohd tum ne


mai-ḳhāne meñ ke bahut haiñ sharābeñ

aḳhīr vaqt hai kis muñh se jā.ūñ masjid ko


tamām umr to guzrī sharāb-ḳhāne meñ

bahār aate Takrāne lage kyuuñ sāġhar o miinā


batā ai piir-e-mai-ḳhāna ye mai-ḳhānoñ pe kyā guzrī

chashm-e-saaqī mujhe har gaam pe yaad aatī hai


rāstā bhuul na jā.ūñ kahīñ maiḳhāne

chhoḌ kar kūcha-e-mai-ḳhāna taraf masjid ke


maiñ to dīvāna nahīñ huuñ jo chalūñ hosh raah

din raat mai-kade meñ guzartī thī zindagī


'aḳhtar' vo be-ḳhudī ke zamāne kidhar ga.e

duḳht-e-raz aur kahāñ miltī


khīñch laa.e sharāb-ḳhāne se

duur se aa.e the saaqī sun ke mai-ḳhāne ko ham


bas taraste chale afsos paimāne ko ham

ek aisī bhī tajallī aaj mai-ḳhāne meñ hai


lutf piine meñ nahīñ hai balki kho jaane meñ hai

guzre haiñ mai-kade se jo tauba ke ba.ad ham


kuchh duur ādatan bhī qadam Dagmagā.e haiñ

hosh aane thā jo ḳhauf mujhe


mai-kade se na umr bhar niklā

sake na masjid tak jam.a the bahut zāhid


mai-kade meñ aa baiThe jab na rāstā paayā

jaan merī mai o sāġhar meñ paḌī rahtī hai


maiñ nikal kar bhī nikaltā nahīñ mai-ḳhāne se

jab mai-kada chhuTā to phir ab kyā jagah qaid


masjid ho madrasa ho koī ḳhānqāh ho

kabhī to dair-o-haram se aa.egā vāpas


maiñ mai-kade meñ tirā intizār kar lūñgā

kahāñ mai-ḳhāne darvāza 'ġhālib' aur kahāñ vaa.iz


par itnā jānte haiñ kal vo jaatā thā ki ham nikle

ḳhudā kare kahīñ mai-ḳhāne taraf na muḌe


vo mohtasib savārī fareb-e-raah rukī

koī din aage bhī zāhid ajab zamāna thā


har ik mohalle masjid sharāb-ḳhāna thā

koī samjhā.e ki kyā rañg hai maiḳhāne


aañkh saaqī uThe naam ho paimāne

mai-kada hai shaiḳh sāhab ye koī masjid nahīñ


aap shāyad aa.e haiñ rindoñ ke bahkā.e hue

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