MOHAMMAD ALVI

  • 1927-2018
  • Ahmadabad

One of the most prominent modern poets. Known for his style of layered simplicity. Recipient of Sahitya Academy award.

One of the most prominent modern poets. Known for his style of layered simplicity. Recipient of Sahitya Academy award.

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añdherā hai kaise tirā ḳhat paḌhūñ


lifāfe meñ kuchh raushnī bhej de

aag apne lagā sakte haiñ


ġhair to sirf havā dete haiñ

abhī do chaar būñdeñ girīñ haiñ


magar mausam nashīlā ho gayā hai

bichhaḌte vaqt aisā bhī huā hai


kisī siskiyāñ achchhī lagī haiñ

bikher de mujhe chāroñ taraf ḳhalāoñ meñ


kuchh is tarah se alag kar ki juḌ na pā.ūñ maiñ

chalā jā.ūñgā jaise ḳhud ko tanhā chhoḌ kar 'alvī'


maiñ apne aap ko rātoñ meñ uTh kar dekh letā huuñ

dekhā to sab ke sar pe gunāhoñ bojh thā


ḳhush the tamām nekiyāñ dariyā meñ Daal kar

dhuup ne guzārish


ek buuñd bārish

kuchh to is dil ko sazā jaa.e


us tasvīr haTā jaa.e

maiñ ḳhud ko marte hue dekh kar bahut ḳhush huuñ


ye Dar bhī hai ki mirī aañkh khul na jaa.e kahīñ

maiñ us ke badan muqaddas kitāb


nihāyat aqīdat se paḌhtā rahā

mutma.in hai vo banā kar duniyā


kaun hotā huuñ maiñ Dhāne vaalā

nazroñ se nāptā hai samundar vus.ateñ


sāhil pe ik shaḳhs akelā khaḌā huā

office meñ bhī ghar ko khulā paatā huuñ maiñ


Table par sar rakh kar so jaatā huuñ maiñ

roz achchhe nahīñ lagte aañsū


ḳhaas mauqoñ pe mazā dete haiñ

sāmne dīvār par kuchh daaġh the


ġhaur se dekhā to chehre ho ga.e

sab namāzeñ bāñdh kar le jā.ūñgā maiñ apne saath


aur masjid ke liye gūñgī azaañ rakh jā.ūñgā

tārīf sun ke dost se 'alvī' ḳhush na ho


us ko tirī burā.iyāñ karte hue bhī dekh

us se bichhaḌte vaqt maiñ royā thā ḳhuub-sā


ye baat yaad aa.ī to pahroñ hañsā kiyā

utaar pheñkūñ badan se phaTī purānī qamīs


badan qamīs se baḌh kar kaTā-phaTā dekhūñ

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