I like the musical, poetic quality of the name ‘Saqi Farooqi’. Who would choose such an outlandish name for...
Mehr Afshan Farooqi
At the Annual Conference on South Asia held at the University of Wisconsin, a highlight for Urduwallahs used to be...
History is temporal. The historical model tends to build walls between eras, creating boxes of time. Literary texts...
Some months ago I wrote about Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib’s fascination with silence, discussing a ghazal from his...
Last month I attended a symposium enticingly titled “What is a poem?” The organisers had posed the following...
Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib often questions the capacity of words to express thoughts, asking if silence ...
On reading Chiragh-i-Shab-i-Afsana — Asif Farrukhi’s tribute to the late, great, Intizar Husain
On Intizar Husain’s legacy of cultural wisdom and poets who mourned migration in ways similar to his
Ali Akbar Natiq’s writings are his attempt to portray life as it is lived, with all its injustice, cruelty,
Farooqi recalls holding a mystery manuscript at the Ghalib Institute in New Delhi which appeared to be the 1816 divan
A new female voice in Urdu writing, Saima Iram holds her own with stories that are hard-hitting and reflective of
Julien Columeau’s works have added to Urdu’s repertoire by introducing new ways of engaging with its cultural rhetoric
Historical documents and biographies reveal there may be a reason behind differing accounts of the poet’s birthday
For me, no writer has approached the Partition the way Intizar Husain did; his connection with the past was organic.
The beauty within Mir Taqi Mir’s ghazals and nazms
Tracing the roots of the gul-o bulbul theme in poetry
A reflection on the writer and his work, particularly his favourite novel Bagh
An exploration of the symbolism of ghazaal in Urdu poetry
The author explores the special place of peacocks in Ghalib’s ghazal poetry
Letters analysed by the writer provide insight into the relationship between the poet and the Nawabs of Rampur