Mehr Afshan Farooqi

COLUMN: DOMAINS OF TRANSLATION

COLUMN: DOMAINS OF TRANSLATION

What is the Urdu for ‘fiddle dee dee’, or the English for ‘Sarra rara rara’? Are those words really English... Updated 15 Nov, 2021 11:13am
COLUMN: A GHAZAL AND ITS PARTS II

COLUMN: A GHAZAL AND ITS PARTS II

Naqsh Faryaadi is the first ghazal in the 1816 manuscript of Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib’s Divan. In the 1821 manuscript, it has Published 26 Sep, 2021 11:40am
COLUMN: A GHAZAL AND ITS PARTS — I

COLUMN: A GHAZAL AND ITS PARTS — I

Ghazals are poems made up of two-line verses (bayt). Broadly speaking, they are poems about love — physical or... Published 08 Aug, 2021 06:53am
COLUMN: THE YOUNG GHALIB

COLUMN: THE YOUNG GHALIB

Was Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib’s young poetic voice different from his mature one? Ghalib himself gave credence ... Published 20 Jun, 2021 06:06am
COLUMN: MEMORIES OF MY FATHER

COLUMN: MEMORIES OF MY FATHER

He lived on tea and bread for a while. His shoes were worn out. He wore flip-flops. But stories of his brilliance circulated on... Published 02 May, 2021 06:59am
COLUMN: METRES OF MIR AND GHALIB

COLUMN: METRES OF MIR AND GHALIB

‘Composing a good sher [verse] in the short metre merits a certificate of perfection (kamaal ki daleel) in the... Published 14 Mar, 2021 06:57am
COLUMN: FATHER, GHALIB AND MIR

COLUMN: FATHER, GHALIB AND MIR

I was maybe nine when introduced to Ghalib. Father presented me some verses that I noted in my squiggly handwriting.... Published 24 Jan, 2021 06:44am
COLUMN: MUSINGS ON GHALIB

COLUMN: MUSINGS ON GHALIB

I’ve been working on Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib for nearly a decade. My original idea was to work on the ghazals... Published 18 Oct, 2020 07:14am
COLUMN: IN MEMORIAM: ASIF FARRUKHI

COLUMN: IN MEMORIAM: ASIF FARRUKHI

But, for the unquiet heart and brain, A use in measured language lies; The sad mechanic exercise, Like dull... Updated 12 Jul, 2020 07:28pm
COLUMN: THE 'RESTLESS HEART'

COLUMN: THE 'RESTLESS HEART'

In this grim atmosphere of a worldwide pandemic and the numbing effect of lockdowns, reading Mirza Asadullah Khan... Updated 19 May, 2020 03:13pm
COLUMN: ANCHORS OF REALITY

COLUMN: ANCHORS OF REALITY

Alam’s canvas is both vast and complex. What distinguishes his storytelling is the simultaneity of conscious and... Published 22 Mar, 2020 06:49am
COLUMN: MODERNISM AND MYSTICISM

COLUMN: MODERNISM AND MYSTICISM

Words are the medium of expression for humans ... but words also put limitations, boundaries. God is free from... Published 08 Dec, 2019 08:46am
COLUMN: GHALIB’S FAVOURITE GHAZAL

COLUMN: GHALIB’S FAVOURITE GHAZAL

In the course of my journey with Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib’s Divans, I noticed how he carefully chose verses ... Published 06 Oct, 2019 07:04am
COLUMN: A BOUQUET OF POETRY

COLUMN: A BOUQUET OF POETRY

Have you ever looked at your bookshelf and noticed how many titles by women have made it there? Not many, I would... Published 02 Jun, 2019 07:16am
COLUMN: THE POETRY OF YASMEEN HAMEED

COLUMN: THE POETRY OF YASMEEN HAMEED

Yasmeen Hameed has published five collections of poems from 1988 to 2012 and edited anthologies of Pakistani Urdu... Published 21 Oct, 2018 08:34am