Mehr Afshan Farooqi

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 May 19, 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 Mar 22, 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 Dec 08, 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 Oct 06, 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 Jun 02, 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 Oct 21, 2018 08:34am
COLUMN: A PRICELESS PEARL

COLUMN: A PRICELESS PEARL

Don’t be awed by Urfi because he is from Shiraz Don’t be captivated by Zulali because he is from Khwansar Come...

Published Jun 10, 2018 06:53am
COLUMN: GARDENS OF THE HEART

COLUMN: GARDENS OF THE HEART

Garden imagery can be allegorical, metaphorical or simply romantic. In classical Persian and Urdu ghazal, the garden...

Published Apr 08, 2018 06:48am
COLUMN: SAQI: LARGER THAN LIFE

COLUMN: SAQI: LARGER THAN LIFE

I like the musical, poetic quality of the name ‘Saqi Farooqi’. Who would choose such an outlandish name for...

Published Feb 11, 2018 06:38am
COLUMN: URDU IN AMERICAN ACADEMIA

COLUMN: URDU IN AMERICAN ACADEMIA

At the Annual Conference on South Asia held at the University of Wisconsin, a highlight for Urduwallahs used to be...

Published Nov 26, 2017 06:58am
COLUMN: THE PARI WITHIN THE GLASS

COLUMN: THE PARI WITHIN THE GLASS

Some months ago I wrote about Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib’s fascination with silence, discussing a ghazal from his...

Updated Jun 29, 2017 01:32pm
COLUMN: THE TASTE OF LANGUAGE

COLUMN: THE TASTE OF LANGUAGE

Last month I attended a symposium enticingly titled “What is a poem?” The organisers had posed the following...

Updated May 07, 2017 10:31am
COLUMN: The intricacies of silence

COLUMN: The intricacies of silence

Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib often questions the capacity of words to express thoughts, asking if silence ...

Updated Mar 16, 2017 07:30am
The enigmatic storyteller

The enigmatic storyteller

On reading Chiragh-i-Shab-i-Afsana — Asif Farrukhi’s tribute to the late, great, Intizar Husain

Published Jan 08, 2017 08:58am
The heart beats on

The heart beats on

On Intizar Husain’s legacy of cultural wisdom and poets who mourned migration in ways similar to his

Updated Jan 08, 2017 08:33am