Mehr Afshan Farooqi

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
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 10 Jun, 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 08 Apr, 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 11 Feb, 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 26 Nov, 2017 06:58am