Mehr Afshan Farooqi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On Intizar Husain’s legacy of cultural wisdom and poets who mourned migration in ways similar to his Updated Jan 08, 2017 08:33am

The beauty and starkness of realism

Ali Akbar Natiq’s writings are his attempt to portray life as it is lived, with all its injustice, cruelty, Updated Jan 08, 2017 08:33am

My journey with Ghalib’s divans

Farooqi recalls holding a mystery manuscript at the Ghalib Institute in New Delhi which appeared to be the 1816 divan Updated Jul 17, 2016 08:42am

Of flawed protagonists

A new female voice in Urdu writing, Saima Iram holds her own with stories that are hard-hitting and reflective of Updated Jan 08, 2017 08:32am