Mehr Afshan Farooqi

COLUMN: BEDIL AND GHALIB

COLUMN: BEDIL AND GHALIB

Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib began and concluded his first collection of Urdu poetry — his Divan published in 1816 — with a Published 13 Nov, 2022 08:08am
COLUMN: TRAVELS IN TURKEY — II

COLUMN: TRAVELS IN TURKEY — II

We warmed up quickly to the charming brother. He mentioned the sama [meditation ceremony] of the whirling dervishes that happened Published 11 Sep, 2022 05:54am
COLUMN: TRAVELS IN TURKEY — I

COLUMN: TRAVELS IN TURKEY — I

I keep thinking of the youth with the two little rabbits, sitting by the side of the frenzied path on the boardwalk. The two... Published 31 Jul, 2022 11:52am
COLUMN: POETICS AND POLITICS

COLUMN: POETICS AND POLITICS

The Progressive-Marxist Writers’ Movement in Urdu of the 1930s had created space for ‘revolutionary poetry’.... Updated 29 May, 2022 10:20am
COLUMN: THE BIRDS OF URDU POETRY

COLUMN: THE BIRDS OF URDU POETRY

A long time ago — perhaps in the 1970s — I observed my father, Shamsur Rahman Faruqi, leafing through... Updated 17 Apr, 2022 04:00pm
COLUMN: THE LAUNCH OF SHABKHOON

COLUMN: THE LAUNCH OF SHABKHOON

The first issue of Shabkhoon, dated June 1966, was launched in April. My mother’s moral and financial support had... Updated 21 Feb, 2022 08:49am
COLUMN: ON RETURNING HOME

COLUMN: ON RETURNING HOME

I’ve been cleaning out closets; dusting bookshelves packed with love. Every book in this big room, every artefact, photograph... Published 02 Jan, 2022 09:22am
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