Thursday, December 13, 2018

Jazba-e-Mohabbat Launched

Title: Jazba-e-Mohabbat

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

My Book on Poetry to be Launched Soon

New Delhi: Get ready to be a party of a romantic journey with passionate, heart-touching and melodious compositions of my soon-to-be-launched book, Jazba-e-Mohabbat.

This bilingual book in English & Urdu contains my collection of poetry, an anthology of romantic Urdu poetry as well as poetry on Urdu, the most romantic language.

In order to reach out to non-Urdu speakers, meanings of difficult Urdu words used in the poems are also listed in the book.

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Title: Jazba-e-Mohabbat

Language: English & Urdu

Pages: 80 pages (Hard Bound)

Price: Rs 150

Publisher: M R Publications, Daryaganj, New Delhi

ISBN: 978-93-86125-14-9

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Amount to be sent through paytm at 9891038913: Rs 150 + courier charge: (Rs 25 for Delhi/NCR; Rs 40 for UP, Punjab, Haryana; Rs 50 for rest of India; International buyers can check courier charge by sending their address at 9870477658)

After doing paytm, whatsApp your address at 9870477658. The book will be couriered to your address.


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Upcoming Literary Events in Delhi

Upcoming Literary Events in Delhi

1. Two-day International Seminar on Persian Literature During the Later Mughals(1707-1857) with special reference to Sufistic Literature

Venue: Ghalib Institute, New Delhi

Date: Nov 24-25, 2018

Time: 10 am to 5 pm


2. Urdu Academy, Delhi organises 30th URDU DRAMA FESTIVAL

Date: November 24-29th, 2018

Time: at 6.30 pm

Venue: Sri Ram Center, Mandi House, New Delhi

3. Jashn-e-Adab

Time: Nov 23, 24, 25, 2018

Venue: IGNCA, New Delhi


4. A great treat for all lovers of music and history of Delhi The Third Professor Abidi Memorial Lecture Musicians, tazkiras, and the scattering of Shahjahanabad: where music went after Muhammad Shah “Rangeela”. by Dr. Katherine Butler Schofield, King’s College London. Mr William Dalrymple, distinguished historian and author of The Last Mughal will preside

Venue: Iran Culture Centre Auditorium, Tilak Marg, New Delhi

Date: Dec 11, 2018

Time: 5pm

5. Times Literature Festival

Date: December 1 and 2, 2018

Venue: India Habitat Centre

TLF Delhi attracts a cross-section of authors, publishers and book-lovers.

6. Jashn e Rekhta

Dec 14,15,16, 2018

Venue: National Stadium, India Gate, New Delhi

The 3 day annual festival aims to create the much required awareness and appreciation of Urdu, a language born and evolved in the Indian sub-continent.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Roshan Khayaal

By Raza Elahi

Hamesha hanste muskuraate raho

Chiraagho.n se chiraagh jalaate raho

Khushiyaa.n tere sar chuume.n gi

Har saal yuu.nhii Diwali manaate raho

Siyah daagh bahut hai.n desh par

Tum in siyahii ko yuu.nhii mitaate raho

Roshan jazbo.n ki hai pahchaan yahi

Iss pahchaan ka parcham lehraate raho

Fareb-o-makkaarii ke iss daur mai.n

Mohabbat ka paighaam sunaate raho

Safar hoga aasaan tareek raaho.n par bhi

Dil se dil ki jyoti jo tum jagmagaate raho

Chiraagho.n se chiraagh jalaate raho

Har saal yuu.nhii Diwali manaate raho

Meanings of some words used in the poem

(Chiraagho.n = lights, lamps; Chuume.n = kiss; Siyah = dark; Siyahii = darkness; Jazbo.n = passion; Parcham = flag; Paighaam = message; Fareb-o makkaarii = deception & untrustworthy; Daur = age, time; Safar = journey; Tareek = dark; Raaho.n = path)


Thursday, September 20, 2018

With Love for Urdu Lovers

By Raza Elahi

Urdu lovers are recently enriched with two new books:

Shahryar: A Life in Poetry by Rakhshanda Jalil &

Beloved Delhi: A Mughal City and Her Greatest Poets by Saif Mahmood

Rakhshanda Jalil has meticulously evaluated Shahryar's (1936-2012) work in the light of the two major literary movements that shaped his poetic sensibility -- the Progressive Writers’ Movement and modernism. The book has included a selection of some of Shahryar’s best poems -- ghazals, nazms and film lyrics -- and their English translation done by her.

Phir kahin khwaab-o haqiqat ka tasadum hoga

Phir koi manzil-e benaam bulati hai hamein

(Once again, a conflict between dreams and reality will rage somewhere

Once again, some nameless destination calls out to me)

In his book, Beloved Delhi: A Mughal City and Her Greatest Poets, Saif Mahmood, has beautifully explained how Dilli became the city of poets, and of Urdu. He has brought out many tales of the Mughal court by telling them through the lens of the city’s best-loved Urdu poets -- Mirza Rafi Sauda, Khwaja Mir Dard, Mir Taqi Mir, Shaikh Mohammad Ibrahim Zauq, Momin Khan Momin, Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib and Nawab Mirza Khan Daagh Dehlvi.

Many of the later Mughal Emperors themselves were poets. Shah Alam II wrote under the takhallus “Aftab” and the last Mughal Emperor, Bahadur Shah, called himself “Zafar”.

Saif has presented fine works of these masters by perfectly blending the personal lives and personalities of these poets alongside the many tumultuous events that took place in Dilli city during that period.

Beloved Delhi: A Mughal City and Her Greatest Poets is published by Speaking Tiger Books, while Shahryar: A Life in Poetry is published by HarperCollins.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018


By Raza Elahi

Appreciating the beauty and richness of Urdu language, former prime minister Manmohan Singh said on Monday that it symbolised the syncretic culture of India and all citizens should do something to ensure that it flourishes.

"It is a symbol of Ganga-Jamni tehzeeb (syncretic culture)... The presence of such eminent people in such large numbers is a proof that Urdu is living langauge. We all must do something for it," Singh said while addressing a gathering at the launch of senior Congress leader Ashwani Kumar's book 'Ehsas-o-Izhar' in the Capital.

"Hazaron jawabon se achchi hai khamoshi meri, na jaane kitne sawalon ki aabru rakhe. (My silence is better than a thousand answers, it keeps intact the honour of innumerable questions)," Singh recited the couplet in his short speech which drew applause from the audience.

'Ehsas-o-Izhar' is a handpicked collection of Urdu poetry in devnagri script. "My new book is an anthology of some of the finest verses in Urdu poetry. It reflects sensitivity that has kept alive the poet in me. It is a reflection of my own thoughts & deepest sentiments experienced in the different phases of my life," Kumar said.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Let's Celebrate Urdu at Jashn-e-Rekhta

By Raza Elahi

Wo Bolta hai Nigaahon se Is Qadar Urdu

Khamosh Rah ke Bhi Ahle-Zabaan sa Lagta hai

Celebrating the love for Urdu is always a beautiful feeling and when Jashn-e-Rekhta around the corner the love and the feeling become more satisfying.

Overwhelmed by the success of its previous editions, the three-day festival, starting December 8 in New Delhi, will once again spread the splendor of Urdu through panel discussions, mushairas, qawwalis, dastangoi, ghazals, dance, book exhibition, film screening, calligraphy and food festival

While an illustrious panel of Waheeda Rehman, Shabana Azmi, Muzaffar Ali and Ira Bhaskar, will talk about Depiction of Urdu Culture in Muslim Social Films, poet-lyricist Javed Akhtar will talk about literature, shayari and zindagi in his session, ‘Kuch Ishq Kiya, Kuch Kaam Kiya’.

Actor Amir Raza Hussain, theatre personality Danish Iqbal and ghazal singer Radhika Chopra will revisit renowned Urdu poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz in a session title Gulon Main Rang Bhare, Baad e Nau Bahar Chale.

The renowned Urdu Professor Gopi Chand Narang will celebrate Indian mythology in Urdu poetry and Pavan Kumar Verma. will talk about love for the great Ghalib.

Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Nandita Das will host a session ‘Manto ke Rubaru’ to share with audience what helped make the film Manto a reality.

Salīqe se havāoñ meñ jo ḳhushbū ghol sakte haiñ

Abhī kuchh log baaqī haiñ jo Urdu bol sakte haiñ

Prominent among those participating in this year Jashn-e-Rekhta are Imtiaz Ali, Shubha Mudgal, Shamim Hanfi, Shamshur Rahman Farouqi, Rahat Indori, Annu Kapoor and Ustad Rashid Ali Khan

The event will conclude on December 10 with a performance by the "Kun Faya Kun" fame Qawwali singers Nizami Bandhu

According to Sanjiv Saraf, founder of Rekhta Foundation, Jashn-e-Rekhta showcases how Urdu lends itself to various art forms be it literature, music, films, art, theatre, dance, or oral storytelling. The fourth edition of the festival will take place at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in Delhi to accommodate bigger crowd as footfalls of the event have risen from 20,000 in 2015 to about 1,40,000 in early 2017..