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"SHAHEEN BACHAY"; a Humorous Article by Shaukat Thanvi

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Shaukat Thanvi was an essayist, columnist, novelist, short story writer, broadcaster, playwright, sketch-writer and poet but, in essence, he was a humorist and in almost all his writings an unmistakable streak of humour can always be traced.

He has written many books and articles. He is most known for his humorous writing style which can be imagined by his writings.

I have come across a very humorous article by him. The article is about the young generation of whom Allama Iqbal thinks “Shaheen Bachay” (the babies of Shaheen).

Shaukat tried to show how much the young generation is fulfilling the expectations of Iqbal from them. Please post your comments after reading the article.

"ZARD KUTTA"; by Intizar Hussain, the Best Sample of Urdu Prose

Intizar Hussain, (Sitara-e-Imtiaz), is eminent living Urdu fiction writer. He was born on December 7, 1923 in Dibai, Bulandshahr India but migrated to Pakistan in 1947. He did his masters (M.A.) in Urdu and later on in English literature. He writes short stories and novels in Urdu, and also columns for newspapers in English.

Intizar Hussain has developed a unique prose style and is known for his nostalgia for older places and phenomena. His few prominent writings are "Hindustan Se Aakhri Khat" , "Agay Samander hai", "Shehr-e-Afsos" and "Wo Jo Kho Gaye".

“ZARD KUTTA” by Intizar Hussain is considered to be one of the best examples of Urdu prose. Luckily I have found this masterpiece and here going to share it with you. Please do read it and post your comments about it.

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''SHIKWA SHIKAYAT''; a Masterpiece Short Story by Premchan

Munshi Premchand (Urdu: منشی پریم چند), (July 31, 1880– October 8, 1936) was a famous writer of modern Hindi-Urdu literature. He is generally recognized in India as the foremost Hindi-Urdu writer of the early twentieth century.

Premchand wrote about three hundred short stories and several novels, as well as many essays and letters, plays and translations. Many of Premchand's stories have themselves been translated into English and Russian.

I have come across Premchand’s Masterpiece Short story “Shikwa Shikayat” and going to share it with you. Hopefully you will like it.

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"MAHA LAKSHMI KA PUL"; a Famous Afsaana by Krishan Chander

Krishan Chander (November 23, 1914 – March 8, 1977) (Urdu: كرشن چندر ) was an Urdu and Hindi Afsaana Nigaar, or short story writer. He wrote mainly in Urdu, but was well-versed in Hindi and English.

He was a prolific writer, penning over 20 novels, 30 collections of short stories and scores of radio plays in Urdu and later, after partition of the country, took to writing mainly in Hindi. As the then editor of the Urdu section of the Forman College House magazine Mehr Lal Soni Zia Fatehabadi was instrumental in having got published in the year 1932 the first ever Urdu short story, Sadhu, written by Krishan Chander who was at that time more interested in English writings of his own and edited the English section.

I have found “Maha Lakshmi Ka Pul” a masterpiece short story by Krishen Chander and thought I should share it with you. Here you go.

"Koi Baat Hay Teri Baat Main"; a Lesson Giving Story by Umaira Ahmad

Friday, September 17, 2010

KOI BAAT HAY TERI BAAT MAIN, by Umaira Ahmad, is very beautiful and lesson teaching story. The story revolves around an ignored issue of our society which sometimes creates many problems and even destroys lives.

The story gives a lesson for girls that never meet a man in a separate place when you do not know him; no matter the man is hundred years old man or sixteen years teenager.

Click here to download the Koi Baat Hay Teri Baat Main. Please note that you will have to have PDF reader to read it after having it downloaded. And, yes, do not forget to leave your comments!!!

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Another Article on Majrooh Sultanpuri

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Majrooh Sultanpuri (Urdu: اسرار الحسن خان مجروع سلطانپوری; c. 1919 - 24 May 2000) was an Urdu poet, lyricist and songwriter.

He was one of the dominating musical forces in Indian Cinema in the 1950s and early 1960s and was an important figure in the Progressive Writers' Movement and is considered one of the finest the finest avant-garde Urdu poets of 20th century literature.


He was an established Hakim when he happened to recite one of his ghazals at a mushaira in Sultanpur. The ghazal became famous with the audience and Majrooh decided to drop his prosperous medical practice and begin writing poetry seriously. Soon he became a fixture at mushairas and became great friends with the renowned Urdu poet, Jigar Moradabadi.

Along with Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Majrooh was considered the most notable ghazal writer. Majrooh won his only Filmfare Best Lyricist Award for the song "Chahunga mein tujhe sham savere" in Dosti. He was also awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1993. He was the first lyricist to win the prestigious award named after Dadasaheb Phalke.

I had found two articles about Majrooh Sultanpuri and considered them worthy to be shared with you. After sharing the first article, here I am presenting the second one. I hope you will like it and gain some knowledge about Majrooh.

Best wishes!!!

One More Article on Kaifi Azmi

Kaifi Azmi (Urdu: کیفی اعظمی) (1919 - May 10, 2002) was an Urdu and Hindi lyricist, poet and songwriter.

At age eleven, Kaifi Azmi wrote his first ghazal "Itna To Zindagi Mein Kisi Ki Khalal Pade" and somehow managed to get himself invited to a mushaira and over there, he recited a ghazal, rather a couplet of the ghazal which was very much appreciated by the president of the mushaira, Mani Jaisi, but most of the people, including his father, thought he recited his elder brother's ghazal. When his elder brother denied it, his father and his clerk decided to test his poetic talent. They gave him one of the lines of a couplet and asked him to write a ghazal in the same meter and rhyme. Azmi accepted the challenge and completed a ghazal. This particular ghazal was to become a rage in undivided India and it was immortalized as it was sung by legendary ghazal singer, Begum Akhtar.
Kaifi’s first collection of poems, Jhankar was published in 1943. His important works including anthologies of poetry were Aakhir-e-Shab, Sarmaya, Awaara Sajde, Kaifiyaat, Nai Gulistan, an anthology of articles he wrote for Urdu Blitz, Meri Awaaz Suno, a selection of his film lyrics, and the script of Heer Ranjha in Devanagari.

His best known poems are Aurat, Makaan,Daaera,Saanp, and Bahuroopni. " Kar chale hum fida jan-o-tan sathion.

I had found some articles about Kaifi Azmi and thought them worthy to be shared with you. After sharing first and second this time I am presenting you the third one. Hopefully you will like it; I will be waiting for your comments. Here you go.

Thank you with best wishes!!!

An Article on Majrooh Sultanpuri

Majrooh Sultanpuri (Urdu: اسرار الحسن خان مجروع سلطانپوری; c. 1919 - 24 May 2000) was an Urdu poet, lyricist and songwriter. He was one of the dominating musical forces in Indian Cinema in the 1950s and early 1960s and was an important figure in the Progressive Writers' Movement and is considered one of the finest the finest avant-garde Urdu poets of 20th century literature.

He was an established Hakim when he happened to recite one of his ghazals at a mushaira in Sultanpur. The ghazal became famous with the audience and Majrooh decided to drop his prosperous medical practice and begin writing poetry seriously. Soon he became a fixture at mushairas and became great friends with the renowned Urdu poet, Jigar Moradabadi.

Along with Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Majrooh was considered the most notable ghazal writer. Majrooh won his only Filmfare Best Lyricist Award for the song "Chahunga mein tujhe sham savere" in Dosti. He was also awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1993.

He was the first lyricist to win the prestigious award named after Dadasaheb Phalke.

I had found two articles about Majrooh Sultanpuri and considered them worthy to be shared with you. Here I am presenting the first of these two articles. I hope you will like it and gain some knowledge about Majrooh.

Best wishes!!!

Another Article on Kaifi Azmi

Kaifi Azmi (Urdu: کیفی اعظمی) (1919 - May 10, 2002) was an Urdu and Hindi lyricist, poet and songwriter.
At age eleven, Kaifi Azmi wrote his first ghazal "Itna To Zindagi Mein Kisi Ki Khalal Pade" and somehow managed to get himself invited to a mushaira and over there, he recited a ghazal, rather a couplet of the ghazal which was very much appreciated by the president of the mushaira, Mani Jaisi, but most of the people, including his father, thought he recited his elder brother's ghazal. When his elder brother denied it, his father and his clerk decided to test his poetic talent. They gave him one of the lines of a couplet and asked him to write a ghazal in the same meter and rhyme. Azmi accepted the challenge and completed a ghazal. This particular ghazal was to become a rage in undivided India and it was immortalized as it was sung by legendary ghazal singer, Begum Akhtar.

Kaifi’s first collection of poems, Jhankar was published in 1943. His important works including anthologies of poetry were Aakhir-e-Shab, Sarmaya, Awaara Sajde, Kaifiyaat, Nai Gulistan, an anthology of articles he wrote for Urdu Blitz, Meri Awaaz Suno, a selection of his film lyrics, and the script of Heer Ranjha in Devanagari.

His best known poems are Aurat, Makaan,Daaera,Saanp, and Bahuroopni. " Kar chale hum fida jan-o-tan sathion".
I had found some articles about Kaifi Azmi and thought them worthy to be shared with you. After sharing first article, here I am presenting second of them. Hopefully you will like it; I will be waiting for your comments. Here you go.

Thank you with best wishes!!!

GANDASA; an Outstanding Urdu Afsaana by Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi

Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi, (Pride of Performance) , (Sitara-e- Imtiaz) (Urdu: احمد ندیم قاسمی) (November 20, 1916 – July 10, 2006) was a legendary Urdu language Pakistani poet, journalist, literary critic, dramatist and short story author. With some 50 books of poetry, fiction, criticism, journalism and art to his credit, Qasmi was a major figure in contemporary Urdu literature.

His poetry stood out among his contemporaries' work for its unflinching humanism, and Qasmi's Urdu afsana (short story) work is considered by some second only to PremChand in its masterful depiction of rural culture.

He also published and edited the prestigious literary journal Funoon for almost half a century, grooming generations of new writers.

In his long career as a writer and editor, Qasmi Sahib had the distinction of editing several prominent literary journals, including Phool, Tehzeeb-i-Niswaan, Adab-i-Lateef, Savera, Naqoosh, and his own brainchild, Funoon. He also served as the editor of the prestigious (now defunct) Urdu daily Imroze. For several decades Qasimi contributed weekly columns to national newspapers; a classic example was "Rawan Dawan" in Daily Jang, which focused on current issues.

His Afsaana "GANDASA" is considered to be one of the very famous Urdu Short Stories. I have found "Gandasa" and going to share it with you here. Do not forget to leave your comments here.

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An Article on Kaifi Azmi

Kaifi Azmi (Urdu: کیفی اعظمی,) (1919 - May 10, 2002) was an Urdu and Hindi lyricist, poet and songwriter.

At age eleven, Kaifi Azmi wrote his first ghazal Itna To Zindagi Mein Kisi Ki Khalal Pade and somehow managed to get himself invited to a mushaira and over there, he recited a ghazal, rather a couplet of the ghazal which was very much appreciated by the president of the mushaira, Mani Jaisi, but most of the people, including his father, thought he recited his elder brother's ghazal. When his elder brother denied it, his father and his clerk decided to test his poetic talent. They gave him one of the lines of a couplet and asked him to write a ghazal in the same meter and rhyme. Azmi accepted the challenge and completed a ghazal. This particular ghazal was to become a rage in undivided India and it was immortalized as it was sung by legendary ghazal singer, Begum Akhtar.

Kaifi’s first collection of poems, Jhankar was published in 1943. His important works including anthologies of poetry were Aakhir-e-Shab, Sarmaya, Awaara Sajde, Kaifiyaat, Nai Gulistan, an anthology of articles he wrote for Urdu Blitz, Meri Awaaz Suno, a selection of his film lyrics, and the script of Heer Ranjha in Devanagari.

His best known poems are Aurat, Makaan,Daaera,Saanp, and Bahuroopni. " Kar chale hum fida jan-o-tan sathion.

I have found an article about Kaifi Azmi and thought it worthy to be shared with you. Hopefully you will like it, I will be waiting for your comments. Here you go.

"SAHAR EK ISTI'ARA HAY" a Fabulous Novel by Umaira Ahmad

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

SAHAR EK ISTI’ARA HAY, by Umaira Ahmad, is very beautiful and fun to read novel. It is very hard to leave it until its last page once it is started.

The novel is the story of two very selfish people who lost their son and one selfless woman who found the joys of life after a long time.

Aiman, a very beautiful girl gets married with her cousin Sa’ad who is fiancé of her sister Maryam. Maryam happily allows that marriage. After four years she demands divorce from Sa’ad and goes to court when refuses to divorce her. She wins the case and remarries with Sa’ad’s friend Azhar. She lives her son Hadeed with Sa’ad and does not look back to him.

Later Sa’ad marries Maryam but does not love her; rather he is some kind of rude to her. He informs her that he will not go for next child. She gives all of her love to Hadeed and educate him like her own son.

After many years Sa’ad divorces Maryam and marries again with Aiman. This time he tells Maryam that Hadeed is also agree with this decision. She leaves the home. After some days Sa’ad find her and takes back to his home and tells him that he has broken his all relations with his selfish parents.

Now this the time for Aiman and Sa’ad to pay for what they did with Maryam and Hadeed. They try hard to connect with Hadeed but he rudely refuses to make any connection and relation with them.

Click here to download SAHAR EK ISTI’ARA HAY. Please note that you will have to have PDF reader to read the book after having it downloaded and do leave your comments here.

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"BAS EK SANAM HARJAYI" a Fantastic Novel by Umm-e-Maryam

BAS EK SANAM HARJAYI, by Umme Maryam, is very beautiful and interesting novel. One cannot leave it, until its last page, once it is started.

It is the story of a girl who finds what he dreamed but lost everything. It is the story of a man who takes revenge of his unfaithful wife from innocent people.

It is a story of a woman Durr-e-Najaf whose passion was to be a film star but she was married with a very beautiful and well mannered boy Murad Ahmad. Durr-e-Najaf was unfailthful and demands divorce from Murad and later Murad divorces her.

Murad changes his name to Sultan Shah and remarries two other girls and starts teasing them and taking revenge of Durr-e-Najaf from them. But these two girls fall in love with Sultan Shah and they are just as Muraad wanted his wife to be.

Durr-e-Najaf could not become a film star. She feels regret and remembers Muraad and realizes that she have felt in love with Muraad, but it is too late.

The magic of destiny makes Sultan Shah and Durr-e-Najaf meet again in different situation, when Sultan Shah is very wealthy and Durr-e-Najaf is married to an ugly man Khadim Hussain who is a very loyal servant of Sultan Shah.

And now the story goes to a happy end. Sultan Shah gives all his wealth to Khadim Hussain and comes back to his two faithful wives.

Click here to download Bas Ek Sanam Harjayi. Please note that you will have to have PDF reader to read the book after having it downloaded and do leave your comments here.

Eid Mubarak

It was many many blessing of Allah Almighty on us that He gifted us the joys of Eid once again. No doubt this time we are in very worst situation of our history of 64 years. From one side we are facing the crises of the worst flood which hit Pakistan while on other side we are facing the worst condition of terrorism. On third direction our sovereignty is destroyed by the Drone strikes by USA in the tribal areas of Pakistan.

But we have to face these problems and takes some bold steps to solve these problems, to eliminate corruption from its roots, and to bring some revolutionary changes in our system.

We spouse to change ourselves, we spouse to change our behaviors as a nation and go for right way under the teachings of Islam in all aspects of life.

On the occasion of Eid I m sharing you this poetry which is based on positive thinking and hope for a better future which could only be achieved by lots of hard work from all the nation.

Here you go!!!

An Article About Akhtar Shirani; the Poet of Romance

Akhtar Shairani (also spelled 'Sheerani', 'Sherani', 'Shirani') (Urdu: اختر شیرانی) (May 4, 1905 – September 9, 1948) is considered one of the most prolific romantic poets of Urdu.

As to his skill, Akhtar was quite innovative and introduced new modes in Urdu poetry. At such a green age, he wrote mature and inspiring poetry. He was called شاعرِ رومان (the poet of romance). His best known collections of poetry include Akhtaristan, Subh-e bahaar, and Shahnaz.

Youth dominates Akhtar's poetry like that of Shelley, Keats, and Byron. Lyricism, subtlety and novelty infuse a new spirit onto his poetry. He exhales verse as a flower exhales fragrance. His verses touching various colourful subjects flow with such tremendous ease and felicity as the reader is moved to ecstasy. Most of the critics have concentrated only on one aspect of his Love Poetry.

He had been editor for the literary magazines Intikhab, Bahaaristan, Khyaalistan, and Romaan from 1923 to 1939. He also wrote columns for dailies Hamdard and Zamindar of Maulana Muhammad Ali Johar and Maulana Zafar Ali Khan respectively.

In total, he left 9 collections of his verses. In prose, apart from his fictions and translations, his essays on literary, critical and historical subjects are in abundance.

I have come across an article about Akhter Sheerani who was known as the poet of Romance. I consider it worthy to be shared with you and I hope you will like it.

Your comments would be welcomed!!!

"APNAY DUKH MUJHAY DEDO" a Masterpiece Afsaana by Rajinder Singh Bedi

Monday, September 13, 2010

Rajinder Singh Bedi (1915-1984) was an eminent progressive Urdu writer, playwright and a Hindi film director, screenwriter and noted dialogue writer.

His literary career spanning fifty years and 72 short stories was marked with versatility and represented the finest creative writing in Urdu literature. His stories ‘Garm Kot’ and ‘Lajvanti’ are considered among the masterpieces of Urdu short story. His later collections of short stories were 'Kokh Jali' and 'Apne Dukh Mujhe Dedo' and a collection of plays 'Saat Khel’.

Here I m going to share with you guys “APNAY DUKH MUJAY DEDO” the masterpiece short story by Rajinder Singh Bedi. Hopefully you will enjoy reading it and will leave your comments here.

Rajinder Singh Bedi; an Eminent Urdu Writer


Rajinder Singh Bedi (1915-1984) was an eminent progressive Urdu writer, playwright and a Hindi film director, screenwriter and noted dialogue writer.

Some of his best work as a dialogue writer can be seen in Hrishikesh Mukherjee's films Abhimaan, Anupama and Satyakam; and Bimal Roy's Madhumati. As a director he is most known for his films Dastak (1970), starring Sanjeev Kumar and Rehana Sultan and Phagun (1973), starring Dharmendra, Waheda Rehman, Jaya Bhaduri and Vijay Arora.

Rajinder Singh Bedi is considered one of the greatest 20th century progressive writers of Urdu fiction, and second most prominent Urdu fiction writer, after Saadat Hasan Manto, and like Manto he is most known for his haunting Partition of India tales.

Rajinder Singh Bedi was born near Sialkot, Punjab (now in Pakistan). He spent his early years in Lahore, where he received his education in Urdu, as it was common to most Punjabi families, though he never graduated from a college. After Partition his other family members settled in Fazilka, Indian side of Punjab.

His first short story "Maharani ka Tohfa" won the best Short Story of the Year, given by 'Adabi Dunya', a prominent Urdu monthly, published from Lahore.

He started his career working as a clerk at Lahore Post Office in 1933. In 1941 he joined the Urdu section of All India Radio, Lahore, while working at Lahore radio he wrote many plays including, his famous drama ‘Khawaja Sara’ and 'Nakl-i-Makaani', which he later adapted into his film Dastak in 1970. His first collection of short stories, 'Daan-O-Daam' (The Catch), featuring his prominent story 'Garam Coat' (Warm Coat) was published in 1940. In 1942, he published his second collection of short stories, 'Grehan' (The Eclipse).

His literary career spanning fifty years and 72 short stories was marked with versatility and represented the finest creative writing in Urdu literature. His stories ‘Garm Kot’ and ‘Lajvanti’ are considered among the masterpieces of Urdu short story. His later collections of short stories were 'Kokh Jali' and 'Apne Dukh Mujhe Dedo' and a collection of plays 'Saat Khel’.

In 1943, he joined Maheshwari Films, a small Lahore film studio, though just after one and half year he joined All India Radio back and was posted to Jammu, where he worked till 1947.

By the time of Partition Rajinder Singh Bedi had published numerous more short stories, and had made a name for himself as a prolific writer.

His Urdu novel, 'Ek Chadar Maili Si', translated into English as 'I Take This Woman', received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1965. The book was later translated into Hindi, Kashmiri and Bengali.

After partition he moved to Bombay, and started working with D. D. Kashyap and got his first screen credit for dialogue, in the 1949 film Badi Bahen. Though he got greater recognition for his second film Daag, a 1952 film.

In 1954, he joined hands with Amar Kumar, Balraj Sahni, Geeta Bali and others to create a new company called 'Cine Cooperative', and together they produced their first film, Garam Coat in 1955. Based on his own short story Garam Coat, starring Balraj Sahni and Nirupa Roy, and directed by Aman Kumar, the film gave Rajinder Singh Bedi, chance write a first entire screenplay.

Their second film Rangoli (1962), starring Kishore Kumar, Vyjayantimala, and Durga Khote, was also directed by Amar Kumar.

He continued to display his exemplary range in dialogue writing styles in many classic Hindi films, starting with Sohrab Modi's Mirza Ghalib (1954), Bimal Roy’s Devdas (1955), and Madhumati (1958); Amar Kumar and Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s best films, Anuradha (1960), Anupama (1966), Satyakam (1969) and Abhimaan (1973).

But his greater accomplishment in films has been pioneering straight forward and down-to-earth dialogues in Hindi cinema, which were known for its melodrama and extreme rhetoric content.

He made his directorial debut with Hindi classic Dastak (1970), starring Sanjeev Kumar and Rehana Sultan, with music by Madan Mohan, and in the following decade he directed three more films, Phagun (1973), Nawab Sahib (1978) and Aankhin Dekhi (1978).

His writing was known for its sensitivity and earthiness. His classic novella Ek Chadar Maili Si was first made into a film in Pakistan, Mutthi Bhar Chawal (1978) and later in India, as Ek Chadar Maili Si (1986), a rare distinction for an Indian author to have his work picturised on both sides of the border.

His son Narender Bedi was also a Film director and the maker of films like Jawani Diwani (1972), Benaam (1974), Rafoo Chakkar (1975), Sanam Teri Kasam, he died in the 1982. Two years later in 1984, Rajinder Singh Bedi also died, in Bombay.

In his memory, the Government of Punjab has started a 'Rajinder Singh Bedi Award' in the field of Urdu Literature. He has been awarded Sahitya Akademi Award for: Ek Chadar Maili Si ('I Take This Woman') in 1965 and Ghalib Award - Urdu Drama in 1978.

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