Lucknow: Years ago, poet Firaq Gorakhpuri had advised people to study Urdu saying: "Urdu is liye padho taaki afsar banne ke baad afsar lago bhi" (study Urdu not just to become an officer but also to come across as one). The advice, however, seems to ... Times of India, 1 month ago
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Books are meant to be read, not merely displayed; books gathering dust is a pity. People who buy books just to flaunt them irritate me beyond words. There are genuine bibliophiles who love to read and discuss what they have read. But there are ...The Hindu, 2 weeks ago
I cannot put a date to exactly when it happened, but gradually, over many years, people around me began to identify me as Muslim. This was new and, I suppose, the beginning of a process which placed me with the Other. Firaq Gorakhpuri has a ...Quartz, 1 month ago
IT was nice to see, during the last few years, literary circles celebrating the centennials of Shibli Nomani, Altaf Hussain Hali, N.M. Rashid, Saadat Hasan Manto, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Miraji and many other towering figures of Urdu literature. Mir Taqi ...DAWN Group, 1 month ago
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