Today's top 5 Urdu Shayari

agar dard-e-mohabbat se na insāñ āshnā hotā

na kuchh marne ġham hotā na jiine mazā hotā

agar dard-e-mohabbat se na insan aashna hota

na kuchh marne ka gham hota na jine ka maza hota

Chakbast Brij Narayan

be-kaif javānī hai be-dard zamāna hai

nākām-e-mohabbat itnā fasāna hai

be-kaif jawani hai be-dard zamana hai

nakaam-e-mohabbat ka itna hi fasana hai

Sarwar Alam Raz

shauq hai tujh ko zamāne meñ tirā naam rahe

aur mujhe Dar hai mohabbat mirī bad-nām na ho

shauq hai tujh ko zamane mein tera nam rahe

aur mujhe Dar hai mohabbat meri bad-nam na ho

Sarwar Alam Raz

burā bure ke alāva bhalā bhī hotā hai

har aadmī meñ koī dūsrā bhī hotā hai

bura bure ke alawa bhala bhi hota hai

har aadmi mein koi dusra bhi hota hai

Anwar Shuoor

ta.alluq toḌne meñ pahl mushkil marhala thā

chalo ham ne tumhārā bojh halkā kar diyā hai

talluq toDne mein pahl mushkil marhala tha

chalo hum ne tumhaara bojh halka kar diya hai

Hasan Abbas Raza
WORD OF THE DAY

mansab

  • मंसब
  • منصب

means

dignity/office/post

ishq ne mansab likhe jis din mirī taqdīr meñ

daaġh naqadī milī sahrā milā jāgīr meñ

ishq ne mansab likhe jis din meri taqdir mein

dagh ki naqadi mili sahra mila jagir mein

from the Ghazal "" by Baqaullah 'Baqa'

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DID YOU KNOW ?

Ghalib's poems, his letters, his witticism is obviously much talked about, but have you heard of Ghalib's pencil?
On the occasion of Ghalib's centenary in 1969, the Idaara-e-Yaadgar-e-Ghalib, Karachi, planned to set up a library and released a special pencil selection with Ghalib’s photo on it, for fundraising. These pencils were marked at Rs. 5, but Ghalib-lovers bought them for a staggering five thousand rupees each! The pencils went sold-out and are nowhere to be found today, except for the museum of Ghalib Academy, Delhi, where its two specimen pieces are preserved. Ghalib’s mausoleum is also near the Ghalib Academy building in Basti Nizamuddin in Delhi. The academy was found on 22nd February, 1969.

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Curious to know what’s ‘Ham-Zulf’? It’s a word used in blood relations for which the word "SaaRhu" is commonly used. Basically, the respective husbands of two sisters are ‘Ham-Zulf’ of/to one another.
A word on the same lines which is used to address a relative is ‘Khush-Daaman’, that is a mother-in-law, or Saas.
Similarly, for a husband, the word "KHasm" also comes into common parlance which is not considered a particularly polite expression, and is often pronounced as ‘KHasam’, and in Punjabi, ‘khasam’.
Interestingly, in Arabic, ‘KHasm’ means enemy, from which the word ‘KHusuumat’ (enmity) is derived, which is used in Urdu language and poetry as well. For the expression ‘Jaan Kaa Dushman’ (pain in the neck), Mushafi has used ‘KHasm-e-Jaan’ in the following couplet:
Huaa KHasm-e-Jaa.n Mushafi wo tuu teraa
Na insaa.n ko insaan se bair hove


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Jaun

Jaun Eliya adored his native land Amroha. He had migrated to Pakistan at a very young age. When he first came to India in 1972, a gathering of relatives, friends, and his admirers was present at the small railway station in Amroha to welcome him. There, he passionately bowed at his homeland. When he returned at his long-parted home, he started crying uncontrollably at its sight. He met all his friends, relatives, and elders, individually. The children who were born after Jaun had migrated to Pakistan, were recognized by him owning to their resemblance with their grandparents. Jaun also revisited the Baan river of Amroha where he used to stroll along with his friends as a child, and which can be seen flowing incessently in his poetry:
is samundar pe tishna-kām huuñ maiñ 
baan tum ab bhī bah rahī ho kyā 

Also, Jaun eagerly touched upon the tomb of his ancestor Amjad Shahuddin Shah Wilayat, which is near his house, and which is oft-mentioned in his poetry. Strangely, this tomb abounds in scorpions which don't bite!

DID YOU KNOW ?

Dilip Kumar had an extremely cultivated taste of Urdu literature. He spoke and wrote a very refined Urdu and English language and also knew Persian, often reciting couplets of the likes of Rumi, Hafiz, and Iqbal during his conversations. What’s more, he had even committed to memory phrases from Urdu short-stories. He also read literary journals like Adab-e-Latif, Nuquush, Funuun, Saaqi and Adabi Duniya, and even had a large personal library; one where he would read every night. At Mushairas, he would very fervently participate and read speeches as the chief guest which were no less than any other piece of literature. In 1976, at a Mushaira in Hyderabad, he recited a Nazm by Akhtar-ul-Iman which he remembered word for word. Dilip Kumar was also a script writer. In 1964, he wrote the script for the film ‘Leader’ under an old thick-shaded tree in ‘Filmaaya Studio’. In this film, the politics of voting is depicted.

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Josh Malihabadi (1898-1982) was hailed as ‘Shayar-e-Shabab’ and ‘Shayar-e-Inqilab’. For some time, he was also associated with the film industry in Poona and Bombay. He wrote songs for the movie "Man Ki Jeet" and a few others, but writing songs to the tune of music composers did not side well with him. Eventually, Bombay’s film-world did not suit him.
Josh was also quite famous for his quick-wittedness, mischievousness, and forthrightness. Numerous anecdotes are ascribed to him. In Bombay, he lived in a house where an actress lived upstairs. The house was built in such a way that Josh could just never get a glimpse of her. Therefore, he penned this Rubai:
mere kamre kī chhat pe hai us but kā makān
jalve kā nahīñ phir bhī koī imkān
goyā ai 'josh' maiñ huuñ aisā mazdūr
jo bhuuk meñ ho sar pe uThā.e hue ḳhvān

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Qaisarul Jafri

Qaisarul Jafri

1926-2005

Famous for his ghazal "Divaron se mil kar rona achcha lagta hai".

tumhāre shahr mausam baḌā suhānā lage

maiñ ek shaam churā luuñ agar burā na lage

tumhaare shahr ka mausam baDa suhana lage

main ek sham chura lun agar bura na lage

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