REKHTI


Rekhti is a particular genre of Urdu poetry adopted by male poets, which employs women’s special idioms, mannerisms and accents to describe particular women- women and women-men affairs and also women’s sensual desires and sexual urges. Rekhti is generally written in ghazal form. It was a product of the particular socio-cultural and literary ambience in the 19th century Lucknow. Yaar Alii Jaan sahib, Saadat Yaar Khan ‘Rangeen’, Mohsin Khan Mohsin’, Insha Allah Khan ‘Insha’, etc were the noted Rekhti Poets.


REKHTI
aaj dii ta.aliim gat gat kii mujhe taalo.n ke biich
ab merii do-gaanaa ko miraa dhyaan hai kyaa khaak
bahaar-e-jaa.n-fazaa hai yaar kaa khat
baithnaa thaa ki havaa ho gayaa tausan un kaa
banno shiirii.n kii hai kahaanii talkh
begamaa mai.n jo ba.dii huu.n to bhalaa tujh ko kyaa
cha.ngez-khaa.n se kam nahii.n khuu.n-khvaar kaa mizaaj
chotii pe tirii saa.np kii hai lahar do-gaanaa
dar-ba-dar bhiik hii maa.ngegaa mu.aa mere baad
dekhte hii dekhte kyaa ho gayaa
dikhaa.o tan tan gha.dii na mohan gha.dii me.n kuchh hai gha.dii me.n kuchh hai
ga.ii thii dekhne baajii mai.n suuraj-kund kaa melaa
husn us kaa jaan-saahab ruuh ko marguub hai
kah dii mahtaab ne mehran se mulaaqaat kii baat
karuu.n mai.n kahaa.n tak mudaaraat roz
kashtii me.n kuppii tel kii annaa u.ndel daal
khilaaf kahtii hai.n huure.n ki hai qamar kaa saa
khilvaa na thokare.n muu.e dil dar-ba-dar mujhe
khudaa ne dii hai bii naam-e-khudaa kis shaan kii suurat
kis pe jhaptaa mu.aa shikaarii aaj
kis se garmii kaa rakhaa jaa.e ye bhaarii roza
ko.ii mar jaa.e yaa ho jaan-ba-lab
kore bachoge tum mujhe kar ke miyaa.n kharaab
lahar me.n chotii ke tere dar ke maare kaa.np kaa.np
lahore kii havas hai na multaan kii havas
mai.n tire sadqe ga.ii ai mirii pyaarii mat chiikh
mai.n to kuchh kahtii nahii.n shauq se sau-baaii chiikh
mere ghar me.n zanaakhii aa.ii kab
merii taraf se kuchh to tire dil me.n chor hai
mu.nh pe kyaa puuchhnaa yuusuf se bu.aa mere baad
namaaz pa.dh pa.dh ke tuu gunaaho.n se apne tauba bu.aa kiyaa kar
nii.nd aatii nahii.n kam-bakht divaanii aa jaa
paisa thaa paas rahte the har-aan aashnaa
phir baajii-jaan bha.dve ne jhag.daa kiyaa shuruu.a
phir gayaa tabla bajaane aaj gauhar-jaan kaa
rishta-e-ulfat ko to.duu.n kis tarah
saaqii chaman me.n aa ki tirii yaad hai bahut
sero.n mire badan se lahuu haa.n nikal gayaa
thaa kuchh to chor dil me.n jo sau baar kii talaash
thaam thaam apne ko rakhtii huu.n bahut saa lekin
tiis pe.duu me.n uthii uuhii mirii jaan ga.ii
tiisre chauthe bhii aate nahii.n ghar aap se aap
tum ne kyaa kyaa nahii.n bu.aa dekhaa
ye dil masos ke chup bhii nahii.n rahaa jaataa
ye mere yaar ne kyaa mujh se bevafaa.ii kii
yuu.n hai is dil ko do-gaanaa kii nishaanii kii havas
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