Sher on Shahr

City is a physical space;

it is also a metaphor of suffering as well as of aspirations and achievements. It is a place where dreams are nurtured as well as scattered and spoiled. City has been treated variously in the poetry of both the East and the West. The modern poets, however, have executed the images of city more frequently than others. Here are some images of the city as visualized by Urdu poets.

tamām raat nahāyā thā shahr bārish meñ

vo rañg utar ga.e jo utarne vaale the

tamam raat nahaya tha shahr barish mein

wo rang utar hi gae jo utarne wale the

Jamal Ehsani

hai ajiib shahr zindagī na safar rahā na qayām hai

kahīñ kārobār dopahar kahīñ bad-mizāj shaam hai

hai ajib shahr ki zindagi na safar raha na qayam hai

kahin karobar si dopahar kahin bad-mizaj si sham hai

Bashir Badr

dil to merā udaas hai 'nāsir'

shahr kyuuñ saa.eñ saa.eñ kartā hai

dil to mera udas hai 'nasir'

shahr kyun saen saen karta hai

Nasir Kazmi

jo mere gaañv ke khetoñ meñ bhuuk ugne lagī

mire kisānoñ ne shahroñ meñ naukrī kar

jo mere ganw ke kheton mein bhuk ugne lagi

mere kisanon ne shahron mein naukri kar li

Arif Shafiq

sunā hai shahr naqsha badal gayā 'mahfūz'

to chal ke ham bhī zarā apne ghar ko dekhte haiñ

suna hai shahr ka naqsha badal gaya 'mahfuz'

to chal ke hum bhi zara apne ghar ko dekhte hain

Ahmad Mahfuz

bhiiḌ ke ḳhauf se phir ghar taraf lauT aayā

ghar se jab shahr meñ tanhā.ī ke Dar se niklā

bhiD ke KHauf se phir ghar ki taraf lauT aaya

ghar se jab shahr mein tanhai ke Dar se nikla

Aleem Masroor

ik aur khet pakkī saḌak ne nigal liyā

ik aur gaañv shahar vus.at meñ kho gayā

ek aur khet pakki saDak ne nigal liya

ek aur ganw shahar ki wusat mein kho gaya

Khalid Siddiqui

aisā hañgāma na thā jañgal meñ

shahr meñ aa.e to Dar lagtā thā

aisa hangama na tha jangal mein

shahr mein aae to Dar lagta tha

Mohammad Alvi

dosto tum se guzārish hai yahāñ mat aao

is baḌe shahr meñ tanhā.ī bhī mar jaatī hai

dosto tum se guzarish hai yahan mat aao

is baDe shahr mein tanhai bhi mar jati hai

Javed Nasir

shahr bhī dastūr vahī jañgal vaalā

khojne vaale akasr kho jaate haiñ

shahr ka bhi dastur wahi jangal wala

khojne wale hi akasr kho jate hain

Khalid Ebadi

mere sañg-o-ḳhisht se ta.amīr-e-bām-o-dar

mere ghar ko shahr meñ shāmil kahā na jaa.e

mere hi sang-o-KHisht se tamir-e-baam-o-dar

mere hi ghar ko shahr mein shamil kaha na jae

Majrooh Sultanpuri

tum bhī is shahr meñ ban jāoge patthar jaise

hañsne vaalā yahāñ koī hai na rone vaalā

tum bhi is shahr mein ban jaoge patthar jaise

hansne wala yahan koi hai na rone wala

Kailash Mahir

'azm' is shahr meñ ab aisī koī aañkh nahīñ

girne vaale ko yahāñ jis ne sambhalte dekhā

'azm' is shahr mein ab aisi koi aankh nahin

girne wale ko yahan jis ne sambhalte dekha

Azm Bahzad

ab shahr-e-ārzū meñ vo ra.anā.iyāñ kahāñ

haiñ gul-kade niDhāl baḌī tez dhuup hai

ab shahr-e-arzu mein wo ranaiyan kahan

hain gul-kade niDhaal baDi tez dhup hai

Saghar Siddiqui

ye dil-fareb charāġhāñ ye qahqahoñ ke hujūm

maiñ Dar rahā huuñ ab is shahar se guzarte hue

ye dil-fareb charaghan ye qahqahon ke hujum

main Dar raha hun ab is shahar se guzarte hue

Salman Khayal

majnūñ se ye kahnā ki mire shahar meñ aa jaa.e

vahshat ke liye ek bayābān abhī hai

majnun se ye kahna ki mere shahar mein aa jae

wahshat ke liye ek bayaban abhi hai

Qamar Abbas Qamar

hasīñ hai shahr to ujlat meñ kyuuñ guzar jaa.eñ

junūn-e-shauq use bhī nihāl kar jaa.eñ

hasin hai shahr to ujlat mein kyun guzar jaen

junun-e-shauq use bhi nihaal kar jaen

Dil Ayubi

kaisā hangāma bapā hai ki mire shahr ke log

ḳhāmushī DhūñDhne ġhāroñ taraf jaate hue

kaisa hangama bapa hai ki mere shahr ke log

KHamushi DhunDhne ghaaron ki taraf jate hue

Salim Saleem

Jashn-e-Rekhta | 2-3-4 December 2022 - Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Near India Gate, New Delhi

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