Many a time, when I read a poem or even free verse in someone’s blog, I’m reminded of some urdu couplet or another. I grew up in a family where quoting such things was common practice. I have, at times, posted what occurred to me in the comments. Most people reply with a polite click of the “like” button.
Urdu shayari used to be at the acme of court culture in the days of emperors and nawabs. During the Independence movement, it was another way to teach sedition. Post independence it became a tool for social commentary and critique. Over the years, it has lost its sheen and become pedestrian. And cheap. A form of poetry that started as a most beautiful way of expression has become an alternative for pervs to throw at women, in between hoots and whistles and cat calls. Hardly anyone reads or appreciates shayari anymore
Which makes me wonder if I should write those couplets in comments anymore? I’ve seen how few people even read the odd couplet I quote in my blog. I might love the art, but it’s nowhere near as popular or acceptable in “cultured society” anymore….
I think I’ll stop doing that.