Thanks to Kritika, who I can’t thank enough for letting me know that this event was being planned in my own town! A wonderful gathering of some great poets, and some terrific, terrific shayari.
The rightmost gentleman is the oldest living Urdu poet in India, Gulzar Dehlvi. Aged 92, his voice belied his years. And his playful verse belied the numerous generation gaps between him and his 20-something listeners. Rang-e-Rekhta is an attempt by the founders of the website rekhta.org to reintroduce Urdu shayari to a new generation in a (still) new century. Anyone interested in Urdu shayari would do him/herself to visit their site and browse through their immense collection.
The response was tremendous, people flocked the foyer to catch a refrain or two, teenagers whistled lustily at the naughty verses and standing ovations greeted every great poet.
अभी सलीके का नौहा न पढ़िए (abhi saliiqe ka nauha na padhiye)
अभी कुछ लोग उर्दू बोलते हैं (abhi kuchh log Urdu bolte hain)
Do not mourn the passing of grace
Some yet can the flow of Urdu trace
I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We're not exactly a big population group in India! It didn't go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then.
I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February '15. There were many reasons why I gradually became more regular in posting, but one way or the other, here I am! So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost self....but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile!
A few points about me because I don't want to lead anyone on(and trust me this does become an issue more often than I'd care to admit).
I'm Indian, the brown-skinned variety; if race, ethnicity or skin colour is an issue, you don't have to get to know me any more than what you see on my blog.
I'm 40, so if age is an issue, please be informed accordingly.
I was a doctor, an ophthalmic surgeon for 10 years before I quit practice.
Will visit the link later.
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