Archive for August 2007

Qurratulain Hyder, the literary giant is dead!   5 comments

Qurratulain HyderFor quite some time, the feeling kept haunting me that the time for Qurratulain Hyder’s departure was imminent. Finally, the sad day came and she left us for good. Despite the impossibility of circumstances, I had a great desire to meet her some day, while she was a living legend. I have my old-time friend, Fuzzle, to thank for introducing me to this colossal writer.

The first short-story of her that I read, I found it so engrossing that I made a resolve to read all her works. Though, I am far short of fulfilling that resolve, whatever little I have read of her has left a deep influence on me and changed some of my perceptions of the world and life. I found her work generously adorned with abstract thoughts, expressed so amazingly that one is overwhelmed by results of the skill with which she exploits the power and beauty of Urdu language. She was not a follower of any particular ideology. She just cherished her inherited civilization, and wrote about it and her background.

When I joined orkut, first thing I did was to make a community on QH, as there was none at that time. Through her name and mention on that community, and elsewhere, I got introduced and acquainted to some remarkable people. Being the owner of QH community, for some it became my identity.

Her health and old-age didn’t permit her to write any more, but since I got the news of her demise yesterday, slowly I am realizing that her life, as long as she breathed, meant something. After her death, today, thanks to Raza Rumi, listening to her in her own voice made me feel overwhelmed. I couldn’t believe it. But alas, she lies under loads of earth now. The loved and lost, comes not again! 

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Posted August 22, 2007 by shueyb in Literature, orkut, Qurratulain Hyder, Urdu

Mere azizon tamam dukh hai   6 comments

Mere azizon tamam dukh hai

Hayat dukh hai, mamaat dukh hai

Yeh sari mohoom o be-nishan kayenat dukh hai

Wajood dukh hai

Wajood ki yeh namood dukh hai

Yeh hona dukh hai

Na hona dukh hai

Judai to khair aap dukh hai

Milaap dukh hai

Ke milne wale judai ki raat mein mile hain

Yeh zinda rehne ka shauq, yeh ehtemam dukh hai

Kalam dukh hai

Ke kaun keh saka hai jo mawra-e-kalam dukh hai

Mere azizon tamam dukh hai 

Courtesy: Hermes Blue

Posted August 20, 2007 by shueyb in Buddha, Literature, Poetry, Urdu

2 weeks in Bahrain   Leave a comment

The narrow lanes of Bahrain are so very similar to the streets of homeland. Old decrepit buildings side by side with new construction. The difference being that the streets are relatively clean and there’s no stench of open gutters. In addition to its oil income, this country thrives on revenues from tourism. To the tourists of neighbouring countries of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar, it offers plenty of avenues of decadence, which they can’t enjoy in their own countries.

Posted August 2, 2007 by shueyb in Bahrain