Why Translating Poetry Is Difficult

In an interview, the poet Javed Akthar talks about the problems of translating vernacular poetry into English. He says: Poetry (shairi) talks in a concise, summarized form (iktisar form). In...

Appreciating Urdu Poetry

Ashar (Sher) : Couplet. It consists of two lines (misra). Each verse embodies a single thought or subject. Misra-e-oola : first line of a sher Misra-e-sani: second line. Bait: another...

Yousaf Bashir Qureshi: A thought that slipped my mind

Yousaf Bashir Qureshi’s Poem, “Ak Sooch Akal Se Fisal Gayi”: A Thought That Slipped My Mind. Rendition By Hersh

Faiz: A few days more, my dear!

Faiz’s poem, “Chand Roj Aur Mer Jaan”: A Few Days More, My Dear! A FEW DAYS MORE, MY DEAR! A few days more, my dear, only a few days. We...

Faiz: Do not ask from me, my beloved, love like that former one

Faiz’s poem, “Mujh Se Pehli Si Muhabbat”. Do not ask from me, my beloved, love like that former one. I had believed that you are, therefore life is shining; There...

Faiz: We shall witness

Faiz’s Poem, “Ham Dekhenge”: We shall witness. We shall witness. It’s imperative that we too shall witness: that day promised to us till now, that iron clad dictate writ in...

On Hemmingsway Trail

Walloon Lake Windemere The Ernest Hemingway Cottage, also known as Windemere, was the boyhood summer home of author Ernest Hemingway, on Walloon Lake in Michigan. Ernest Hemingway, born in 1899,...

Vrindavan

The trip to Vrindavan was triggered by an article by Vivekananda in which he talked about a vow he once took as a mendicant travelling penniless across India: that he...

The 299 Ramayanas That Just Won't Go Away

I recently read The Collected Essays of A.K.Ramanujan. I bought the book to read an essay called “Three Hundred Ramayanas: Five Examples and Three Thoughts on Translation”, an essay written...

The Charvakas

The Charvaka system of philosophy was an extreme materialistic system of philosophy that predates Buddhism. The Charvakas rejected all indirect methods of knowledge (hearsay, holy books, inference etc.) They said...