Mashq e Sukhan

After a very long time, some verses descended upon me this afternoon and I was able to compose them in form of a short Ghazal. I think amongst Nazms and songs, Ghazals took the back seat somewhere along the line. Not to mention, it is much more draining to write a Ghazal. So, after Chale Jaate Hain, which came last year, here is my new work “Mashq e Sukhan” which means “continued efforts to write and compose”.

I would like to dedicate this Ghazal to some of the revered Shayars from the Progressive Writers era of early 1900s, notably Hasrat Mohani, Jigar Moradabadi, Majaaz Lucknawi and Firaq Gorakhpuri. Comments and critique are both welcome. I might record a recitation sometime too.

Comments So Far..
  • anupam dhar 11 January, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    This one shows signs of progressive maturity in your poetry. No kid stuff here.
    “Lage Raho Shayar Bhai”.

  • Janki 11 January, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    wow..if it took me this long to read and actually understand it (thanks for the notes!)…I can only much thought it takes to write one! heavy hai :)…
    can’t wait for the recording…
    Happy New Year!

  • Gautam 11 January, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    Thanks Dhar Sahab. Janki, good to hear from you and thanks for reading 🙂

  • Saumya 12 January, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Badhiya hai, Zafar sahab!….

  • Tej Mehta 13 January, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Dear Gautam,
    Thanks for reconnecting. ‘Mashq-e-Sukhan’ is a solid composition
    with a lot of depth. It is literary in its choice of verse and intense
    in its appeal. Indeed its overwhelming.
    AAFREEN !! AAFREEN !! Continue with all your passion.

  • Nik 15 January, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    bhai yeh zara layman language mei bhi likh do dubara … jo hum jaise tucchh praniyo ke samajh mei bhi aaye hehe

  • Nik 15 January, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Khair jitni samajh mei aayi utni to umdaa thi … posting here one gibberish I wrote some days back … take it as moral booster and get out of Maut ki Gaarein (lol)

    Phir wahi sawal

    Har khwahish har armaan,
    teri chaukhat pe aake rukta hai
    wahi purana baarish ka mausam
    Phir gungunane ki chaah rakhta hai

    Teri dhoop mei baitha hun
    ek patli chaadar odh ke
    Baadlon ne kuch chaanv bikheri
    To tera sooraj takta hai

    Dekhte dekhte shaam hui
    to tune sooraj bhuja diya
    Raat ko thoda rangeen banane
    ko ek chaand jagmaga diya

    Kuch hairat hai par Gairat hai
    yeh nahi koi ayyari
    Meri deewar par teri tasveer
    ki hai kuch yeh karagari

    Bunta hun phir soch mei
    tera ek aur khayal
    Kya tha pahle se yah behtar
    Karta khud se phir wahi sawal

  • Gautam 15 January, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    This is pretty good Nikhil. Thanks for sharing it with everyone.

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