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Friday, April 15, 2005


baaziichaa-e-atfaal hai duniyaa mere aage
hotaa hai shab-o-roz tamaashaa mere aage
- Mirza Asadullah Khan 'Ghalib'

बाज़ीचा-ए-अत्फ़ाल है दुनिया मेरे आगे
होता है शब-ओ-रोज़ तमाशा मेरे आगे
मिर्ज़ा असदुल्लाह ख़ां 'ग़ालिब'


Blogger Suhail said...

Good one Quizfan with perfect timing. Here's a related one off the top of my head:

apno kee chaahatoN ne bhee kya-kya diye fareb,
rote rahe leepat ke har ek ajnabi se ham.
~ Anon

Btw, how do you get these hindi & other fonts? I would like to do the same with Urdu. I am not too much of a web/html guy. And I know there are several ways, like changing some keyboard patterns, installing fonts, etc..but never attempted it in a proper way. Maybe it's high time I did it.

7:10 PM  
Blogger Quizman said...


Thanks a ton!

Wah, Wah what a shair!

I get the Hindi fonts from ITRANS. I go to and type in the words and transcribe it. Now, for Urdu fonts, I recommend

I'm still learning Urdu script.

For Urdu poetry, go to this link.

Aapkii hausla afzaaii ke liye bahut shukriya.

10:50 PM  
Blogger Suhail said...

Thanks Quizfan for the links. Will try it and let you know abt my experiments.
The joy of sharing a perfectly timed sher is a gift given to few. I felt the same on reading yours. So I contributed mine :)

And btw, for Urdu poetry, my best resource till now has been the excellent I never have to go anywhere else. So many poets, so many ghazals, and nazms too. You'll just never run out of them. The site contains some very rare unheard of shayars/ghazals too. And best of all: it's all very organized and simple. Go read it.

I also have one more super-duper resource, exclusively and exquisitely on Ghaalib. But I won't give it to you all in one shot. Coz I think the joy of sher-o-ghazals lies in taking it slowly. I'll be back :)
I know, you are now probably thinking:

kaisi mashaal lekar chale andhere mein aap
jo roshani thee wo bhee salaamat nahin rahi.
~ Anon

8:26 PM  
Blogger Quizman said...


Freshie!!! :-)

The link I mentioned in my previous post gave rise to ALUP is still *the place* for discussions on Urdu poetry.

And I take it that you are referring to Francois Pritchet's site, which is my ref to Ghalib (although it is a work in progress).

Bulbul ghazal saraai aage hamaare mat kar
Sab hum se seekhte hain andaaz guftagoo ka
- Mir Taqi Mir

{Just kidding!]

9:19 PM  
Blogger Suhail said...

Gosh ! Man you literally did the foll:

qaasid ke aatey-aatey khat ek aur likh rakhoon
mein jaanta hoon jo woh likhenge jawaab mein
~ Ghalib

Yes FWP is indeed the resource!! But since you are one step ahead, I won't leave you empty-handed. Read this article (I hope you haven't read this now kinda feeling spooky ;). It's an excellent intro/review on FWP. Ofcourse the pleasure you derive from it would be less than what I had, coz I was introduced to FWP by it. And by the way, check out some of the archives from Mr.Farooqui. He is simply superb. His canvas includes history, poetry, philosophy, drama, theatre and all that which comes in between. I think you'll like em. Sadly, he is no more writing there.

Enjoy :)

7:12 PM  
Blogger Quizman said...

Suhail :-)

Thanks for the link. I will definitely read the article. Glad to know that there are still some of us left! Alas, a vast majority of lit bloggers focus their attention on English literature only.

9:22 PM  

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