Ahmed Faraz. A modern-day shaa'ir in the classical mould. One of the most famous Ghazals of all time, ranjish hi sahi, is written by him. The diction and 'texture' of Faraz's poems is reminiscent of some of the greatest masters of Urdu Ghazal. Time and time again, the nazaakat of his poetry reminds one of the magic of Meer Taqi 'Meer' or Momin Khan 'Momin'. Countless are the occasions when, upon hearing one of Faraz's sh'ers, an exclamation of 'waah, kyaa baat hai!' automatically escapes one's lips.
ये किन नज़रों से तूने आज देखा
केः तेरा देखना देखा न जाए
ye kin nazroN se tuune aaj dekha
ke teraa dekhnaa dekhaa na jaaye!
No difficult words here. No complex metaphors. No strange similes. Just a simple couplet dripping with the honey of extreme classicism!
ASAD _also_ stands for "A Sher A Day" !
[(c) Abhay Avachat. Editor: U.V. Ravindra]