Saturday, June 19, 2004

ASAD [6]

Today, Ghalib is known to everybody. Even many who have little interest in Urdu shaa'iri know that he is regarded as one of the finest Urdu poets of all time. However, he did not always receive the same recognition. During his own lifetime, for instance, he was often ridiculed for writing incomprehensible poetry. Here's an example of the kinds of taunt Ghalib's poetry received:

ज़ुबान-ए-'मीर'1 समझे, और कलाम-ए-'मीरज़ा'2 समझे
मगर इनका लिखा? ये आप समझें, या ख़ुदा समझे!
zubaan-e-'Meer'1 samjhe, aur kalaam-e-'Meerza'2 samjhe
magar inkaa likhaa? yeh aap samjheN, yaa Khudaa samjhe

We have no trouble understanding the word of Meer, nor comprehending the writ of Mirza, but what this man (Ghalib) writes -- only he knows, or God!

Ghalib, on the other hand, was rather proud of his diction. Some say he didn't pay these critics too much attention. Others say he didn't suffer them gladly at all, that he wasn't one to take things lying down, that his way of responding to such comments was to slip in a critical retort here and there in his Ghazals. It is hard to say who is right, but it is true that one finds some very interesting couplets in Ghalib's deewaan which could be considered responses to the sharp criticism he received. The following couplet is one such particularly famous 'response':

पूछते हैं वो केः 'ग़ालिब' कौन है?
कोई बतलाए केः हम बतलाएँ क्या?
poochhte haiN woh ke 'Ghalib' kaun hai?
koi batlaaye ke ham batlaayeN kyaa?

- Abhay.
ASAD _also_ stands for "A Sher A Day" !

1Meer: Meer Taqi 'Meer', acknowledged universally by Urdu poetry aficionados as 'Khudaa-e-suKhan' (the God of poetry)
2Meerza: Mirza Mohammed Rafi 'Sauda', a contemporary of Meer's and an excellent poet in his own right.

[(c) Abhay Avachat. Editor: U.V. Ravindra]


At Thursday, June 24, 2004 10:37:00 AM, Blogger v9y said...

Do you really think there's a need for "?" after 'likhaa'? Of course the source wouldn't have this.


At Friday, December 30, 2005 7:05:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well i think jubane meer sher was really keep writing these kind of sher a lot!!

At Sunday, October 04, 2009 12:18:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Pakde jaate hain farishte ke likhe par naahaq...
Aadmi koi hamara dum-e-tehreer bhi thha..?? ;-)
REKHTA ke Asad.. tumhi ustaad nahin...
Kehte hain agle zamaane mei.n koi Meer bhi thha..!!!!

"bakk raha hun junuun mei.n kya kya kuchh..
Kuch na samjhe KHUDA kare koi...
Ibn-e-Mariyam huaa kare koi.....
Mere dukh ki davaa kare koi...."


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