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Friday, September 29, 2006

Couplet on our existence: Philosophical poetry in Urdu

miTTii thaa, kisne chaak pe rakh kar ghumaa diyaa
voh kaun haath the ki jo chaaha banaa diyaa
[chaak=potter's wheel]

مٹی تھا کسنے چاک پہ رکھ کر گھما دیا
وہ کون ہاتھ تھے کہ جو چاہا بنا دیا
اجلال مجید

मिटटी था, किसने चाक पे रख कर घुमा दिया
वह कौन हाथ थे कि जो चाहा बना दिया

Isn't it an amazing couplet? We often ask ourselves the same question. It is an age-old quest regarding the raison d'etre behind our existence but Ijlal Majeed's ghazal with the above mentioned matlaa' has said it in a unique way.

Was nothing but a handful of soil from the earth, turned
Who were those hands that created, had this form envisioned!

The mystery behind the creation. He has expressed it beautifully. Ijlal is brother of Iqbal Majeed, the rewnowed Urdu writer who is foremost contemporary fiction writer in Urdu after Intizar Husain in Pakistan and Naiyar Masood in India.

Iqbal Majeed is popular across the Urdu world though his association with radio affected his literary output earlier. His recent work, 'Namak', was a masterful novel. However, his brother Ijlal [pronouced Ijlaal] is a poet who prefers solitude.

To read the entire ghazal in Urdu, Hindi and English scripts. Click here  


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How do we know said...

really nice sher.. and for once, one gets to read it in Hindi also!

indscribe said...

ya...gonna post the entire ghazal. Aur apko shikaayat ka mauqa nahiiN milega...

jyothsnay said...


beautiful rendition! am struck with both its poignancy and minimalistic move. wonder, sometimes, how insignificant is one's existence...but look back, with negligible role being played in the definition of one's existence, one slips in that to give a touchable n feelable format,still searching for that unknown mysterious hand...I am blabbering now..could not read the link..but will come back soon
Eid Mubaarak...Jyo

moonis said...

nice sher, i have more work by ijlal majeed... i know him personally... may i know where i can send more ghazals by him.... also who's the author of this blog... may i also know your name please