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Poetry Speaks Silence

Updated: March 24, 2012 2:01 pm

Aaj vo bhi bhichhud gaya hamse           

Chaliye, ye kissa bhi tamam hua

Tarqash about years back, which was a big hit not only in the Urdu literary stratum but has a sweeping touch through everyone who likes Urdu poetry. That treasure very softly touched the strings of many hearts deep inside and now it’s Lava. Lava is again beautifully penned by veteran poet-lyricist Javed Akhtar. It’s a collection of nazm, ghazals and couplets well woven and connects every heart in pain, love separation, suffering etc. It’s like a volcanic eruption of poetry busting in the form of pent-up emotions and feelings.


Pehle share, phir ummeedeyen, phir armaan bhi chhoot gaye,

Upar se toh zakhmi huye hum andar se bhi toot gaye

As budding souls rather inclined towards pop, jazz, blues and hip-hop have got a little to do with Urdu poetry. Following herd instinct they get carried away in any flow they happen to see around. But this collection of poetry in Lava is coherently lucid and easily comprehendible. Javed Akhtar has sewed the loose ends in such a magnificent manner that speaks everyone’s heart, like aksar wo kehnte hai wo bas mere hain, aksar kyun kehten hai hairat hoti hai. The poet feels that the younger generation does not understand the craft of poetry but he endeavoured to bring poetry to every home.

Time over these years has changed so have the people where poetry has lost its essence. But then there are many people who are still interested in it. As far as the younger generation is concerned, they have forgotten it because it was never a part of their education system and also their environment.

The poet alaways wants to give his fans something they keep close to their hearts for long. Though he returned after long 14 years, it’s a good comeback. Lava as suggests has a sea of poetic dimensions, the poet took more than a decade to pen those pent-up feels and sentiments. Expression of thoughts is effusive, intriguing and easy to catch. One thing I like most about Lava is the glossary given against the typical Urdu term that helps ease the trouble of finding certain words of Urdu difficult.

The collection of poems dwells around subjects like love for the neighbour (Humsaya), and includes dedications to his son (Mela), daughter (Doraha) and wife (Shabana). Several nazms and ghazals, too dot the pages.


Khuchh bichhadne ke bhi tareekeyen hain,

Kher, jaane do jo gaya jese

About the Poet

Javed Akhtar is one of Bollywood’s best-known dialogue writers and lyricists. Javed Akhtar is the writer of Sholay’s (1975) unforgettable lines Kitne Aadmi Thay, which cast an unrelenting hold over the sly humour of filmy villains, to the heartbreaking song Sandeshe aate hain, from the 1997 film Border that won a National Award. Fourteen years after Tarkash (Quiver), the 67-year-old writer-poet-lyricist, Akhtar—Jadu to wife Shabana Azmi and Javed Saab to the industry—launched Lava, his second collection of poetry (Rajkamal Prakashan, Rs 250) at the India Habitat Centre in Delhi.

Jo muntazir na mila, wo toh hum hain sharminda

Ki humne der lagadi palat ke aane main

By Syed wazid ali

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