Ahmad Faraz, one of the greatest poets of our times died a couple of days ago. He was one of the most ‘loved’ and ’sung’ Urdu poets of his time. One of the biggest supporters of Indo- Pak friendship he was critical of politicians on both sides of the border for not doing enough for peace in the subcontinent.
“If India can help Pakistan with better education and medical facilities, Pakistan can help India as we produce the world’s best sports material, cotton textiles and surgical instruments,” he said. He added that Pakistanis were touched whenever Pakistani children with heart ailments were cured in India. “People on both sides of the border share the same food, breathe the same air, entertain themselves with the Khans of Indian filmdom. Aishwarya (Rai) and Preity (Zinta) are Pakistanis’ darlings! If Indian and Pakistani politicians work positively, both countries can get rid of the scarcity of water, electricity, foodgrain.”
Last year he was a part of the annual Shankar Shad ‘mushaira’ held in Delhi. I was fortunate to attend that ‘mushaira’. As a tribute to this great poet I have posted a few of my favourite Faraz ashaars-
Ranjish hi sahi is probably his most popular poem-
Ranjish hi sahi dil hi dukhaanay kay liyay aa
aa phir say mujhay chhorr kay jaanay kay liyay aa
pehlay say maraasim na sahi phir bhi kabhi to
rasm-o-rahay duniya hi nibhaanay kay liyay aa
kis kis ko bataayengay judaai kaa sabab ham
tu mujh se khafaa hai to zamaanay kay liyay aa
kuchh to meri pindaar-e-mohabbat ka bharam rakh
tu bhi to kabhi mujh ko manaanay kay liyay aa
ek umr say hun lazzat-e-giryaa se bhi mehruum
aye raahat-e-jaan mujh ko rulaanay kay liyay aa
ab tak dil-e-khush_feham ko tujh say hain ummeedain
ye aakhari shammain bhi bujhaanay kay liyay aa
* Ranjish-enmity, marasim- relationship, Pindar-pride, lazzat-e-giryaa -taste of sadness.
Hum to Aaghaz-e-Mohabbat mein hi lut gye hain Faraz
Aur logh kehtey hian k Anjaam Bura Hota hia..
The simplicity of words is what I like most about his style of writing-
Zindagi to apnay hi qadmooo pay chalti hai Faraz
auroon k saharay to janazay utha kartay hain