Literature

Premchand’s Eidgah

A Story of Selfless Love Dr. Sehba Ali Munshi (an honorary prefix) Premchand was one of the most celebrated Urdu-Hindi short-story writers, novelists, and dramatists of the Indian subcontinent of the early 20th century. Often referred to as "Upanyas Samrat" ...

Ali Sardar Jafri

A Poetic Master with a Rebel Mind Shaheer A. Mirza "Aise Deewane Phir Na Aayenge Dekh Lo Humko Bemisaal Hain Hum" Born in 1913 to an aristocratic family in Balrampur, district Gonda, Ali Sardar Jafri was raised in an environment of education and from ...

Munshi Ameer Ahmad Minai

The Pinnacle of Paeans Satyendra Singh Awadh (1722-1856) period paved the way to register in the form of composite culture. This period is also known as golden period of Urdu poetry. Among many of the writers Munshi Ameer Ahmad Minai is considered as one of ...

Dasht-e-Junoon

The Missing Manuscript Farida Jamal Shah Iqbal Ahmed Sabri Quddusi was a descendant of the Sufi saints. His paternal ancestors, including his father Shah Masood Ahmed Sabri, were sajjada nashins of the dargah of Ali Ahmed Sabir of Kaliyar Sharif. Through his...

Khwaja Haider Ali Aatish

The Epitome of Poetic Finesse in Urdu Akansha Khwaja Haider Ali Aatish Lakhnawi was one of the geniuses of Urdu poetry in Lucknow whose literary rivalry with Imam Baksh Nasikh turned out to be some unparalleled lyrical gems. Aatish was born in 1778 in Mughal...

Pen, Reforms, Freedom

What Premchand Wanted to Bring About... Nikita Gupta Art is not merely an imitation of reality. Though art depicts reality it is not the reality. Its merit lies in that it seems to be a reality. So says the great literary master of the realist novel in Hindi...

Fatema Sughra Haya

She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Farida Jamal Farangi Mahal, in the heart of old Lucknow, has been a renowned centre of Islamic learning for several centuries. Successive generations of Farangi Mahali scholars have left a vast legacy of manuscripts and publishe...

Khaar aur Gul

Agglomerating Doggerels Stories and poetry in Urdu have been published in German language earlier, but a complete collection of 82 ghazals and nazms written by one person has been published in Berlin, Germany for the first time. Arif Naqvi, a well-wisher and ...

That thing called LIFE …

Zindagi Kis Qadar Mukhtasar Ho Gayi Sehar Siddiqui A 55 year old Zulekha sits in her balcony, basking in the winter sun. The wrinkles on her face glisten when the sun rays reach her skin, filtering through the tall tree standing up right next to her house. H...

Lucknow Literary Festival

Rendezvous in the City of Nawabs Lucknow, the city of Nawabs was once the epicenter of the quakes of various literary, cultural and social activities. From shayari to dastangoi and qawwali, the city gave birth to many different arts of storytelling, singing a...