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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Disapproving aggression in a very violent society

Disapproving aggression in a very violent society

‘Ho KyoN Tabiyyat Mein Changezi’ (Why should one have an aggressive temperament), an Urdu book of religious material, personal experiences, and reflections was introduced on January 24 at the Pearl Continental Hotel in Karachi.  Around one hundred people attended the literary evening presided over by renowned Urdu poet Dr. Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui.  Besides others the author of the book, Qazi Majid Ali Advocate, Mehmood Shaam and Abrar Hasan spoke at the occasion.  The program was emceed by Agha Masood.

Video of Abrar Hasan's speech is here:

Also see this relevant Urdu news:

 قاضی ماجد علی ایڈووکیٹ کی کتاب ہو کیوں طبیعت میں چنگیزی
آغا مسعود
ڈاکٹر پیرزادہ قاسم رضا صدیقی
ابرار حسن ایڈووکیٹ
محمود شام

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Urdu Academy of North America, International Mushaira, December 6, 2015

When over 200 people attend an Urdu literary event in a city in the US, you can appreciate the population growth of the North-South-Asians in that city and the high proportion of literature-lovers among this population.

Urdu Academy of North America’s annual flagship program, an International Mushaira, was held on Sunday, December 6 at the Chandni Restaurant in Newark, California.

Here are a few photos from that very memorable program.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Obama is wrong about ISIL

Obama is wrong.
ISIL was, is, and will remain the true face of Islam until the world sees the ‘true’ Muslims fighting ISIL for dishonoring ‘true’ Islam.

Photo, courtesy of NowThis.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Poet’s remarks on meter in poetry cause commotion

Poet’s remarks on meter in poetry cause commotion

Irfan Malik

Sukhwinder Kamboj

Kamal Dev Pall

Khawaja Ashraf

A poetry session honoring Boston-based Punjabi poet Irfan Malik suddenly got animated when near the end of the program Malik said that he put some of his poetry in the genre of ghazal even when that poetry did not observe the restriction of a meter; he said calling his poetry ghazal was a playful act because he believed the meter created unnecessary restrictions and killed creativity.  Several members of the audience objected to Malik’s apparent disdain for the poetic meter. As soon as Malik stopped reading his poems, the program was taken over by a group of Punjabi poets in the audience—the group strongly believed in keeping the meter in the poetry.  The pro-meter group was led by Sukhwinder Kamboj who after reading his own meter-regulated poetry started acting as the emcee of the program and invited Kamal Dev Pall, Kulwinder Plahey, Khawaja Ashraf, Gulshan Dayal, and Amna Buttar to read their selected poems.

Gulshan Dayal
The Saturday program hosting Irfan Malik was arranged by Moazzam Sheikh and Ijaz Syed and was held at the Ingleside branch of the San Francisco Public Library.