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Treaties if you are confused between a rubaai and a ataa or a musaddas and a marsiya here is a book for you The Taste of Words provides a fresh peculiar and reachable entry point for beginners looking for enhancing their knowledge of this beautiful language The vibrant collection of poetry includes poems written by legends like Mir Tai Mir and Mirza Ghalib to the poems penned by contemporary game changers li. 35 rounded up to 4

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The Taste of Words

The Taste of Words An Introduction to Urdu Poetry edited and translated by Raza Mir is a collection of some of the most beautiful pieces of Urdu poetrySummary of the BookIf you are one of those who always get delighted by the spoken rhythm of an Urdu couplet and desired to completely comprehend and appreciate its nuances if you ever wanted to connect with a ghazal profoundly but were unsettled by its puzzling. In his foreword to Raza Mir s The Taste of Words An Introduction to Urdu Poetry Gulzar writes Ajab hai yeh zubaan UrduKabhi yoonhi safar karteAgar koi musaafir sher padh de Mir Ghalib kaWoh chaahe ajnabi hoYahi lagta hai woh mere vatan ka haiTelling proof of the beauty of this language its ability and in particular the ability of its best poetry to evoke a sense of belonging to create instant friendships It is this language and especially its poetry that Mir introduces so effectively in this book He begins with an introduction to Urdu its origins and development all very briefly discussed before moving on to an introduction to its poetry In this section he explains each type of poem and its main technicalities the difference between say a ghazal and a nazm a ataa and a marsiya Pertinent examples are provided and it s a good user friendly guide to understanding the basics of these forms Even if you really don t know UrduThe bulk of the book consists of the poems themselves divided by poet in chronological order Beginning with Amir Khusro and ending with Zeeshan Sahil each poet is introduced through a brief biography followed by anywhere between one to three poems Ghalib is the exception with five pieces of poetry Some are complete poems some are excerpts of longer works Each is first transliterated in English then followed by a translation The range of subjects and styles is impressive there s everything here from scathingly socialistic poetry Sahir Ludhianvi s Taj Mahal is here to deeply romantic from religious verses extolling Ali and the martyrdom at Karbala to humour Almost all the most popular poems pieces that have been sung and recited in cinema or by famous singers are here With just about every poet and sometimes every poem Mir provides notes on other works about the poet the significance of certain motifs or words in the poetry and these are freuent good recorded performances of poetry and where they can be accessed on the net Not that it s flawless I found the freuent inconsistencies in transliteration irritating a and aa are used in about eual measure to denote and thi and thhi are used interchangeably for example A lot of the poems have been translated in such a way as to make the English lines rhyme as well and this doesn t always work it ends up being somewhat clumsy at times in contrast I found the translations of the azaad nazm the free verse often non rhyming better Plus there are errors now and then Sadhana and not the actual Mala Sinha is mentioned as the female lead of Gumraah Dosti is mentioned as having been made in 1946 not the actual 1964 and the translation of Javed Akhtar s Yeh khel kya hai could cause confusion among Westerners since Mir translates wazir the chessman euivalent to the ueen as minister and pyaada the pawn as foot soldier But I m nitpicking These can be overlooked and the end result really is a very useful very enjoyable book Educational highly readable and a fine compilation of some of the very best Urdu poetry to be found on the planet

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Ke Gulzar and Javed Akhtar Raza Mir’s translation not only draws out the passion and pathos from these ageless verses but also offers sharp perceptions and interesting triviaAbout Raza MirRaza Mir is the co author of Anthems of Resistance A Celebration of Progressive Urdu Poetry His translated works from Urdu to English based on his expertise and proficiency over both the languages have been widely commende. Has a very informative and engaging introduction about the evolution of the north Indian languages Some snippets of history and biographies of poets thrown in as well Though a couple of names could be missing however this is a good starting point for all newbies And although would have been very useful to have a glossary of words at the end still it serves its purpose of spurning interest in the reader Enjoyable read if done slowlyRekhtaHindaviHindustaniHindiUrdu whatever you call it it offers a whole world of great language imagery and themes


10 thoughts on “The Taste of Words

  1. says:

    In his foreword to Raza Mir’s The Taste of Words An Introduction to Urdu Poetry Gulzar writes Ajab hai yeh zubaan UrduKabhi yoonhi safar karteAgar koi musaafir sher padh de Mir Ghalib kaWoh chaahe ajnabi hoYahi lagta hai woh mere vatan ka haiTelling proof of the beauty of this language its ability—and in particular the ability of its best poetry—to evoke a sense of belonging to create instant friendships

  2. says:

    The book starts with the lines Urdu is a nation unto itself Wherever it travels it creates its own world It was born in India but does not belon

  3. says:

    A book that claims to be an Introduction to Urdu Poetry should at least have meanings of Urdu words given alongside each

  4. says:

    Loved the introduction and the translations were decent too

  5. says:

    The collection was nice Translations not so much

  6. says:

    35 rounded up to 4

  7. says:

    ये कैसा इश्क़ है उर्दू ज़बाँ का What is this love of Urduमज़ा घुलता है लफ़्ज़ों का ज़बाँ पर That the taste of words dissolves on the tongueThis book is a very good introduction to the Urdu poetry for people l

  8. says:

    Has a very informative and engaging introduction about the evolution of the north Indian languages Some snippets of history and biogra

  9. says:

    Its a good book especially for readers who are just getting introduced to Urdu Its a handy catalogue of prominent Urdu Poets and their chosen couplets It can be read in any mood from any page the following lines are again

  10. says:

    while it lies somewhere in the back end of my bookshelves I end up discovering it time and again when I am looking up a new poem translationI think the book by refusing to print the Urdu script looses a certain charm and

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