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Poets

Rahi, Rev. Hakim Singh

 

 

Reverend Hakim Singh Rahi ( حاکم سنگھ را ہی )  has published following four books in Urdu. 

  

Karwan-e Heyat, (کاروان حیات),  Ayeena-e Heyat (آئنہ حیات),  Naghma-e Saleeb (نغمہ صلیب ) and Sada-e Haque   (صد ا حق). 

 

This is an eloquent testimony that Urdu, as a language is not only surviving but indeed thriving among Indian Christians.

 

Ayeena-e Heyat, a collection of spiritual poems, songs, ghazals and nazems about various aspects of Christian faith such a Christmas, Easter, promotes human values and praises God and our Lord Jesus Christ.  This work was recognized and awarded by the Urdu academy West Bengal Calcutta (1989).

 

He has also authored Sri Guru Granth Sahib Doscovered which is in English.

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Bhatti, Javaid Siddique

 

 

A native of the cultural centre of Pakistan, Lahore, Javaid Sadique Bhatti has the natural gift of arranging and rearranging words to bring beauty and rhythm to both his prose and poetry. This coupled with his academic awards, master degrees in Punjabi and Urdu gives the power to his pen. He is a published poet and author of well acclaimed books. His Urdu books include, Roo Baroo(1994), Pani Par Tasweer(Urdu Ghazzlain)(1996)Yass (Urdu Nazmain)(200), and Sookha Phool (Urdu Nazmain our Ghazzlain) (2007). His Punjabi publications include, GawachayHeeray (2004)Dhake Chalian (2005)and Uudeek  (2006). In addition to these his thought-provoking articles have appeared in Aftab daily, Seyasat daily, and Ahl-e-Qalam, and Romaan monthlies. He accepts Dr. Kanwal Feroze, Pof. Ajaml Neyazi, and Prof. Jaffar Balooch as his mentors.

 

Javaid Sadique Bhatti is recipient of several prestigious awards, among them are the CISS Letters Award, Pakistan Cultural Club Award, Munir Niazi Award, Joshua Fazal Din Award, Peace Award and Tak Kashmiree Award.

Nasrani, Talib

 

 

Talib Nasrani* (طالب نصرانی), the poet of Phokay faa'ir (پھوکے فا یِٔر) was a gifted Punjabi poet and undoubtedly a very  deep thinker. His book was published by his son and jan nasheen** Saifi Nasrani (سیفی نصرانی) in 2008, who has also honoured the memory of his father and mentor by establishing the Talib Nasrani Natural Arts Foundation Pakistan. The head office of this cultural organization is located in Lahore. 

 

Having read the book, now nearly a dozen times in quick secession, I am impressed with his very human approach to man's dilemma of pain and suffering and his reasoning and argumentation both first from man's perspective to God and then from God's perspective to man.  This problem of man's yearning to engage with his Creator God is one of the oldest themes in the written philosophical and theological records. In the Holy Bible this theme is eloquently expounded upon in the book of Job, and in the courageous dialogues  recorded between the Old Testament prophets like Isaiah and Jeremiah and Jehovah.  The theme is found  in the Greek writings and more recently in the western literature by poets like Milton and Dante. 

 

In Urdu literature Allama Mohammad Iqbal first earned himself the scorn and anger of the orthodox Islamic establishment in India by writing his famous Shikwa, only to redeem his reputation and claim his place among the top Urdu poets by following it with Jawab-e shikwa.  Phokay faa'ir (پھوکے فا یِٔر ) is man's quest for answers  from a local Christian's perspective, and God's response to him. In my humble opinion the book deserves a place among the great contemporary Punjabi literature. In short this volume is a joy to read and offers lots of intellectual stimulation.

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* The biographical information about Talib Nasrani will be added to this entry hopefully in the near future. 

** Jan nasheen translated into English would roughly equate to "the successor".  

Kashmeeri, Dr. Muzter

 

 

Dr Muzter Kashmeeri is an accomplished poet and is recognized by many of his contemporaries as an undisputed giant of the literary world throughout the global  community  of Urdu speaking Christians. 

 

He has published seven books, listed below, of which  five are poetic works

 

1. Ayena-e sadaqat (آینہ صداقت)

2. Reda-e drd - poetry ( ردائے درد )

3. Main musafar pairoon nanga - Punjabi poetry  (میں مسافر پیروں ننگا)

4.   Dr. Asghar Yaqoob adb kay ayenay main 

    (ڈاکٹر اصغر یعقوب ادب کے آئینے میں )

5. Sadaqat - poetry (صداقت) 

 

6. Badan ka sehara -poetry (بدن کا صحرا )

7. Hai zehm zehm hwanian - poetry (ہیں زخم زخم ہوائیں )

Khokhar, Irshad

 

 

Irshad khokhar, ( ارشاد کھوکھر ) writes, and writes well, both  in Urdu and Punjabi. He was born in Kala Shah Kakoo, Sheikhupura, Pakistan, and completed his schooling there. He started writing poetry in 1990 and published his first book Mun layh Kehna ( من لیہ کہنا ) in 1999. Although he had started making his mark among the literary circles of Pakistan a few years earlier, his real breakthrough came with the publication of  his  second poetry book, Dil  Di Bintee (  دل دی بنتی ) in 2008.

 

Khokhar has in some way "inherited the genes" for Punjabi poetry, from his father, Peyara Masih Khokhar who is well-known in his community for his ability to write and recite Punjabi Rubaiyat (چو مصرعہ). Our Khokhar has great respect for his father and admires him for his ability in reciting two of the greatest epics poems of the Punjabi literature, namely, Heer Waris Shah  ( ہیر  وارث شاہ)and Qissa Saif-ul Malook (سیف الملوک).

  

Irshad Khokhar read his first poem  among well-known poets gathered for a Mushaira in the hall of  Khabrain newspaper, in Lahore.     This was also the  place where he must met with the famous Bera Jee  (بیرا جی ).   It was the guidance and encouragement of the latter that lead him to publish his aforementioned book.

 

Irshad Khokhar has also written more than twenty religious songs which have been presented by various TV and radio channels, including Radio Pakistan, Catholic Channel, Masihi TV and Halillujah channel.

In the world of literature Khokhar is treading ever so softly, perhaps he wants to make sure that whatever he writes and publishes meets his own  high standard of aesthetics.  In his own words:

 

بوہتے نالوں تھوڑا لکھیں ، لکھیں ذرا سوادی

اکھر اکھر خوشیاں ونڈے  پھیرے  نہ  بربادی      

 

Khokhar has thus far been decorated with two awards: Aitraf-e fun Award (2009) and Husan-e Karkardgee award (2010).

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