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Sunday, April 12, 2020

Acting locally, thinking globally

By Zaib Azkaar Hussain
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

A renowned British primatologist and researcher, Jane Goodall, is of the view that the disregard for nature and disrespect for animals on the part of humanity caused coronavirus pandemic.

She warns that the world must learn from past mistakes to prevent future disasters. She holds that everyone should think about the consequences of little choices and in this way everyone can make an impact every single day. 

She suggests "So what we can do in our individual lives does depend a little bit on who we are, but we all can make a difference, everybody can." 

Here comes a promising poet and writer, Kamran Mughal, who in his recent Urdu prose poem, has portrayed the 'agony of a sparrow' under the title of "Churria ki faryaad'. 

He is not only an emerging poet but also a well-known journalist, presenter and social worker. 

When he recited his prose poem at an online literary meeting of Halqaa-e Arbaab-e Zaqu (HAZ) Karachi, the critics and scholars highly appreciated him for his diction and meaningful thought the poem discussed.

In his poem, he has tried his best to paint (in words) the 'grief of a sparrow' that has been deserted by the human beings suffering from coronavirus.

The people have deserted themselves (living in isolation) due the fear of spread of disease, the birds who were in habit of coming to their houses' windows and balconies for eating seeds, now were facing a helpless situation due to the closure of gates and windows. 

He says although the suffering of mankind in present times seems to be bigger than the hunger of a bird but it was an irony that the poor birds were being completely ignored and no one was there to serve them with seeds and foods. 

Interestingly in his latest prose poem titled "Churria ki faryaad' he has tried to paint the 'grief of a sparrow' that has been deserted by the human being suffering from coronavirus.

He says though the suffering of mankind in present times seems to be bigger than the hunger of mankind, it was a great irony that the poor birds were totally ignored and no one was there to serve the birds even a seed (food).

The poem says in a sarcastic tone, while depicting expression of a sparrow, that the mankind was facing dire consequences for his bad actions he committed in the past, but he was still unwilling to realize and rethink on living life as was not ready to take pity on weak creatures. 

The poem concludes that irony of the time was to stop the supply of food to the poor birds. 

Kamran Mughal is experiencing interesting ways and treatment to respond towards the issues and subjects as in one of his prose poems titled "Baghdad ki sarrak", he discusses the burden of the travellers, trucks and other vehicles on a road which leads to Baghdad. 

Very interesting and rather heart-touching is the description of tragedy of an inorganic object (road) which has got more 'blackish', 'pathetic' and rather 'pitiable' as it was being used as a mean of carrying weapons and other things by warriors to harm and kill each other. The poem laments that a road has become a source of annoyance to humanity.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Halqaa-e Arbaab-e Zauq’s online sittings gain ground

By Zaib Azkaar Hussain
(Pakistan News & Features Services) 

The online literary meetings of the Halqaa-e Arbaab-e Zaqu (HAZ), Karachi, have been gaining popularity among writers and scholars of different countries. 

These meetings are essentially being arranged through 'Zoom Cloud video conference' and attended not only but local writers but are also being joined by scholars, writers and poets from different parts of the country and different cities of foreign countries. 

A recent weekly sitting discussed creations of three writers who joined the meeting by online appearance and the participants including, the president of the meeting and other guests, brought to light the qualities and shortcomings through online appearances. 

The HAZ's separate meetings also discuss the books and collections of other creative works by numerous writers, journalists and photographers, playwrights, directors, artistes and directors. 

The HAZ has arranged traditional sittings (Mushaira) of poets in order to providing them an opportunity to recite their poetry. 

At a similar online sitting chaired by a prominent poet Shahzad Nayyar was attended was attended by Zahid Hussain Zahid Jauhari, who was chief guest on the occasion, Rehana Roohi, Shagfuta Shafiq, Najma Usman, Asghar Khan, Kamran Mughal, Asif Ali Asif, Kashif Ali Hashmi, Sarah Mehboob, Shahid Naqvi, Qamar Javed, Afzal Hazarvi, Surria Hayya, Faiqa Erum, Urooj Asif, Sajida Sultana, Humera Gul Tashna and others. 

Most of the poets presented poetry on prevalent situation and fears and apprehensions on the viral disease of coronavirus, killing a large number of people across the globe. 

A few other meetings thoroughly discussed the poetry work and prose work of different writers and journalists and photographers including Khalid Danish, Muhammad Asghar Khan and Khawaja Muhammad Azam and Rehana Roohi. 

The speakers including presidents of meetings Akram Kunjahi, Zahid Hussain Zahid Jauhari, Khalid Moin, Sajida Sultana, Humera Gul Tashna, Urooj Asif, Kashif Ali Hashmi, Sammaan Hussain, Sarah Mehboob, Naaz Arif Naaz, Sikandar Ali Rind and others threw light on the art of those who were recognized at the meeting by holding 'an evening' in their honour. 

An 'Urdu Khaaka' was presented by Asghar Khan on the art of Khalid Danish and a recorded message from renowned poet and critic Professor Sahar Ansari was conveyed to meeting that paid glowing tributes to Asghar Khan. 

Similarly another message from famous poet and scholar Ghulam Ali Wafa was conveyed in honour of Rehana Roohi that paid glowing tributes to Roohi for her meaningful Urdu poetry. Sajida Sultana read her Urdu 'khaaka' while praising Asghar Khan for his humorous writings and poetry. 

Faisal Josh who was chief guest at the meeting paid rich tributes to prominent photo-journalist Khawaja Muhammad Azam for his artistic work. 

Khalid Danish in his two different poems (written in 'sana'at e tosheh' eulogized the distinguished services of Muhammad Ahmed Shah rendered in the field of art and culture. 

Kamran Mughal presented his Urdu 'khaaka' on the work and literary role of Asghar Khan and highlighted his qualities and demerits on writings. 

At a tanqeedi nashist, Dr Shahid Zamir who presided over the meeting, threw light on three creations presented by Humera Gul Tashna (an Urdu poem titled 'Wajd'), an Urdu short story titled 'Wehdatul Shahood' by Sameena Mushtaq and an Urdu 'ghazal' by Dr Ambareen Hina Tariq and declared the creations as remarkable. Zahid Hussain Zahid Jauhari and Asif Ali Asif also termed the three creations as excellent works. 

At an earlier sitting Dr Xaigham Zamaan, who presided over the meeting, and Dr Arshad Rizvi, who was chief guest, appreciated Iffat Naveed for her short story depicting the role of a youngster collecting garbage while without caring of cornavirus disease. 

Mir Ahmed Naveed, a prominent poet, also attended the meeting and commended Iffat Naveed for her latest Urdu short story that painted the life of a weak character in words.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Halqaa-e Arbaab-e Zauq holds online literary sitting

By Zaib Azkaar Hussain
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Halqaa-e Arbaab-e Zauq (HAZ), Karachi, created history of sorts by holding its first-ever online literary sitting in which writers from across the country discussed at length Urdu creations of three writers. 

The Zoom Cloud video conference was prompted by the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in which social distancing is strongly discouraged. 

The participants observed that the ‘Coronavirus factor' had compelled them not to hold a gathering but the tools of modern information technology provided them a good opportunity to hold an online literary meeting. 

Famous writer Shaguftta Shafeeq, who presided over the meeting, titled a 'tanqeedi nashist’ remarked that the HAZ Karachi had done a great job to hold an online gathering to discuss latest creations of three writers that included Sarah Mehboob, Naaz Arif Naaz and Mutriba Shaikh. 

She further said that Sarah Mahboob presented a relatively good Urdu ghazal that has amazing diction such as 'aaeena' and ‘hijro wesaal' and inspite of the fact that the ghazal had a romantic mood it brought to light a gap and distance between the lovers while symbolizing the 'mirror' as a reality of life. 

Underlining the Urdu 'khaaka' presented by Naaz Arif Naaz, the President of the meeting, noted thsat Naaz portrayed the personality of her husband (Arif) in her written sketch but she only projected qualities and avoided to argue on some demerits of life of her husband. 

She commended Mutriba Shaikh for her art of writing an article on a book of Urdu short stories titled "Dhoop mein jaltay khawaab' by Naghmana Shaikh', adding she presented a perfect paper. 

Shaguftta Shafeeq concluded that the paper underlined some of the stories of Naghmana Shaikh in relation to their subjects, characters and problems being faced by women in present times. 

Zahid Hussain Zahid, who was the chief guest on the occasion, thoroughly appreciated the three writers. 

However, the guest of honour from Lahore, Shahzad Nayyer, took exception of some weak diction in poetry and 'khaaka', saying instead of presenting repeated thoughts, the writers of modern times must experience fresh subjects and issues in their creations. 

Nevertheless, he appreciated Mutriba Shaikh for her piece, while noting that she tried her best to convey the content and characterization of stories of Naughmana Shaikh by discussing the worth and approach of the characters in different stories. Yet it needed to be further elaborated the characters and treatment of the writer in her book. 

Shabbir Ibne Aadil, who was also guest of honour at the meeting, Khalid Danish, Asif Ali Asif, Iffat Naveed, Kamran Mughal, Muhammad Asghar Khan, Khalid Moin, Khawaja Muhammad Azam, Kashif Ali Hashmi, Surria Hayya, Yasir Bashir, Dr Shahid Zamir, Aqeel Abbas Jaffery, Afzal Hazarvi, Sikandar Rind, Naughmana Shaikh and others also expressed their thoughts on the three creations. 

Sarah Mehboob and Asif Ali Asif coordinated the online discussion while the HAZ Secretary, Zaib Azkaar Hussain, welcomed the meeting participants and threw light on the nature of the 'tanqeedi nashist' and expressed hope that the writers would take keen interest in discussing the literary and cultural issues through online meetings. 

Later, in an informal online 'mushaira', President of the meeting Shaguftta Shafeeq, chief guest Shahzad Nayyar, Surria Hayya, Asif Ali Asif, Asghar Khan, Sarah Mehboiob, Kashif Ali Hashmi, Zaib Azkaar Hussain and others presented their Urdu verses.