A Thousand Yearnings: A Book of Urdu Poetry & Prose


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For many individuals, Urdu is indelibly related to a bygone period: the cultural renaissance of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries within the face of colonial oppression, heady mushairas and romantic poetry. For others, it brings to thoughts the gritty prose of the Progressive Writers portraying the grim social realities of the mid-twentieth century.

On this luminous assortment of Urdu poetry and prose, Ralph Russell expands our world of Urdu letters to incorporate folks and oral narratives, apart from prose and poetry. By situating every kind traditionally, he provides us a refreshing perspective on the varied literary cultures and histories of India.

Moreover canonical quick tales by the likes of Manto and Premchand, there isIsmat Chughtai’s a little-known autobiographical essay about her relationship along with her brother, the author Azim Beg Chughtai. There are creation tales from the Quran, standard tales of Akbar and Birbal, together with the legendary exploits of Sikandar (Alexander the Nice). Picks from the chic poetry of Mir,Ghalib and others are supplemented by astute commentary and roman transcriptions of the unique Urdu. Farhatullah Beg’s brilliantly imagined account of the ‘final Delhi mushaira’ captures a second in time by no means seen once more, with the horrors of 1857 simply across the nook.

An accessible introduction for unfamiliar readers and a pleasurable companion for these aware of Urdu literature, this quantity is a treasure trove of tales, poetry and historical past. Initially printed as Hidden within the Lute (1995),this revised version has been edited by Russell’s pupil and pal for a number of years, the novelist Marion Molteno.

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