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Of Moons and Mirrors

From Urdu to Hindi and then English, Kai Chand the Sar-e Asman sets out on a creative journey.

Farewell, Shahryar

The passing of Urdu poet Shahryar is a monumental loss to Indian literature. Awarded the 2008 Bharatiya Jnanpith, Shahryar's greatest contribution lay in his felicity with ghazals, in crafting new tropes to express modernity's dilemmas and adding new meanings to familiar ones. This is a tribute to his life and work and his special niche in Indian poetry.

The 'Hindi' of the 'Urdu'

Urdu means "military camp" in Turkish but it does not follow therefore that the language had its origins in military camps. The journey of the language, variously known as Hindi/Hindvi/Dehlvi/Goojri/Rekhta or Dakhani at different periods, to being called Urdu is difficult to explore because of the passionate Hindi-Urdu divide.
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