Wednesday, September 30

Tag: visions

ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS
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ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS

Recently, a dear friend of mine, Professor Ghulam Qadir Azad, asked me if I would write an article on a book by Khawaja Tariq Mahmood. The book comprises a collection of couplets by Mirza Asadullah ‘Ghalib’ (December 1797 – 15 February 1869) and Allama Muhammad ‘Iqbal’ (9 November 1877 – 21 April 1938). Initially, I was hesitant, as poetry is not my area of interest. However, due to my great respect for the professor, I reluctantly accepted the challenge. The book gave me an opportunity to understand the message of the two great poets of the subcontinent as it provides rhymed English translation of their selected Ghazals (couplets). After reading certain parts of the book, I began to wonder what do great minds crave the most. The answer came; they desire to generate creative change. The...