By Ferial Jabouri Ghazoul
The difficulty of Alif explores a substantial number of topics and difficulties that exist in modern South Asia, offereing views on poetry and fiction, pop culture and mythmaking, in addition to the iconic resonance of Gandhian rhetoric and philosophy. regardless of the undeniably severe difficulties that afflict the folk of South Asia, there's additionally a lot to rejoice after part a century of independence. there's a pervasive feel that the subcontinent has eventually emerged from lingering shadows of the British Raj, assesting a brand new and ascendant id, via artwork, literature, song, movie, and other kinds of pop culture.
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I have been unable to reproduce the rhyme of this ghazal in the translation. 19 I have used capital letters when translating the fundamental poetical concepts. 20 The ancient Arabic love story of Majnun and Lay la made its way into Urdu literature via Persian, in which it is most famously the subject of an epic masnavi poem written in 1188 by Nizami Ganjavi. For the Layla-Majnun story in Urdu literature see the fourth section (by J. A. Haywood) of the article "Madjnun-Layla" in the new edition of the Encyclopedia of Islam (Vol 5) (Leiden: E.
54 NOTES * I should like to express my gratitude to Muruwwat Ahmad and Waheed Raza Bhatti for their kind advice on source materials; to the staff at the Maktabah-e Yadgar-e Ghalib, Karachi, for their gracious cooperation; to an anonymous reviewer appointed by Alif for his/her valuable criticisms; and to Moeen Lashari and Seemi Ghazi for reviewing the translations. To the best of my knowledge, aside from the couplet by Muhammad Iqbal and the poems by Faiz Ahmad Faiz, all the poetry cited here is appearing in English translation for the first time.
Child, do not weep For only just now Has your father Taken leave of his sorrows. Child, do not weep Your brother Chasing the butterfly of his dreams Has gone somewhere far away, to distant lands. Child, do not weep Your sister's bridal litter Has left for a foreign country. Child, do not weep For in your courtyard They have bathed the body of the dead sun Buried the moon-god, and departed. Child, do not weep Mother, father, sister, brother, Sun and moon If you weep, tonight, The memory of all these will make you cry all the more.
ALIF 18: Post-Colonial Discourse in South Asia by Ferial Jabouri Ghazoul