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Maangey Allah se bas itni dua hai Rashid Main jo Urdu mein vaseeyat likhoon beta parh ley All Rashid asks of Allah is just one small gift If I write my will in Urdu, may my son be able to read it. Urdu, one of the most widely used languages in the subcontinent, is, sadly, dying a slow death in the land where it was born and where it flourished. This definitive collection s Maangey Allah se bas itni dua hai Rashid Main jo Urdu mein vaseeyat likhoon beta parh ley All Rashid asks of Allah is just one small gift If I write my will in Urdu, may my son be able to read it. Urdu, one of the most widely used languages in the subcontinent, is, sadly, dying a slow death in the land where it was born and where it flourished. This definitive collection spans over 200 years of Urdu poetry, celebrating well-known and relatively unknown poets alike. It is essential reading for all who love Urdu verse and for all looking for the ideal introduction.


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Maangey Allah se bas itni dua hai Rashid Main jo Urdu mein vaseeyat likhoon beta parh ley All Rashid asks of Allah is just one small gift If I write my will in Urdu, may my son be able to read it. Urdu, one of the most widely used languages in the subcontinent, is, sadly, dying a slow death in the land where it was born and where it flourished. This definitive collection s Maangey Allah se bas itni dua hai Rashid Main jo Urdu mein vaseeyat likhoon beta parh ley All Rashid asks of Allah is just one small gift If I write my will in Urdu, may my son be able to read it. Urdu, one of the most widely used languages in the subcontinent, is, sadly, dying a slow death in the land where it was born and where it flourished. This definitive collection spans over 200 years of Urdu poetry, celebrating well-known and relatively unknown poets alike. It is essential reading for all who love Urdu verse and for all looking for the ideal introduction.

30 review for Celebrating The Best Of Urdu Poetry

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ritika

    A good enough compilation of verses by various renowned Urdu poets, wherein each verse is in 3 prints- Devnagri, English phonetics, and English translation. There aren't complete poems or ghazals but only select portions, like a couplet or two. I haven't read any Urdu poetry previously so as to be able to judge, whether this particular collection actually presents the best of them or not, but sure enough it's a good start. A good enough compilation of verses by various renowned Urdu poets, wherein each verse is in 3 prints- Devnagri, English phonetics, and English translation. There aren't complete poems or ghazals but only select portions, like a couplet or two. I haven't read any Urdu poetry previously so as to be able to judge, whether this particular collection actually presents the best of them or not, but sure enough it's a good start.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jibran

    Khushwant Singh earned my admiration when I read his translation of Allama Iqbal's Shikwa and Jawab-e-Shikwa. Since then I have been on a hunt for more translations of famous Urdu poets. This book is part of the same effort, thanks to his early Urdu education in pre-partition India, which Khushwant Singh has made full use of. This selection boasts the best ghazals and other poems of the most celebrated Urdu poets. Khushwant's natural translation style is to translate ghazal couplets in equivalen Khushwant Singh earned my admiration when I read his translation of Allama Iqbal's Shikwa and Jawab-e-Shikwa. Since then I have been on a hunt for more translations of famous Urdu poets. This book is part of the same effort, thanks to his early Urdu education in pre-partition India, which Khushwant Singh has made full use of. This selection boasts the best ghazals and other poems of the most celebrated Urdu poets. Khushwant's natural translation style is to translate ghazal couplets in equivalent rhyming verse so as to properly represent the cadences of the original in English verse. This method has its limitations but Khushwant does it so well that a bilingual reader - like myself - is startled by the accuracy of word selection and verse construction. It's a valuable collection for students of Urdu poetry in translation.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Itisha

    It should have had Jaun Elia.. Otherwise a mesmerizing read!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shivakumar Srinivasan

    A fantastic compilation of Urdu poetry, with translation, the book is a great introduction to the wonderful language Urdu and the beauty of its poetry

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shourya Agarwal

    It was extremely refreshing to read this beautiful assortment of Urdu Poetry. However, the compiler scarcely scratches below the surface to provide some of the lesser-known works. At the same time, the accompanying translation focusses only on the literal level and ignores the intricate allegory nestled in the verse. Nonetheless, it's good edition for beginners to get introduced to Urdu poetry. I deeply appreciate the publisher's attempt to aid in the revival of the dying tradition of Urdy poetr It was extremely refreshing to read this beautiful assortment of Urdu Poetry. However, the compiler scarcely scratches below the surface to provide some of the lesser-known works. At the same time, the accompanying translation focusses only on the literal level and ignores the intricate allegory nestled in the verse. Nonetheless, it's good edition for beginners to get introduced to Urdu poetry. I deeply appreciate the publisher's attempt to aid in the revival of the dying tradition of Urdy poetry by creating a volume that can be easily consumed by the masses.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hasan Makhzoum

    I bought this beautiful and eclectic selection of Poems written in Urdu among many other Indian poetry books from The People's Library (also known as Ashraf The Communist' library) at Connaught place in New Delhi. What must be highlighted about this book is the excellent English translation. On my last day in India I've read these beautiful lines, as If the goodbyes were mutual "Spare your tears for the helpless traveler's plight Who tired sits by the wayside when his destination is in sight" - S I bought this beautiful and eclectic selection of Poems written in Urdu among many other Indian poetry books from The People's Library (also known as Ashraf The Communist' library) at Connaught place in New Delhi. What must be highlighted about this book is the excellent English translation. On my last day in India I've read these beautiful lines, as If the goodbyes were mutual "Spare your tears for the helpless traveler's plight Who tired sits by the wayside when his destination is in sight" - Sheikh Ghulam Mus-Hafi

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anhad Gill

    This book keeps giving me immense joy. It has been my companion during travels and is my go-to book to fill spare time. Division of chapters by different poets, following a short introduction sets a good mood by familiarizing the poet to the reader. The translation seems effortless and helps understand complex Urdu expressions. Highly recommended to someone looking for an introduction to Urdu poetry but cannot read the script.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Pankaj

    A very, very concise snapshot of the vast world of Urdu poetry. Some good selections to whet the appetite and introduce novices to the magic of Urdu verse.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tanushri Indoria

    Celebrating The Best of Urdu Poetry is a collection of Urdu poems published by @penguinrandomhouse India. It consists of Urdu Poetry by Mohammad Rafi Sauda, Meer Taqi Meer, Sheikh Ghulam Hamdani Mus-Hafi, Bahadur Shah Zafar, Zauq, Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib, Momin Khan Momin, Nawab Mirza Khan Daagh Dehlvi, Akbar Allahabadi, Mohammad Iqbal, Changezi, Firaq Gorakhpur and more. The collection of one of the widely used languages which is now considered to be dying a slow death. Provided with translat Celebrating The Best of Urdu Poetry is a collection of Urdu poems published by @penguinrandomhouse India. It consists of Urdu Poetry by Mohammad Rafi Sauda, Meer Taqi Meer, Sheikh Ghulam Hamdani Mus-Hafi, Bahadur Shah Zafar, Zauq, Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib, Momin Khan Momin, Nawab Mirza Khan Daagh Dehlvi, Akbar Allahabadi, Mohammad Iqbal, Changezi, Firaq Gorakhpur and more. The collection of one of the widely used languages which is now considered to be dying a slow death. Provided with translation for each and every verse, poems and ghazals; makes it easier for those who cannot read and understand the Urdu script. No doubt the selection of poems is amazing. But personally, I wasn't carried away with the translations. There are a lot of words and phrases which have been transliterated and not give out the same emotion. It would be better to catch hold of an urdu dictionary or kidnap a friend of yours who has good knowledge of Urdu and translate as well as understand it for yourself.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Moushmi Radhanpara

    An absolutely mesmerising read. I loved so many of these writers, Bahadur Shah Zafar, Momin Khan Momin, Mirza Ghalib, Shaad Azimabadi, Zehra Nigaah, to name a few. I still didn't like all the translations, but I guess some effect of the originality is bound to be lost in such cases. But apart from that I loved the book. An absolutely mesmerising read. I loved so many of these writers, Bahadur Shah Zafar, Momin Khan Momin, Mirza Ghalib, Shaad Azimabadi, Zehra Nigaah, to name a few. I still didn't like all the translations, but I guess some effect of the originality is bound to be lost in such cases. But apart from that I loved the book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kawish poetry

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. it is a very nice book for those who are new to Urdu poetry. very rich experience motivational quotes Nice bro great , this is really good post here kawish poetry it is a very nice book for those who are new to Urdu poetry. very rich experience motivational quotes Nice bro great , this is really good post here kawish poetry

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sukriti Singh

    the best part is the translations, although translations kill the subject matter, the book has done a fair job of keeping it alive

  13. 5 out of 5

    Arin Goswami

    A beautiful book, outlining the importance of Urdu in India and its waning popularity. The poems outlined are also incredibly touching.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Aditya Pandey

    It's said that Urdu is the language of hearts, and this book with it's every line ,every phrase , every word vouches for it... It's said that Urdu is the language of hearts, and this book with it's every line ,every phrase , every word vouches for it...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Neeraj

    It's good effort to arouse your interest in Urdu poetry but it won't take you to the climax. It's good effort to arouse your interest in Urdu poetry but it won't take you to the climax.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lalit Gangle

    How can i read it in this app please give me solution

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sahil

    Though the translations are not at par and ruin the essence of urdu poetry but devnagri script does its job, you do have to know the urdu words though.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Manju

    Good one

  19. 5 out of 5

    Viral Shah

    3.5 stars

  20. 5 out of 5

    Vani

    You just can’t get enough of it, you crave for more!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Richa Arora

    This book was a lovely escape from the everyday for me and a brilliant introduction to Urdu poetry. I've been meaning to learn the language for a while now, not only this was an easy first read (the script is in Hindi and English along with translation in English) it also strengthened my resolve to dig deeper, learn more and read more. Mohammed Iqbal, Ghalib, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Zehra Nigah are names I'm going to read more of This book was a lovely escape from the everyday for me and a brilliant introduction to Urdu poetry. I've been meaning to learn the language for a while now, not only this was an easy first read (the script is in Hindi and English along with translation in English) it also strengthened my resolve to dig deeper, learn more and read more. Mohammed Iqbal, Ghalib, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Zehra Nigah are names I'm going to read more of

  22. 4 out of 5

    Abhishek

    My first, and definitely one of the best compilations of Urdu Poetry. And what magnificent translations! Nothing of the original Urdu essence has been lost in the English equals. An absolute marvel for people like me who are not so familiar with Urdu.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Abhineet

    it is a very nice book for those who are new to Urdu poetry. very rich experience.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gurbaksh

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sikander Raies Ul Haq

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tejinder Rawal

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kaustubh Unhale

  28. 5 out of 5

    Riya

  29. 4 out of 5

    Vinod

  30. 4 out of 5

    Farah Khursheed

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