Urdu Idioms

Posted on 31. Jul, 2014 by in Uncategorized

English Translation/English Idiom Urdu Idioms
In addition to اضافی طور پر ۔
Out of sight نظر سے اوجھل ۔
Utmost try بھر پور کوشش ۔
Permission to express freely آزادانہ اظہار کی اجازت ۔
To live in  رہائش رکھنا ۔
Newly acquired نیا حاصل شدہ ۔
Too much rest makes one useless حد سے زیادہ آرام ناکارہ بنا دیتا ہے ۔
Nip in the bud ابتدائی مرحلے میں ختم کرنا ۔
Ready to act عمل کے لیے تیار ۔
Counting the chickens before they hatch آئندہ کے غیر یقینی واقعہ پر بہت زیادہ انحصار کر لینا ۔
Fore-Warned, Fore-Armed خطرے سے آگاہی ہو تو انسان مقابلے کے لئے تیار رہتا ہے ۔
To become an adult بالغ ہو جانا ۔
Peace is more powerful than war صلح میں جنگ سے زیادہ طاقت ہے ۔
Pride is the enemy of contentment غرور قناعت کا جانی دشمن ہے ۔
Haste makes waste جلدی کام شیطان کا ہے ۔
It’s impossible to replace a true friend سچے دوست کا بدل ناممکن ۔
No one would remember God if there were no devil اگر شیطان نہ ہوتا تو اللہ کو کون یاد رکھتا ؟
Old shoes are comfortable پُرانے جوتے آرام دہ ہوتے ہیں ۔
To pay a visit جانا اور ملنا ۔
Love teaches patience محبت صبر و تحمل سکھاتی ہے ۔
Do in Rome as the Romans do جیسا دیس ویسا بھیس ۔
No one can do everything ہر ایک کام ہر ایک آدمی نہیں کر سکتا ۔
An ounce of justice is better than a ton of prayer تولہ بھر انصاف من بھر دُعا سے اچھا ہے ۔
Sensual pleasure مادی مزا ۔
To act عمل کرنا ۔
To become a good man اچھا آدمی بننا ۔
Prevention is better than cure پرہیز علاج سے بہتر ہے ۔
Trust breeds trust اعتبار سے عموماً اعتبار پیدا ہوتا ہے ۔

Mohatta Palace

Posted on 30. Jul, 2014 by in Uncategorized

The Mohatta Palace (pic by Benny Lin on Flickr.com)

The Mohatta Palace (pic by Benny Lin on Flickr.com)

Clifton, Karachi is known to be home to the wealthiest families of the city. It has long been that way, in fact. Clifton used to be the preferred destination among well-off people when it came to residence, long before Partition as well. In the ’70s and afterwards, the area was famous for housing Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s residence, 70 Clifton. There is particularly a certain building in Clifton which looks like a palace and is a very popular attraction for anyone who comes here — the Mohatta Palace.

Currently a centre for cultural activities, the Mohatta Palace was constructed by a wealthy businessman of Karachi, Shivratan Chandraratan Mohatta. The story behind the construction of the Mohatta Palace is an interesting tale of love. It reminds many of the story of Taj Mahal, which is one of the seven wonders of the world and was built on the orders of the Mughal emperor Shah Jehan in ‘loving memory of his wife’.

The difference is that Shah Jehan built Taj Mahal after his wife died, while Mohatta had the palace built in order to save his wife from dying. In 1927, Shivratan Mohatta, a successful Marwari entrepreneur, commissioned a palatial house in the affluent seaside neighborhood of Clifton. The architect commissioned for the assignment was Ahmed Hussein Agha, one of the first Muslim architects of India. He came from Jaipur to take up the assignment.

It is said that the reason behind its commission was a serious illness that Mohatta’s wife suffered from. Doctors had told Mohatta that the refreshing winds of the sea would cure his wife’s illness. Thus, Shivratan had this fascinating bungalow built in the previous century in Clifton, covering a very large area.

After Partition, the palace was handed over to Fatima Jinnah, sister of the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. After her demise, the Government of Sindh took over the building.  Another interesting fact about Mohatta Palace is that it was a centre for the movement against [Field Marshal] Ayub Khan (then President, Pakistan). It was at the palace that Fatima Jinnah announced her candidature in the presidential election against Ayub Khan, opening her campaign. There would be many a meeting here, too, in order to devise political strategies against the military ruler.

Fatima Jinnah breathed her last in the Mohatta Palace. She was found dead in her room one morning. Many believe it had something to do with Ayub Khan and his lobby because of the mysterious circumstances it happened in. However, like all political deaths in Pakistan, from Liaquat Ali Khan to Benazir Bhutto, Fatima Jinnah’s death is still a mystery.

The official name of the palace is Qasr-e-Fatima. However, as with many such places in the country and the region, no one knows it by that name as it is still known to the world as the Mohatta Palace.


Urdu to English (Idioms and vocabulary)

Posted on 29. Jul, 2014 by in Uncategorized

English Translation/English Idiom Urdu Idioms
To be strong.  مضبوط ہونا ۔
There are none poor but such whom God hates. دُنیا میں غریب صرف وہی ہے جن سے اللہ نفرت کرے ۔
There are more ways to do a thing. کسی کام کو کرنے کا صرف ایک ہی طریقہ نہیں ہوتا ! ۔
Don’t put yourself at loss for someone else’s profit. دوسرے کے فائدے کے لئے اپنا نقصان مت کرو ! ۔
There are no excuses in friendship and a fight. دوستی اور لڑائی میں بہانہ نہیں چلتا ۔
To show interest. دلچسپی ظاہر کرنا ۔
Shadow under a lamp (The nearer the church, the farther from God). چراغ تلے اندھیرا ۔
To respect. احترام کرنا ۔
It’s always the right time to do good. نیکی کرنے کے لئے ہر وقت موزوں ہے ۔
To admit defeat (To throw in the towel) شکست تسلیم کرنا ۔
Neither Fish nor Fowl. آدھا تیتر آدھا بٹیر ! ۔
Unorganized بے ترتیب ۔
Only others can teach you wisdom (No one is wise by himslef) عقل دوسرے ہی سکھاتے ہیں ۔
To hide facts حقائق چپھانا
Hidden Enemy (Sbake in the grass). دشمن ہوا چھپا
To get drenched پورا گیلا ہونا ۔
Time reveals everything. وقت پر سب کچھ معلوم ہو جاتا ہے ۔
Feeling of responsibility احساس ذمہ داری ۔
Everyone’s gotta eat پیٹ سب کا ہے ۔
The lion and the mouse شیر اور چوہا ۔
Things are not what they seem دنیا ظاہر پرست ہے ۔
To live within means (Cut your coat according to your cloth) جتنی چادر دیکھو اتنے پاوءں پھیلاوء ۔
Keep the door shut دروازہ بند رکھنا ۔
To leave when in need مصیبت میں ساتھ چھوڑ دینا ۔
Virtue serves as an anchor انسان کے لیے نیکی جیسے جہاز کے لیے لنگر ! ۔
To think سوچنا ۔
It’s not a crime to be rich دولت مند ہونا کوئی جرم نہیں ۔
Through newspaper اخبارکے ذریعے ۔