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Sahir Ludhianvi: A Poet of the Silver Screen (Part 3) Posted by on Oct 15, 2017

If you haven’t yet read parts 1 and 2 of this series on the renowned poet and lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi, check them out now! In this next poem I’ll share with you, Ludhianvi once again manages to upend a traditional concept and transform it into an entirely different meditation on justice, the rights of the…

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Sahir Ludhianvi: A Poet of the Silver Screen (Part 2) Posted by on Oct 14, 2017

If you haven’t already, check out my part 1 of this series on the talented poet and lyricist, Sahir Ludhianvi, and enjoy this part 2 on his work and literary style! Although Ludhianvi is perhaps best known for his role as a film lyricist, his poetry beyond that certainly commends itself. He made his debut…

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Asking for Small Change Posted by on Oct 10, 2017

In many large towns in India, small change or छुट्टा (chutta) is coveted and guarded currency that people part with sparingly and reluctantly. It is the currency of daily business with the autorickshaw driver, the vegetable vendor, the bus conductor, and even grocery shopping in supermarkets. “Please give me exact change,” मैडम छुट्टा दीजिये (Madam chutta dijiye) is…

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Sahir Ludhianvi: A Poet of the Silver Screen (Part 1) Posted by on Oct 9, 2017

In the world of Hindi-Urdu literature and popular film, Sahir Ludhianvi’s (साहिर लुधियानवी) name stands out as one of the most gifted and insightful poets of the 20th century. Born Abdul Hayee (अब्दुल हयी) in 1921 in Karimpura/करीमपुरा, Ludhiana (लुधियाना, a district in the state of Punjab), Punjab/पंजाब (in what was then British India), Sahir…

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Counting the Days of the Lunar Cycle Posted by on Sep 25, 2017

Last week, we reviewed counting and cardinal numbers  in Hindi . Let’s extend this to counting the days of the lunar cycle, and an introduction to ordinal numbers. The names for the days of the waxing/waning moon phase are “ordinal” in nature and are referred to by words that indicate their “position” or “order” in…

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