Author: Sehar Siddiqi

Urdu: Today and Tomorrow

Sehar talks about Urdu, the language of emotions. She talks of Ibn Safvi, an Urdu writer from Kareli, a locality in Allahabad, who was acclaimed by Agatha Christie. Here’s an interesting narrative, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. When Javed Akhtar was asked to compose an Aarti (religious hymn), the director the film […]

To Urdu, with Love from Allahabad

Urdu has been an integral part of Allahabad’s vernacular heritage. The Ganga-Jamuni tahzeeb (culture) gets its name from the city of two rivers, Ganga and Yamuna, where these confluence as Triveni Sangam. Sehar talked to various well-known people of the city. She tells us about the love for Urdu, as stated by the respondents, in […]

Question Marks that Still Haunt the Girl-child Education in India

As per the Census report of 2001, the literacy rate recorded was 54 per cent amongst women. Along with sincere efforts made by both the state machinery and NGOs, the government also passed the 86th Constitutional Amendment, in the year 2002, making education from age 6-14 the Fundamental Right of every Indian child. But as per the recent […]

Akbar Allahabadi Infused Humour in Serious Subjects to Enrich Urdu Literature

The name of Syed Akbar Husain, popularly known as Akbar Allahabadi, seems to echo quite loudly from books written on Urdu literature, Allahabad and the plural culture of our nation. Given a high cadre amongst modern Urdu writers, the poet, at one point of time, became the face of Allahabad in vernacular literature. With his fearless and quite […]

That Language Named Urdu

The fictional character of Urdu having a Muslim character persisted in times of Premchand and also exists till now. During one of his lectures delivered in Bombay during the year, 1934 Premchand stated that in his opinion Hindi and Urdu were one in the same language. When they share a set of common verbs and […]

Urdu and its Allahabadi Life

Fehmida Riaz, a Pakistani poetess, like other famous Urdu poets, wrote an elegy in fond memory of Firaq. In her notes to the book, Four Walls and a Black Veil, a collection of poems, talks Allahabad, Triveni, and Firaq immaculately. Her elegy, Nazar-e- Firaq (Remembering Firaq), is a combination of poetic verses, which talk about the celebrated poet and […]

Urdu-Hindi Literature Blossomed in Allahabad, the City of Confluences

The 18th century is considered to be an important phase in terms of artistic and cultural developments in the nation. The century witnessed the rise of Indian poets who used Persian with maturity and self-confidence in their works. Going by historical facts, Emperor Shah Alam, who stayed in Allahabad for a long span was a well-read person and […]

Sanchaari Celebrates the Pride of Allahabad, Organises Guava Festival at Khusraubagh

The sylvan gardens of Khusraubagh, the now forgotten but once vibrant haven of the fruit, once again was filled with the excited footsteps of children, men and women, all seeking out the pleasures of Allahabad’s dear fruit, Amrood. Sanchaari, in association with Uttar Pradesh Tourism, gave the people a reason to fall in love with Amrood all over […]

Allahabad Sanskiritik Parv: A Confluence of Literature, Culture, Music and History

Sanchaari organised a three-day cultural extravaganza, in Allahabad, the second such meet in over a year. It was a congregation of the intellectuals, litterateurs, art, and music lovers, along with the city’s glitterati. Two stalwarts from the cine industry, Mahesh Bhatt and Muzaffar Ali, and prominent Hindi poet, Ashok Chakradhar, attended the three-day festivities. Here’s a report by Sehar, […]

Romancing the Celestial Bodies and Strawberry Fragrance

Here are two literary works by Sehar, a poem and a short story, woven around the theme of the silent solitude. In Romancing the Celestial Bodies, she delves into the many emotions that the moon, stars and the sun give us, silently. What if these heavenly bodies spoke, she wonders. Strawberry Fragrance deals with silent communication of a […]