Author: Sehar Siddiqi

Celebrating Stories, Celebrating Literature

Reading Time: 3 minutesHere’s a report on the launch of a collection of poems, titled Arz Hai, early this month. Read more in Different Truths. Team Arz Hai, a group of young poets and authors organised two events in the city to launch their book and celebrate the beginning of the winter season, the most awaited time of […]

The City of Dreams

Reading Time: 5 minutesWith a perfect image of small town girl carrying a suitcase full of memories and a diary full of dreams and longings, Varisha took her first step into the city of her dreams. Here’s a short story by Sehar, exclusively for Different Truths. When a child begins to dream in India, there are many conventional […]

The Oppressor and the Oppressed

Reading Time: 1 minuteHere’s poem by Sehar, in Different Truths that emerged following her recent conversations, in real and the virtual (read digital) spaces. She’s grateful to her teacher, Mamta Joshi, for this protest poem.    As days pass by the question mark enlarges Slowly it begins to take shape The world keeps thinking … Who is the […]

Urdu and the Influence of Punjab

Reading Time: 3 minutesUrdu, which was till now thought to have roots in Delhi, actually took birth in Lahore and adopted Old Punjabi contrary to Braj as its base language. Later, the influence of Khari Boli can be seen on Urdu as the language journeyed through the lands of India. Almost 166 years later, the troops entered Delhi […]

Another Page of History and Cultural Confluence

Reading Time: 3 minutesSehar profiles the life and times of a prominent Urdu thriller writer, Prof. Syed Mujawir Husain Rizvi, an eminent academician, who has penned more than 250 novels under the pen name of Ibn-e-Saeed in both Urdu and Hindi. Here’s a profile, exclusively in Different Truths. After taking a long break from tracing the literary history […]

Urdu: Today and Tomorrow

Reading Time: 4 minutesSehar 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

Reading Time: 4 minutesUrdu 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

Reading Time: 6 minutesAs 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

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe 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

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe 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 […]