Get Familiar with a Rational Lady: Iqra Khilji


According to Iqra Khilji’s own words, she was very young, when she learnt how to write Urdu by his grandfather in Bhopal. Her love for Urdu has been growing since. She developed her thoughts about feminism from Fehmida Riaz’s impressive works.

Iqra had been considering poetry very personal and did not ever recite it in public. She was willing to carry her talent hidden. When a vast platform like Habitat Studio appeared to approach in November 2018, her cousins pushed her to participate. She was the only Urdu poet among 13 other poets at that event. So, this was the first platform who gave expression to the incredibly amazing Iqra Khilji poetry named ” Khabees” which she wrote on the note book during a class lecture last year.

“Khabees” talks about the day to day struggles from which a woman suffers throughout her life, the male dominance. It gives strange wings to a woman to fly and celebrate her freedom. Its rebellious stance provides her with the strength to go against this patriarchal society.

After Iqra’s first performance, there has been a great transformation in the way she looks poetry. Now, she is willing to publicize her all works as she begins to think, if her poems are worth to change the society or even a single person’s thinking, she should always recite them in public.

For Iqra, feminism is not only a free will of women but it is accompanied with a correct education given to her. She wants that a woman should be given a complete rational understanding about each and every concept of her life.

Although she is pursuing law, but she does not have any intention to start her career as a lawyer rather she is willing to do revolutionary write to bring some change in the society.

Author of this article: Amen Zaidi loves to enclose her thoughts in words and feels proud to work for

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Mirza Ghalib’s First Portrait Wall in Mumbai


Indians paid a special tribute to the legendary figure of poetry, Mirza Ghalib by creating a wall engraved with his magnificent portrait. Ghalib first wall painting has been inaugurated on 28 Jan , Monday by noted poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar on the point of Nagpada Junction (Mumbai). This inauguration was attended by many other prominent political personalities.

As it is perceived only those nations which remember their historical legends and keep them alive at the core of their principles reach to the peak of greatness. The nations only progress when they continue to celebrate its origin and keep it associated with their future. The nations which disregard their historical background and disconnect themselves with the great figures of past times undoubtedly lose their values.

Mirza Khan Ghalib is a famous Urdu and Persian poet who got fame during the last years of Mughal Empire. Sublime philosophical ideas about man’s role in this universe are found in Mirza Ghalib Poetry. He wrote with brain instead of heart. Critics believed “Ghalib gives poetry a brain. Before him, it has been treated with heart only”. His poetry leaves a man in a state of questioning where one is forced to think about life and its circumstances. His poetic diction is so splendid that he is referred as the ‘Gifted Letter Writer’.

The mural (painting) is 10 feet high and 42 feet long. What a splendid sight it would be !Damodar Aware and Tushar Shinde are those talented artists who labored for quite a long time to cast Ghalib and two of the most imperative aspects of Ghalib’s life in fiber. This project cost is approximately 50 lac and is still nothing before the literary services of Ghalib which he has gifted to Urdu Poetry and literature.

So after the paper, now poetry will be cherished on walls to deliver a massive glimpse of its vast impressiveness which will surely cultivate more interest in the new generation regarding Urdu Poetry.

Author of this article: Amen Zaidi loves to enclose her thoughts in words and feels proud to work for

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Shabana Azmi Freshened her Father’s Verses


Hyderabad Literary Festival (HLF) is a yearly occasion that celebrates creativity in its all structures. HLF is a multi-disciplinary, multi-lingual occasion that draws over a hundred essayists, artists, academics, researchers, distributors from India and abroad every year. HLF 2019 is sorted out by “Hyderabad Literary Trust” in a relationship with the Government of Telangana and with the help of a few scholarly, artistic, and cultural organizations

This year, Shabana Azmi who has been a prominent figure of television, film and theatre, attended the festival. She addressed the audience in her adorable voice and being a daughter of a poetic legend, Kaifi Azmi, She showed her great knowledge and fondness about Urdu poetry. She recited some of the famous poetries and refreshed the essence of her father’s verses. The Audience continued to request and Shabana Azmi remained there to fulfill those requests with a deliberated heart. The poetry got its eminence (height) on that day while amusing the enthusiasts completely.

Shabana’s recitation of Urdu Poetry was not only for the amusement but she also delivered some solemn messages to the audience and also to the governmental authorities. As in her last poem, she asserted that firstly, we must ensure gender equality and remove the difference between men and women in all fields and especially in our minds. Secondly, we should not go for just materialistic success and superficial development, as these things are not worthy to form a strong nation. Rather we should pay our attention for the betterment of human conditions in our society. We should take much concern in human development to make our country great and strong.

This kind of festivals should be organized to promote every country’s languages and cultures and can be served as a platform to introduce the new generation with the literary treasures of past times.

Author of this article: Amen Zaidi loves to enclose her thoughts in words and feels proud to work for

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Iqra Khilji makes her voice, a mouthpiece of every woman who suffers from male dominance



Khabees” is a poem by Iqra Khilji. In which she strongly shows her anger against male dominance in the society as she says

“Mai ghulaam-e-Nafaas hu” (I am a slave of my desire)

“ Mai utni hi Khud- Gharz hun jitney ke tum” ( I am as selfish as any man).

Her voice is actually a voice of every woman who is tired to suffer from this society where a man is everything and a woman is nothing.

People accused her with Khabees (Impure) and Ghaleez (Unclean) whenever a girl stands to choose willingly for herself. “Khabees” starts by showing her courage to face these immoral titles. She wants to live arbitrary as to choose what she likes, and to leave what She does not, even for no reason. Only this reason should be enough that She wants to.

From the beginning, Women are merely celebrated about beauty and her sacredness in all the ways but she refuses to be like that. She is passive to her own desires, eagerness and willingness. She likes to follow her lusty heart as it is the sign of liveliness. She lives in ego, she is superior in her mind, in her own way. She can be a minaret of her ego and does not let her down to get touched. While doing so, she might be perceived as feeling less, cold-hearted object.

She accepts it but she doesn’t let herself to be meek before any dominancy. She can be selfish like any man. Why only she is expected to be good-natured? She breaks all traditional visions of society by asserting that she doesn’t want to be distinguished for anyone by killing her heart. The reason is, she is ordinary like any other human.

This sturdy part may leave a man in shivering state when she claims to be in fully free from any kind of emotional restrictions. She suggests a man to have marble idol if he only wants a superficial beauty and body and is not intended to value her sentiments and individuality.

She claims that nobody owns her body and denies worshiping any man. She doesn’t have any sort of daintiness. She wants to be rough and self-centered. She does not need his so-called attention or illusionary care and she has an absolute self. She is not miserable without any masculine existence. Now she cannot be restricted by any barrier or objection as she has recognized her worth. She is on her mutiny (movement) to go against patriarchal society.

She is strong. She is alive!

Author of this article: Amen Zaidi loves to enclose her thoughts in words and feels proud to work for

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