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Gulzar, one of India' finest film-makers and lyricists, has always been a poet at heart. His oeuvre is steeped in a poetic sensibility, marked by a lyricism rare in the world of Hindi cinema. Born in 1934, Gulzar's journey as a poet began with the Progressive Writers' Movement. Today, he is regarded as one of India's foremost Urdu Poets, unparalleled in his exploration of ...more
Hardcover, 116 pages
Published April 2008 by Penguin Group (first published January 2008)
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Mrinal Bhatt
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
gulzaar sahab is the best..words can not define the epitome of gulzaar sahab.
Sham se aankh mein nami si hai
aj phir aap ke kami si hai
dafn kar do hamen ki sans mile
nabz kuch der se thami si hai
waqt rehta nahi kaheen chupakar
is ke aadat bhi aadmi si hai
koi rishta nahi raha phir bhi
ek taslim lazami si hai
Zeenat Perween
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love to read poems. When it comes to reading Hindi poems I like it the most. Moreover, the poems of Guljar includes some Urdu words also that makes his poems even better. The choice of themes by him is simply good. His treatment of subjects and the way he represents his ideas in fewer words but proving great ideas. His songs are also good.
What I can say is simply best!
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Gulzar needs no introduction. But his poems and film lyrics have been alien to me coz my Hindi is not that good. This book is a collection of his Hindi/Urdu poems written over a period of time and translated into English by Pavan K. Verma. It has 93 poems on a variety of subjects and I think the translator has done a good job. They weren't like film lyrics and neither were they that difficult to understand. Except maybe one or two poems that left me underwhelmed, liked all the others. Recommende ...more
Simran Kaur​
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most of my childhood days had been spent listening beautiful songs written by Gulzar Sahab and composed by R.D. Burman. This duo has a special place in my heart and memory that will remain evergreen. Infact, Gulzar sahab's deep and meaningful lyrics inspired me during initial days of my writing and it still does when I feel sombre. This book is definitely a treat to all poetry lovers. I wrote down my favorite ones in a diary :)
There is a feel, there is a pinch and then a you read it.
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book that can everyone who understands Hindi can read. Such simplicity, such amazing choice of words and small observations which you could miss. I rather preferred reading the poems in Hindi than English. But kudos to Pavan Varma who has translated the poems in a way that is as simple as Gulzar's originals. As Gulzar Sahab said, he's another Pluto in the solar system. ...more
Aishwary Mehta (The_Fugitive_Biker)
Quote from the Book I Liked - “आओ सारे पहन लें आइने
सारे देखेंगे अपना ही चेहरा
सबको सारे हसीं लगेंगे यहां।”
(Page 100)

Rating - 4/5

About The Book - This was my 1st poetry book by Gulzar which left me wondering about the beauty in everything. Gulzar, being one of the greatest poets of the Era has a thing with observation. He can write in general from Love to the day to day things like Bonfire (which turns out to be one of my favourites). This book makes you remember how beautiful life
Ashok Rao
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have always been a fan of Gulzar saab's poem. The best thing about this selection is, each and every poem is a gem. ...more
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After my recent fiasco with Neruda's verses, I had to bank on Gulzarsaab to reinforce my belief and reassure me when it came to poetry, and boy does he not disappoint. I was somewhat limited by my lack of proficiency in reading Hindi but the copy I read had the translations in-recto and it made my job much easier when I encountered some word or phrase that I couldn't get.

I am sure that enough has been written about the genius of the poet and I feel I am not qualified enough to add much to it. H
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An absolute delight to read, with the wonderful translations adding to the experience.
But I enjoyed reading the original words and marveled at how such simple topics could evoke this depth of meaning.
My favourite was the first one called किताबें which very beautifully told of the associations that books and reading have for many of us.
Each of the poems is a treasure, be it about a mountain lamenting that humans have become stone hearted in their treatment of nature or the plight of a paper boat
Some were his best usual, not all. The translations were mostly disappointing. But still Gulzar... I will always read you, no matter what.

Happy reading! :)
Simi Oommen
Oct 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
The Heart seeks....
Really good poems...
The heart seeks again those moments of leisure
when all day and night we just sat thinking of the beloved

Just can't forget this refrain......I would like to request if anyone could suggest me any such books..........Bu this one is lovely,short & simple...
Divyansh Thakur
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Yamini Ahluwalia
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Such eloquent words and a world of meaning... Gulzar delights and amazes. An amazing job done by the translator, Pavan Varma.
May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poems
I dont think I am qualified enough to comment on this book
Aathira Jim
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Beautiful collection of poetry. Most are short and to the point and I finished the book in an hour's time. ...more
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Who don't like Gulzar Poems!!
A living legend.
Khushi Rungta
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sampooran Singh Kalra, known by his pen name Gulzar, an Oscar-winning director, and lyricist, is today regarded as an unparalleled and pre-eminent Indian poet.

“Aao hum sab pehen le aaine… Saare dekhenge apna hi chehra
Sabko saare haseen lagenge yahan…
Hai nahin jo dikhai deta hai… Aaine par chhapa hua chehra
Tarjuma aaine ka theek nahin”

Gulzar explores human relationships and addresses the many facets of daily life, with ultra sensitivity and keen observation. He reminds us how beautiful life is a
Ramesh Kumar
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was a God sent opportunity that I was able to attend a poetry recitation event by गुलज़ार साहब. Believe you me, it certainly is a different experience than listening to lyrics penned by him for movies. First of all, the man dons only white and that too Snow White which almost blisters your eyes in addition to creating an aura around him. Have read few of his works. Posting one which is my favorite one.

All the poems in this are gems. Take the first one. किताबें. It is true reflection of dire
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the fact that I could weave something so simple into my mundane routine and make it glorious. Gulzar sahab's words are not a complex web of multiple thought threads, and therein lies the magic. He talks about this one thing as though it's just laying there, in front of him and he's making observations. Didn't really connect to all the poems. However, the ones I connected to are really close to my heart. They've transported me into his lyrical world, like incredible pieces of musical comp ...more
Parth Pandya
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
What can one say about Gulzar sahab? Having followed his work in movies and ghazals for years, it was a pleasure to find some other poems that I had not read before. I can't comment on the quality of the translation since I didn't really read them. There are some poems that I would have omitted because thematically they are similar to others in the book. This is a book you open in solitude and just let the words soak in. ...more
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books, poetry, 2019
The very first book I've read on Hindi poems!
I think the poems are understandable (if not easy) enough for someone who is not fluent in reading hindi.
I have to admit that I had to read through the poems a couple of times to actually make sense of the more difficult words but the english translation helped a lot. I liked that both the languages were side by side which helped me read through the poems.
5 stars to this amazing set of poems :)
Rani Gupta
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
I really like his poems but I don't know why they are so attracted towards Urdu. Even his pen name reflects the Urdu combination. Moreover, our consultation strictly tells Hindi should be inspired from Sanskrit then it will be recognised as true Hindi. But I don't why they are sticking to these maybe because the hypocrisy of Bollywood. ...more
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Takes me back to childhood where I used to read Tennyson and forget that The Brook is actually not a living person. These poems have sheer purity and expression of love, sorrow, and any form of affection.
Teenu Vijayan
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
wonderful book filled with his magical words! I love the aesthetics of this book, one page in hindi and the next page with an apt English translation. I am marvelled at the ease with which the translations make sense.
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had expected some high brow stuff but the poems were simple with vivid imagery and some nostalgic. The first one about books was something I could relate to so well. The translation is spot on giving you the opportunity to enjoy the poems twice
Khevu Shah
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved the poem that he has dedicated to Naseeruddin Shah. That stole the show.
Apart from that, I loved the one about a paperboat in the rain, the one about the Bonfire, A day to spend... Loved the book!
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not pretentious at all. I like.
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is where you realize the power of words and the beauty they are capable of creating.
Raghavendra Rajput
Nice collection

Best collection of poems by Gulzar shab. Joyful and happy. One of the best poem writer in present era .
Tapan  Mohanty
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In The Kindle edition,
The English translation part is impeccable but THe HIndipart behaves like a picture, not text.
Simple and touchy Poems.
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“सामने आए मेरे, देखा मुझे, बात भी की
मुस्कुराए भी, पुरानी किसी पहचान की ख़ातिर

कल का अख़बार था, बस देख लिया, रख भी दिया

English Translation-
Met me, saw me, spoke with me
Smiled as well, for the sake of an old relationship

Yesterday's newspaper, seen and put aside”
“They peer from beyond Glasses of locked cupboards, They stare longingly For months we do not meet The evenings once spent in their company Now pass at the computer screen. They are so restless now, these books- They have taken to walking in their sleep They stare longingly The values they stood for Whose batteries never died out Those values are no more found in homes The relationships they spoke of Have all come undone today A sigh escapes as I turn a page The meanings of many words have fallen off They appear like shrivelled, leafless stumps Where meaning will grow no more Many traditions lie scattered Like the debris of earthen cups Made obsolete by glass tumblers Each turn of the page Brought a new flavour to the tongue, Now a click of the finger Floods the screen with images, layer upon layer That bond with books that once was, is severed now We used to sometimes lie with them on our chest Or hold them in our lap Or balance them on our knees, Bowing our heads as in prayer Of course, the world of knowledge still lives on, But what of The pressed flowers and scented missives Hidden between their pages, And the love forged on the pretext Of borrowing, dropping and picking up books together What of them? That, perhaps, shall no longer be!” 1 likes
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