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Faiz Ahmed Faiz is widely regarded as the greatest Urdu poet of the twentieth century, and the iconic voice of a generation. Although he is best remembered for his revolutionary verses that decried tyranny and called for justice, his oeuvre also extended to scintillating, soulful poems of love.

In this remarkable selection of Faizs most memorable poems and ghazals, readers
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published 2017 by Penguin Random House India
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Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Faiz was one of the greatest Urdu poets.A master of language,who could write the most elegant verse,the finest wordsmith that I have read,in Urdu poetry.His communist ideology was another matter,however.I don't subscribe to it.But his love poetry is awesome,too.I have read him in Urdu,and a lot does get lost in translation.Still,I wanted to read this English version.In goodreads quotes,I have found some awesome examples of the translation of Faiz's poetry.This volume,however,is not translation ...more
Asha Seth
Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, 2019, friecommends
The English translation isn't that great.
**Highly recommend the original Urdu entries.**
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Don't get one star less in the rating wrong. These are beautiful poems and the translation is perfectly etched to bring out the essence of original poems... Yet I missed the sound of urdu / hindustani words while reading each poem... This is a must read for poetry lovers...
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Translating the poet's work to English decreases it's essence and richness but it helps in better understanding for those who don't know the language.
Nonetheless a gem in poetry collection for me
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Wanted to like this a lot but it didnt sing to me. Im sure thats in large part because its translated and because Im missing a lot of the poetic and cultural reference points. Some of the poems are wonderful. View (2) comes to mind. And a few of the political ones. ...more
Aditi M
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a delightful (if a tad bit complex) foray into Hindi/Urdu poetry for me. The translations are a bit off occasionally, so stick to the transliterations at the end of the page and use the English translations as reference instead.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, owned-books
The colours of my heart has been a lovely read. Nothing like poetry to enrich your soul. Even though at times I wished for the Urdu words to love and caress me, most of the time the translation itself did a fine enough job.
Hasnain Syed
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Faiz Ahmed is Faiz is one of the finest Urdu poets. Unlike Ghalib , Mir he has seen the Pakistan India separation and also seen two Pakistans part her ways. But he is loved, read and respected regardless of what the name of that land is now.
This is an excellent read.
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"Aur bhi dukh hain zamaane mein mohabbat ke sivaa,,
Rahatein aur bhi hain wasl ki rahat ke sivaa.."
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Faiz Ahmed Faiz was born on February 13, 1911, in Sialkot, British India, which is now part of Pakistan. He had a privileged childhood as the son of wealthy landowners Sultan Fatima and Sultan Muhammad Khan, who passed away in 1913, shortly after his birth. His father was a prominent lawyer and a member of an elite literary circle which included Allama Iqbal, the national poet of Pakistan.

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