Tag: India

  • Rediscovering a Forgotten Partition-Era Letter

    Rediscovering a Forgotten Partition-Era Letter

    In a recent trip to our family home, my mom rediscovered an old postcard addressed to my great-grandfather, Mohammad Ali Mirza. The letter was sent to him on October 17, 1947 in the aftermath of the partition of British India by his Hindu friend Diwan C. Khanna, who had to flee from Lahore to Delhi.…

  • Top 5 Versions of “Tajdar-e-Haram”

    Top 5 Versions of “Tajdar-e-Haram”

    In no particular order, here is my list of the top five versions of the qawwali “Tajdar-e-Haram”. You can find my full translation of the poetry here. The original by the Sabri Brothers is obviously very hard to match, but I think others have also done justice to it. Post any more versions of “Tajdar-e-Haram” that you enjoy in…

  • Urdu: Language of Poets

    Urdu: Language of Poets

    Urdu is an Indo-European language from the central zone of the Indo-Aryan branch, with over one hundred million speakers worldwide. Once associated with the Mughal Empire, it is most prominent in Pakistan, northern India, and South Asian diaspora communities. Due to its mutual intelligibility with Hindi, Urdu and Hindi are often referred to jointly by the term…