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A taste of Urdu poetry

One of the greatest Urdu poets was Mohammad Ibrahim “Zauq,” his nom-de-plume meaning “taste.” He was a contemporary of Ghalib, a very well-known, and influential Urdu poet. Both were poets during the last years of the Mughal Empire and their rivalry was quite well-known. In 1988, India’s state-owned television channel Doordarshan National aired the drama series […]

Why Relying On Google Translate Is A Bad Idea

This article by Foreign Policy was brought to my attention recently and while it is humorous to think of American Senators sending nonsensical correspondence to foreign leaders, the article is also a perfect example as to why Google Translate cannot be relied on for accurate translations of large text. In case you don’t want to read the linked […]

Nowruz in Pakistan

There are so many festivals celebrated in India and Pakistan, and the Iranian New Year “Nowruz” is among them. Nowruz is celebrated on March 21st in some parts of Pakistan, primarily in Shi’a communities. In the video below, you can see the colorful Nowruz traditions of a village in Rawal Pindi, a state in northern Pakistan. Here […]

Urdu Poetry in Bollywood

The language of Bollywood is heavily influenced by Urdu and its poetry. Often titles of movies and song lyrics are written in Urdu. Urdu poetry’s main themes such as love, sorrow, and intoxication, its common literary techniques like hyperbole and punning, and tropes such as the moth and the candle flame, the nightingale and the […]