Sukhan-e-Dil (Poetry of Heart) is a humble contribution to the world of Hindi and Urdu poems (Ghazals) that express a journey of emotions. These emotions describe what many people feel in day-to-day lives – from love to hatred, from peace to distress, and from completeness to void. Indeed, these are all part of life and what makes everyone alive! Sukhan-e-Dil brings words to these emotions. It may also tickle those memories that one may think were lost long back. And hopefully, these Ghazals will help you get closer to life.
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The story of Sukhan-e-Dil
The journey of Sukhan-e-Dil began much before I realized it. When I was growing up as a kid, Ghazals were not the most common form of poetry around. However, my deep love for Hindi and Urdu always sought ways to find Ghazals. In a sense, I had a connection with Ghazals always. Listening to the radio, waiting for the specific broadcasts on Sundays was something I always enjoyed. Yes, the 50s to 80s Hindi music is my most favorite (or favourite for many of us who studied British English in school).
As a natural progression, albeit gradually, I started expressing my feelings through Ghazals. In this process, I tried to learn more Urdu and Hindi from wherever I could. In turn, this made me fall in love with these languages even more. The simplicity and sweetness of Hindi have always touched me. I have always been pleasantly surprised by the immense vocabulary and richness of Urdu. And, I could see this even with my meager knowledge.
Then I met ‘Deepak Da’ who had the same passion for Hindi, Urdu, and Ghazals. In no time did we bond very closely, but we realized our love for these gave us a unique feeling, something we had never felt before. We could be sitting together for hours listening to Ghazals, not uttering a single word, with smiles on our faces, as if time has stopped. We used to hear old Hindi songs of Rafi Sahab, Kishore Da, and maestros like Mehdi Hassan Sahib and Jagjit Da.
The lyrics and poetry touched me. In particular, Mirza Ghalib’s Shayari (compositions) always lead me to believe that he was not just a great poet, but a great philosopher too. There are so many gems like him whose brilliance we have barely realized, and there are others who were perhaps not even noticed. One such poet that I deeply admire is Sudarshan Fakir Sahab. He has written some great Ghazals. Often his Ghazals used simple words, but his poetry would touch my heart deeply.
Seeing the magnum opus of such brilliant minds made me feel humble. I felt fortunate that I was able to see and understand, to some extent, their work in this era. I do not know what would be the future of Ghazals. But, I did want to make my small contribution to this beautiful world of Ghazals. These Ghazals helped me express my emotions. And hopefully, these will help you connect with yours!
The following is a preview of Sukhan-e-Dil.