Mahjoor and After  -  An Anthology of Modern Kashmiri Poetry

Mahjoor and After - An Anthology of Modern Kashmiri Poetry

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Author: Trilokinath Raina
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
Year: 2008
Language: English
Pages: 158
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788126025336


Mahjoor and after, the anthology we are presenting now is the outcome of the collective effort, embracing almost the whole of the 20th Century, i.e. 1930-2000. It was designed originally to be only post-Independence poetry, but that would have excluded the best contributions of the pioneers of the new age, Zinda Kaul, Mahjoor and Azad, which were all written before 1947.

Without them any anthology of the 20th century Kashmiri poetry would be incomplete for the aim has not been mere selection of poems but making the selection as comprehensive as possible.

What is being presented now, when the passion, for translating poetry has fairly caught on, is a collective Endeavour, which has a distinct edge over all the poets rendered into English by only a single individual: it has the freshness of variety and absence of dull uniformity. This anthology is an attempt to introduce the reader to this new and rich harvest of Kashmiri poetry in English translation.


Zinda Kaul
1. Ferry Me Across
2. Ghazal
3. Unpreparedness

Ghulam Ahmad Mahjoor

4. Why is my love cross with me
5. The peasant lass
6. Narcissus
7. I offer you my life
8. Freedom

Abdul Ahad Azad

9. Satan’s Complaint
10. Change
11. Ghazal
12. The River

Abdul Ahad Zargar

13. Through disbief to belief
14. You will rue for ever
15. I’ll cradle thee in my arms
16. An arrow pierced my heart

Ghulam Rasool Nazki

17. Rubaaiyat

Mirza Ghulam Hasan Beg Arif

18. Rubaaiyat

Noor Mohammad Roshan

19. Spring

Dina Nath Nadim

20. I will not sing today
21. On the Death of a comrade
22. I Dream of tomorrow
23. Blade of grass
24. Sugar candy and wormwood
25. Incidents

Ghulam Nabi Firaq

26. To the Bulbul
27. Phantoms of the Night
28. The Flight
29. Ghazal
30. Beauty’s Supremacy

Mohammad Amin Kamil

31. Zero Bridge
32. The Bright highway
33. Nilnag
34. Ghazal
35. Your Coming

Rahman Rahi

36. The Fire and the Psalms
37. Ghazal
38. Inklings from the dark
39. The Womb of the Ocean…
40. My love-sick Maid
41. As she shook her jingling skirt
42. Be not averse to my plea, my Love

Vasudev Reh

43. The Anguish

Ghulam Rasool Santosh

44. Bahri Taweel

Ghulam Nabi Khayal

45. At the frontier post

Rashid Nazki

46. The voice
47. The Shadow
48. A Feeling

Ghulam Nabi Gowhar

49. Wisdom
50. Impact
51. Accountability

Muzaffar Azim

52. Poem –I
53. Poem –II

Syed Rasool Pompur

54. Basant Katha
55. To my newborn babe
56. Ghazal – I
57. Ghazal – II

Radhey Nath Masarrat

58. The Liar

Bimla Raina

59. Vaakh

Naseem Shafai

60. Ghazal –I
61. I could never understand
62. A Fork in the road
63. A Story – A Lesson
64. Ghazal – II
65. Ghazal – III
66. Ghazal – IV

End Notes from the Editor