Po­etry for peace

A fes­ti­val of Urdu po­etry will cel­e­brate the rich lit­er­ary tra­di­tion of the lan­guage and the com­pos­ite cul­ture it stands for

Mid Day - - THE GUIDE - SNIGDHA HASAN snigdha.hasan@mid-day.com WRIDDHAAYAN BHATTACHARYYA wriddhaayan.b@mid-day.com

FOR a busy IPS of­fi­cer in a me­trop­o­lis like Mum­bai, pur­su­ing a pas­sion beyond work calls for undy­ing zeal and ini­tia­tive. But when it comes to lit­er­a­ture, Quaiser Khalid, Spe­cial IGP, Pro­tec­tion of Civil Rights, doesn't mind go­ing that ex­tra mile. An award-win­ning Urdu au­thor, Khalid has been closely in­volved with the lan­guage since he was a stu­dent — Urdu was one of the sub­jects in his civil ser­vices ex­am­i­na­tion. Also ac­tive in lit­er­ary cir­cles, Khalid, how­ever, felt that what was be­ing pre­sented to the pub­lic in the name of Urdu was a far cry from the rich, sec­u­lar tra­di­tion of the clas­sics by Ghalib, Faiz and Mir.

In 2011, Khalid joined hands with other lit­ter­a­teurs and founded Pas­baan-eAdab (de­fend­ers of lit­er­a­ture), a so­cio-cul­tural or­gan­i­sa­tion com­mit­ted to strength­en­ing the com­pos­ite cul­ture of In­dia through lit­er­a­ture, mu­sic and art. It or­gan­ises events through the year in Hindi and Urdu, and also hopes to start a lit­er­ary fes­ti­val in Marathi by the end of the year. Izhaar, an in­ter­na­tional Urdu po­etry fes­ti­val, is one of its an­nual events, which is en­ter­ing its sixth edi­tion this year. To be held in the city this Fri­day, it will see par­tic­i­pa­tion from stal­warts of the lan­guage from across In­dia.

“Javed Akhtar sa­hab is one of our guests and he will be con­fer­ring the Pas­baan-e-Adab award on Pro­fes­sor Shameem Hanafi, a lau­re­ate of Urdu lit­er­a­ture from Delhi Univer­sity. Other guests in­clude renowned po­ets like Mo­ham­mad Alvi from Ahmed­abad as well as po­ets from Kash­mir,” in­forms Sid­dharth Shandilya, vice pres­i­dent of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, who is also the head of IT at a multi­na­tional com­pany. “Of late, lan­guage is be­ing di­vided on re­li­gious lines, which is op­posed to the very

idea of lit­er­a­ture. This is why the role of lit­er­a­ture in na­tional in­te­gra­tion is the topic for one of our dis­cus­sions,” he adds. “Urdu is a lan­guage, where even if you don’t know the mean­ing of a word, you en­joy lis­ten­ing to it. It is, in fact, a way of life with no room for harsh words,” says Kun­war Ran­jeet Singh Chauhan, a well-known Urdu poet and Hindi satirist, who co­founded Jashn-e-Adab in Delhi, an or­gan­i­sa­tion based on a sim­i­lar phi­los­o­phy. Chauhan, who was con­ferred with the Aman (peace) Award by Pak­istan for bring­ing the peo­ple of In­dia and Pak­istan closer through lit­er­a­ture, is one of the par­tic­i­pants of the fes­ti­val. For Khalid, lit­er­a­ture, which he says is noth­ing but a nar­ra­tive of hu­man re­la­tion­ships, finds a reflection in his work too. “Lit­er­a­ture doesn’t vil­ify any­one; it speaks the lan­guage of love, com­pas­sion, unity and har­mony. Our in­ves­ti­ga­tion is of­ten fo­cussed on who did it and how. But only when we be­gin to won­der why can a change be brought about.” START­ING from the di­men­sion of the fuel tank to the artistry of the brake disc, a hand­some bike is bound to turn heads. Up for a road trip but low on its road-wor­thi­ness? Here’s your chance to know your ma­chine bet­ter. A host of bike en­thu­si­asts and en­gi­neers will con­duct a work­shop on bike ma­chin­ery this Sun­day.

“It’s a do-it-your­self work­shop where the par­tic­i­pants will learn ba­sic ser­vic­ing tech­niques in case of an emer­gency and how to tune a bike ahead of a long trip,” says Re­gan Ro­dricks, founder of Blue Bulb, a group that con­ducts sail­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­i­ties in and around the city, the bike clinic be­ing one of them.

The ses­sion will take you through es­sen­tial skills such as fix­ing brakes and the clutch ca­ble, chang­ing the oil and deal­ing with punc­tures and ru­ined wheels. “If you learn these handy skills, you can go any­where in the world with your bike,” as­sures Ro­dricks.

“There will be three ramps. The par­tic­i­pants will be di­vided into three groups. One ramp will have a Royal En­field, the other will have a Ba­jaj or a Honda, and the third one will be de­cided on cus­tomer de­mand,” he adds.

It is the ideal work­shop if you hap­pen to be an avid rider. Even if you are not, know­ing how a bike works is an ad­van­tage be­fore you own a ve­hi­cle. “It is our cus­tomers who had asked for such a work­shop. It is eas­ier to learn about bikes than cars,” says Ro­dricks.

The age limit for the work­shop is 16 years and above.

The in­te­rior of Garage 52 with dif­fer­ent brands of mo­tor­cy­cles and scoot­ers

Well-known poet Dr Ashok Chakrad­har at one of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s events

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