Wednesday, January 14, 2009

ASAD - 28

Originally posted on in 1995

The famous love-stories have always been used by the Shayars. Sometimes one needs to know the story before one can appreciate the Sher.

Shirin-Farhaad is one such famous love story. Farhaad was asked to dig a mountain using a small pick-axe in one night, so as to be able to marry Shirin. So he is also known as "kohakan" or "mountain-digger". What did he do before starting such an
impossible task ?

sang-e-mazaar = tombstone
teshaa = small pick-axe [chhota kudaal]

mere sang-e-mazaar par, Farhaad
teshaa rakh_kar kahe hai, "Ya Ustaad" !
- 'Mir' Taqi Mir

Before starting, he came to receive blessings from Mir! What a way to proclaim one's own "aashiqi"!!

- Abhay.
ASAD _also_ means "A Sher A Day" !

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