New Okhla Industrial Growth Authority — who would relate a spot with such an unpoetic title with writers?
However novelist Vikram Seth lives on this identical Noida, in any case.
The legendary author Qurratulain Hyder additionally spent her last years on this deliberate township within the all- encompassing Nationwide Capital Area.
And so did the eminent poet Gulzar Dehlvi. He died late final week however not earlier than defeating the Covid-19 that he was contaminated with. He succumbed to cardiac arrest a number of days after his wholesome return from the hospital. He was 93.
There are lots of methods to have fun a author’s life. The superior one is after all to learn his or her complete oeuvre; in Mr Delhivi’s case it could be his many ghazals, nazms and rubiyats. The opposite methodology—far simpler—is to wash into the author’s real charisma. Little doubt it was tremendously to the late poet’s benefit that he was one of the crucial trendy males of our instances. Far deep into his superior years, Mr Dehlvi—full title Anand Mohan Zutshi Gulzar Dehlvi —would proceed to attend Delhi’s literary soirées the place he at all times stood aside in his beautiful sherwani, the customary synthetic rose pinned on his left chest. Born in Outdated Delhi, he was an impeccably mannered man who would gaze politely into the eyes of his devotees too nervous to mumble any coherent phrase in his presence, and make them really feel a very powerful particular person to him at that second. Mr Dehlvi would additionally usually like to indicate what he known as his “secular locket”—seen vertically, the inscription in it could learn because the Muslim Allah, and flipped horizontally, it resembled the Hindu Om.
On one event, a few years in the past, this reporter noticed him in all his archetypal class in a gathering in central Delhi’s Ghalib Academy. The seemingly routine rituals of Delhi’s centuries-old poetry customs that unfolded there have been a mirror reflection of him— valuable however extraordinarily fragile.
It was a winter night and about time for poet Gulzar Dehlvi, who was seated cross-legged on the stage, to oblige the viewers. A mushaira, or a gathering of Urdu poets, was about to start. The poets had been to learn out their poems on the stage. Plenty of Delhi’s verse writers had been current. They included Iqbal Firdausi, Munir Hamdam, Rauf Raza and Javed Niyazi. Every had a badge pinned on the chest, which stated ‘Poet’. The one two girls poets current had been Iffat Zarreen and Shabnam Siddiqui.
A large wax candle, or shama, was positioned on the stage. Within the outdated instances, when there was no electrical energy, and therefore no mike, Delhi’s nighttime poetry conferences—they usually nearly at all times befell through the nights—had been held within the glow of a solitary candle. The room was stated to stay immersed in darkness, whereas the flickering shama can be positioned in entrance of the poet whose flip it was to learn from his works.
The auditorium contained in the 21st century Ghalib Academy, nevertheless, glowed in trendy lighting. There was additionally a podium and a mike. However the custom demanded the candle to burn repeatedly over the course of the night. It was venerable Gulzar Dehlvi’s hard-earned privilege to ignite the flame. He received up and lit the candle with a… cigarette lighter (which anyone produced simply on time)! The lighting of the shama was a sign to get on with the night’s agenda. The viewers clapped. Mr Dehlvi returned to his central place on the stage and once more sat down cross-legged—wanting as regal and frail because the period he represented.