A Sufi Celebration of Life
by Runjhun Noopur

Publisher: Pronoun

Publication Date: May 24, 2017

ISBN: 9781537889214

Binding: Kobo eBook

Availability: eBook

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Move over French, there is a new a language of love in town.#Urdu

#Urdu is exactly what it says on the cover—a Sufi celebration of life, love, humanity and values that seem to be losing their sheen. A collection of simple, relatable and everyday life lessons inspired by one of the most romantic, lyrical delight of a language, Urdu.

A native of undivided India?, Urdu is ?one of the 22 official languages of India, and the national language of Pakistan. Urdu was developed under the influence of Persian and Arabic languages, merged with Sanskrit (and Prakrit) roots. Born post the Muslim invasion of India, as a result of the merger of several absolutely diverse cultures and religions, Urdu is a symbol of the fluidity of our cultures, and how illusory our geographical, social and political boundaries actually are. In times torn by strife, intolerance and violence, Urdu’s roots in cultural solidarity (maligned over the years, but not entirely lost) are more relevant than ever.

And so, #Urdu celebrates the language, and its spirit of love, solidarity, humanity, and of course, the ideas essential to a good, fulfilling life. And because Urdu is a language of poets, these meditations on good life are riddled with some of the finest Urdu poetry (Ghazals, Nazms and Shayaris).

Adapted from a blog series that garnered tremendous response not just from the readers belonging to the Indian subcontinent, but also from other countries with no background or connection with Urdu, the chapters cut across a variety of topics and tones—some are humorous, some are a little serious but broadly each of them is a feel good slice of life that intends to put a smile on the readers’ faces.

The spirit of Urdu’s poetic traditions is Universal, and has an appeal that is undeniable, whether one speaks Urdu or not. Coupled with the universality of its good life lessons, this book is a treasure trove of poetic delight and feel good spirit for any and ...