Sahir’s real name was Abdul Hai, and he had his education at Government College, Ludhiana. Because of
his revolutionary writings, he was expelled from the college. His first collection of poems ‘Talkian’ was
published in 1943, and that gave him a great fame, specially because of two poems ‘Taj Mahal’ and
‘Chakley (the Brothels) in the collection.
Sahir entered the film industry in Bombay in early fifties. He was not accepted there so easily by the
conservative film producers. But when his first film ‘Bazi’ was released, his poetry was acknowledged
with great admiration, and that gave him recognition. But real identity came in Gurudatt’s ‘Pyasa’ in
which his poetry proved to be much stronger than even the story, and there started an era when Sahir
would write for any film with his own dictats.
Sahir was a revolutionary and progressive poet, but fully dedicated to his own country India. During
1962 India-China War, he visited military camps, and wrote for the pride of the Army and the nation.
His long poem “Parchhaiyan” (The shadows) is considered to be an anti-War document.
Sahir writing’s made Urdu poetry so popular that today all over the world Urdu poets and their works
have such a large readership.
Sahir died on 25th October 1980 due to a Heart Attack.
About The Translator
Khawaja Tariq Mahmood, born 1927 at Chakwal, graduated in engineering from the Punjab University in
1947. He was commissioned in January 1948 in the Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering,
Pakistan Army, and retired as brigadier in 1979. He graduated from Staff College, Quetta in 1956, and
from Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham, U.K. in 1960-61. He took his law degree in 1977
from the Punjab University and Master’s degree in International Relations in 1985 from University of
Southern California, U.S.A. He is at present living in Staines, Middlesex, U.K.
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Where are You52
Why This War?68
Where To Go72
God is in High Heaven84
This Poor Heart88
United We Stand92
We Have Cried96
Crime of Love112
Language of Love116
Let Me Reflect132
Lets Weave Some Dreams140
Voice of Adam156
My Songs Are For You168
Start Your Journey Afresh188
We Have Zest for Life196
I Am Alive216
At Noor Jehan Mausoleum232
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