Anecdotes of Urdu poets II

Another poet with whom several amusing anecdotes are linked is Raghupati Sahai ‘Firaq Gorakhpuri’. Here is one:

Firaq Gorakhpuri aur Sahir Hoshiarpuri Amritsar ke ek hotel mein pahunche. Sahir ne hotel ka register bharna shuru kiya. Firaq paas ke ik kursi mein baith gaye.
Sahir jab peshe ke khane par pahunche to Firaq sahab ki taraf mudh kar bole:
“Kyun sahab main apna pesha kya likhun?”
“Mashooq likh do”
— Firaq ne unhen yaad dilaya
“Is umr mein…” – – Sahir bole
“To kya hua. Aage pension yafta bhi likh do” — Firaq ne barjasta kaha.

Another one, bringing back Josh Malihabadi but this time at the receiving end.

Ek baar Josh Malihabadi Allahabad University gaye. Adbi taqreeb mein dais par Josh ke alava Firaq bhi maujud the. Josh ne aapni taveel nazm “Harf-e-Aakhir” ka ek iqtibas sunaya. Is mein takhleeq-e-kayanaat ki ibtida mein Shaitaan ki zabaani kuch sher hain. Josh Shaitaan ke aqval par mushtamal ashar sunane waale the ke Firaq ne samain se kaha:
“Suniye, hazraat, Shaitaan ka bolta hai” aur uske baad Josh sahab ko bolne ka isharah diya.

Cannot resist one more.

Firaq sahab ke saath ek Parsi naujawaan, Mr. Daruwala, safar kar rahe the. Raaste bhar dilchasp baatein hoti rahi. Allahabad ka istation aaya to Firaq sahab utarne ki tayyari karne lage. Daruwala ne kaha ke woh un se milna chahte hain aur darkhwast ki ke woh apne ghar ka pata bata den.
Firaq ne kaha – “Main Bank Road par rahta hoon. Wahan pahunch kar mera ghar dhoondhne ke bajaye aap kisi ko bhi aapna naam – Daruwala – bata dijiyega. Log is naam ki munasabat se aap ko khud hi mere yahaan pahuncha denge.”

And to round this post off, one of Makhdoom Mohinuddin facing an existential problem.

Makhdoom ne subah subah Oriental Hotel pahunch kar baire se poocha – “Nihari hain?” Baira bola nahi hain. Makhdoom ne poocha omlette hain. Baire ne phir na mein jawaab diya. Tang aakar Makhdoom ne kaha ke jo kuch bhi khane ke liye hain le aao. Is waqt to kuch nahi hain baire ne jawaab diya. Makhdoom bole – “Yeh hotel hain ya hamara ghar?”

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