Anecdotes of Urdu poets III

Back to some more anecdotes but these are again going to be about Majaz since those are the ones that come most readily to mind.

I begin with one related by Ahmad Jamal Pasha sahab himself who compiled this treasure trove of anecdotes I have referred to earlier.

Ek roz maine kaha – “Majaz sahab! Main aap ke latife jamaa kar raha hoon. Kuch apne latife sunaye.”
Hanste hue woh bole – “Lijiye Pasha Sahab! Ek latifa to yehi ho gaya ke aap mujh hi se mere latife puch rahe hain.”

And this is one of my favourites. It again involves Josh sahib.

Ek bar ka zikr hain ke Majaz alam-e-madhoshi mein ek sahib-e-zauq khatun se ulajh padhe. Baat Majaz ke fan tak pahunch gayi.
Majaz kisi qadr jhunjhla ke bole – “Mohtarma! Aap ko maalum hain ke main diction ka master hoon.”
Ladki ne azrah-e- mazaaq Majaz ko cherhte huye poocha – “To phir Josh Malihabadi kahe ke master hain?”
“Woh”
– Majaz ne bhanven sakeerh ka kaha – “Woh to dictionary ke master hain.”

Ek baar ek kisi dawat mein Jazbi dastarkhvan par se uthne ka naam hi na lete the. Aur baithe baithe dahi ka raita peeye ja rahe the.
Majaz bole – “Ama utho bhi!”
Jazbi ne jawab diya- “Ek do ghoont raita pee loon to chalun.”
Majaz muskuraye aur bole – “Ama agar yehi baat agar Akhtar Sheerani hota to yun kehta ‘Raita jo rukh-e-Salma pe bikhar jata hai’
Aur agar Allama Iqbal hote to to is tarah kehte‘Haif shaheen raita peene laga’
Aur Mir hote to kehte
‘Abhi tak raita pee so gaya hai’
Aur Firaq kehte to yun kehte‘Tapak raha hain un ankhon se raita kam kam’ “.

And here an unmistakable put-down Majaz style.

Saghir – “Majaz meri samajh mein nahi aata ke tum ne sher kehna kyun chorh diya?”
Majaz – “Aur meri samajh mein yeh nahi aata ke tum barabar sher kyun kahe ja rahe ho?”

And another showing him at his impish best.

Majaz, Nuh Narvi se Nuh sahab ki shairi ki khubiyan bayan kar rahe the.
“Nuh sahab, vaqiye kamaal hain.”
Nuh sahaab ne anksaar se kaha – “Are sahab!”
“Nuh sahab sach kehta hoon kamaal hain. Norway ka ho kar urdu zabaan mein itna achi shairi karna bahut badi baat hain.”

Kisi ne ek baar Majaz ke saamne Iqbal ka yeh misra padha.
‘Kabhi ae haqiqat-e-muntazir nazar aa libas-e-majaz mein’.
Majaz bole – “Haan bhai afsos to yehi hai jab haqiqat muntazir ‘libas-e-Majaz’ mein nazar aaee to koi pehchanne wala hi nahin.”

1947 mein jab pehli bar azadi ka jhanda lahraya gaya to is Ashok Chakra dekh kar kisi ne Majaz se poocha- “Hazrat! Yeh jhande par paiyya kaise bana hai?”
Majaz ne barjasta jawab diya – “Bhai ye ‘Free India’ ka ‘Free wheel’ hain”.

Ek sadak par samne se koi ‘gentleman’ ulti hat pehne chale aa rahe the. Unhen dekh kar Majaz muskurate hue bole-
“Zara in hazrat se pocho ke yah aa rahe hain ya ja rahe hain.”

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: