About writers and poets
Hello Jo and Everyone
I’ve come with late work from ‘Wise words from a dead man’. I hope you won’t mind Jo.
Tricky: to do something which is not easy.
Sky-high: When something is out of one’s reach, very expensive.
Duty: it is necessary.
Stopped me in my tracks: it got your attention to it.
Struck: that touched you.
Everyday: part of our routine/ daily life
Bird-feeder: a kind of pot (i can't find any better word here) used to keep birds' food.
Pecking: this is used for birds which means to pick the grains from the beak.
Decipher: succeed in finding out which is difficult to understand.
This homework is great fun, all we have to do is to read and find the meanings from the context. I wonder which member of your pet family is coming to say hello at the weekend.
I hope you all liked the information I shared with you all about travel in Pakistan. I will also say thanks to Dilshair Khan who added some more places to visit. Sindh is also famous for having the remains of an ancient civilization called ‘Moen Jo Daro’ which means mound of the dead. Today I must tell you about the famous poets and writers of Pakistan. Before that I have a bit of information about Urdu for you. Maulvi Abdulhaq is called the Father of Urdu’Baba-e-Urdu’, it was his efforts that Urdu made its place on the list of the languages of the world.
Let’s begin with writers, Ashfaq Ahmed and his wife Bano Qudsia, Saadat Hassan Manto, Sir Sayed Ahmed Khan are the ones I have always liked reading. Their work is something of thought provoking. I also like to read Mark Twain and Charles Dickens. I have also read Shakespeare and Thomas Hardy but not very much. There are some more whose works I have read at school and college and now I read some of them from my younger sister’s books.
Allama Iqbal is our national poet, the rest I will mention here are best know as the poets of Urdu language and are read by everyone. They include Mirza ghalib, Mir Anees, Khawaja Mir Dard, Mir Taqi Mir, Maulana Altaf Husain Hali, Faiz Ahmed Fiaz, Ahmed Faraz and Parveen Shakir.
There are some present day writers that you would like to read and can find their works in English are Bapsi Sidhwa and Kamila Shmasi.
Jo, what peots and writers do you like? And friends don’t forget to write your favourite ones too.
It’s reply time.
Marianna I also wait for your comments. I am also interested to know your everyday activities may be you would like to share it with me?
There’s something I would also like to add Mauricio, in news we see the politicians or extraordinary people but we never get to see a common man. But it’s possible at the BBC blogs. I’m not a politician nor am I a celebrity. I am only an ordinary citizen of Pakistan who tells you about her country in her own way. And thanks that you liked the description of my country.
Richard Li don’t worry it was just that, while replying to your comment, I ate few words. Yes, I know you wrote that the weather of Pakistan is not hot. That’s true however, some cities experience hot temperatures in summers. But this doesn’t remain same all the time, it tends to change after the monsoon rains.
That’s right Tomo, when we go to other country, language should not be the barrier it is though. The most important thing is how we use our brains.
Lana, I love to go to the sea side and when it’s in your city how can you give a miss to it. I usually spend my weekends at home and sometimes we gather at my aunt’s and have a lot fun. You have asked me quite interesting questions. Let’s begin with power shutdowns (I feel like to eat my fingers) that make life difficult especially in summers. I love Monsoon very much, but the problem which I think might be faced by other countries too is muddy streets after heavy showers.
Oh Maria, maria! Pakistan is bigger than its population so it doesn’t fall short of space. But I would say that population is a bomb which grows bigger and bigger and when it gets really bigger, it goes off with a big bang.
Ana Paula, James, Pilar, Manas and everyone, I will write about the customs and traditions of Pakistan and music in my tomorrow’s blog.
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