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Friday, 15 June 2007

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.
Gobbledegook: difficult.

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.

Best wishes



Hi, Naheed! How you doing? I like reading, too. One of my favourite writers is Oscar Wilde. I read some Wilde's plays and short stories such as The Importance of Beign Earnest or The Canterville Ghost and I did enjoy them, that's why I bought a book (The Plays of Oscar Wilde) a short time ago and I'm reading it now... reading books in English is wonderful if you want to improve your English! As for poetry...I'm not used to reading poems (shame on me!:P) I also want to recommend two Argentinian writers: Borges and Cortazar. All the best!

Hello Naheed! Thanks for talking about your favourite writers. Hmmm... I love talk about books, and moreover I like to know more about literature around the world. I´m going to looking for those authors that you said that they are available in English. Ah! I went to the books site that you recommended yesterday. It´s very interesting and useful.However, I have to confess that I´m a bit old fashioned. Why? Ooooh... because I love to feel the texture of the pages in my fingers, and you know, books smell so good( I´m not talking about the mouldy ones [:-)] ), and a virtual book can´t provide this plesuare to me. What do you think about it? In answer your question, my favourite writers are Clarice Lispector and Dostoievski. I also enjoy reading Charles Dickens and Jane Austen novels, and from the current days writers I like Nick Hornby and Martin Page books. Ah! I´ve read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain once,but there was a reason to read it. I´ve read it because there is a film, which is my favourite Capra film called 'It´s a wonderful life', have you ever watched this film? It´s amazing, oh... anyway there´s an angel in this film who was reading this book, so, due this I told to myself "I have to read this book, and figure out what it is about". In fact, I really enjoy reading Tom Sawyer. Oh my goodness! I hope I´m not boring you Naheed! I´m afraid I´ve written to much, just forgive me, ok? I do like to talk about this subject. Well, I´m looking foward to reading your next entry. Best wishes, Ana Paula.

Hello, Naheed. I don't have any particular writers whom I like very much now, but a book which I read before and quite interesting for me and you can read in English is " Memoirs of A Geisha" by Arthur Golden. It's about a geisha who is female entertains men by singing and dancing at tea houses. The book became a film as " Sayuri " a few years ago. One of my friends told me one poet which was written by W.H. Auden (1907-73). The poet shows me for female feeling with great sorrow at her beloved who is dead. In the middle of the poet you'll see " He was my North, my South, my East and West,...." I was struck by the expression very much. Overall, the poet is filled with sorrow very much. I'm affected with it. I'd like you to read it, if you have a chance. Have you ever heard of " haiku "? It's a Japanese poetic form. " Fireflies Blink the lights Gold jewels" This is my haiku which I depicted fireflies flying over blinking their tail lamps which lookes like gold jewels in front of my house at one night last week. Are there any fireflies there? You need to use a season word in three lines short poem. I don't usually write haiku so I'm not sure wether my haiku makes sense or not. See you.

Hello Naheed! You are doing nice blogging about Pakistan. However, when you write about customs, traditions and music of the country, don't forget to mention all the flavours spread across provinces of Pakistan.

Hi Naheed. It's the first time that I send a comment on your blog. It is not easy for me to write, but I needed to tell you that I enjoy reading your writting. I also want to tell you that I live in a city by the Mediterranean Sea and that almost every day I go to the beach for a walk barefeet, and when It's hot enough, for a swim. About the books I like, well I like Isaac Asimov Syfy books, Jane Auste romantics books, but in general I like to read books not very difficult to understand, for example I've never been able to finish "James Joyce's Ulises", and It went hard for me to read "Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quijote de la Mancha" a masterpiece of Spanish Literature. Have a nice weekend.

Hello there. I have not got a clue how amazing it is . Thank to many of poteries , I never read it before. Ocasionly I read cartoon books , not to read novel. So I would rather not to read novel as well. The last but not least I am curious on your tradition and religious. Hopping in recent days you will pose it . Take care.

Hi Naheed. I like reading books, but I love watching the film versions of the novels I have read. I enjoy greatly comparing a book and a movie, especially if Colin Firth stars, so I read and watched Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding and Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier. That also goes for The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, because I just adore Tom Hanks, and for The Fellowship of the Ring, the first part of The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien. It is strange how books and movies are connected in my private,imaginary world. I suppose that there are people who don't like to see the characters from the books on a movie screen, because seeing the members of a movie cast, who are only humans, on screen, may interfere with the idea of the fictional characters they create while reading. Do you like to keep the mystery of the fictional characters to yourself or you are more like me and like to share it with the rest of movie-goers? While expecting your answer, I might start reading About a Boy by Nick Hornby, but I don't like Hugh Grant very much.

hello naheed iwant to thank you for thesegood information and my favourite writers are shakspeare and d.h lawrance both of them are amazing and i also read for arabian writers again thank you and good luck

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