Analysing a literary magazine

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Dr Amjad Parvez

When we come across a new face, we often have a gut feeling that we have seen that face somewhere before. That feeling is expressed by Khalid Ahmad in his ghazal with radeef ‘Daikha Hua’. One of the couplets is quoted here “Main Tau Pehli Baar Aaya Tha Tumhare Sheher Main/Nagahaan Mujh Ko Laga Sheher-e-Guman Daikha Hua” (Despite that I came to your city for the first time, I had the gut feeling that I had seen this city before). This ghazal has been printed at the front back cover of monthly literary magazine Bayaz – May 2015 issue. This issue contains poetry of many other poets in nazm and ghazal formats.

A very strange theme has been selected by Ghaffir Shehzad for his short story ‘Bulle Shah Assan Marna Nahin’ wherein a happy and giving person commits suicide by hanging himselfwith a rope with the ceiling fan of his bedroom. Nearly everybody wondered the cause of him taking this drastic action as his life was always spent for his friends, looking after their needs and showing them extreme courtesy etc. However everybody noticed a stranger crying hard at the funeral and near to fainting till he is called in the Police Station the following morning to explain his link with the dead man. He stated that he used to meet the deceased daily and share his life’s tyrannies, tortures and injustices. The dead man must have taken these pains to his heart and committed suicide that he (the living man) should have suffered. Now there existed no law to reprimand this man who admitted this crime. It reminded this reviewer of famous novel Les Miserables by Victor Hugo which is often known as a powerful story of justice and forgiveness set in the shadow of French Revolution. The story revolves around the life of Jean Val Jean, a man just released from prison after serving nineteen years of sentence for just stealing bread. After release, his life changes under influence of a priest, ultimately becoming a rich man and ending up as mayor of the city. The City Police Chief who was once guard of the prison recognizes him and makes his life miserable. Despite Jean trying to keep his piousself-intact has to face his past by compromising with his ego. The other Afsanas in the journal under review are by Neelma Naheed Durrani, Salma Iftikhar, Shaheen Abbas, M. Baber Riaz and Sadia Ashraf Qureshi; naturally all on varied topics.

Humour is shared by Ijaz Rizvi, autobiography by Shaukat Ali Shah, travelogue by Muhammad Yaseen Qamar and Salma Awan, novel ‘Dhundla Paiker’ by Bilquis Riaz in instalments. An interesting part of the magazine comprises essays by Jalil Aali, Hasan Askari Kazmi, Zahid Masood, Dr. Amjad Parvez, Jamshed Chishti, Jameel Ahmad, Nishat Anjum, Darakhshan Liaquat, Nauman Manzoor, Riaz Ahmad and Tariq Jamil. Jalil Aali’s essay on the apathy of the most beautiful form of poetry; Ghazal has been thrown light at in his essay ‘”Lafzon Sei Pehle” Par Ba’ad Kei Chand Alfaaz”. Ghazal has the intrinsic quality of absorbing a lot in just two lines of a couplet. The ensuing couplet explains this world of emotions as ‘Aaj Bhi Harf-o-Bayan Kei Sab Paimane Hairaan Hain/Kaise Ghazal Nei Do Sataron Main Puri Baat Keh Di’ (Even today the scale of all types of words are wondering as to how Ghazal’s two lines could express total meaning). Such beautiful Ghazals have been said in the past, it is a pity that despite the limitations of Qafia-Radeef, the present generation is churning out mechanical poetry as introduced by Zafar Iqbal, contends the writer. However he appreciates that Sarfraz Zahid has produced some interesting poetry in Ghazal format in small ‘Behoor’ (rhymes). As a matter of fact, he has made it a matter of life and death. He says ‘Bus Ik Ista’are Ki Doori Hei/Sukhan Ki Gali Mukhstasar Beher Main/Sukhan Zinda Rakhne Ki Khwahish Main Hum/Marain Gei Kisi Mukhstar Beher Main’ (My small rhyme awaits a beautiful metaphor and to keep this form of art alive, we shall die in small rhyme).

Hasan Askari Kazmi pays tribute to late Shehzad Ahmad. He says that Shehzad was declared dead in March 1984 after suffering a massive heart attack but the doctors revived him and allowing him let go along with the struggle of creative process for the rest of his life until he died in August 2012. The understanding of self and to understand the intricacies of human problems were the forte of Shehzad’s ghazal. He said, “Pathar Na Phaink, Daikh Zara Ehteyaat Kar/Hei Sateh-e-Aab Par Koi Chehra Bana Hua” (Do not throw pebbles on water as a face is drawn on its surface). Zahid Masood calls poet Shafique Ahmad Khan as a verbose critic in an article.

Bayaz – May, 2015
By Imran Manzoor
Bayaz Group of Publications, Lahore;
Pp 225; Rs 100

Amjad Parvez , ” Analysing a literary magazine ,” in Daily Times, May 11, 2015. Accessed on May 11, 2015, at:

The item above written by Amjad Parvez and published in Daily Times on May 11, 2015, is catalogued here in full by Faiz-e-Zabaan for non-profit educational purpose only. Faiz-e-Zabaan neither claims the ownership nor the authorship of this item. The link to the original source accessed on May 11, 2015, is available here. Faiz-e-Zabaan is not responsible for the content of the external websites.

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