The book titled Itne Khwaab Kahan Rakhoon Ga is the sixth poetry book by famous poet Amjad Islam Amjad until the period 1994. The previous books were Barzakh, Satwan Dar, Fishar, Zara Phir Sei Kehna and Us Paar. Until to-date, the list printed at the back cover of the book under review give list of 15 books published by the author; travelogues and mostly, poetry. The first book comprised dream world for Amjad but after reciting poetry for five decades, he had to face the real world. These are the days that are depicted by his couplet “Yei Gard Baad-e-Tamana Main Ghoomte Hue Din/Kahan Pei Ja Kei Ruhain Gei Yei Bhagte Hue Din”. The pace of life with every man spending 24 hours in search of his needs and desires is so fast that one wonders as to where these days are going to stop. Life was much easier and slower five decades ago. This reviewer agrees with Fiona Macrae’s observations that the pace of life is speeding up, with stressed-out men and women walking 10 percent faster than just a decade ago. An analysis of pedestrians in more than 30 cities around the world, including London, Edinburgh and Cardiff, revealed that the average pedestrian now speeds along at almost 3.5mph. Experts say the stresses and strains of modern day life, such as long working hours, coupled with growing reliance on mobile phones, blackberries, email and fast food, mean we have simply forgotten how to slow down.
Memories are what we usually cherish. We dream of happy times spent and wish the same to come in future. It is the ability of the mind to store and recall past sensations, thoughts, knowledge, etc. Amjad Islam Amjad who is proficient in both Ghazal and Nazm formats says a poem titled ‘Yaad’ (remembrance) -Page 19 whose conclusion is intriguing. It says ‘Apni Yaad Ki Khushbu Mujh Ko Daan Karo Aur Apne Dil Main Aane Do/Ya Meri Jholi Ko Bhar Do Ya Mujh Ko Mar Jane Do’ (Lend me the odour of your memory and let me enter your heart or fill my lap with happiness or let me die).One is free to dream for the better or dream of nice times spent with the beloved. Let the dreams talk that are stored in the eyes, is the theme of Amjad’s poem ‘Khwabon Ki Baatein Karne Do’ (Let us talk about dreams – Page 15).Then the poet desires to cross the eyes and see what is beyond in the poem titled ‘Aankhain’ (eyes). The expression used to express this desire is beautiful with use of Hindi words like ‘Mere Dil Ki Veerani Ko Sundarta Sei Bhar Dei’ – Page 19 (Fill the barrenness of my heart with the beauty of your eyes). Sensible solution appears in the poem ‘Main Nei Theek Kiya Na?’ – Page 39 (Have I done right?) where the poet assembled all the simmering dreams about his lover from his eyes and left his burning heart for a far flung area. He is tired of his dreams now. So he says ‘Ankhain Bhi Daikh Daikh Kei Khwab Aa Gaeen Hain Tang/Dil Main Bhi Ab Woh Shauq, Woh Lapka Nahi Raha’ (Page 42) (My eyes are tired of dreams and neither my heart is desirous nor it has that passion left).
A beautiful poem amalgamates everyday useable things with the weather of tears in the poem ‘Tau Chal Aei Mausam-e-Giriya’ – Page 37. Chelsealatimer Blog says “Poetry can be incredibly cathartic as well when you read a sentence that was written so poignantly you feel like it echoed all of your personal feelings and hit the nail on the head. There are several types of poetry; a common thread within all of it is the use of metaphor. The definition of a metaphor is “a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.First Para of one of the famous metaphor poemsby Emily Dickinson is:
Hope is the thing with feathers
that perches in the soul,
and sings the tune-without the words,
And never stops at all”
As you can see, Emily introduces the metaphor in the first two lines of the poem, describing hope to be like a bird. Already, the imagery which is common in poetry stirs a feeling and a connection to the reader. It conjures up feelings, similar to that of hope; levity, freedom, singing and supported. She goes on to build her poem around the idea of a bird and how it develops and reacts to trials in life that occur, without asking a crumb of her. Amjad has used metaphor in the lines “Tere Kapre/Jo Ghum Ki Barishon Main Dhul Kei Aye They/Meri Almarion Kei Hangeron Main Ab Bhi Latke Hain” in the poem mentioned above.
Itne Khwaab Kahan Rakhoon Ga
By Amjad Islam Amjad
Sang-e-Meel Publications, Lahore;
Pp 128; Rs 400
Amjad Parvez , ” Amjad Islam Amjad’s 6th poetry book ,” in Daily Times, July 13, 2015. Accessed on July 13, 2015, at: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/entertainment/13-Jul-2015/amjad-islam-amjad-s-6th-poetry-book
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