Jnaab Madan Maholvi (1936 - 2005) , was my father and ustaad. I learnt the taste of Urdu shayri from him . An accomplished painter , sculptor and poet : Madan Maholvi was at ease and regular practitioner of multiple art forms. A student of Shimla Fine Arts college , he practiced and taught these art forms to high schoolers , under grads and teachers through his life. Haryana Urdu Academy published his shayri in three covers.

A masters in history and an analyst of religion, he also has huge unpublished work on "Jain Dharma in Haryana"

This online resource is a collection of his unpublished work .. Mostly poems and short stories ..

Rasta Tau Mile

This is a collection of 43 poems written in a specific style of Urdu Poetry called Nazm. A Nazm is a free flowing text that explores one specific feeling or emotion. It can be topical and imbibe certain flow but the writer is free to choose or ignore the rhythm. Nazm represents a freedom from the rule based poetry. The idea is to have the writer as much leeway as she needs to express a thought. That is the reason Nazm was proclaimed to be the voice of progressive Tarakki Yafta poets. It was embraced by likes of Kaifi Azmi in his early days as an expression of the progressive movement.

The book is about self discovery. Poet seeks himself amidst the chaotic eighties of India - a struggle between hope and failures , the growing pains of the society as much as within. Very evident in the title poem ..

Rasta Tau Mile

In a way the poetical format - Nazm is a very apt choice for the topic at hand "Show me the path" . He is judicious with the words without compromising the freedom of the medium.

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Ashutosh