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By: Rayees Ahmad Kumar

Mohd Nesar Khan, who is known in the literary world by his pseudonym ‘Ahmad Nesar’, was born in Awrangabad Bihar on June 16, 1967. His degree is E.Com and business is his profession and he tried his luck in poetry , journalism and the arts as well and has managed to make a name for itself in all three fields. Among the Urdu poets and literary personalities of today whose works are considered a valuable contribution to extending the horizons of Urdu poetry and literature, the name of Ahmad Nesar is of utmost importance.

Over the past few decades, Ahmad Nesar has established himself as a prominent Urdu poet and an expert on Urdu Ghazal in particular. In his poetry one can find the truths of the present, the rise of social and community ills and moral degradation with a call to uplift moral and ethical values. So for Ahmad Nesar he compiled a few poetry collections including “Waliel” in 2006, “ApneVirud” in 2011 and “BregUmeed” in 2015. His poetry collection which is currently under my review is his fourth in the series – “Sarhane Meer Ke” published by Falak Publication.

The last book is spread over 160 pages of excellent quality. The cover page is eye-catching. According to Ahmad Nesar, Mir Taqi Mir is the greatest Urdu ghazal of all time, hence he named his collection of ghazal Sarhane Meer Ke. Saleem Ansari from Jabalpur has written excellent uplifting lines about the author and the beauty of his book. DrGhNabi Kumar from Kashmir has also written beautiful lines on this while the foreword “AhistaBolo” is written by DrRoufKhair. Meraj Ahmad Meraj also wrote a short paragraph which can be seen on the back of the book. Ahmad Nesar dedicated this collection of Ghazals to his wife Nasreen Rizvi (Ruhi) and daughter Afreen Fatima.

This book is a collection of 84 Ghazals of various themes. Almost all ghazals are written in simple and comprehensive language which can be understood even by a non-Urdu reader. On its page number 21, the last verse of the opening ghazal TAFRI KA MERE LIYE SAMAAN AAGAYA is the excellent one which describes the problems that come our way while trying to live a peaceful life. “sarsabzmanzroon ne muje di thitaazgi, Phir rah guzar principal meribiyanbaanaagaya. In one of the first ghazals of the book “kaano main kahaaakehawanenahimilte”, the last verse “magmoombalaoun se haishadabalaqa, Kashmir kohasnekebahanenahimilte” and many other ghazals are in excellent taste literary and portray the deplorable condition of the people of the Kashmir valley.Ahmad Nesar’s unique technique and use of simple Urdu words breathes life into them, as can be felt in poems like-zidsamanderki ho mitaneki, Khudkinare pa doobjawoun main etc The last verse of this fantastic ghazal shows the poet’s love for his country “aarzo bas yehi Nesarmeri, Apnimiti main lehlawoun main”. This couplet by the poet depicts his unique style of composing the ghazals “sitaratodnathamujkoasmano se, Khadehuwetheimagaruqrabachatano se”.

Through the use of the simplest words, Ahmad Nesar achieved literary excellence and great thematic balance in his poetry. He expresses a thought in its totality by opting for the simplest but melodic words. ‘Musalsalaarahihainuskiyadein, Shajaraabadhaichidyounke dam se’. ‘Apniratounkewasteijignu, Zahan main noor ban kebeithahai’ – is another lovely verse from a beautifully composed ghazal by Ahmed Nesar. In almost all of the 84 Ghazals in this book, we find a larger message and wise thoughts carved into simpler words illustrating the poet’s expertise.

Ahmad Nesar’s three previous collections of poetry have been well received by readers in general and Urdu lovers in particular. I hope that this last collection will also succeed in obtaining great applause from literary circles. Ahmad Nesar was inspired by Bashir Badar, the eminent Urdu poet, and successfully tried to imitate him by composing the poetic pieces without losing his own style and aura. Ahmad Nesar began his literal journey between 1980 and 1990 when his written creations began to be published in his name. His journalistic journey started from 1987. Currently, he is the editor of the quarterly Urdu magazine “AlamiFalak”.

Writer is a columnist and hails from Qazigund Kashmir.


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