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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

A Writer's Voice

What makes a writer - not plot, not characters, not language... It's Voice. Original voice. One that brings even dinosaurs to life:)

But what is Voice really?

Here's an illustration through the voices of Ghalib, Mir and Mohinder Singh Bedi, three Urdu poets. In this case, each is expressing his thoughts on a particular subject - neem-kash, neem-baaz, or half-open/dreamy eyes - which is often used in Urdu shayari with reference to love/the beloved's charm.

Mir un neem-baaz aankhon mein
saari masti sharaab kee si hai - Mir

Mir in those half-open eyes,
Resides the intoxication of wine

Koi mere dil se puchhe tere teer-e-neem kash ko,
ye khalish kahaan se hoti jo jigar ke paar hotaa - Ghalib

Were someone to ask me about your half-open eyes like a half-drawn arrow,
Would my heart be in such tumult if it were pierced

Hua jo teer-e-nazar neemkash to kya haasil,
Mazaa to jab hai, ke seene ke aar paar chale - Mohinder Singh Bedi

What if your half-open eyes are like a half-drawn arrow,
The pleasure indeed is in it piercing the heart

Voice then is a writer's world view articulated afresh in his writing!

1 comment:

  1. Nice!!!

    Btw, I had read your post about Melonade 3 and send in my first short-story - it made it to the top twenty and was featured in their site...Thanks!