Rahat Indori has garnered national and international applause in his lifetime.
It has already been a year to the day when the legend, Dr. Rahat Indori, breathed his last. Former Professor of Urdu Literature at Indore's Devi Ahilya University, a painter and a renowned lyricist, Dr. Indori held many feathers in his cap. As we remember him, on his first death anniversary, here is a list of his inspirational shayaris that have an ineffaceable place in our hearts and in the world of Urdu poetry.
Indori's take on friendship
Choose your friends wisely, recommends the legend!
"Dosti jab kisi se ki jaye,
Dushmano ki bhi raae li lee jaye"
Here's another one of his couplet that will make you feel grateful for the friends you have-
"Zindagi hai toh naye zakhm bhi lag jaenge,
Ab bhi baqi hain kayi dost purane mere"
Untangling the complexity of human life
Indori's much-acclaimed expressive way of reciting poetry shines on through his words; take this one for example-
"Log har mod par ruk ruk kar sambhalte kyu hain,
Itna Darte hain toh ghar se nikalte kyu hain"
"Bulati hai magar jaane ka nai,
Ye duniya hai, idhar aane ka nai"
Another one of his pieces that we relate to, every time we face difficulties in life, says-
"Aankh mein pani rakho, hothon pe chingari rakho,
Zinda rehna hai, toh tarkeebein bohot saari rakho"
Love, life and heartbreaks
Nothing explains the plight of a lover like this shayari of Indori's-
"Jaagne ki bhi, Jagaane ki bhi adat ho jaye,
Kaash tujhe bhi kisi shayar se mohabbat ho jaye"
One for the heartbroken lovers-
"Zuban toh khol, nazar toh mila, jawab toh de,
Main kitni baar luta hoon, hisaab toh de"
Indori and his love for Hindustan
This couplet sums up Indori's love for the country, aptly-
"Aye zameen, ik roz teri khaak me kho jaenge, so jaenge
Marr ke bhi rishta nahi tootega, Hindustan se, Imaan se"
Here is one that will ingrain patriotism in your heart instantly!
"Main marr jaaon toh meri ek alag pehchan likh dena,
Lahu se meri peshani pe Hindustan likh dena"
Another couplet that spells patriotism, states-
"Sabhi ka khoon hai shamil yahan ki mitti mein,
Kisi ke baap ka Hindustan thodi hai!
The antidote to your melancholy
These words are sure to inspire you and lift your spirits up-
"Shakhon se toot jayein, wo patte nahin hain hum,
Aandhi se koi keh de ki aukaat mein rahe"
Another one of his mantras for boosting self-confidence, says-
"Bohot ghuroor hai dariya ko apne hone pe,
Jo meri pyaas se uljhe toh dhajjiyan udd jayein"
Memories that live on
Not just his work, Rahat Indori's life imparts a lesson that instils hope in times of despair. From facing financial struggles in his childhood to making a mark in the world of Urdu poetry, Rahat Indori has garnered national and international applause in his lifetime.
Now that he is gone, nothing can express the void that he has left in the world of poetry better than his shayaris, so we'll leave you with one.
"Ab na mai hoon, na baaqi hain zamaane mere,
Phir bhi mashhoor hain sheher mein fasaane mere"