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Did You Know – that the influential Urdu novelist and short story writer, Qurrat-ul-ain Haider has written a preface (pesh-lafz) to Javed Akhtar’s popular collection of poems, Tarkash.

Tarkash is the only book for which she has ever written a preface, on the insistence of Javed Akhtar.
Here are some excerpts from the Hindi translation of the book:

“Is waqt jab ki satellite television channel budhi ke niyantran aur jhoot bolne ke maksad se khareede ja rahe hai, insaniyat ko kuchalnewale drishti kono ke khilaaf sangharsh mein javed, jinke ‘Tarkash’ mein rang aur chang, harf aur lau sab maujood hai, apni ma ki ye asha poori kar sakte hai ki woh faraar ke kayil nahi honge aur datkar ladenge –
…jab se kisi ne
kar li hai suraj ki chori
aao
chal ke suraj dhoondhe
aur na mile to
kiran kiran phir jama karen hum
aur ek naya suraj banaye
– subah ki gori

Tarkash aadhunik Urdu shayari ka ek ahem dastavez hai. Jab tak Javed ki doosri kitaab chhape –
main samajhti hoon itni bhumika kaafi hai.
– Qurratulain Haider