Did You Know –
A small residential colony in Gonda city, near Lucknow called Jigar Ganj is named after legendary Urdu poet, Jigar Moradabadi. It is close to his original residence. An intermediate school in the city is also named after him – the Jigar Memorial Inter College. Mazar-e-Jigar Moradabadi is in Topkhana, Gonda.
Ali Sikandar (1890–1960), who’s pen name or takhallus was Jigar Moradabadi, was born on April 6, 1890 in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. He lost his father at an early age and did not have an easy childhood. He moved to Gonda city near Lucknow in his teens. This proved to be a turning point in his life. Here, he befriended Asghar Gondvi, who later also emerged as a notable Urdu poet. Gondvi was only six years older than Jigar, who became his protégé. Gondvi’s influence over Jigar, and the significant role he played in his life, cannot be underestimated. He was his mentor, a father figure, an older brother, a teacher, a friend and a fellow poet, all rolled into one. Jigar even married a sister of Gondvi’s wife.
Jigar made Gonda his permanent home and Gonda acquired one of the most famous literary figures to have ever lived there, whose presence can still be felt in Jigar Ganj and Mazar-e-Jigar..
Here is one of his most popular couplets –
Ye Ishq Nahi Aasan Bas Itna Samaj Lijiye
Ik Aag Ka Darya Hain aur doob ke jaana hai
Translated as –
Love is not an easy journey and the lover must realise; it is like an ocean of fire and he must drown in it, to cross through it.