Look out for a book titled “Sahir Ludhianvi: The People’s Poet” which will be out in book stores in the second half of December 2013.
About the book:
Sahir Ludhianvi: The People’s Poet takes a wholesome view of Sahir’s life viz. his personal experiences, his non-film poetry and songwriting. The book is an outcome of several interviews and writings on Sahir by people who knew the late poet intimately. Among the people interviewed and who reflected on their association with Sahir are the late Yash Chopra, the late Dev Anand, Javed Akhtar, Khayyam, Sudha Malhotra, Ravi Chopra and the late music composer Ravi Sharma. The book analyses Sahir’s poetry and lyrics in the context of developments in his personal life such as his dysfunctional childhood and his failed romances. Sahir’s contribution to the Progressive Writers’ Movement is also discussed, thereby offering the reader a comprehensive perspective of one of Hindi cinema’s finest songwriters.
The author of the book, Akshay Manwani turned to freelance writing after a brief career in the corporate world that gave him little personal satisfaction. His writings on popular Indian culture have appeared in The Caravan, Business Standard, Man’s World and Mumbai Mirror.