We Urduwallahs are passionate about learning, understanding and discussing Urdu. The language tickled our curiosity to such an extent that we decided to learn its nuances. Through the process of our Urdu diploma, we discovered that the language comes with a treasure trove of exciting delights. It took us to incredible journeys into vintage back alleys of history where these lyrical alphabets and words might have originated. We felt part of a universe, which we never knew existed and wanted to cuddle in its arms, we hoped to submerge ourselves in the meaning of what we had unearthed. Through the writings of various poets and writers, we travelled vicariously to the countries and spaces. Some words, lines, phrases and verses captured our being, making it an addiction.
At Urduwallahs, we do not claim to be maestros of the Urdu language. But we do claim to have a passion for it. We want to share what we discover. Come join us as we embark on our journey of delving into crevices of this sweet speech and splitting words to extract the marrow from it.
A theatre performance, a poetry reading, a visiting poet, an interview with a writer, whatever little Urdu trudges with a walking stick in Mumbai we want to be there to cover it. We are drawn to Urdu like vultures are drawn to their prey; our motive is not compassion but greed. Greed to keep the language alive! Greed to keep our passion alive!
– Urduwalli Arwa and Urduwalli Priya
Arwa Mamaji is an independent film maker and Priya Nijhara is a marketing professional, both based in Mumbai. They have learned the basics of the Urdu language in an attempt to understand its nuances. They hold monthly mehfils (gatherings) in Mumbai at Prithvi Theatre, Juhu to discuss and discover Urdu poets, writings and related topics. If you would like to participate, please drop in a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.