ATP Mushaira: Khalid Masood, Anney Wa

Posted on June 6, 2007
Filed Under >Adil Najam, ATP Mushaira, Humor, People, Pinglish
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I was talking to a friend yesterday about Pakistan’s traumatic politics and remembered these really funny verses from Khalid Masood:

Luch lafang elect huwa hai annay-wa
Beeba phir reject huwa hai annay-wa
Sooe pay dhaga daalnay waali nokri pay
Anna aik select huwa hai annay-wa

We had featured these in a post very early in ATP’s life and a reader had translated it as such:

Gangsters and thugs have been elected blindly
And good people have been rejected blindly
For the job of threading the needle
A blind person has selected blindly

Of course, there is very little in the current situation that is really funny. But sometimes when your heart aches and your mind is ready to blow up, it is good to laugh out loud. If only as a means of stress relief.

So I dug into my archive and found these wonderful gems from Khalid Masood.

Khalid Masood writes in this odd, but terribly funny, mixture of Urdu, Punjabi and English – ‘Trilingual‘ more than Pinglish. He has a very direct way of saying things and much of his humor comes from his directness. Consider, for example, the very first line of the first line in the video:

Uss ka rishta na honay ka bayass uss ka abba tha

How can one not burst out laughing at this in anticipation of what will come next. Or, later in the video, when he paints the picture of a bald ‘phuppa‘ borrowing a comb and not returning it. That thought alone gives one such welcome comic relief. And comic relief is what I wanted right now. Just to take a little pause. Because I suspect that the ‘ground realities’ of Pakistan will become much worse before they can become any better.

20 Comments on “ATP Mushaira: Khalid Masood, Anney Wa

  1. Owais Mughal says:
    June 6th, 2007 12:37 am

    This was too funny :) Thanks for finding it out on youtube for us. What a revolution youtube is!

  2. Daktar says:
    June 6th, 2007 9:20 am

    This is funny in an odd and unusual way. Interesting mix of language. Loved the one about the ‘kangi’ (since I am going ‘ganja’ myself!

  3. June 6th, 2007 1:11 pm

    Thanks Adil for such optimism , the smiles that it brought today are I think needed at this time to calm things down in Pakistan, as I was reading the news the only thing i could think of was ATP saying at the very begining “Khuda Khair Karay”

    I hope and pray for I see more blood shed ,

  4. Roshan says:
    June 6th, 2007 1:27 pm

    Thanks for giving this break out of this turmoil in our country. Here are few more from Khalid Masood (audio)
    I had an opportunity to meet him in Islamabad couple to times which is really a great fun.

  5. MQ says:
    June 6th, 2007 2:48 pm


    Another one of his gems is:

    [quote]Meter check kara lo ham say, chaapay shaapay marwa lo
    Border ooper ham ko larrna sharna, okha lagta hai [/quote]

  6. June 6th, 2007 6:21 pm

    awesome, simply awesome

  7. Owais Mughal says:
    June 6th, 2007 10:20 pm

    The way Khalid Masood keeps his own face straight while reciting, makes it funnier. If I were reading his poetry, I’ll be laughing myself :)

  8. Raza Rumi says:
    June 6th, 2007 11:58 pm

    Extremely funny – youtube is a revolution indeed.

  9. mazhar butt says:
    June 7th, 2007 5:27 am

    ay jo vee kar dee ay theek hee kardee ay
    piario sajno bailio ainoo kuj na kaho

    ay aandi ay tay jaandi nahi kee karyee
    chup kar kay bardasht karo ainoo kuj na kaho

    larna warna ainay bhulaya adha baag ganwaya
    addhay baag noo ronday rawo ainoo kuj na kaho

    apne aap noo quran da lafz samjhdi kion way
    jo kardi ay karan dayo ainoo kuj na kaho !

  10. Shah says:
    June 7th, 2007 11:40 am

    mulk da haal suna ke saanoo annay-wa
    khalid khoob hasaaya saanoo annay-wa

  11. mazhar butt says:
    June 7th, 2007 7:02 pm

    mulk tay khaki rang charhaya annay wa
    annayan ne annian noo rulaya anne wa !

  12. Muhammad Faisal Iqbal says:
    September 22nd, 2007 1:16 pm

    the last book of mr. khalid is ABB KHA SA LABA THA is very best book in TANZO MAZHA.

  13. Muhammad Fowad says:
    April 28th, 2008 6:00 am

    I like him vary much

  14. HS says:
    May 13th, 2008 9:49 am

    He is a nice man and good writer. A person whose writing related to normal people. Allah gives a long life and health.

  15. Zinda Dil says:
    June 13th, 2008 12:59 pm

    With y0ur permission Butt sahib:

    mulk tay khaki rang charhaya annay wa
    annayan nay ANNI PAYEE anne wa !

  16. sabbar ali says:
    September 19th, 2008 1:36 pm

    sab kuj ho reya hai ithe anne waa
    muk rahe ny kai siyape anne waa
    tu kuj v na ker bs “mitti paa”

    with regrds and due respect for mr khalid and every dard mand pakistani i salute u all

  17. KP Admin says:
    November 25th, 2008 1:01 pm

    Good Stuff!

  18. Azhar says:
    May 8th, 2010 9:21 am

    Though poetry was never my subject, not to even listen . But it was Oct/Nov 90 -when for the first time watched Khalid Masood in a mazahia mushaira program on PTV and then it started … waited anxiously on Eid days as aired on such occasions. Serious expressions and mixed ‘dialect’ is the core beauty…
    Wo jiss wagon under bethi hum bi uss mein nass ker bae gaey
    Seat pay palayee sut banday thay hum bi uthwain phass ker bae gaey
    Wonderful. No match!

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  20. November 17th, 2011 8:59 am

    He is absolutely a gem or a poet and his funny poetry is always very top quality. He has a great sense of humor!
    Laalu khait se aik paroona aya tha,
    Manjay peerhay bhar gya paan say thok thok kar,,

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