ATP Mushaira: Aaj bazar mein pa-bajolaaN chalo

Posted on May 14, 2007
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Adil Najam

For at least one more day I want to stick to the unraveling of Pakistan politics that is happening before us.

I have much to say about it. But people have been saying these things already in response to our last many posts on this issue. What can I add. What can I say that will not already be stale by the time you read it. We expect the ongoing conversations (here and here) to continue, but let me find solace in the one place where I always find it. In poetry. Especially in Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s poetry.

Here is Faiz – in his own words, in his own voice. The second half has the same poem masterfully sung by Nayarra Noor. Enjoy this rare find of kalam i Faiz, ba zaban i Faiz. But more than that, think about what he is saying and how it relates to what is happening today.

Aaj Bazar Mein — Faiz Ahmed Faiz

Since nearly all members of ATP’s core-team are currently traveling we had a bunch of general posts ready for these next few days while we were stuck on long flights. However, it seems somehow inappropriate to use those posts today. We may well begin doing so tomorrow – not just because we will be on unable to post anything fresh from flights but also because we remain committed to celebrating all the diverse trials and tribulations of being Pakistan … the mundane as well as the profound; the sad as well as the gleeful; the immediate as well as the long-term.

20 responses to “ATP Mushaira: Aaj bazar mein pa-bajolaaN chalo

  1. Jyoti says:

    Bol kay lab azad hain teray….

    words that kept journalism alive in 1976-77 during the Emergency in India.

    May these words keep inspiring Pakistani media in these turbulent times.

  2. Adnan Siddiqi says:


    Karachi is not different than what Faiz mentioned in this poem.

  3. Eidee Man says:

    [quote comment=”47284″]Adil Najam,

    She said, “Is this what millions died for? Is this what we left our homes for? We were better off in India.â€

  4. Adnan Siddiqi says:

    amazing! frankly speaking I understood today the background of this poem.

    Is it not painful to see that Faraz,another Jiayala poet now appears in an AD C rather writing anything?

  5. SMK says:

    I had never heard Faiz so to see him reciting this was great

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