Motherhood: Anwar Masood’s Ambri

Posted on July 6, 2010
Filed Under >Adil Najam, People, Poetry
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Anwar Masood is a perennial favorite. His aaj ki pakaiaye, banyain, lassi tay chai, and Jehlum da Pul are all classics of humorous poetry. But if he is to be remembered for anything, it has to be his (very) serious poem Ambri (Mother).

An ode to motherhood like no other. A glimpse into domestic violence that leaves one numb. The poem never fails to move the heart. It has a realistic tone that is the hallmark of all of Anwar Sahib’s poetry. But, despite the fact that I have heard this poem umpteen times – including in sittings with him – I had never realized just how realistic this tale is.

I had never realized that this is not just jagbeeti, this is aapbeeti. Not just social commentary, but autobiography. Here is another visualization (which also includes Urdu subtitled). It is shot at the actual school where this incident happened.

P.S. I dare not do it myself, but I do hope that someone will either translate, or at least explain the premise of this poem in English for those of our readers who do not understand Punjabi.

16 responses to “Motherhood: Anwar Masood’s Ambri

  1. Taimur says:

    Amazing poem. So simply stated and yet so powerful. Great poetry.

  2. Nihari says:


  3. Rana says:

    Bushra is right. The issue to focus on is the treatment of women in the household, even by children, let alone husbands. The tragedy is that this is not a once off story.

  4. Bushra says:

    Yes, this is about mothers, but as you point out more than that this is about domestic violence. Let us not forget that. That is the real issue here.

  5. Basheer says:

    Yaar aap nay tou rolla diya.

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