A rat; an animal larger than a mouse
With large ears and pointed snout
A dangerous one
It lives in human habitation
Though survives in different adaptation
A rat, a faithful company
Lives with you and dines from you
Here and there
It never stays away from you
Sometimes you wonder
A creature, seemingly harmless and innocent
Could gnaw through wooden planks
Causing major damages
Yet leaving no trails on its tail
A nocturnal animal, of course
Darkness accommodates so many evils
As the day reveals the damages
So patient so cunning
Attributes of this great company
A rat indeed!
It is found everywhere
Even a clean home appeals to a rat
Can’t it just leave it peaceful?
Oh! How I hate it!
Hurt, embittered, betrayed
Knowing for sure it’s a rat’s doing
Smash it? Hit it? Burn it?
How to kill a rat
I become curious
Lo! How to kill a rat
You bait it
Pretend you are not paying attention
Feed her with her favorite meal
For in what she does best
Lies her end
Written by: Abdulrasheed Dawodu
Edited by: Kukogho Iruesiri Samson
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Maqdoom Mohiuddin- Quli Qutub Shah
Maqdoom Mohiuddin is Quli Qutub Shah of 20th century. Quli laid the foundation of gazal. It is a historical fact that in the hands of Maqdoom gazal attained amazing heights and its crowing glory. Bhagmathi (Lady Love) inspired and enticed Quli into love gazal. Similarly, there was lady love in Maqdoom’s life and literature also. Ms.Indira Dhanrajgir is life-force of Maqdoom’s love gazals. All his love gazals are addressed to her. Ms.Indira is Bhagmathi of Maqdoom’s life and 20th century urdu gazal. Indira Ji’s name appears conspicuously in several pages in his Magnum Opus ‘Bisat-e-Raks”. Without an elaborate discussion on this vital aspect any account of Maqdoom’s life or poetry is shallow and meaningless. All the researchers and critics should work on this component of Maqdoom’s literature.
Nusrath Mohiuddin S/o Maqdoom Mohiuddin passed away on 4.4.2013. RIP to his soul.
What is tragic is to whom he was close to during his life time did not turn up to pay last tributes to him . Indira Dhanrajgir who was close to his father for decades did not bother to see his mortal remains. Nusrath was loyal and committed to her till the last moment. He used to be with her in all her meetings and family get togethers. Even when Maqdoom passed away she did not visit his house to pay last tribute. Maqdoom sahab passed away in Delhi and his body was brought to Hyderabad in August 1969. She was holidaying in Mauritius with her new love. Such people have no human values / sentiments.