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Bollywood tunes make compulsive hummers out of us. But wait, do you know the meaning of every word you hum? Especially the ones in Urdu? Urdunama, with @FabehaSyed, takes one word at a time and we slice and dice it for you.

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Bollywood tunes make compulsive hummers out of us. But wait, do you know the meaning of every word you hum? Especially the ones in Urdu? Urdunama, with @FabehaSyed, takes one word at a time and we slice and dice it for you.

    Be Fully 'Bedaar' If you Want To Dream

    Be Fully 'Bedaar' If you Want To Dream

    This Pandemic has taught us many lessons. One of them is to not be oblivious to the world that we are living in. How awake are we? To answer that, we have tried to explore the word 'bedaar' through Urdu poetry. After all, to be 'Bedaar' is to be alive. Tune in. Host, Writer, and Audio Editor: Fabeha SyedEditor: Shelly WaliaMusic: Big Bang Fuzz

    • 10 min
    Understanding 'Rahm' With a Little Help From Shakespeare

    Understanding 'Rahm' With a Little Help From Shakespeare

    In this episode, we take help from Shakespeare to understand the 'Quality of Mercy'. We also wrap our heads around the cause of 'be-rahm', merciless pain, as compassion first requires one to be humble. Tune in.Host, Writer, and Sound Designer: Fabeha SyedEditor: Shelly WaliaMusic: Big Bang Fuzz

    • 14 min
    A Prayer Of 'Khair' In These Testing Times

    A Prayer Of 'Khair' In These Testing Times

    With the Covid 19 surge this year proving to be deadlier than what it was the last year, we pray for 'khair' for everyone. Tune in. 

    • 11 min
    Some of the Things That Made Poets Say, ‘Afreen’!

    Some of the Things That Made Poets Say, ‘Afreen’!

    Written by Javed Akhtar, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's iconic song 'Husn-e-jaana ki tareef mumkin nahi...' has always made us wonder about the word 'afreen'.


    'Afreen' is an expression that is used to express our admiration for something or someone. And in this episode we dig deep, to find ways in which poets have written, praising about things that amused them and made them say, 'afreen'.

    Tune in.

    Host, Writer, and Sound Designer: Fabeha SyedEditor: Shelly WaliaMusic: Big Bang Fuzz

    • 9 min
    Gems Of Feminist Urdu Poetry This Women's Day

    Gems Of Feminist Urdu Poetry This Women's Day

    In this special episode of Urdunama, we bring you the poetry of Urdu's female poets. Poets like Ada Jafferey, Fehmida Riaz, Kishwar Naheed, Zehra Nigah, and Parveen Shakir, among others, bring female perspectives to a genre that is largely ruled by male poets. Tune in for some gems from these great women's shayari. Host, Writer, and Sound Designer: Fabeha SyedEditor: Shelly WaliaMusic: Big Bang Fuzz

    • 9 min
    Shayar-e-Inquilab Josh Malihabadi’s Poems Spoke To Those in Power

    Shayar-e-Inquilab Josh Malihabadi’s Poems Spoke To Those in Power

    Author of the slogan that echoes in every protest, Josh Malihabadi was a poet who challenged the British in his fierce style of writing. The poet par excellence, Josh Malihabadi was also close to India’s first prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who he considered his ideal. Josh was conferred Padma Bhushan in the year 1954.

    His fiery poetry was anti-establishment, anti-religiosity, and spoke directly to those in power. It is considered the blueprint for most resistance writing.

    In this episode, meet Josh, the fearless poet, who never compromised on his principles. Also, in the podcast, The Quint's Fabeha Syed explains Josh's iconic nazm, 'Shikast e Zindan Ka Khwab'. Tune in.

    Host, Writer, and Sound Designer: Fabeha SyedEditor: Shelly WaliaMusic: Big Bang Fuzz

    • 14 min

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