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Bollywood songs turn us all into Grammy award-winning bathroom singers! But wait, do you know the meaning of every word you sing? Especially the ones in Urdu? On Urdunama, our host Fabeha Syed takes one word at a time and breaks it down for you.

Be it the protest poetry of Faiz, or Sameer's 90s nostalgia, we have it all. If you like Urdu and poetry, this podcast is for you!

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    • 4.4 • 379 Ratings

Bollywood songs turn us all into Grammy award-winning bathroom singers! But wait, do you know the meaning of every word you sing? Especially the ones in Urdu? On Urdunama, our host Fabeha Syed takes one word at a time and breaks it down for you.

Be it the protest poetry of Faiz, or Sameer's 90s nostalgia, we have it all. If you like Urdu and poetry, this podcast is for you!

    Feeling 'Bezaar'? Listen to this Podcast!

    Feeling 'Bezaar'? Listen to this Podcast!

    Often used to describe a state of discontent or weariness, 'bezaar' carries with it an emotion that goes beyond mere displeasure. In this episode of Urdunama, we explore its literary roots, its appearances in poetry and prose, and how it encapsulates the quiet, often unspoken feelings of dissatisfaction that we all experience.

    • 17 min
    Free Yourself from the 'Zindaan' of this World

    Free Yourself from the 'Zindaan' of this World

    In this episode, we delve into the depths of 'zindaan' – the Urdu word for prison. But our exploration goes beyond the literal confines of bars and walls. Join us as we examine the various forms of prisons that can trap the human spirit. From the physical cells of incarceration to the intangible chains of fear, regret, and societal expectations, we discuss how these 'zindaans' impact our lives and shape our experiences.
    Listen till the end as Fabeha Syed reads poetry by Aitbar Sajid, Habib Jalib, and others.
    Check out other episodes on poets like Josh Malihabadi and Faiz Ahmad Faiz here: https://www.thequint.com/podcast/urdunama-celebrating-josh-malihabadis-life-and-his-resistance-poetry
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLTAgbn5EuY

    • 25 min
    Furqat: A Delicate Lament of Separation

    Furqat: A Delicate Lament of Separation

    In this episode of Urdunama, Fabeha Syed explores the theme of separation in Urdu poetry. Often associated with lovers, 'furqat' and the breaking of relationships bring profound sorrow to the heart. Listen till the end to immerse yourself in the beautiful verses of Jaun Elia, Hafiz Hoshiyarpuri, and other renowned poets.

    • 21 min
    In this 'Aalam', We're All Just Tourists!

    In this 'Aalam', We're All Just Tourists!

    In this introspective episode of Urdunama, Fabeha Syed delves into the 'aalam', or universe of Urdu poetry. Exploring some profound ideas by Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Bahadur Shah Zafar, and Allama Iqbal, we understand how great thinkers have reflected about the world. From dark matter to the longing for a beloved, the world is full of surprises and lessons. We also visit a poignant scene from the hit TV show 'Young Sheldon', and see how the precision of the universe hints at a higher power.
    In the 'Aap Ki Qalam Se' segment, we feature original poetry by Supriya Newar. She reads poetry from her book 'Justuju'.

    • 29 min
    Act With Care, Every Choice Has a 'Nateeja'

    Act With Care, Every Choice Has a 'Nateeja'

    After a nail-biting counting day, let us lighten things up and contemplate the consequences of our choices. In this episode of 'Urdunama', Fabeha Syed talks about the Urdu word 'nateeja'. From psychology to philosophy, and quantum physics, see how the beautiful idea of 'nateeja' relates to the Schrödinger's cat thought experiment.

    Join Fabeha on this thought-provoking and captivating journey into the depths of our choices and their consequences. Listen till the end as she reads poetry by Amir Qazalbash and Kaif Ahmed Siddiqui.

    • 25 min
    The Silent Weight of 'Nadaamat'

    The Silent Weight of 'Nadaamat'

    Join Fabeha Syed as she dives into the rich and evocative world of the Urdu word 'nadaamat,' which translates to 'regret.' Discover how poets have woven this bittersweet emotion into their verses, capturing the delicate dance between longing and lessons learned. Whether you're a lover of language or a seeker of soul-stirring poetry, this episode promises to leave you with a deeper appreciation for the beautiful complexity of life.

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

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379 Ratings

379 Ratings

Praveen SirJi ,

Thank to Fabiha for beautiful voice ❣️

Superb show loved it 😍

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Mindful and soothing

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