In present days we see a number of Urdu quarterlies being published by different literary figures and each and every quarterly needs a thorough study for writing on them and to appreciate the efforts of the editors.
However as a noticed a very recent quarterly titled ‘Ijmaal’ it convinced me to write something on it. I must say it has appeared with more interesting discourses on diction, short stories and fresh poetry and other forms of literature.
A very interesting debate has been initiated by its editor Faheem Islam Ansari who argued the plea of Satyapal Anand on the poetry of Faiz Ahmed Faiz was unjustified that a portion of poetry (especially‘ghazals’) had negative impact and this portion project a view of rejection or contradiction. Ansari has expressed his surprise that Satyapal Anand had never dared to highlight such things in the life of Faiz Ahmed Faiz and instead kept up commending him for his great poetry and now has started tendering illogical arguments.
Faheem has also criticsed another scholar and educationist Moinuddin Aqeel who expressed his concerned over handing over the books of famous playwright Fatima Surayya Bajia to Ghalib Library. Aqeel had passed the cited remark at a function held by the Consulate-General of Japan on the occasion of launch of adoption of Japanese dramas by Fatima Surayya Bajia. The book of Bajia was compiled by noted writer and columnist Khurram Sohail. Sohail has written preface of the same book.
Moinuddin Aqeel had expressed his concern over the handing over books to Ghalib Library adding that ironically Bajia herself had donated all her books (of her library) to Ghalib Library which could be finished and eaten by termites in near future.
Later Faheem Islam Ansari himself paid a visit to Ghalib Library and expressed the concern of to the in-charge (secretary) of the library Dr Rauf Parekh. Dr Rauf Parek showed him the books donated by Bajia placed at a safe and well-protected showcase.
Faheem in his editorial note has raised a question about the purpose of expressing concern by Moinuddin Aqeel, while adding whether Aqeel desired to dispose of these book to some ‘Kabarria’instead of donating the same to Ghalib Library.
The quarterly is published by Ham Log Publications, Karachi and Faheem stated that the quarterly aimed at representative the collective psyche of progressive and enlightened writers and writings. Arif Abbasi and Zafar Rabab are the consultants to the quarterly and its editor Faheem Islam Ansari
The quarterly has pretty impressive stories by prominent writers and promising writers on different topics such as ‘Chowrangi and Zindagi (a roundabout and life) by Muhammad Tariq Ali, ‘Patt jharr ka aakhri pata’ (the last leaf of autumn) by Azra Asghar, ‘Deewaaren’ (walls) by Ajmal Ejaz, ‘A’akhri a’araam gah’(the last place of laying to rest) by Najmul Hassan Rizvi, ‘Ijmaal aik afsaane ka’ (story of happening of a story) by Zaib Azkaar Hussain, ‘Naaqabiul yaqeen waqeyaat’(unbelievable account) by Agha Gul, ‘Naaqaabil-e-faraamosh’ (unforgettable) by Fareed Ahmed, ‘Hitler’ by Tehmeena Mukhtar, ‘Khudkhushi’ (suicidal) by Hajira Rehan, ‘Wujood-e-zan’(being woman), by Neelam Ahmed Basheer, ‘Taqleeb’ (culmination) by Ahmed Sageer Siddiqui, ‘Siren’by Shakir Anwar, ‘Bina shehmaat’ (losing everything without defeat) by Hamza Haider and many others. These writers have either written on psychological issues, psyche of individuals, groups, writers, artists, women, struggle of people in contradictory situations, threat of terrorism, hallucinations, attempting to commit suicidal and its consequences on health and social status, violation of human rights in different societies and plights of people of different sections in Pakistan as well.
The latest issue presents overall scenario on translation especial the works translated in Indonesian literature from other languages. Rasheed Butt has presented his study ih this regard. Those contributed regarding translations, research-based literary works on Urdu poetry, poets, magazines, libraries, fiction, dramas, theatre and cinemas included Dr Muhammad Raza Kazimi, Dr Rauf Parekh, Shafeeq Ahmed Shafeeq, Muhammad Yaseen Ginaie, Kashif Majeed, Rafaqat Hayat, Humaira Athar, Dr Mumtaz Ahmed Khan, Saba Ekram, Dr Saleem Agha Qazalbash, Muhamamd Aminuddin, Prof Jameel Hayat, Durdana Nosheen Khan, Khawaja Razi Haider and Kashif Hussain Ghaair. The issue presents poetry and short stories and also writings on poets, short stories and those contributors included famous writers and poets, Saba Ekram, Zafar Iqbal, Shehnaz Parveen, Nasim Anjum, Kawish Abbasi, Rana Saeed Doshi, Asad Qureshi, Shahida Hassan, Tehmeena Mukhtar, Sadiqa Nawab Sahar, Hajira Rehan, Neelam Ahmed Basheer, Hamza Haider, Shakir Anwar, Muhammad Tariq Ali, Fareed Shehzad, Durdana Nosheen Khan, Iren Farhat, Attaur Rehman Qazi, Khawar Ejaz, Riaz Nadeem Niazi, Shabbir Nazish, Khuram Afaq, Razaq Aziz, Ghalib Irfan, Sahartab Roomani, Hameeda Shaheen, Ahmed Saeed Faizabadi, Wajih Sani, Nasir Mehmood Lala, Khursheed Akbar, Naim Sumair, Zafar Rabab and many others.
Prof Shehnaz Parveen has presented a good analytical study on a short story titled ‘Rabbar ki geind’(a rubber made ball) by Nasim Anjum, whereas Prof Jameel Hayat has presented a detailed study on an Urdu novel titled ‘Meer wah ki raatein’ by Rafaqat Hayat. Prof Jameel Hayat has termed the fiction as a fresh air feeling and has commended the novelist for his observation and good depiction of characters.
Besides, famous late writers including Intizar Hussain, Aziz Hamid Madani, Joginder Pal, Balraj Manra have also been remembered as famous writers have written on their works.