Yeh jo takta haé aasmaan ko tü / Koee rahtaa haé aasmaan meñ kyaa?
His style of Urdu poetry writing had a unique quality … and, despite being a brilliant Urdu poet, he was also a scholar in Arabic, English, Persian, Sanskrit, and Hebrew! Plus, he was an amazing philosopher.
John is remembered for being 'an unabashed open anarchist and nihilist in a conservative and religious society.'
It is his birthday tomorrow, December 14th, and I thought I'd share some of his poetry and prose with you.
To begin with, there's this marvellous qat'aa followed by this gorgeous ghazal. His views on everything were wonderful and were always fun to listen to … so have fun with this conversation.
Here is his final Mushaaerah reading.