Baal o Par Saaray is the kuliyaat (full collection) of Gulzar’s poetry. This beautifully designed hardback volume is a must have for anyone who wants a deeper look into the genius of this Oscar winning lyricist from India.
Title: Baal o Par Saaray – بال و پر سارے
Year of Publication: 2017
Number of Pages: 752
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hira naz – January 20, 2019
This book is a collection of Gulzar’s poetry. And what shall I say about his poetry? Totally phenomenal! Gulzar has a mysterious way of using words that end up being so simple yet so complex when you unwound them. He would talk about love, and then he would talk about poverty. He would show you a peak of romance, then hide behind his misery. In one poem he would be brave to break the shackles, and in other he would be just an innocent kid who doesn’t know what to do of himself. This collection is best of best from all of his books so if you’re a poetry lover and have somehow read Gulzar (and even if it’s your first time) I would highly recommend this to everyone.
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thebookfreak.pk (verified owner) – January 26, 2019
اک رات چلو تعمیر کریں خاموشی کے سنگ مرمر پر ہم تان کے تاریکی سر پر دو شمعیں جلائیں جسموں کی جو اوس دبے پاؤں اترے آہٹ بھی نہ پائے سانسوں کی کہرے کی ریشمی خوشبو میں خوشبو کی طرح ہی لپٹے رہیں اور جسم کے سوندھے پردوں میں روحوں کی طرح لہراتے رہیں
Review of Baal o Par Saray – بال و پر سارے The kuliyaat (full collection) of Gulzar’s poetry. . . One need not mention the expertise of Gulzar. He is a renowned name in the film industry as well as in the world of poets and poetries. I remember listening to his songs with my dad when I was a child, Being an old soul I was always a fan of Gulzar sahab’s lyrics. I am in no position to review this book. But let me tell you that the book is sure to inspire you. . . This collection of Gulzar’s poems is divided into six sections: (Chaand Pukhraaj Ka) چاند پکھراج کا (Raat Pashminey Ki) رات پشمینے کی (Pandrah Paanch Pachattar) پندرہ پانچ پچھتر (Kuch Aur Nazmain) کچھ اور نظمیں (Pluto) پلوتو (Kuch to Kehtay) کچھ تو کہتے (Triveni) تروینی . . Gulzar Saab is one writer and poet who has managed to capture the hearts of people, where age is not restricted. The way Gulzar Saab has penned down his poetry and managed to convey the pain, yearnings of a heart and grief, it’s unmatchable. The way he weaves words and sees the world no one else can. .
As he would say in his style: Aap se bhi khoobsoorat aapke andaaz hain. .
He is undoubtedly one of the best poets of this age and the finest lyricist in India. His service to Urdu and Poetry will live forever. This book can’t be read and done with. He has the ability to sprinkle magic to the most mundane things and leave you in awe of his skills. His poems remain in thoughts, for a long time. . I will keep coming back to this profound experience. Must read for Gulzar’s lovers and poetry buffs!
komal_hashmi (verified owner) – February 1, 2019
Since it is a poetry collection, the review will have loads of verses, which I loved. Although, when it came to his ghazals, I felt like sharing all of them. زندگی دے کے بھی نہیں چکتے !زندگی کے جو قرض دینے ھوں #baaloparrsaarey is a “Mini Kuliyaat” by the renowned poet, writer, lyricist & film director; ‘Gulzar’ & I am head over heels in love with its black clothbound cover. It contains 5 collections of his poems along with one compilation of his ghazals & one of “Tarveeni”, a poetry style invented by himself. He has explained what it means, in the book as well. Now, his poems have the ability to touch your heart & soul. The way he expresses the intense themes of life is unique & interesting. The reader feels & imagines the emotions, the substantialities of life, the mundane everyday circumstances, love, loss, death, migration, scientific facts, nature & the impact of time on an individual’s life. میں کس وطن کی تلاش میں یوں نکلا تھا گھر سے !کہ اپنے گھر میں بھی اجنبی ھو گیا ھوں آ کر His poems have covered almost every topic in consideration & reading them as the writer sees everything will surely make you comprehend the sensitive, observant, heartfelt, compassionate, broken & sorrowful nature of the poet. He sees everything & it influences him greatly. Some poems didn’t make sense to me but others were so brilliantly penned. You will be surprised how these poems resonate with your own thinking process & the prevalent realities of the earth/ universe. میری انکھوں سے تو دریا بھی گزرتے ھیں مگر !داغ لگ جائیں تو دھلتے نہیں خوابوں کے کبھی His tributes to the legends like Ghalib, Manto, Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi & others were phenomenal. The struggles of writing a poem, comprehending the day’s events, the importance of natural transitions, weather, a writer’s life & the heartbreaking incidents are all very touching. ھم تو اب یاد بھی نہیں کرتے آپ کو ہچکی لگ گئی کیسے Coming to the ghazals, I LOVED them. The compilation of his ghazals is definitely one of my favorites. It has one gem after the another. The way Gulzar discusses wasl, hijr, rain, sunsets, moon, day & night, attachment to one’s home & everything else is exceptional. His expression & the strong grasp on all the topics deserves all the admiration in the world. Also, one never gets bored of reading them again & again. مجھے شوق تھا کہ ملوں تجھے، مجھے خوف بھی تھا کہوں گا کیا؟ تیرے سامنے سے نکل گیا، بڑا سِہما سِہما ڈرا ڈرا Lastly, all three line verses in his Tarveeni collection are a perfect embodiment of sending a bigger message using few words. I was in awe of the way they are written. Highly recommended to all poetry lovers.
Nayyab Sarwar (verified owner) – February 4, 2019
# ‘Baal o Par Saaray,’ by Gulzar (A review) — Feb 4, 2019
I want to open this review with a candid confession; I started this collection with pre-conceived notions and a strong bias against bollywood lyricists. To be honest bollywood has lately become punctuated with a lot of sleeze and although I have a considerably large playlist of item songs in my phone, I do prefer meaningful lyrics. That being said, Gulzar has written some of my favourite sings amongst which ‘khul kabhi toh’ ranks highest. I was hoping he’d win me over, and I’m glad to announce that he did!
To sum it up in three words, this book left me feeling – shocked, speechless and overwhelmed.
Gulzar’s collection of poems and ghazals opens on a note of gratitude. He humbly introduces us to a man he calls ‘baba.’ We later find out that ‘baba’ is, in fact, Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi. As I flipped through the book, I was taken aback by the contemporary writing style that picked at simple images and used everyday vocabulary to enhance its effect. His work covers an extensive range of subject matter – he talks about God, weather patterns, tombstones, his love for reading and that one emotion without which a poet is incomplete: love. As an aspiring writer, I found one thing particularly fascinating about his work and that was his individualism. He earmarks it for his audience towards the end of the book, declaring a poetic form of his own which he terms as ‘tarveeni.’
The ‘tarveeni’ is the perfect (if I may say so) form of poetic thought – one that presents a complete thought by the poet in the first two lines and in the third, leaves the thought open for interpretation to its reader. Gulzar describes it as ‘an open window,’ and I couldn’t agree more. It is a clever mechanism to detach your work from the ‘writer’s bias’ without losing your voice. Simply put, Gulzar begins a short poem and allows his readers the creative freedom to end it.
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