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Title: The Four Dervishes of Lahore
Author: Humair Hashmi
Year of Publication: 2016
Number of Pages: 134
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komal_hashmi (verified owner) – January 11, 2019
I greatly admire Faiz & this book talks a lot about my Alma Mater, GCU Lahore. جو رکے تو کوہِ گراں تھے ہم جو چلے تو جاں سے گزر گئے رہِ یار ہم نے قدم قدم تجھے یادگار بنا دیا۔ The Four Dervishes of Lahore by Humair Hashmi turned out to be a roller coaster ride of emotions & nostalgia. It evoked feelings of melancholy, inspiration & pride for these four gentlemen. The book contains recollections of the author about his heartfelt friendships with all these legends. He described them as he saw them, which provided an intimate insight into the lives of the phenomenal poet Faiz, the down-to-earth educationist Dr. Nazir Ahmad, the illustrious painter Shakir Ali & the distinguished journalist Abdullah Malik. The book is great, however, the writing style is too simple & very repetitive at times. There are a few spelling mistakes too. Faiz; the ever cheerful with a quiet persona, elegant, widely acknowledged, & celebrated poet, writer, vocal about the progressive/ left wing of politics, highly social & always ready to shower love on his family, friends, admirers & strangers. To read about his personal life was a majestic experience. The account of his passing on left me in tears. Dr. Nazir Ahmad; he was associated with Government College as a principal, teacher, mentor & so much more, always humble, ready to go to lengths to help someone, never left his traditional attire & values. His demeanor makes one melancholic for how beautifully these legends lived their lives & despite the struggles, they always kept giving their best. Shakir Ali; an eminent name in the world of painting & arts. He affiliation with NCA & the way he achieved heights of success was worth-reading. Abdullah Malik; a famous name in the world of journalism but who never compromised on his values & beliefs for money. He never let professional differences come in the way of time-honored friendships. It entails the lighter side of these esteemed individuals, who never let their success/ fame get into their heads, lived their lives to the fullest & always tried to bring happiness & joy in common people’s lives. The way they were connected to each other & maintained a huge social circle was awe-inspiring.
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