I think,feel and emote in Urdu even though I can neither read nor write it, says poet-author Rajbir Deswal about his 10th book of poetry,Rehguzar,published by Books For All. Launched recently in Chandigarh,the book has 150 ghazals and nazms written in Devnagri and Urdu. The Urdu version was put together with the help of the Urdu Akademi. Rehguzar,says the author,flowed straight from the heart.
It was an effortless joy, says Deswal,who also writes essays,prose and poetry in English. His love for Urdu,he says,comes from his childhood and it influenced him in his formative years,especially in the 60s,seen as a period of idealism buzzing with Urdu poetry and literature. Sophisticated and lyrical,the language has a rhythmic flow,and while I may still have to learn its finer nuances and grammar,I am passionate about ghazals and nazms, says Deswal.
Inspired by the poetry of Iqbal,Faiz and Ghalib,its the themes of human relationships and environment that find their way in his book. Its been a continuous thought process,and took me 10 years, says Deswal,who is now looking forward to his next book,Melting Frozen Glass.