(After listening to Sahir, a humble disciple of Josh, all
conceded that the disciple can well aspire to be called an
Aajiz belongs to
the concerned family, as he was the disciple of Janab Huma
Harnalvi — again a topmost member of Josh Sahib’s family
whom his mentor had given the authority to groom younger poets.
Huma was a born poet, who lived for poetry. Aajiz’s long
association with such a luminary ensured that his poetry was
free of linguistic and other flaws.
Josh Malsiani was
the disciple of legendary ‘Dagh’ Dehlvi (whom
Shams-ur-Rehman Farooqi has very aptly called a poet’s poet).
This school of
poetry has some norms which are not to be flouted. On the
positive side Dagh Sahib’s contribution which was acknowledged
by Ghalib himself, is the evolution of an independent Urdu
language free of the burden of Persian verbiology. The emphasis
was, therefore, on expressing thoughts (which should be weighty
enough to be considered capable of being conveyed through
poetry) in the simplest possible language. Let there be no
communication gap between the poet and his reader or listener.
Aajiz’s anthology can be cited as an example in this
Let us take a few
random couplets from different ghazals:
Waquia bhee hai
yeh kahani bhee
Kya ajooba hai
(It is real as
well as imaginary what a mystery this life is!)
Jis pe Aajiz too
Wohi duniya hai
aani jaani bhee.
(Why so much
attachment when you know that this world is only a fleeting
Nakhuda us ko na
samjho, woh khuda hai, Aajiz
Kishtiyon ko jo
kinare se laga deta hai.
(He is no
navigator but God himself
who takes the ship
across so very safely)
Us kee aamad ka
hai mujh ko intizar
Jo mire dil se
kabhi jaata nahin
(I am awaiting the
arrival of a person who has, in fact, never left me)
These few examples
should be enough to illustrate that these couplets are the
outpourings of a poet who has had a deep and enduring
affiliation with a particular school of poetry to which his
mentor belonged. The poet’s reverence for his guru and guru’s
guru is total. The debt he owes to them is great. Aajiz
acknowledges this with a sense of pride.