5. We are very sorry to inform our readers that Dr. Muhammad Sadiq died in June 1984. He was 86.
Dr. Sadiq had taught at Government College, Lahore, for many years and, more recently, had been the Principal of Dyal Singh College. He is best known for his A History of Urdu Literature that first appeared in 1964—a new, revised edition is expected this year. He was also the author of two other books in English: Twentieth Century Urdu Literature (Baroda, 1947) and Muhammad Husain Azad: Life and Letters (Lahore, 1965).
6. Another major loss to Urdu letters was the death of Saleem Ahmad in 1983. He was 56.
Saleem Ahmad had published two volumes of poetry and six books of literary criticism, including major studies of Iqbal, Ghalib, and Muhammad Hasan Askari. His writings display a sharp and incisive mind and are imbued with a sound understanding of the social, political and religious contexts of Urdu literature. His ideas and his somewhat colorful style in writing influenced a number of younger writers. One could disagree with him but was always challenged by his argument. He will be greatly missed.
This issue contains a short piece by Saleem Ahmad; another, more important article appeared in the AUS, #2, 1982.
7. A very useful book that came to our attention this year was Urdu, 1983, edited by Nand Kishor Vikram (Delhi: Publishers & Advertisers, 1983. 408 pp. Rs. 80/-.)
It contains fifteen selected short stories by contemporary authors, thirty-one ghazals and eighteen poems by as many poets, and six literary essays. Both Indian and Pakistani writers are included, and the selection is quite good. The remaining part of the book has a variety of information the Urdu scene in India. Included are sections on literary awards, names and addresses of publishers and booksellers, libraries, newspapers and literary magazines, biographical and bibliographical information on a number of important writers, and a number of other things. Mr. Vikram intends to bring out a similar volume every year.
The book is available from the author: J-B, Krishan Nagar;
Delhi 110 051; India.
8. The popularity of Urdu ghazal needs no comment. Thanks to a large number of excellent ghazal singers in Pakistan and India, the ghazal is admired and appreciated even by those who cannot read Urdu. An excellent book has recently been published in India to help just such people. It is a glossary of Urdu words commonly used in the ghazal, with the meanings given in both English and Hindi. The Urdu forms are given in the Devanagari script.
Zarinah Sani, et al. Zina-e Gazal: A Ghazal Companion. Nagpur: Amita Prakashana, 1983. 15, 249 pp. Rs. 75/-,