This is the second book of its kind. Another, more compact looking book was published in 1977 (T. A. Painter. 2500 Words Towards Understanding Urdu Poetry. Bombay: Nathani Trust, 1977. ix, 240 pp. Rs. 6/-.).
9. Majrooh Sultanpuri, the well-known poet from India, was in North America last year and attended several musha'irahs. One more lasting result of his visit is a long-playing record containing ten ghazals recited by him in his inimitable style. A joint production of Naugul Records (Canada) and the Ameer Khusro Society of America, it is handsomely produced. Particular efforts have been made to meet the needs of non-Urdu-speaking lovers of the ghazal. The jacket contains excerpts from an Urdu essay by Dr. Muhammad Hasan of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, with translations in Hindi and English. There is also an insert that contains an Urdu essay by M. H. K. Qureshi and the texts of the ten ghazals printed alongside their Devanagiri versions and English translations.
The record is available from Naugul Records; 1350 Glenanna Road, Unit 23; Pickering, Out., Canada, and the Ameer Khusro Society; 6 Dorchester Court; Bolingbrook, IL 60439, U.S.A.
10. We are sorry to inform our readers of the deaths of three other noted scholars.
Dr. Alam Khundmiri died in 1983. He used to teach Philosophy at Usmania University, Hyderabad, and had published some valuable articles on Ghalib and Iqbal as well as on the intellectual history of Islam in South Asia. The 1983 issue of the AUS contained an article by him, "Ghalib, Our Contemporary."
Kaleemuddin Ahmad died in 1984. He was a professor of English literature at Patna, but better known for a number of critical studies dealing with divers aspects of Urdu literature. These studies were invariably iconoclastic and controversial. He often took very extreme positions, but it served to make other critics more careful. He definitely made them read their texts with greater attention and eschew the usual, impressionistic platitudes. The titles of some his books are: (7rdS Sa'irl par ek Nazar; Urdu^ TanqTd par ek Nazar; Urdu Dastan aur Fann-e Pastan-golf 'AmalT TanqTd. More recently he published an autobiography.
Qazi Abdul Wudood died in 1984. He lived in Patna and was a lawyer by profession. He was also a great scholar of Urdu literature, particularly known for historical research and careful editing of texts. He was also an expert on Ghalib, though not an unqualified admirer. For a while he edited and published an excellent journal, Mi'yar, the contents of which have recently been reprinted in the Khudabakhsh Library Journal, Patna. His literary-critical essays have now been collected and published.
Also among those who died in 1983 were Nushur Vahidi (poet), Sikandar Ali Vajd (poet), Gopi Nath Amn (poet), and Muhammad Ayub Qadiri (scholar). Saghar Nizami, the well-known poet, died in 1984.