Kausar Siddiqui a great poet and writer of Bhopal

muslim-saleem-MUSLIM SALEEM WITH ALLAMA KAUSAR SIDDIQUI AND OTHERS AT URDU ACADEMY BHOPAL IN 2014
مسلم سلیم مدھیہ پردیش اردو اکادیمی میں علامہ کوثر صدیقی کے ہمراو۔بھوپال نومبر 2014

August 4, 2018 admin In MUSLIM SALEEM’S WORKS

Born: November 19, 1934.at Allahabad (UP). Education: BA, LLB. Retired as general manager, Civil Supplies Corporation. His biggest service to Urdu is that he is editing and publishing quarterly Karwan-e-Adab since 2001. Books: Phool Ek Hi Chaman ke, Taj-ul-Masaajid Ki Kahani, Faseel-e-Shab, Saaz-e-Jaras, Nala-e-Jaras, Jeb Mein Pathhar, Mauj-e-Subu, Aag, E’triraf, Raushan Ayat, Haryali, Urdu Pujari, Dhaai Aakhar, Mauj-e-Gul. He has visited London and Pakistan in connection with literary activities. A student has been awarded PhD by Barkatullah University, Bhopal for research on hi. Address. Zeb Villa, 79-A, Ginnauri, Bhopal. Phone. O755-2542731.

Dedication of a book to Muslim Saleem

Ties with Muslim Saleem: Kausar Siddiqui is one of towering figures of Urdu literature of Bhopal. When I was managing editor of daily Aftab-e-Jadid in 1982, I used to meet him regularly. At that I time I lived at 31, Shastri Nagar, Bhopal and he was staying at a government quarter in North TT Nagar. That was the time when Noori Nastaliq had not arrived on the scene.

A specimen of Kausar Siddiqui’s khushnaweesi

Since I had worked as a professional Khattat, I had worked out some sort of tying font of Urdu. But, when I discussed the matter with Mr Siddiqui, I found him one step ahead of me. The matter came to a close since the early version of Noori Nastaliq had hit the market soon. But the depth of Mr Kausar Siddiqui’s all-round knowledge was etched in my mind. After 1983, I left Urdu journalism and gradually drifted away from active field of Urdu literature as well though I kept writing ghazals and getting them published in magazines. Times changed and faces and personalities too. In the year 2000, I faced problems with the Persian kalam of my father the late Dr. Saleem Wahid Saleem. Some words were missing from the manuscript or were illegible. I discussed the matter with Mr Idris Moonis of Fas Computronics. He said that he knew of a person, who is adapt at Persian and can do it. I went to the person living in Ginnori and got the manuscript corrected without recollecting that he is none other than the same Mr Kausar Siddiqui whom I knew since both his whereabouts and appearance had changed quite a lot. Recently, when I launched the website khojkhabarnews.com and started a directory of Urdu Poets and Writers of Madhya Pradesh, I went to Mr Kausar Siddqui and met him after a gap of over 25 years. When he mentioned that he is the brother of Qaisar-ul-Jaffri and father to Romi Jaffry, all the old memories were rekindled in my mind. He is indeed a great person and workaholic litterateur with untiring flair of writing both prose and poetry. Still, he is very down-to-earth and does not brag about his achievements. A number of pictures have been contributed by him. I thank and salute Mr Kausar Siddqui. (Posted by Muslim Saleem on May 15, 2010) (Picture caption: From left) Rumi Jaffri, son of Kausar Siddiqui, local MLA Arif Aqeel, film actor Qadir Khan, Kausar Siddiqui and a guest at a function in Bhopal in 2002

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