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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Spread the word: Obama says he digs Urdu poetry

If you want to make high-brow small talk at one of President Barack Obama’s cocktail parties, don’t bother brushing up your Shakespeare. Try reading Urdu poetry. As POLITICO’s Ben Smith points out in his blog, Obama showed off his intellectual flair by evoking a standard of Pakistani culture in a recent interview with Dawn, a popular English-language newspaper in Pakistan.

“‘I would love to visit. As you know, I had Pakistani roommates in college who were very close friends of mine. I went to visit them when I was still in college; was in Karachi and went to Hyderabad. Their mothers taught me to cook,’ said Mr Obama.
‘What can you cook?’
‘Oh, keema ... daal ... You name it, I can cook it. And so I have a great affinity for Pakistani culture and the great Urdu poets.’
‘You read Urdu poetry?’
‘Absolutely. So my hope is that I’m going to have an opportunity at some point to visit Pakistan,’ said Mr Obama.”

[thanks RJ & AC]

2 Comments:

Blogger Sheharyar Sajid said...

Very nice poetry.
I am sharing some of my favorite ghazal poetry here.

July 10, 2014 10:51 PM  
Blogger Sheharyar Sajid said...

Very nice love poetry.
I am sharing some of my favorite love poetry here.

Nazar jab us se milti thi
Men khud ko bhool jata tha.
Bas ik dharrkan dharrakti thi
Men DIL ko bhool jata tha.
Ussay milney se pehley men boht sajta sanwrta tha.
Magar jab wo sanwarti thi.
Men khud ko bhool jata tha.
Men aksar kitabon pr
Usi ka nam likhta tha.
Magar kuch wo jo likhti thi.
Men likhna bhol jata tha.
Men aksar hi ye kehta tha.
Men tum se pyar krta hon.
Mgr jab wo ye kehti thi.
Me dunya bhol jata tha…!

July 11, 2014 10:39 PM  

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