Tashie Zaheer said Sarfraz Abad's poetry is best reflection of his personal experiences, observations and creative realities. He quoted these verses of Abad to prove his point:
Zindagi Hai To Ishq Bhee Hogaa
Ye Alamat Hai Zindagani Kee
Buhat Hai Is'mai Rushwai Buhat Hai
HameiN Par Aashqee Bhaa'ee Buhat Hai
To borrow author and poet Roger Housden, poetry at its best calls forth our deep being. It dares us to break free from the safe strategies of the cautious mind. It is a magical art, and always has been — a making of language spells designed to open our eyes, open our doors and welcome us into a bigger world, one of possibilities we may never have dared to dream of.
I believe Sarfraz Abad's poetry meets this criteria. His poetry touches the feelings of listeners as T. S. Eliot says genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
For American poet, Robert Frost, 'there are three things that a poem must reach: the eye, the ear, and what we may call the heart or the mind. It is most important of all to reach the heart of the reader.' The following verse of Sarfaraz Abad is very touchy:
Zinda Rehne Ka Haq Miliga Use
Jisme Marne Kaa Hosla Hoga
Rhetorical devices such as simile and metaphor are frequently used in poetry. Aristotle wrote in his Poetics that "the greatest thing by far is to be a master of metaphor." Sarfaraz Abad uses metaphor extensively to convey his message:
Wo Kis Ke Dar Pe HaiN Sajda Guzaar Kiya Maa'loom
Jo Muntazar HaiN Mere Khoon Se Wazu Ke Liye
Sarfaraz Abad was asked to recite his quarter century old popular ghazal - Sabza ZarouN MeiN Jaake Kiya Hoga + Zakhm-e-Dil Aur Bhee Hara Hogaa. This rendition drew wide applause but perhaps his following ghazal stole the show:
Dil Kaa Sukun Rahat-e-JaaN Sab Chale Gaye
MeiN Tanhaa Reh Gaya HouN YahaaN Sab Chale Gaye
Launching of Sarfaraz Abad's poetry collection preceded a Mushaera where guest and host poets amused the audience with their thought provoking poetry.
The guest poets were Kashif Haideri from Chicago and Nasim Farogh from Maryland. The host poets included, Kausar Sayed, Arshad Rashid, Salman Siddique, Ahmar Shahwar and Tashie Zaheer.
Ahmar Shahwar was MC for the Mushaera.
At the conclusion, Tashie Zaheer thanked the audience for making Jashan-e-Sarfaraz Abad successful. He particularly thanked Syed Sarwat for patronizing the Urdu language in the Bay Area.
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