Book Club - Asian Authors/Books about Asia Message Board › In discussion with the Urdu critic and poet, Shamsur Rahman Faruqi
It is said that Urdu is one of the most beautiful languages in the world. Sadly it remains unappreciated except for Urdu connoisseurs and a select group of readers. The only Urdu writers whose translated works I read were Sadat Hasan Manto & Ismat Chugtai. But maybe that's because Urdu, being so exquitely beautiful, cannot be expressed adequately in English.
As Shamsur Faruqi says:
"English has just one word for love while in Urdu you may find at least 15 words, ..One can never do enough justice to Urdu while rewriting it into English,"
Well, that may not be entirely appropriate, but then we get the point. Given below is the conversation:
Conversation with Shamsur Rahman Faruqi