Quiver: Poems And Ghazals is an English translation by David Mathews, of a collection of poems titled Tarkash, originally penned by Javed Akhtar in Urdu. An extremely moving and philosophical account, the book overflows with various feelings that range from exasperation and outrage to subtle sensuality.
The book consists of 15 poems through which the poet talks about his childhood, love, pain, and life’s complications. Some of these poems are Dilemma, Riddle, I Remember That Room, My Prayer, Hunger, Time, Remains of the Past, Crime and Punishment, Crossroads, The Journey of a Pawn, and Perplexity. The poetry is easy to understand and has a visual quality.
In addition to the translated English versions of the poems, Quiver: Poems And Ghazals also comprises the Urdu poems and ghazals written in the original script to give it an authentic touch. An autobiographical essay by the poet further adds to the beauty of the book.
The poet, through his simple words and with great brevity, conveys messages which are extremely deep and resonating. The poems seem direct at first but on subsequent appraisals, the readers can garner significant meanings from them. This book is a must read for all fans of modern poetry.
About Javed Akhtar
Javed Akhtar is a very prominent figure in Bollywood. He is a renowned script writer, lyricist, writer, and an Urdu and Hindi poet of Indian descent. He was born on the 17th of January, 1945, in Gwalior.
Apart from this book, Javed Akhtar has also penned Majaz Aur Uski Shairi, Tarkash, and Talking Songs. He has penned the script and lyrics for many films.
He has been bestowed with multiple awards for his work in the Indian film industry and has received the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan from the Indian government.
Akhtar received his higher education at the Aligarh Muslim University and followed it with a B.A. from Saifiya College, Bhopal. He is presently married to the Indian actress Shabana Azmi. He has two children from his previous marriage to Honey Irani, Zoya Akhtar and Farhan Akhtar.