The new poetry collection by Farzana Jana was reviewed and appreciated by literati of the twin cities. The book “Khawab Zinda Hain”, a collection of ghazals on both subjective and objective themes, was formally launched at the Rawalpindi Arts Council on Monday evening.
A good number of writers and poets, including noted humorous poet Sarfaraz Shahid, attended the ceremony and spoke on the work of the poet.
This is the second book by Farzana Jana, an emerging poet on the literary scene of the twin cities and teacher, in two years. “My first inspiration was my father Ziaul Haq who was a professor and well known poet, Perveen Shakir,” said Jana who hails from Kallar Syedan, a nearby town in Rawalpindi.
Jana has successfully used the technique of modern ghazal to express her thoughts on different issues as poetry is no longer confined to the topics of romance, love, complaint and separation. Many successful poets have been using the same technique to depict both national and international issues. In short, the book is an amalgamation of both subjective and objective themes. “I have learnt a lot about poetry from Sarfaraz Shahid, who always guided and encouraged me in my efforts”, she added. She said she had written on current national and international issues besides human emotions and feelings.
Speaking about the book and the poet Sarfaraz Shahid said it shows the maturity of Farzana as a poet. He said the improvement shows that she is a keen learner and takes a lot of interest in her work.
Other speakers on the occasion appreciated the book and the approach of the poetess, calling her a good addition to the literary society of the twin cities.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 8th, 2011.