Writing a column in Urdu

Published: May 21, 2012

KARACHI: This is with reference to Tazeen Javed’s article of May 19 titled “The art of writing an Urdu column”. Those who write in the Urdu press know how to write good columns, even if it means that at times they provide historically incorrect data in their articles. Most of the English columns written in Pakistan and India, which I read, are bland, repetitive and quite useless. The fact is that we only have a handful of brilliant, original columnists such as Ardeshir Cowasjee (now sadly retired), Irfan Hussain, Pervez Hoodbhoy and Sami Shah — and this makes it even more irritating because I wonder why others can’t write better. On the other hand, most of the Urdu columnists and feature writers have an excellent style and display originality in their work.

Ameer Hamza

Published in The Express Tribune, May 22nd, 2012.

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  • Hamna Fakhar
    May 22, 2012 - 8:52PM

    The reason behind the above arguement is that,the level of education,especially the primary education is not upto the mark.The students are taught to ‘write’ at their initial years of education.However,a child learns a language by grasping it through his listening,such as we speak our mother language URDU.A child learns urdu by listening it around him.If a child is taught through audio studies,one can be much better with the use of proper english.


  • May 23, 2012 - 12:36PM

    Another very good columnist is Cyril Almeida.


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