POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Aug 28, 2009 AT 03:09 IST ,  Edited At: Aug 28, 2009 05:18 IST

I have been obsessing over something Mr Arun Shourie said  in his Humpty Dumpty Interview:

"There is a line of Firaq (Gorakhpuri),
‘ab woh yaad bhi kam aate hain, ab dard bhi kam hota hai’"

It reminded me of Faiz's sh'r from the ghazal 'dil meN ab yuuN tere bhuule hue gham aate haiN..." in dast-e-sabaa:

aur kuchh der naa guzre shab-e-furqat se kaho
dil bhii kam dukhtaa hai vo yaad bhii kam aate haeN

Is anyone here familiar with Firaq's work? Or could it be that Mr Shourie was just misremembering and misquoting?

I think I have heard or read him use this line before.  I only have Firaq's Gul-e-Naghmaa handy and the Google searches also throw up only Faiz.

I am sure the collective memory of our readers would be far more than any of the search engines.

POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Aug 28, 2009 AT 03:09 IST ,  Edited At: Aug 28, 2009 05:18 IST
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