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Syed Mahmood Talib Khundmiri
Poet/Writer
--: Biography of Syed Mahmood Talib Khundmiri :--

 

Syed Mahmood Talib Khundmiri

 

Syed Mahmood Talib Khundmiri  born 14 February 1938; died of cardiac arrest on 16 January 2011, in Pune, Maharashtra, India was an Indian Urdu language poet, humorist, architect, artist, orator, and one of the leading Urdu poets of the 20th and 21st centuries. Talib Khundmiri concentrated on humorous poetry, and was considered among the elite of Urdu humor.

Talib Khundmiri was born in Donegal Bidar, Karnataka, India. In addition to his own writing career, he was involved in many organizations. He was one of the senior most member of Zinda Dalaan-E Hyderabad and served on its executive board from 1963 to 2011. He also served on the executive board of Shugoofa, an Urdu periodical, for more than 40 years. Talib, a pseudonym given to him by his peers, combined poetry with both sarcasm and humor. Known for his elevated style and tone in the world of Urdu literature, he combined life experiences with his artistic gifts as a versatile poet and architect.

Wife: Syeda Ayesha Khundmiri. Children: Syeda Salma Khundmiri (Resides in Canada), Syed Zeeshan Khundmiri (Resides in India, Businessman), Syed Irfan Khundmiri, (Resides in U.S, Gemologist), Syed Faizan Khundmiri (Resides in U.S, Data Architect), Syeda Afreen Khundmiri (Resides in U.S, Compliance Audit Analyst) and Syeda Yasmeen Khundmiri (Resides in U.S)

Talib Khundmiri grandfather, Syed Miran, was his mentor and the most ardent supporter. Talib Khundmiri spent most of his childhood with his grandfather who was an accomplished home builder. Mira sahab inspired Mahmood to become an architect and In 1963 Talib Khundmiri earned his Architectural degree. He recited his first poem about his grandfather when he was 12 years old and upon his grandfather's encouragement started writing poems. He was a talented man just like his grandfather. He participated in many competitions during his school and college days and won many awards.

Mahmood attended school in Musheerabad where he lived for 16 years before moving to Chanchalguda on May 31, 1963. He was a versatile man and participated in many extra-curricular activities during his academic career. He also played football with his senior school mate, Syed Nayeemuddin, who was a former Captain and a couch of Indian National football team. He enrolled in the Jawaharlal Nehru Fine Arts and Architecture University in Hyderabad and earned his architecture degree. He was also elected as " FELLOW OF INDIAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS" on May 16, 1992 by INDIAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS .

Talib Khundmiri's poetry and writing career started when he was 12 years. In his college days he and his few friends started a magazine and organization calledBazm-E-Urdu and won Basheerunnissa basher memorial ruling trophy. He was a gifted writer and a poet. He has written many articles in Munsif Urdu daily newspaper weekly column called Turfa tamasha. He has also written a book called Sukhan Ke Parde Mein and now this book is used as a curriculum in Shimoga university of Karnataka. When Talib was seventeen, one of his close relatives Alam Khundmiri, (an important intellectual figure and a dynamic writer of his time) has correctly anticipated that he will be an amazing poet and a writer in future.

Khatmalon ki faryaad is one of his famous Nazms 
Ek din ek jonk se kuch khatmalon ne yeh kaha,
Dijiye khala hame bhi koi aisa mashwara,
Ab Bajaye khoon koi aur hi shaey pi sakein,
Admi se door rehkar ham Khushi se jee sakein,
Kyunki iss me khoon ab kam kam hi paya jaye hai,
Ab na choosa jaye hai isko na chaata jaye hai,
Iski sheeryanon me yu toh khoon milta hi nahi,
Mil bhi Jata hai toh iss me zayqa kuch bhi nahi,
Kaun jaane kya bala khane laga hai admi,
Kis milawat ki ghiza khane laga hai admi,
Hum Jo peete hain usey khoon maannaa bekaar hai.
Kyunki iska rang bhi pehchanna dushwaar hai,
Isme surqi se zyada hai safedi aajkal,
Khoon ki surat hogayi hai doodh ki si aajkal,
Ek zamana tha ke hamne khoon ke darya bhi piye,
Aaj Ghanton choostey hain ek khatre ke liye,
Kya kahein khala hamari pyaas bhujti hi nahi,
Isse pehle yeh girani khoon ki thi hi nahi,
Ab haseeno ki rago mein bhi ab lahu bakhi nahi,
Inki mehfilon mein bhi koi khoon bhara sakhi nahi,
Pehle Inka khoon hua karta tha manind sharab,
Yu mahekta tha rago me jaise gulshan me gulab,
Choostey hi inko apna bhi nikharta tha shabab,
Ek nayi karvat badalta tha badan me aztarab,
Booye khono se mast ho kar jhoomne lagte they hum,
Apni apni khatmaliyo ko choomne lagte they hum,
Hogaye hain aajkal woh naujawaan bhi badmazaa,
Jinki sheeryano mein behti thi kabhi joo-ye tila,
Jinka khoon peete hi aksar mauj me aate the hum,
Moo lagte hi jinhe sar-shar hojate they hum,
Ab unhi ko choos kar bimar padjate hai hum,
Sukh jatey hain,sukad jatey hain,sad jatey hain hum,
Ab kahan tak hum karein apne ghamo ka tazkera,
Kuch Dino pehle hamare saath aisa bhi hua,
Phoot Nikli thi hamare jism se gaanje ki boo,
Peeliyaa tha bhool kar humne Jo hippi ka lahoo,
Kya kahein kya kya balaa,kya khahar unke khoon me hai,
Tiktweenty se zyada zehar unke khoon me hai,
Apni sari chashni khone laga hai admi,
Haye! Kitna be-maza hone laga hai admi,
Sun chuki hai khatmalon ki dastani tishnagi,
Ek adaaye khoon chakaan se jonk yeh kehne lagi,
Aaj tak tune piya hai sirf janta ka lahu,
Ab Zara pi kar toh dekho ek neta ka lahu,
Ab toh mera bhi guzara hai inhi ke khoon par,
Kya bataoon mai ke isme zaiqa hai kis qadar,
Unka khoon pikar bahot maqmoor hojati hoon Mai,
Aam jonko ke ghamo se door ho jati hoon Mai,
Mu lagte hi unhe chalaak hojati hoon Mai,

Be-zarurat hi sahi be-bak hojati hoon mai,
Unki har shiryaan hoti hai khazana khoon ka,
Ek ek neta hai goya karkhana khoon ka,
Kis qadar Khush zaiqa hota hai un sab ka lahu,
Bhooki janta ka lahu bhi kuch lahu hai,aakh! Thoo!,
Ek bhi khatrra kisi Neta ka Jo paa jayega,
Usko janta ke lahu ka bhi maza aajayega!!,

     
Talib Khundmiri started participating in Urdu poetry competitions and forums and quickly rose to be one of the most acclaimed poets of Zinda Dalaan-E Hyderabad. Many celebrities such as, Zail Singh, Dileep Kumar, Ajit Kumar, Kaifi Azmi and many other celebrities have attended his Mushairas.

As a poet, Mahmood Talib Khundmiri was recognized on the international level, attending and receiving recognition at several mushairas.

He was also one of the eminent participants and general secretary of World Humor Conference held in February 1985 at Lal Bahadur stadium, Hyderabad. His poetry has been compared to that of the legendary poet, Mirza Ghalib.

Mahmood began his career as an architect in BHEL from 1964 to 1976. He started his own firm called S.M Associates at King Kothi, Hyderabad in 1976 and designed over 500 masjids around the world. Since he was a modest and 
genuine man he never showed off his work.


The Standing Committee of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has approved the proposal submitted by Malakpet MLA Ahmed Bin Abdullah Balala, of renaming the Chanchalguda-Malakpet road as “Talib Khundmiri road” to give him a tribute. Hz. Talib Khundmiri Sahab touched many in a positive way through his poetry, calligraphy and his architecture. With humor he brought us together and through his designs allowed us to experience art and culture.

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