Moti Lal Saqi

(1936 – 21 May 1999 / Bijbehara, Jammu & Kashmir / India)

Moti Lal Saqi
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Moti Lal Saqi (Kashmiri: मोती लाल साक़ी (Devanagari), موتی لال ساقی (Nastaleeq)) was an Indian poet, writer, folklorist and researcher.

Born in 1936 at Bijbehara, Jammu & Kashmir, India, Moti Lal Saqi enriched Kashmiri language and literature in several ways, and emerged as a major poet and critic in the language.

Work as a Critic

Saqi worked as a literary critic also, including on Sheikh Nur-ud-Din (popularly known as Nund Rishi) and Sufi poets such as Samad Mir. As a folk-lorist, Saqi compiled five volumes of Kashmiri folk-songs. His numerous articles on Kashmiri literature, art and culture were published in several magazines and journals of the ... more »

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Lord! You Look After This Univers

Lord! You look after this Universe,
Your order moves this world.
Then how can i not bow at thy abode.
Why did you not grant me
just one day free from pain and Agony?


This mind is a traveller towards its own destiny,
It has not to be begged or bribed,
This is a like a Shrine within every individual,
But this Ziyarat blesses only a seeker.


(Translation from original kashmiri by A K Mota)

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