PESHAWAR: The Pashto poetry collection titled ‘Ghurzangoona’ (The Waves) authored by Abaseen Yousafzai published its 8th edition after appearing for the first time in January 1994.
Despite thin readership, Pakhtun poets and writers every year bring out books in large numbers. Poetry collections are published more than prose and fiction. It is true of all the regional languages because writing research books and fiction is not everybody’s cup of tea.
Abaseen Yousafzai, chairman of the Pashto department at the Islamia College University, Peshawar is a popular Pashto poet who enjoys fame in the literary circles for his unique style both in form and substance.
The book has received several awards from various literary organisations including the Abaseen Arts Council, Peshawar and Chacha Karim Bakhsh Award. It contains ghazals and poems. The 8th edition of the poetry collection by Abaseen Yousafzai would win him the bestseller award this year in June from Hamza Adabi Association.
Abaseen Yousafzai wants a modern and peace-loving Pakhtun society. His romantic expression is dipped in love for Pakhtunwali and golden traditions. His style is fluent, lucid and appealing. He has used simple diction, yet his imagination is lofty and sublime.
Prof Raj Wali Shah Khattak, director of the Centre of Pashto Language and Literature, University of Peshawar, said: “Though Ghurzangoona is not included in any Pashto syllabus, yet the publication of its 8th edition on public demand points to the fact that it contains the best thought in Pashto verse. His easy flowing style distinguishes him from his contemporary Pashto poets. In it there is freshness, relevance and seriousness.” His second poetry collection ‘Alwat’ (The Flight) too has been published for the fourth time.
Many poetic pieces included in this collection have been translated into Urdu, English and German. He is a visiting professor to NCA Lahore on Pashtun art, culture and history and has participated in national and international seminars and symposia. A seasoned TV anchor and radio compare, Abaseen Yousafzai has been contributing to various Urdu and Pashto literary journals and newspapers for the last many years on different issues. He is also a moving spirit behind literary activities in the Islamia College University as he also heads the Khyber Union Hall, the hub of debates, discussions and literary functions.