(Queen’s Town NZ, April 2010)


Shakil Akhtar, Jan 2011

I am a simple person and like to be in company of and in contact with wise people, so I can learn from them. As a teacher I have had the opportunity to travel to 6 countries on 3 continents and thus was able to broaden my outlook and enhance understanding between cultures.


Reading, Gardening, travelling, playing with grand children

On the left : MOHD SALEEM KHAN- Coordinator, Advisor)

On the right: Shakil Akhtar, Me in the sixties 

Saleem and me are old buddies from GF College, Shahjahan Pur.

He is to this blog the main inspirer and well wisher.



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22 responses to “About

  1. Rafiullah Mian

    June 22, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    <b<Mr. Shakil Akhtar sahib,
    It give me pleasure to know about you. From this very brief description it seems you have a long story to tell us. I think you should write more about your self, your journeys and your experiences.

    • shakilakhtar

      June 22, 2011 at 10:00 pm

      In fact my children have been asking me to write . I have such a tumultous life I get lost in the jumble. Now I think with your encouragement I will try to bring some experiences and lessons learnt out. Oh yes , please read ‘Let there be Light’ to get an early glimps.

  2. salim598786

    July 8, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Shakil Saheb,

    Today I saw the stats of ur blog. You have already crossed total 1238 views and maximum 39 views in a day. Bhai Saheb Mubarak ho. Aap ki posts viewers ko kaafi pasand aa rahi hain aur mein to pahle se hi aap ka fan hoon. The popularity of your blog in such a short duration is commendable. Keep it up.

    • shakilakhtar

      July 9, 2011 at 11:41 am

      Salim, I am lucky I have got the support of some good readers. Many I do not know. I would rather they also write comments so I get more inspiration. You must be very happy to see the plant you sowed grow to this height in 4 months.

  3. Dr Yousuf H. Qureshi

    September 5, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Hi there Shakil Sahib,

    It was nice to be invited by you at your place. Thanks for the hospitality as usual as we have in Brunei and thus the vening brought “Fond Memories” from Brunei.

    Mera Ek Shair Sunyey aur sur dhunyay – Baghiana hai meri fitrut kay mutabiq!!

    “Main Toor Nahin Kay Jul Jaoonga
    Too Samnay To Aa
    Bund Aankhon Say Sudjon Main
    Tiujhay Pooja Hai Buhat”

    Rest of the ghazal later on


    Yousuf Qureshi

    • shakilakhtar

      September 5, 2011 at 5:32 pm

      Dear Dr sahib
      Aap aye izat men izzafa hi hua tha. Mere e-mail hacked ho gaye hain. Please send me your kalaam I want to make them zeenat of my blog. .
      at my new email which i will send u soon. Thanks

  4. lali47

    April 18, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Dear Shaki Akhtar
    We have been known to each other since 1990 as colleagues, friends and humsafar to the new land. At this stage I would only mention here that your blog is a source of aspiration for me to create my blog. You are doing a commendable job for the people like me and for your family and friends. I am in the driving seat but don’t know how to drive…
    Best wishes.
    Liaqat Ali

    • shakilakhtar

      April 18, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      welcome to the great place. You can vent your thoughts and every thing you always wanted to say, say here.

  5. mahlaqa

    July 2, 2012 at 7:55 am

    need some more time to completely go through ur blog as i loe poetry. the first ghazal by saghir is inspiring and pristine.
    till next time.

    • shakilakhtar

      July 2, 2012 at 9:20 am

      hamari site ke ufaq par aap ka ubharna bahot khush ayind hai. khush aam deed. aur bahot shukria nawazish aur ehsaan .

  6. Abira Sabri

    December 15, 2013 at 3:39 am

    Assalamualaikum…. so glad to see the blog .. love reading and good to know about honourable shakil kahtar sahab..!!

    • shakilakhtar

      December 15, 2013 at 9:11 am

      walekum as salaam Abira Sabri Ji, I am humbled. I am sure you will like the entries in this blog as you read through.

  7. علی احمد جان اطہر

    April 30, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    محترم شکیل صاحب ! آداب
    آپ کے بلاگ پر موجود مواد اور آپ کی تحریریں پسند آئیں۔

    • shakilakhtar

      May 2, 2014 at 10:40 am

      بہت بہت شکریہ جناب. الله آپ کو خوش رکھے

  8. Anjum Dakhani

    January 2, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Hello Sir!
    I don’t know what and how to talk to you, but I guess by opening up to you, I’ll be doing the right thing. As a child, my mom used to read stories from Urdu books and I used enjoy it. Also, I constantly bothered her with doubts, “Mummy, what does that word mean and what does this word mean?” As I grew up, the story time came to an end and homework took its place. But now, as I am on a journey of exploring the works of legends I feel a need to go through everything written in the Urdu language. I know that it’s a difficult path but I think I should take it up because there is so much to learn in this field and there is a sense of depth in it which can be understood when the meaning is clear. I have to be honest here, my Urdu is not very good. Like said by Daagh Dehlvi: ke aati hai urdu zuban aate aate; I want to begin and in whatever time I get, I want to devote into self educating myself. I am actually thankful to you for starting this blog. It’s a gold mine. Please do continue.

    I like the bond you share with your best friend. Having a bestie is truely a blessing!

    Anjum Dakhani

    • shakilakhtar

      January 3, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      Thanks Anjum ji for liking my blog and above all Urdu. Keep reading and you will like it more. Read Ashfaq Ahmad (afsane) and Ghalib shayri. You may also contact me on my E-mail address I gave yu on your blog.

  9. Vijay Kumar Gupta

    November 12, 2015 at 11:24 am

    After I wrote to you, I saw this section. I am writing to you afresh. At the outset, let me tell you that I have liked your humbleness and desire to make and win friends from all corners of the world and all cultures. You are basically from, if I may guess, India and may be knowing Hindi. If yes, then I would like to share my collection of shaiyri with you and try to understand more about the shairs that I do not understand fully (Ghalib, read the whole Diwan, understood 4/5 shairs, that too partly.)
    I am 65 years old and now retired from my business. I have a son in the US and a daughter in Mumbai. So I divide my time travelling between India & US. Yes I also enjoy playing with my grandchildren — 1 is 3+ (son) & the other is -1 (daughter).
    More later,
    With best wishes.

    • shakilakhtar

      November 13, 2015 at 6:29 am

      bahot bahot shukria janab aap ki mohabbaton ka aur inayaton ka. khuda aap ko hamesha khush rakhe. Ghalib ne jab mushlik kahna band kiya aur aasan kaha tab bhi kuchh ashaar hamari bhi samajh mein nahin ate hain.

  10. Sanna

    November 3, 2017 at 7:01 am

    Shakil sir i have a request to u .. first of all how do i contact u?

    • shakilakhtar

      November 3, 2017 at 8:31 am

      Thanks. It is a good question. 🙂

  11. Umar Farook

    November 14, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Sir where can we talk? I need your Facebook or Email


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