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The Poet: Abdul Hameed Adam عبدالحمید عدم (takhallus: Adam عدم ) was born in 1912 in Talwandi Musa Khan تلونڈی موسیٰ خان, District Gujranwala گوجرانوالہ Punjab, British India. The older male members of his family were mostly in the British Indian Army. His paternal grandfather, Mehtab Shah مہتاب شاہ was a رسالدار Risaldar. His paternal grandmother, Mehtab Bibi مہتاب بی بی was from Delhi. His father's name was Syed Haider Ali Shah سیّد حیدر علی شاہ. His early education up to the middle school was at the villege, then the family moved to Gujranwala. In the 9th Grade, he was enrolled at the Islamia High School اسلامیہ ہائی اسکول, Bhatti Gate بھاٹی گیٹ, Lahore. Adam had very high regards for the Headmaster, Maulvi Muhammad Shafi مولوی محمد شفیع of باغبانپورہ Baghpanpura. In Lahore, he lived inside Bhatti Gate with his father, a paternal aunt, and sister Hamida Begum. He passed his Matriculation (10th Grade) from the same school in 1929. Then he got employed at the Military Accounts Department, Rawalpindi راولپنڈی, as a clerk. In 1941 he passed the highest exam of his department with distinction. During the Second World War, he was sent to the Middle East, where he served in Iran ایران and Iraq عراق. Adam's wife passed away in 1978/1979. Adam by then had himself become chronically ill and he passed away on 10 March 1981. He is characterized by his friends as a simple, straightforward, and honest man. He shunned publicity.
He started writing poetry in his teens, writing his first poem when he found out on his return to Lahore that his beloved friend had passed away while he was away in Lyallpur (now Faisalabad). The poem, شامِ گورستان Shaam-e Goristan (the Evening of Graveyard) is included in his first publication, نقشِ دوام Naqsh-e Davaam. It was the time when Akhtar Shirani اختر شیرانی and Hafeez Jalladhari حفیظ جالندھری had captivated people. Naghma-e Zaar نغمہِ زار, a work of Hafeez Jallandhari with abhi to mein jawaan hoon ابھی تو میں جوان ہُوں (uploaded here) had just been published. The literary atmosphere in Lahore helped him master the art of poetry. His friends included ہری چند اختر Hari Chand Akhtar (who greatly encouraged him), اختر شیرانی Akhtar Shirani, and (شاد امرتسری ) محمد شریف Muhammad Sharif (Shad Amritsari). He started with نظم nazams (poems), and gradually switched to غزل ghazals. Adam is a master of short meters and simplicity of ideas which touch the heart. I feel that every young man/woman who understands Urdu and has access to his poetry, loves it. He adeptly and fluently uses words like kharaabaat خرابات, adam عدم, mey مے, khirad خرد, hashr خرد (all coming to Urdu from Farsi/Arabic), etc. Farsi فارسی terms are blended well. His verses are beautiful and full of musical rhythm. There are about four dozen published collections of his Urdu poetry. The first, Naqsh-e Davaam نقشِ دوام, was published in 1934. It consists mostly of nazams, and the style is similar to that of Hafeez Jallandhari, Akhtar Shirani, and Josh Malihabadi. Most of his works are collections of ghazals. Some of his publications are: سرو و سمن Sarv-o Saman, گردشِ جام Gardish-e Jaam, شرِ خُوباں Shehr-e Khoobaan, گُلنار Gulnaar, عکسِ جام Aks-e Jaam, آبِ رواں Aab-e Ravaan, جنسِ گراں Jins-e Giraan, بطِ مے Bat-e Mey, رمِ آہُو Ram-e Aahu, نگار خانہ Nigaar Khana, and ساز و صدف Saaz-o Sadaf. He was so adept in writing poetry that he could complete a ghazal in a few minutes. He also wrote مثنوی masnawis (long poems) and qataats قطعات (quatrains). Such publications include Dastaan-e Heer (1959) داستانِ ہیر and a masnawi on Pakistans political history, Jhoot Such (1972) جھُوٹ سچ. His philosophy is of being patient and content in life and not make it difficult for others. The suffering and sorrows of the have-nots and the hypocrisies of the society are expressed very efficiently.
(Information gathered from Adam's interview with Zaheer Kashmiri ظہیر کاشمیری on Radio pakistan, and an article by Khawaja Muhammad Zakariyya خواجہ محمد زکریا in Kulliyaat-e Adam کلیاتِ عدم).
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