It was a pleasant surprise to see Mobahasa, an Urdu magazine from Patna that is now running into its fourth year.
The 240 page magazine is truly a delight for any connoissuer of Urdu Adab. There are thought provoking articles like Shakilur Rahman’s ‘Ahmad Nadeen Qasmi aur Ghalib’ and Ambar Bahraichi’s ‘Kalidas ke ba’ad Sanskrit ki ishqia shaa’eri’, apart from stories, a special segment of poet Khalid Abadi, poems of Rafat Sarosh, Zaheer Ghazipuri and 20 ghazals of Khursheed Talab.
The Ghazal section also has ghazals of Zafar Gorakhpuri, Krishan Kumar Toor, Alqama Shibli, Abdul Ahad Saaz, Haneef Tareeen, Jaafar Sahni, Tariq Mateen, Khursheed Akbar and many other well known poets. Apart from Zehn-e-Jadid and Naya Waraq, I have seen several other voluminous magazines like Karwan-e-Adab and Intisab (Sironj) but Mobahasa looks different and refreshing.
Wahab Ashrafi is the editor. He is a man of letters and surely the periodical bears his stamp. Humayun Ashraf is Assistant Editor. The subscription is Rs 200 annually from within India, 20, 38 and 43 dollars from UK, USA and Canada respectively. The address is Mobahasa Ashrafi House, Harun Nagar, Sector 2, Patna (Bihar). Mubahisa is a standard magazine and should attain popularity.