Kolkata: A rebellion against the old family tradition of wrestling, a young Haryanvi pursued Urdu for his immense affiliation to the language. Years later he proclaimed himself as a successful IPS officer but kept his passion alive. Murlidhar Sharma, deputy commissioner, Special Task Force (STF) of the Kolkata Police is all set to release a book on his Urdu poetries.
The cop uses the pen name Taalib to essay down Urdu ghazals.
Sharma has named his first book of shayari (poetries) ‘Haasil e Sahranavardi’ (What is retrieved through wandering in a desert). Born to late Jaikaran Sharma, who ran a tea stall, and Santosh Sharma, a homemaker, Sharma was in love with Urdu and other art forms during his school days itself.
While his father encouraged him to participate in kabaddi tournaments, him playing Ram in Ramleela was highly criticised at home. “I played kabaddi in the district level but had to quit Raamleela under pressure from family,” he said.
Sharma used to attend nashishts (sittings) of Urdu poets and would only listen without letting them know that he penned down few as well.
Like most shayars (poets), Sharma too confessed that he had fallen in love more than once. “I had fallen in love twice in my life. Ek ladki se mohabbat hui toh usne shohar bana liya aur doosri baar Urdu se mohabbat hui toh usne shayar bana diya.” (The girl I loved made me her husband and the Urdu language which I loved made me a poet).
His wife, a music lover herself, is his critic at home and sometimes also complains that his love for writing was keeping him away from family. He comes up with couplets which melts her anger immediately.
‘Yeh gathri zindegani ki kabhi bhari nehi lagti, hai tera saath to andhi mujhe andhi nehi lagti… Aur badan ka barhana hissa mohabbat se tum dhakti ho… mera chadar ho chhoti bhi, mujhe chhoti nehi lagti’ was written on such occasion.
Contrary to the belief that poetries come to you when in solitude, Sharma can be seen tapping away on his smartphone, writing a couplet even when he is busy at a rally, maintaining law and order.