‘Urdu poetry website reaches 140 countries’

New Delhi, Jan 11: An Urdu poetry website launched a year ago has a readership in 140 countries and provides access to more than 8,000 ghazals and 1,000 e-books, its promoter said Saturday as he unveiled an enriched version of the site here.

“I am happy to say that the website has more than 8,000 ghazals, 700 nazms and 1,000 e-books from across 700 poets,” Sanjiv Saraf, an IIT-Kharagpur graduate and entrepreneur whose company is one of the world’s largest producers of PET film, said at a function here to commemorate the first anniversary of www.rekhta.org.

“The website would not only serve as a single resource for lovers of Urdu poetry but comes with various other new features. It is more user-friendly and interactive and is loaded with more content,” he added.

The website is available in three languages – Urdu, Hindi and English, “thus majorly catering to all segments of users. The site has recently been made responsive, which would enable users across all platforms, including desktops and laptops, tablets and mobile phones”, Saraf said.

He said what differentiates the website “is its enriching content that encompasses all genres of Urdu literature. The site boasts of not only a splendid collection of Urdu poetry, ghazals, nazms, marsiyas, rekhti and short stories, but also carries may rarely available books and magazines in the form of e-books”.

To facilitate nascent lovers of Urdu poetry, the new website has a beginners section to guide them in exploring the world of Urdu literature. The Editor’s Choice section “will enable users browse through select and quality Urdu collections which is a must-see for all visitors,” Saraf pointed out.