Am seriously considering buying this book by one Ibn-E-Insha. Found it randomly while searching for PTV dramas and what not. Seriously funny. (I hoped to buy this in the original Urdu but who am I kidding? I must study and improve myself first.)
The only time I heard any reference to Insha prior to today was Jagjit Singh's rendition of 'Kal Chaudvin Ki Raat Thi.' Obviously he's not top calibre poet material but he's a bloody funny writer.
"A Lesson in Geography
In the beginning, there were very few countries, and people lived in comparative peace and quiet. In the 15th century,
A second body of opinion says that, on the contrary,
(From Urdu – The Final Book by Ibn-e-Insha, Translated by David Matthews,
Harper Collins, 1997)
Fuller excerpt can be found at Muse India. I can only imagine how much better it would have been in the original. Some day soon...
Addendum: Rare light poem by Insha, rendered as ghazal by Nahid Akhtar here.