The word 'Saaqi' meaning the bartender, or someone who serves alcohol, is often been used by poets in different ways. For instance, in this ghazal by Jigar Moradabadi, the word 'Saaqi' is used to describe a leader or 'imam':
ye hai mai-kada yahan rind hai yahan sab ka saaqi imaam hai
ye haram nahin hai ai shaiḳh ji yahan paarsai haraam hai
In this week's episode of Urdunama, we understand the theme of intoxication by exploring the oft-used word in Urdu poetry – 'Saaqi'.
Joining The Quint's Fabeha Syed on the podcast is renowned poet Azhar Iqbal. Tune in.
Host, Producer, and Audio Editor: Fabeha Syed
Editor: Shelly Walia
Music: Big Bang Fuzz