The magnificent love story of revolutionary poet Kaifi Azmi and his lady love Shaukat, strewn together by the latter through her myriad memories of the 50 years spent together, has been captured in English language for the first time.
With both of the two fiercely revolutionary in their own ways, the book Kaifi & I, the English version of which was launched recently, details how Shaukat was irresistibly attracted towards the poet and his liberated views.
The book was released here by the duo's daughter and actress Shabana Azmi and her lyricist husband Javed Akhtar at the fifth edition of the Jaipur Literature festival.
"It is intriguing how the book is so replete with vivid recreations and graphic details, as my mother never maintained a diary," said Shabana after releasing the book, the Urdu version of which was called Yaad ki Rehguzar.
Kaifi Azmi and Shaukat had met for the first time at a mushaira in Hyderabad in 1947 and the latter was mesmerised by the Communist poet, whose poetry she believed was driven by a mission, according to the memoirs, a section of which was read by Shabana here.