Tuesday, February 22, 2005

"M" for Aligarh

You surely must be thinking that i had something wrong in my nursery school education. No it isn't. I know that the word "Aligarh" starts with Alphabet 'A' but the most popular things Aligarh (to be more precise - AMU) was associated with, have thier names starting with the Alphabet 'M'.

In my times, I was told that there are 5 'M's in Aligarh which are very famous. Later in my life, when I met a very senior and impressive AMU Old Boy (an AMU alumnus is always called so), I was told they used to be 7. He counted all 7 in a row. I was startled. How can a person who left AMU in 1960's remember all this, so well. These 'M's could have been more than 7 or might have gone down to 3 but as per my knowledge, let me try to enumerate them here.

  • Matri (a crisp and round biscuit which looks like a compressed bun)
  • Machchar (of course, that ubiquitous creature which irritates u with its buzzing sound)
  • Makhkhan (the 20 gram piece of butter from CDF - Central Dairy Farm)
  • Muslim University (the reason d'aitre to be in Aligarh)
  • Marris Road ( a road which would look like any other road but isn't so)
  • Mumtaz Apa (Principal of Women's college around 1964-65), and
  • Masood "Tommy" ( A hilarious person who used to have oodles of wit and humor)

  • Well, this was my list, with a little bit of descriptions. And now an appeal to my fellow alumni.

    You can correct me wherever I go wrong. And i know you can't resist that. So, just shoot me a mail on:


    Please keep visiting this space to look more of such trivia. And do try sharing some of what you have of Aligarh. I'll publish it here with due credentials.

    ~ Qais


    Blogger riz said...

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    Monday, July 25, 2005 4:15:00 AM  
    Blogger riz said...

    How right you are , Qais!
    Aligs can never resist such a temptation, that their sacrosanct meomories and glorious AMU traditions are even in the slightest way, compromised!!

    Anyway, don't take me seriously, dear Alig friends, do send all those mails to Qais!

    Monday, July 25, 2005 4:16:00 AM  
    Blogger Sufyan Sadiq said...

    M also stands for Makkhi (fly).

    Sunday, February 17, 2008 3:29:00 PM  
    Blogger Qais said...

    Thanks Sufyan sb, what you mentioned is so very true for Aligarh :-)

    Monday, February 18, 2008 10:51:00 AM  
    Blogger Jawaid Badauni said...

    Nazm ---------- M e e M

    Jab aligarh ki yaad aati hai
    Meem zahnon pe chha si jaati hai

    M.U. jispe hai sabhi ko naa
    Meem se uske naam ka aaghaz

    Meem se matriyan jo khaai thin
    Subha jo nashte men aayee thin

    Roz do teen jo maNgate theJ
    inkoi khhakar class jate the

    Koii dekhe to harf-e meem ka fan
    Meem se maTri meem se makhkhan

    Kaisa makhkhan tha kaisi lazzat thi
    Ek tikiya bhi goya n’emat thi

    Hum use nashte men khaate the
    Aur har shaKhs per lagate the

    ImtihanoN meiN kaam aata tha
    Mere number wohee baRhata tha

    YooN hoa aaj zikr-e Meem ke bAAd
    Raah-e "Merris" Ki aayee humko yaad

    Pal suhaane bhie yaad aane lage
    Kuchch fasaane bhi Yaad aane lage

    Aur to aur zikr-e meem ke baad
    Aaj Mumtaaz aapa aa gayeeN yaad

    LaRhkiyaN jinse darti thiN behud
    Pyar bhi unko kartee thin behud

    Meem se dono, machhr-o-makhhi
    They Aligarh mein mere saath woh bhie

    "M.U." ne baRhaya tera maqaam
    "MEEM" ke harf tujhko mera salaam

    Jawaid Badauni
    Muscat – Oman
    AMU 1969
    Dated: 22 May, 2009

    Friday, May 22, 2009 12:42:00 PM  
    Blogger Shahbaz Ahmed said...

    Latest entry or should i say a bit late entry is "M" for "Minto Circle"..it all starts from thr...

    Thursday, February 10, 2011 12:20:00 PM  
    Anonymous abdurrab said...

    M also stands for MINTO-E.


    Saturday, June 08, 2013 10:07:00 PM  
    Blogger nadeem damique said...

    Minto ka tempo.... High hai..., ;)

    Friday, May 23, 2014 12:14:00 AM  

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