"Talokar" Talokar by slevant100

Talokar Travel Guide: 2 reviews and 4 photos

Poet's Home

A very interesting tip I found about Pakistan, concerns warnings relating to Talokar, a small village near Haripur, in the North-West of the country.
Despite its present humble and somewhat dubious status, Talokar has the unique honor of being the ancestral home of the Pakistani poet and Sufi mystic, Omar Tarin.
For anyone interested in the literature of Pakistan and Northern India in general reading Tarin's poetry is a MUST. Very wise, and beautiful, full of the music and lyricism of these hills and dales where strange and wonderful things still happen all the time.
Tarin, of course, resides in Islamabad now, I believe-- and I have been trying to get an interview with this very private person and hope to meet him this trip; his work is not very commonly available abroad but some of it is published from time to time in North America and Europe. Do try to get and read it!

Omar Tarin

One of the most fascinating aspects of studying any culture is studying its literature. And Pakistan is very rich in a varieties of literatures-- with many languages such as Urdu, Punjabi, Pushto, Sindhi, Baluchi etc; and an ancient poetic tradtion which has translated today into an ongoing interest in poetry, fiction and the literary and musical arts generally.
One of the most virile literary tradtions to emerge in Pakistan ever since its independence from British colonial rule in 1947 has been its wonderful literature in English.In fact, today, more than its native literatures, its Pakistan's English writings which are representing it abroad through the works of poets like Taufiq Rafat, Alamgir Hashmi and Omar Tarin; and the fiction of Bapsi Sidhwa, Mohsin Hamid and others.Indeed, it is my belief that in years to come Pakistani literature in English will become more and more important and popular all over as people throughout the world begin to realize its wonder.
Pakistani poetry in English has a very fine history and is truly remarkable, with the ability to use the English language in dramatic new ways and to give it new dimensions that we would never imagine here!
In my opinion, at present, the best of this poetic virtousity is represented by the work of Omar Tarin, who is not only a poet of note living and writing today in that country but also a Sufi mystic and wise man, who has long risen above the narrow views of religion and caste to talk in the language of Universal Love. He has also spoken against all sorts of brutalities and tyranny in his native land, in particular the successive military juntas which have been the nation's bane and at the heart of the rise of the narrow, fundamentalist attitudes which have found negative expression in terrorism and extremism; and Tarin has also been writing for the rights of women, the protection of the country's environment and a host of other issues.
I wish I could recommend some of his works but these arent easily available here in the West. I wish more of it was available for it is remarkable, imaginative and full of mystery and wonder. Those who are interested can find references in the Library of Congress(in the USA) and the British Library(in Britain). And some of it appears occassionally in journals and magazines here, too.
If you want to understand and know the real, heartfelt beauty of the Pakistani spirit, as a nation, then you can't do better than reading Omar Tarin today...

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:small, rural, quiet.
  • Cons:The Jeenie Gang .
  • In a nutshell:Only worth talking about because of Omar Tarin!
  • Last visit to Talokar: Dec 1994
  • Intro Updated Jun 3, 2005
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  • Oct 9, 2013 at 5:52 AM

    A fine review and note in famous poet and scholar Omar Tarin. His ancestral home is this small village and its indeed honour for local people to be associated with such a great intellect. However, nowadays, Omar Tarin is mostly living in Abbottabad (Pakistan) and UK .

  • Sep 16, 2012 at 5:50 AM

    Indeed a big honour for this place to be associated with the name of Omar Tarin the poet! I belong to Mansehra area and I didnt know such a great personality was belonged here. I have seen this village Talokar, now a suburban area of Haripur town which has expanded a lot-- its a quite ordinary place otherwise, this is truly something they must be very proud about.


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