Amrita Pritam Quotes | 25 Profound Quotes by Punjab’s First Female Poet

Amrita Pritam an Indian poet and writer, born in pre-independence India is considered as the most important voice for the women in Punjabi literature as she was the first prominent woman Punjabi poet, novelist, and essayist.

Being born in Gujranwala (now in Punjab,Pakistan),she is loved in both India as well as Pakistan. She contributed over 100 books of poetry, fiction, biographies, essays,a cluster of Punjabi folk songs and it also included an autobiography which was translated into several languages.

Pinjar was her most prominent work as a writer where  Ajj aakhaan Waris Shah nu (Today I invoke Waris Shah – “Ode to Waris Shah”), reflected her grief as well as anger as a poet of the havoc, during partition of India. The works of Amrita Pritam usually included simple, soulful and authentic language. Her works include partition related discussions, events, problems as well as solutions.

Her early life was full of ups and down as she lost her mother at quite an early age. Further her father restricted her fondness for romantic art and was against her writing love poems. He used to suggest her to write poems which included religion and spirituality as the main theme. But she couldn’t resist the urge and her passion for the romantic poems and so she used to write a poem for her own sake every night and tear the pages, so that her father couldn’t read them.

She got engaged at a very young age when she was merely four years. Sixteen years was a turning point in her life as she got her first anthology of poems, Amrit Lehran (Immortal Waves) which got published in 1935 and simultaneously in the same year she got married to Pritam Singh, who was an editor. In the same year she replaced her original name from Amrita Kaur to Amrita Pritam.

She also worked in All India Radio in Delhi and Lahore. In the year 1960, she left her husband and went to Delhi for a poets conclave where she met Sahir Ludhianavi who was a well known urdu poet. It is said that her love was never reciprocated from the other end. He was rumoured to have an affair with Sudha Malhotra.

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Amrita never turned back and kept moving forward to found comfort in the company of (Inderjeet) popularly known as Imroz who was a painter and a writer himself. She spent her last years with him and daughter Kandala, son Navraj Kwatra, daughter-in-law Alka, and her grandchildren, Taurus, Noor, Aman and Shilpi.

Just like her story, here are some soulful Quotes by Amrita Pritam to evoke the deeper recesses of your heart.

Amrita Pritam Quotes

  1. “When a man denies the power of women, he is denying his own subconscious.”
    ~ Amrita Pritam Quotes
  2. “Indian men are still used to the traditional role given to women; they want intelligent girls for company but not to marry… they have yet to taste and relish the company of mature women.”
    ~ Amrita Pritam Quotes
  3. “Peace is not just the absence of violence,peace is when the flowers bloom.”
    ~ Amrita Pritam Quotes
  4. “Come! let us take a moment’s shelter under some roof,
    Look! there – before you, a little way off,
    There is an empty space,
    Between truth and falsehood.”
    ~ Amrita Pritam Quotes
  5. “Where the dance of Meera and the silence of Buddha meet, blossoms the true philosophy of Rajneesh.”
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  6. “The burning embers within me burst into flame / My body becomes a fire-lit torch. / Ho someone! Send for the mid-wife.”
    ~ Amrita Pritam Quotes
  7. “Warish Shah I call out to you, Rise from your grave, speak out and turn, Another page of the Book of Love.”
    ~ Amrita Pritam Quotes
  8. “a toy made of her own blood,”.
    ~ Amrita Pritam Quotes
  9. “When I wrapped myself with your being
    Our bodies turned inwards in contemplation
    Our limbs intertwined
    Like blossoms in a garland
    Like an offering at the altar of the spirit
    Our names, slipping out of our lips,
    Became a sacred hymn.”
    ~ Amrita Pritam Quotes
  10. “Today, I call Waris Shah, “Speak from inside your grave”
    And turn, today, the book of love’s next affectionate page Once, one daughter of Punjab cried; you wrote a wailing saga,
    Today, a million daughters, cry to you, Waris Shah.”
    ~ Amrita Pritam Quotes
  11. “Rise! O’ narrator of the grieving; rise! look at your Punjab
    Today, fields are lined with corpses, and blood fills the Chenab.”
    ~ Amrita Pritam Quotes
  12. “Someone has mixed poison in the five rivers’ flow
    Their deadly water is, now, irrigating our lands galore”
    ~ Amrita Pritam Quotes
  13. “This fertile land is sprouting, venom from every pore
    The sky is turning red from endless cries of gore.”
    ~ Amrita Pritam Quotes
  14. “The toxic forest wind, screams from inside its wake
    Turning each flute’s bamboo-shoot, into a deadly snake.”
    ~ Amrita Pritam Quotes

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  15. “With the first snake-bite; charmers lost their spell
    The second bite turned all and sundry, into snakes, as well.”
    ~ Amrita Pritam Quotes
  16. “Drinking from this deadly stream, filling the land with bane
    Slowly, Punjab’s limbs have turned black and blue, with pain.”
    ~ Amrita Pritam Quotes
  17. “The street-songs have been silenced; cotton threads are snapped
    Girls have left their playgroups; the spinning wheels are cracked.”
    ~ Amrita Pritam Quotes
  18. “Lost is the flute, which once, blew sounds of the heart
    Ranjha’s brothers, today, no longer know this art.”
    ~ Amrita Pritam Quotes
  19. “I am your incense and for a little while will burn at your shrine.
    I have kneaded your passion into my own clay.
    When this body smolders, smoke will rise.
    This body’s smoke will flicker and will say only this much-
    Whatever breezes pass through’ these touch your breath, I want to become one with those breezes.”
    ~ Amrita Pritam Quotes
  20. “Sai, please give me a little bit of fire from your chillum…..
    I am your incense and for a little while will burn at your shrine.
    No, I won’t say anything.
    When the incense burns a delicate fragrance will say something in a whisper and then my body, turning to ashes, will touch your feet. It must become one with the earth of your shrine.”
    ~ Amrita Pritam Quotes
  21. “Sai, Please give me a little bit of fire from your chillum.
    I am your incense and for a little while will burn at your shrine.”
    ~ Amrita Pritam Quotes
  22. “I will meet you yet again
    How and where? I know not.
    Perhaps I will become a
    figment of your imagination
    and maybe, spreading myself
    in a mysterious line
    on your canvas,
    I will keep gazing at you.”
    ~ Amrita Pritam Quotes
  23. “Perhaps I will become a ray
    of sunshine, to be
    embraced by your colors.
    I will paint myself on your canvas.”
    ~ Amrita Pritam Quotes
  24. “I know not how and where –
    but I will meet you for sure.
    Maybe I will turn into a spring,
    and rub the foaming
    drops of water on your body,
    and rest my coolness on
    your burning chest.
    I know nothing else
    but that this life
    will walk along with me.”
    ~ Amrita Pritam Quotes
  25. “When the body perishes,
    all perishes;
    but the threads of memory
    are woven with enduring specks.
    I will pick these particles,
    weave the threads,
    and I will meet you yet again.”
    ~ Amrita Pritam Quotes