When the sun sets, the birds have returned to their nests and the world is in a deep slumber, a lover's mind brings back all the memories and he or she is lost in midnight ruminations. Describing all those deep thoughts, pangs of separation and spiritual realisations that one gets at night, the poets have written beautiful verses.

Here are 10 Urdu shayaris on raat to make those long and weary nights somewhat bearable.

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