“Key Man”

Just when everyone has gone into isolation I am emerging from self-imposed hibernation to write this piece. A week or so before the closure of schools due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there was high drama in our daughter’s household.  Their soon-to-be-six (going-on-sixteen) daughter got back from school one afternoon and excitedly told her parents and …

Au revoir

It was four years ago that I posted my first blog.  At the time, a friend warned me that unless I had enough material for 52 weeks, I should not proceed.  He said that most people start off enthusiastically, only to fizzle out after a few weeks and suggested that I consider a more realistic …

Beguiling eyes

“Eyes” have remained the subject for my past two blogs and I have shared a few of my favorite Bollywood songs and other poetry on this theme.  I now conclude with these two compositions. The first song is from the hit 1970 movie Safar (The Journey).  It was picturized on the (first) “Superstar" of Bollywood, …

Enrapturing eyes

Last week I had commented on a nazm (poem) by Faiz Ahmed Faiz, extolling the beauty of eyes.  A friend wrote to inquire if the nazm was in fact, not a love poem but a protest lyric since its latter verses continue along the lines that: … Aur bhi dukh hai zamaane mein muhabbat ke …