Nasheman, the ayrie of love

“Iss mod se jaate hain Kuchh sust-kadm raste, kuchh tez-kadam raahen ..Patthar ki haveli ko, sheeshon ke gharondon mein, tinkon ke nasheman tak Iss mod se jaate hain” – Sampooran Singh “Gulzar” [Passing by this turn/juncture, egress Some leisurely-paced paths, a few fast-moving routes ..To the stone mansion, (through) nests of glass, (until those) abodes …

Timeless dialogue

“Mann lago yaar faqiri mein Aakhir yeh tann khaak milega kyun phirta maghroori mein Guru Gobind do-u khade kaa ke lagoon paaye Balihari Guru aapne Gobind diyo milaaye Maalaa kahe hai kaath ki tu kyaa phere mohe Mann ka mankaa pher de so turant milaa dun tohe” – Kabir [(My) being is engrossed in devotion …

Ma

“Maaye ni mein kehnoon aakhaan Dard vichhode daa haal…” – Shah Hussain [Mother, with whom (but you) can I share The pain of my separation] Ma, mum, mommy, mother, maadri, amma, om, umm – one does not need a label to define motherhood. When most vulnerable, one instinctively reaches out for the sanctuary of a …

Remembrance

“Jab jab tumhen bhulaayaa tum aur yaad aaye Jaate nahin hain dil se ab tak tumaahre saaye” – Rajendra Krishan [With each attempt to forget you, I remembered you more intensely Till now my heart has not (managed to) rid itself of your reflection] We went out for dinner with friends that we had not …