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 …

Smorgasbord

A dear friend and I met recently for our monthly lunch.  It is always the same location and pretty much the same menu – a cool one accompanied by guacamole and nachos, followed by soup and a sandwich with coffee to conclude our session that usually extends from 12.30 pm to 3.45 pm.  In spite …

If music be the food of love, play on …

We often chant the “Primordial Sound” – AUM (OM) when meditating.  The most ancient scripture of India (possibly, the world), Rigveda states “First the Absolute (Brahma), then follows Waak (Sound) – the vibrating energy – which becomes the universe”.   Sound (nada) is believed to be at the heart of the process of creation.  In Hinduism, …