Memories

“Karoge yaad to har baat yaad aayegi, Guzarate waqt ki har mauj thehr jaayegi Ye chaand beete zamaanon kaa aaeenaa hoga, Bhatakte abr mein chehraa koi banaa hoga Udaas raah koi daastaan sunaaegi Gali ke mor par soona saa koi darwaazaa, Tarasti Aankhon se rastaa kissi ka dekhegaa Nigaah dur talak jaake laut aayegi” – …

Observing observance

“Iftar-e-saum ki jise kuchh dast gaah ho, uss shakhs ko zaroor hai rozaa rakhaa karey Jis paas rozaa khol ke khaane ko kuchh naa ho, rozaa agar naa khaaye to naachaar kya karey” [One who has the means to break the (Ramzan) fast, that person must surely (keep the) fast The one who has nothing …

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 …

Masala chai

“Mein royaa pardes main, bheega maa ka pyaar Dukh ne dukh se baat ki, bin chitthi bin taar ..Chhotaa kar ke dekhiye jeevan ka vistaar Aankhon bhar aakaash hai, baahon bhar sansaar ..Sab ki pooja ek si, alag alag har reet Masjid jai maulvi, koel gaaye geet ..Saaton din bhagwan ke, kyaa mangal kyaa pir …