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 …

Who am I

“Bulleya, kii jaanaan mein kaun.. Naa mein momin vichh maseetan, naa mein vichh kufr diyaan reetaan …naa mein andar ved kitaabaan, naa vichh bhangaan naa sharaabaan …naa main bhed mazhab daa paayaa, naa mein Adam havvaa jaayaa… …avval aakhir aap nun jaanaan, naa koi dooja hor pehchaanan… …mehthon hor na koi sayaanaa, Bulla! O kharhaa …

What my eyes show me

“Saiyyon assi nainaa de aakhe lagge Paak jinhaan diyaan hovan nigaahaan Kadi naa jaande thagge” – Shah Hussain [(Girl) friends, listen, I am beguiled by my eyes Only those that have unsullied vision are never cheated] I step out into a crisp spring morning with just a hint that the sun is also shaking off …