Beginnings anew

One year draws to a close.  Another year begins. As children, we were not allowed to stay up late to “ring in the New Year.”  Forbidden activities serve to entice and we tried all sorts of gimmicks to be permitted to hang around later than usual.  For instance, a kids’ sleepover party on December 31 …

Khushbu … fragrance

“Rang baatein karen, aur baton se khushboo aaye Dard phoolon ki tarah mehake agar tu aaye” [Colors speak, and this tête-à-tête exudes a fragrance The (heart) ache evokes a bouquet of flowers if/when you arrive] – Zia Jullundhari “Humne dekhi hai in aakhon ki mehakti khushbu Haath se chhuke inhen rishton ka ilzaam naa do” …