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” …

The heart searches … dil dhoondtaa hai

“Ji dhoondta hai phir wohi fursat ke raat din Baithe rahen tassavur-e-jaanaa kiye huye…” – Mirza Assadullah Khan “Ghalib” “Dil dhoondta hai phir wohi fursat ke raat din Baithe rahen tassavur-e-jaanaa kiye huye ….Barfeeli sardiyon mein, kisi bhi pahaad par Waadee mein goonjti hui, khaamoshiyaan sunen Aankhon mein bheege bheege se, lamhe liye huye…” – …

Acceptance

“Koee ummeed bar naheen aatee, koee soorat nazar naheen aatee Maut ka ek din mu'ayyan hai, neend kyoon raat bhar naheen aatee?” - Mirza Assadullah Beg Khan “Ghalib” [There is no hope that comes to mind, nor is (there) any avenue in sight When for death a day has been (pre)ordained, (then) why does sleep …