Thankfully yours

India, invaded by various races – Mongols, Afghans, Turks, Iranians and the British – to name a few, was always able to absorb and enrich not just itself but also the occupying forces over the centuries through an assimilation of each others cultures, cuisines, languages and customs. For instance, the profound influence of Persian poet …

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” …