New beginnings

“Bahaar aamad, bahaar aamad, bahaar-e-mushk-baar aamad Nigaar aamad nigaar aamad nigaar-e-burd baar aamad” – Jalaluddin Rumi [Spring has come, spring has come, musk-laden spring has arrived The sweetheart has come, the sweetheart has come, the forbearing/gentle sweetheart has arrived] In Native Indian legends, robins are viewed as the harbinger of new beginnings and their caring parental behaviour …

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 …