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 …

Let it be

“Mann re tu kaahe naa dheer dhare O nirmohi moh naa jaane, jinkaa moh kare Iss jeevan ki chadhti dhalti dhoop ko kisne baandhaa Rang pe kisne pehre daale roop ko kisne baandhaa, kaahe ye jatan kare Utnaa hi upkaar samajh koi jitnaa saath nibhaa de Janam maran kaa mel hai sapnaa yeh sapnaa bisraa …

The Sounds of Silence .. (with an adulatory nod to Simon and Garfunkel)

    “Naam gum jaayega, chehraa yeh badal jaayegaa meri aawaaz hi pehchaan hai…. Gar yaad rahe” – Sampooran Singh “Gulzar” [(The) Name will get obscured, (this) countenance will get altered only the voice is the ipseity … should one (wish to) remember] This emphasis on “aawaaz” (literally, the voice) illustrates the importance of SOUND, …

Ibteda …start

Main akela hi chalaa thaa jaanib-e-manzil, magar log saath aate gaye aur kaarwaan bantaa gayaa - Majrooh Sultanpuri [I had started alone towards my destination, but People continued to arrive and a caravan continued to evolve] This journey has been a long time coming. Over the past six decades many people have contributed to shape …