Who am I

“Bulleya, kii jaanaan mein kaun.. Naa mein momin vichh maseetan, naa mein vichh kufr diyaan reetaan …naa mein andar ved kitaabaan, naa vichh bhangaan naa sharaabaan …naa main bhed mazhab daa paayaa, naa mein Adam havvaa jaayaa… …avval aakhir aap nun jaanaan, naa koi dooja hor pehchaanan… …mehthon hor na koi sayaanaa, Bulla! O kharhaa …

What my eyes show me

“Saiyyon assi nainaa de aakhe lagge Paak jinhaan diyaan hovan nigaahaan Kadi naa jaande thagge” – Shah Hussain [(Girl) friends, listen, I am beguiled by my eyes Only those that have unsullied vision are never cheated] I step out into a crisp spring morning with just a hint that the sun is also shaking off …

Sorry, eh?

“Yaaron mujhe mu'aaf rakho main nashe mein huun Ab do to jaam khaalii hii do main nashe mein huun Maazuur huun jo paaon mere betarah pade Tum sar-garaan to mujh se naa ho main nashe mein huun” – Mir Taqi Mir (1723 – 1810) [Friends continue to indulge me (for) I am intoxicated If at …

Spring nostalgia

“Bahaaron ko chaman yaad aa gaya hai Mujhe woh gulbadan yaad aa gaya hai! Lachakati shaakh ne jab sar uthaaya Kisi ka baankapan yaad aa gaya hai! Mile woh ajanabi ban kar to 'Rifat' Zamaane ka chalan yaad aa gaya hai!” – Rifat Sultan [(Just as) the spring (season) has remembered (and returned to) the …