Prized possessions

“Mera kuchh saamaan tumhaare pas padaa hai Saavan ke kuchh bhige bhige din rakhe hain Aur mere ik khat mai liptee raat padee hai Woh rat bujhaa do, mera woh saamaan lautaa do” – Sampooran Singh “Gulzar” [Some of my baggage remains with you A few moist monsoon days left lying (with you) And the …

Timeless dialogue

“Mann lago yaar faqiri mein Aakhir yeh tann khaak milega kyun phirta maghroori mein Guru Gobind do-u khade kaa ke lagoon paaye Balihari Guru aapne Gobind diyo milaaye Maalaa kahe hai kaath ki tu kyaa phere mohe Mann ka mankaa pher de so turant milaa dun tohe” – Kabir [(My) being is engrossed in devotion …

Innocence

“Har bacchaa aankhen kholte hi karta hai sawaal mohabbat kaa Duniya ke kissi goshe se use mil jaaye jawaab to acchaa ho” – Ghulam Mohammad Qasir [On opening the eyes (at birth) each child raises the question of love (If only) some corner of this world could provide the response, it would be so nice] …

Ma

“Maaye ni mein kehnoon aakhaan Dard vichhode daa haal…” – Shah Hussain [Mother, with whom (but you) can I share The pain of my separation] Ma, mum, mommy, mother, maadri, amma, om, umm – one does not need a label to define motherhood. When most vulnerable, one instinctively reaches out for the sanctuary of a …