Wednesday, September 28, 2011

What joy can there be in carefully counting it out?

کیا لطف جو گن گن کے تیرا نام لیا
What novelty if calls to your name were counted?

Listening to something right now, reminded me of a Qawwali by Sabri brothers, and I couldn't move on without recalling the original words, and here goes - two deep stanzas - one that I heard right now, and one that I had to recall:

O Tasbeeh Baati Phair Na Baahu
Is Tasbeeh Da Ki Parhna Hu
O Jehna Apne Naal Hisaab Ne Karda
Uhde Naal Hisaab Ki Karda Hu
- Bullhe Shah

Wa'izon ne muft ka ilzaam liya
Tasbeeh ke daano se abas kaam liya
Yeh naam tou woh hai, jisay an ginti layn
Kya lutf jo gin gin ke tera naam liya?!
- Sabri brothers (probably their own creation)

The puritan preachers are their own enemies
Their prayer-beads are used for showing off
O lord, your name deserves to be taken countlessly/HIS name is simply uncountable
What joy can there be in carefully counting it out?

Also see:
(From qawwalis by Abida Parveen, Tere Ishq Nachaya and Chhaap Tilak by Sabri brothers, 1986)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Namak, Hari mirch, Laal mirch, Chutni and what not...

Karachi is facing a lot of rain from a couple of days. Love it. But not being there makes me miss it. And with friends like the one below, you can never run out of Namak, Hari mirch, Laal mirch, Chutni and what not for your "zakhm" (wound).

12:19 PM Faisal: zain
  baarish dekhni hai :P
 me: nahi
 Faisal: lush wali?
 me: :P
 Faisal: :D
 me: chal be chal
 Faisal: :D
  soch hai beta tumhari
  soch lo
 me: take photos
 Faisal: u r gonna miss something :P
12:20 PM sorry
 me: and send them!
  i am at office babes
 Faisal: it is only available live
  get los then
 me: ok lemme try skype
  if it works
 Faisal: loser!
 me: skype fails
  and going for lunch
12:21 PM Faisal: bye
  i m going
  to take a bath in rain :D
  lovely man
  maza he alag hai
 me: abhi zinda huun tou jee lenay do!
  ji lenay do!!
 Faisal: alaaaaaaaaaaaaad
  aur phir
 me: bhari barsaat mayn pi lenay do!!!
 Faisal: nahanay key baad
  sookhay mein bacha bacha
  oh ho ho
 me: chai pakoray chutni ke saath
 Faisal: pakoray ban rahya hain :D
12:22 PM aur chaye bhi
 me: !@$%%@#^
 Faisal: :D
  aaj khana late hoga
 Faisal: good good
  chal tu jaa
  mein zara roof per jaon
  *sight seeing* :D
  oh ho ho
 me: okay
 Faisal: aur chaye pakoray key baad sutta
 me: fine Get Lost
 Faisal: na na

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

You think you are alive?

You think you are alive
because you breathe air? Shame on you,
that you are alive in such a limited way.

Don't be without Love, so you won't feel dead.
Die in Love and stay alive forever.

- Rumi

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tender Words

Tender words we spoke
to one another
are sealed
in the secret vaults of heaven.
One day like rain,
they will fall to earth
and grow green
all over the world.

- Rumi