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that overgrown suitcase of memories

This poem (or an excuse of a poem) was written in a flash for a friend who asked for advice whether to meet an old flame or not.

If you have to go to the North, my love
Why not take the first train
To gaze at the autumn sky

Feel the chilly air in your bones
Clear all the […]

June 30th, 2008|Personal, Poetry, Politics|11 Comments

Singing of youth and beauty, life and death

by Vidya Rao

I was fortunate to be one of the women invited to the first meeting of the Grandmothers’ University at Bija Vidyapeeth early this year. […]

The devastating midnight attack

140 dead and 538 injured – this little byline cuts through hearts and our future!

Yesterday was the day of images – moving pictures of excitement, energy, applause and then the saddest of recent tragedies. […]

October 19th, 2007|Photo stories, Politics|29 Comments

The roar of Rumi – 800 years on

Today is Mevlana’s 800th anniversary. Centuries later, his poetry and messages of love resonate across the globe. I am posting this piece by Charles Haviland (published on the BBC website). Haviland visits Balkhand meets the locals.This is a readable travel account, well informed and empathetic.And […]

September 30th, 2007|Poetry, Rumi, Sufi poetry, Sufism|2 Comments

Weave not, like spiders..

There was a tragedy in my family recently. It has been a sobering week, reflective as well as chaotic.

Last night, I read this translation of Rumi and understod how important it was to have faith and trust the power of Love.

Weave not, like spiders, nets from grief’s saliva
In which the woof and warp are both […]

September 27th, 2007|Arts & Culture, Love, Poetry, Rumi, Sufi poetry, Sufism|5 Comments

The tributes continue – remembering Qurratalain Hyder

The literati in India and Pakistan are grappling with the larger question of Qurratulain Hyder’s stature in Urdu, and some would say, World literature. The Daily Times, Pakistan has published an appropriately titled editorial, Quratulain Hyder, Urdu’s greatest novelist. This paragraph struck me:

…her […]

Qurratulain Hyder is dead!

I have been upset the entire day. Perhaps it does not matter in the larger scheme of things. But this is a sad, sad day. Qurratulain Hyder, the literary giant of our times is no more. At a personal level it […]