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Storms And Tranquility.

Part One.

He counted the lights in the urban city down the lane while I counted his scars. I wondered how he smiled so often with those heavy stitches on his lips. He said these were the consequences of bottling up too many secrets within himself. I always felt a very strong connection with him for we shared most of the cuts, those upon the soul. These scars were only for the body but on the inside, they were wounds that would rot me to death. He made my wounds shine over its cracks and told me how I was so beautiful with them on my skin. I used to believe that the world was dark, hiding deepest secrets behind every face. He told that it was the bright glint in my eyes that was eclipsed by the darkness and negative vibes of some undeserving people. I used to believe that my past followed me only to haunt me as I kept closing all doors to keep myself away from it, but he called me from behind a closed door and asked me to learn from my mistakes. I was a mess with all broken threads of trust, he was the magic that tied all knots to one that lead me to him. I sulked over the thought that I was better off alone with the fire within me. He took me to the darkest places where I learnt to become my own source of satisfaction. I was raised with the myth that a girl and a boy could have only a love tangent with each other. Here, I am standing on the top of the world having him for a lifetime as a friend. The two minds with a set of different thoughts where I felt we met by destiny and he claimed destiny was just an illusion.
“It’s our pain that found each other.” He said.

~Simran Riyaz

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Dil ko kya kusoor dete ho O jhalliya

Jab saare fasaad ki jad yeh Zaalim nazrei hain

Dil ko kyon kasoorvaar thehraate ho

Yeh qambakhat to bana hi hai dhadakne ke liye

Aashiq ban ke dhadhke ya kaayar banke

Kya bharoosa

Kisi ki rooh se mohabbat kar ke Dekho

Rooh rukti nahi

Bhoolti nahi

Aur kabhi bhi fitrat badalti nahi

Kuch bhi kehdo magar rooh ki touheen na karo

Rouh ki nazar baaz ki nazar se shaatir hoti hai

Rouh se jab mohabbat ho to Ishq ko rouhaani kar deta hai

Rouh ki shikayat khuda ke Azaab ka aqs Leti hai

Khuda ki ibadat hi rooh ka wuzu hai

Rooh ke Bina jism ka Kaunsa wujooh hai?


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Welcoming 2018!

Happy New Year!

January 1st, New Year or also known as the day to make resolutions for the coming year.

Resolutions help us become a better person or correct a habit that you might not like about yourself or even make the world a better place by contributing. Sometimes, we fail at executing it and sometimes, we don’t. But even a simple change in yourself can be the ripple to a life-changing wave.

Here are 6 simple life-changing resolutions that you can make for 2018:

  1. Show more kindness

    It is important to show kindness to everyone who deserves it. You must try to be more empathetic towards the conditions of others.

  2. Learn to say, “No”!

    While helping everyone and trying to fit in is important, it is also important to help oneself. You must learn to say, “NO” to things that go against your principles. Resist peer pressure and make no false promises.

  3. Spend more time with family

    If you were ever a family person, maybe this is the year you should change that. Spend more time with your family, make memories and get to know more about each other.

  4. Step out of your comfort zone

    It is important to explore every once in a while and step out of your comfort zone. It might seem scary in the beginning but it can lead up to a whole bunch of new experiences and self-discovery.

  5. Fly high but remember to land and stay grounded

    Always remember that compliments shouldn’t get to your head and criticism shouldn’t get to your heart.

  6. Believe in planning but also appreciate spontaneity

    Learn to plan more often and do it in a better way but also be prepared just in case it doesn’t work out. Also, indulge yourself in spontaneity more often.

Let’s welcome 2018 with warm hands, clear minds, jolly smiles and happy hearts!

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Essential Songs For A Modern Sufi Enthusiast

Many of us, “kids”, as our elders call us, are often told that we listen to some really trashy music and that tunes of their era had substance to it. Well here’s a list of songs which might help you to add some songs of substance to your playlists. These songs are soulful while having that beat we love so much.


Baazi | Aima Beg & Sahir Ali Bagga



A playful, traditional folk song, kicking off with a mandolin channeling an aik-tara sets the scene for a rustic rendition of the age-old-tale of an admirer trying to win over the love of his darling.


Maula E Kul | Abida Parveen



A testament and a heartfelt prayer without a rhythm or tempo placing the expressivity of vocal powers at the forefront. The track builds up to ‘Haidari-am’ – the poetry of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar. The segment opens with a bass line and transforms into a dhamaal using the dhol as a backbone to create the rhythms played at shrines, utilizing the western instruments and a pop/rock feel.


Jhalliya | Javed Bashir and Masooma Anwar



With a bracing blend of swift guitar, the track opens in an intimate atmosphere as words by Bulleh Shah are narrated at intervals. This sufi-style rendition builds into something with much more energy, spirit, and life. The high-pitched vocals of Javed and the deep tones of Masooma, strikingly fuse with an unstoppable groove, a bouncing chorus, and a flickering drumbeat.


Man Qunto Maula | Ali Azmat and Javed Bashir




The enigmatic sound is made possible with words of the lyricist, coming together effortlessly with the kalaam of Hazrat Ameer Khusro. Pop-Rock vocals take the lead on the verses and as the song progresses a heartfelt voice of a more classical training grips one ever so tightly. The duo’s vocals work seamlessly together, as the house band graces the track with their precise and decisive contribution, and the humnawa provide a repeating hook for the chorus – truly embracing the very essence of the Qawwali and capturing the soul of everyone that comes within its aural range.


Laal Meri Pat | Quratulain Balouch




Entrancing, enthralling and ethereal, this rendition takes Laal Meri Pat past the threshold of a zealous dhamaal and places it into an ambient and spiritually opulent sonic environment. A baritone spoken word juxtaposed with haunting alaaps steer the song into a beautiful auditory vista as an unrestrained and captivating persona of the lead in the song adds to the trance of the reverie with each emphatic zephyr of dama-dam. A multi-faceted and nuanced blend of devotional poetry, fervent chants of ‘Jhulelal’ perched upon a dreamy, psychedelic soundscape of the sitar and a traditional groove, the rendition is rich with emotion and mysticism.




Chaap Tilak | Abida Parveen and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan



Penned by the subcontinent’s foremost musical genius Hazrat Amir Khusrau, ‘Chaap Tilak’ is an instantly recognisable qawwali that has been graced by every legendary voice of this region for the past many centuries. Written in braj bhasha, the popular country dialect which was a forerunner of Urdu, its beauty lay in its simplicity. Sung from the perspective of a young girl, it is replete with modest yet enchanting symbols, as it celebrates the splendour of losing oneself in love. Both the use of motifs as well as the language itself were deliberate creative choices by Hazrat Amir Khusrau, as they communicated to the common people using their own ideas and aesthetics. The two musical legends have performed this song almost as a story, delivering the verses in an exhilarating back-and-forth style.