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An Unexpected Visit

A chilling night of December, I woke up to the sound of a knock on the door. It wasn’t the delivery man I was pretty sure about that, he wouldn’t come at 3 am. In a moment, I heard a sparkling sound at the window and a thud on the ceiling. I was on my feet with my heart pounding and in a jiffy I was moving down the stairs with a bat in my hand. With my grip slowly tightening,  I tried to peek out of the door but all I saw were vague images of people standing on my porch. An unknown voice suddenly said, “Are you going to open or not, we’re really tired!” Thinking it was yet another one of my neighbor’s guests who came to the wrong house, I abruptly opened the door and all I could see was one of the characters from my favorite stories, a visitor from Neverland, Peter Pan. I look at his face with squinted eyes, wondering if I’m still dreaming. “You dragged me and Tinker Bell out of our story! I figured that out in the last 3 hours! I am a character from that book!” We both stood silently as I continued squinting at his face, not quite able to figure out the words. He and the fairy started turning red with anger and frustration. Pushing past me he ran to my room. Realizing that a strange man had just entered my house without my permit I ran after him not losing the grip of my bat. I looked around the room and there was fairy dust all over the floor and they both were looking for something desperately, Suddenly Peter stood up from the floor and exclaimed, “Is this it? Is this me? Tinker! Tinker Bell, does this man on the book look like me?” The fairy joyfully nodded and I yelled, ” What are you doing? How did you get here?”

They both turned towards me. Peter, once again, turned red. He moved closer to me with an angry expression, and said, “Oh, don’t you get it! I’ll figure out how to get back on my own!” Hurriedly, he runs towards the window and bumps his head. Frustrated, he shakes his head and stomps his way back to me and snatches my bat without breaking his stare. Strolling back to the window he breaks the window and they both fly out. While Tinker Bell gives me one last stare, during which I stand among the shattered glass, still trying to put the pieces together of what had just happened.

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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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पर भारत वहीँ का वहीँ है

आज़ादी के सत्तर वर्षों बाद,
तिरंगा आज भी हर छत पर गर्व से लहरा रहा है।
अपने व्यस्त जीवन से एक दिन निकाल,
हर भारतवासी शहीदों को याद कर,
भारतमाता को शीश नवा रहा है।
कितना वक़्त गुज़र गया,
कितनी सत्ताएँ पलट गयीं,
पर उन्नीस सौ सैंतालिस से दो हज़ार सत्रह तक,
कुछ तो बदलाव आये ही होंगे न?
आज 15 अगस्त केवल स्वन्त्रता दिवस नहीं रह गया है।
कुछ के लिए यह एक छुट्टी का दिन है, national holiday.
तो कुछ के लिए झंडे बेच एक वक़्त रोटी खाने का ज़रिया।
कोई मोर्चा निकाल देशभक्ति की आड़ में अपना ही उल्लू सीधा कर रहा है,
तो कोई महज़ एक दिन के लिए उन वीर जवानों को श्रद्धांजलि दे रहा है
जिनके परिवार वालों को पहले न जाने कितनी बार ही दुत्कारा।
सोमवार को छुट्टी कर, कितने ही short trip पर निकल गए,
जो बचे कुछ देश की हालत से बेख़बर, गलियों के कोने में नशे से धुत हैं पड़े।
क्या करें ज़नाब!
देश अब modern हो गया है,
लोग busy हो गए हैं।
अब वो देश पर मर मिटने का जुनून
पागलपन कहलाता है।
पुरुषों के समान हक़ माँगती हर औरत
Feminist कहलाती है।
वो जो देर रात काम कर घर आती है न,
उसे तो क्या क्या बुलाते हैं, अब कैसे बताऊँ?
चीन सीमा लांघ कितना ही आतंक क्यों न फैला ले,
शाहरुख़ की नयी फ़िल्म ने 100 करोड़ कमाया या नहीं, युवा पीढ़ी को तो इसकी पड़ी है।
हाँ बस इतना सा ही बदला है भारत,
बाक़ी तो सब आज भी वैसा ही है।
एक टुकड़े ज़मीन पर सत्तर साल पहले भी लड़ रहे थे,
आज भी लड़ रहे हैं।
ये मेरा, वो तेरा की जंग में जवान तब भी मर रहे थे,
देश, नदी, पहाड़, सब की ख़ातिर आज भी शहीद हो रहे हैं।
हरा, केसरिया, हर रंग की राजनीति पहले भी पुरज़ोर चलती थी,
गाय, बकरी, मुर्गी तक तो आज बस इसके छींटे आ गए हैं।
हाँ, भारत वहीँ का वहीँ है,
बस अंदाज़ नए से हैं।
धुंधली पड़ती कुछ आँखों ने एक स्वतन्त्र जमीं का ख़्वाब देखा था,
छोड़ गए वो हमारे हाथों में बागडोर
कि हम एक नए दीये से नवीन उजाला लाएंगे।
पर हमने तो केवल पुराने को ही recycle किया,
संविधान हो या समस्याएं, किसी को भी सरल नहीं किया।
किसान तो आज भी मर रहा है,
औरतें अब भी रो रही हैं,
गरीब आज भी भूखा है,
अमीर आज भी बेचैन है।
वक़्त तो लम्बा गुज़र गया,
पर भारत वहीँ का वहीँ है।
पर भारत वहीँ का वहीँ है।।

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Sometimes I wonder why my words look like that lunar eclipse, shadowing the moon which holds in itself the dark secrets of the universe. My words were supposed to be art. They were supposed to make me and everyone else feel something but apparently, they are too gloomy, like the grief that is too cauterized to be touched and too raw to be spoken of.
I have been fascinated about the breaking of the night into little glow sticks for a long time, I have been an audience to the horror show of tragedies and comedies taking place simultaneously and I have written about them endlessly.
And today when the universe has reversed its pace; when the friable moon has made its place between the life and the star and turned the reflections upon us red… I wonder if we will survive this loop, the playlist of the most depressing songs which is never-ending, the comedy that occurs just to clear the way for another tragedy, the momentary happiness they give us.
…and about art, what will be its significance if destruction and draining emotions are considered to be tragically artistic? If that is art then I want none of it. The way you describe it can be art but somebody free falling into an abyss cannot be. If that’s art, I reject being an artist.
Today, we are told again not to look up at the sky, not because of malevolence or corrosion but just because they want it these ways, they want us to fantasize tragedies because someday, giving up on ourselves will never feel easier! A little effort is all it takes.
//of eclipses that cast a lot more than a shadow…
-Aishwarya Diwakar

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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.