Monday, November 28, 2022

Jibran on Giving

"There are those who give 
little of the much which 
they have, and they give it 
for recognition and their 
hidden desire makes their 
gifts unwholesome.

And there are those who 
have little and give it all;
these are the believers in 
life and the bounty of life, 
and their coffer is never 
empty.

There are those who give 
with joy, and that joy 
is their reward.
And there are those 
who give with pain, 
and that pain is their 
baptism.

And there are those who give 
and know not pain in giving, 
nor do they seek joy, 
nor give with mindfulness 
of virtue; 

Through hands such as 
these God speaks, 
and from behind their eyes, 
He smiles upon the Earth."

Khalil Gibran

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Rat Race

When I was leaving for the USA, one of my teachers instructed: "You will see a huge Ratrace in the USA. Remember you are neither a rat nor are in a race." Alas! I would have remembered!
 


 

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Badar Bhai

 Badar bhai hamare mohalle ke to na the magar har sham apni naukri khatam ker ke hamare mohalle ke paan wale se cigerette le ker wahim 2/3 ghante chup chaap khare rehte. Hum laRke cricket khelte, woh ziyada baat na kerte bus apni soch main magan cigerette phoonkte rehte. 

Itne saalon main bus ye pata chala ke akele hain. Ma baap mar chuke hain. 2 bahenon ki shadian kerwane main unki umar 40 baras se zayeed ho gai hai. Ab akele hain. Shadi kerna chahte hain magar koi aesa rishtedaar nahi jo baat chalaye ya unke chaal-chalan ki gawahi de. Khud bhi khamosh tabah the.

Bus Badar bhai the, cigerette thi aur un ki khamoshi.

Phir hamarae mohalle ki aik laRki kisi laRke ke saath raat gaye bhaag gai. 2/3 mahine baad rote dhote wapas aa gai. Jese hamare Pakistani muashre main hota hai, mohalle main khub ruswaii hui. Larki ke abba ne masjid chor di aur bhaiyyon ne hamare saath cricket khelna chor di.

Aur phir aik din khabar aai badar bhai us larki se biyah kerne pe raazi ho gaye hain 

Jab main ne Pakistan choRa to badar bhai aur unki biwi ne Ayeha mazil pe chota sa bachhon ka school khol liya the - unke 2 bete paida ho chuke the.

Aik din woh laRki kisi shadi main hamare mohalle aayi to main ne sirf ye suna ke badar bhai ne aik dafa bhi us larki ke maazi ka zikar nahi kiya. Umar main 20 salon ka farq tha magar dono mian biwi is 'marriage of convenience' ko khubsurti se nibah gaye.

Kuch saalon pehle Amma ne bataya - badar bhai aik raat chupke se neend main intiqaal ker gaye. 

Is baar Pakistan gaya to badar bhai ki begum - farida baji aur unke aik bete se aik shadi pe mulaqat ho gai. Beta hu bahu badar bhai ka hamshakal tha. Main ne farida baji se kaha: 'Badar bhai yaad aa gaye'. Un ki aankhon main aansuon ki nami ter gayi. Shayed bohat saara maazi umand aaya. Unhone ne mujh se sirf itna kaha:

"tum jaante ho na, achhe log kabhi nahi marte"

Main ne haami bharte huwe apna sir jhuka diya - 

yun mehsoos huwa, badar bhai wahin kahin aas paas cigerette ke dhuwain main khare muskura rahe hain.

Friday, November 18, 2022

Sindh ki aik riwayat

Sindh ke kai gharanon main aik riwayat ye hai ke woh apni betion ko jooton/jootion ko haat nahi lagane dete. 

Un ka kehna hai: "Betian siron pe aur dilon main rehti hain. Jootian uthwa ker un ka waqar aur izzat kam na karo.

Allah jaane mere kitne sindhi bhaiyon ko apni is riwayat ka pata hai?

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Yaadain

سردیاں اُن لوگوں کے لیے سرد ھیں جِن کے پاس گرم یادیں نہیں ھی.
 
"دوستو فسکی"


Winter is cold for those who don't have warm memories. 

~ Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Deluge scene

 This painting is called 'Deluge scene.' You see a person trying to save his father and completely ignoring his wife and kid (son), who is closer to him. The wife represents the present life, the son the future, and the grandfather, on the other hand, represents the past, which the man clings to. Thus losing his present life and future. A perfect metaphor for what many go through daily. Scene of the deluge, 1827, by Joseph Désiré (1797-1865) 



Monday, November 07, 2022

"architect"

Interesting painting, named 'architect' (though unable to find it on Google) - it's hard to tell if the man is sitting inside or outside the house.


 

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Mai


 
What a profound short video, deciphering human's ego and blindly following ego path from inner master.

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Samiul Aleem

 (A few months back, I was in Pakistan. It was an interesting trip. A lot of unusual things happened)

I was simply buying bread at a local bakery in the neighborhood where I was staying. A maulvi Sahab was in conversation with a couple of people around. I heard this intriguing explanation. I am writing in English for ease.

In Quran, Allah always used Samee (listener) before Aleem (knowledgable). It is a lesson for all of us to gain knowledge; it's essential to learn the skill of being a good listener.

 Bolne see ziyada sunne ki aadat zaroori hai!