About Grief - 7

Before you begin. Put this on. Tasveer-e-Dard (The Portrait of Anguish) from Bang-e-Dara My favorite couplet since I was 15 years old. My story is not indebted to the patience of being heard My silence is my talk, my speechlessness is my speech Why does this custom of silencing exist…

About Grief - 6

Iqbal's most work on grief is from his earlier book Bang-e-dara. Seems like he found the cure later on. Cure shines the most in Bal-e-Jibreel where his thought is mature and solid. Gul-e-Pazhumurda (A Withered Rose) from Bang-e-dara How shall I call you now a flower—Tell me, oh withered…

About Grief - 5

Nawa-e-gham (The Song of Grief) from Bang-e-Dara My life is similar to that of the silent violin The lap of which is full of all kinds of melodies The harp of the universe is sacrificed on whose silence Every string of which is the grave of hundreds of melodies The…

About Grief - 4

Iqbal grieving about civic intolerance... Sada-e-Dard (The painful wail) from Bang-e-Dara Consumed with grief I am, I get relief in no way O circumambient waters of the Ganges drown me  // whoops Our land foments excessive mutual enmity What unity! Our closeness harbors separation Enmity instead of sincerity is outrageous Enmity…

About Grief - 3

Judai (Separation) from Bal-e-Jibreel What can these know—stream, hill, moon, star— Of separation’s torturing scar? Mine is this golden grief alone, To this dust only is this grief known.…

About Grief - 2

Falsafa-e-Gham (Philosophy of Grief) from Bang-e-dara Now that I am 27 years old. I don't study or indulge in philosophical texts, debates or thinking anymore. I say Philosophy is a pursuit of kids. It doesn't mean you shouldn't pursue it. You should. You should when you are a kid. Otherwise.…

About Grief - 1

For an extended period of time I have been thinking to write about grief. The only way to get my idea across was some piece of fiction because non fiction for such topics just doesn't cut. Meanwhile I was reading Iqbal. Again... There was no story I could think of…

City of Stars!

I returned home from work earlier tonight. Which is 2:20 AM. I was feeling a bit hungry. I checked fridge for some quick snacks. Didn't find any. Then I thought, let's not eat at this time. Gotta sleep too. So, before settling in my home workspace again, I brush…