Something from what I had written a few years ago. And I thought I should start sharing them in a blog. Do read and tell me how you feel.

“A NOTE TO SELF”

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Here is Hazaron Khwahishen Aisi in the voice of Jagjit Singh from the Tele Series Mirza Ghalib starring Nasiruddin Shah.

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हुई जिन से तवक़्क़ो' ख़स्तगी की दाद पाने की
वो हम से भी ज़ियादा ख़स्ता-ए-तेग़-ए-सितम निकले

मोहब्बत में नहीं है फ़र्क़ जीने और मरने का
उसी को देख कर जीते हैं जिस काफ़िर पे दम निकले

कहाँ मय-ख़ाने का दरवाज़ा 'ग़ालिब' और कहाँ वाइ'ज़
पर इतना जानते हैं कल वो जाता था कि हम निकले

~ ग़ालिब

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भरम खुल जाए ज़ालिम तेरे क़ामत की दराज़ी का
अगर इस तुर्रा-ए-पुर-पेच-ओ-ख़म का पेच-ओ-ख़म निकले

मगर लिखवाए कोई उस को ख़त तो हम से लिखवाए
हुई सुब्ह और घर से कान पर रख कर क़लम निकले

हुई इस दौर में मंसूब मुझ से बादा-आशामी
फिर आया वो ज़माना जो जहाँ में जाम-ए-जम निकले

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हज़ारों ख़्वाहिशें ऐसी कि हर ख़्वाहिश पे दम निकले
बहुत निकले मिरे अरमान लेकिन फिर भी कम निकले

डरे क्यूँ मेरा क़ातिल क्या रहेगा उस की गर्दन पर
वो ख़ूँ जो चश्म-ए-तर से उम्र भर यूँ दम-ब-दम निकले

निकलना ख़ुल्द से आदम का सुनते आए हैं लेकिन
बहुत बे-आबरू हो कर तिरे कूचे से हम निकले

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“Well, for one thing, the culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. We're teaching the wrong things. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn't work, don't buy it. Create your own."

~ Tuesdays With Morrie

"शहर की इस भीड़ में चल तो रहा हूँ
ज़ेहन में पर गाँव का नक़्शा रखा है"

~ ताहिर अज़ीम

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Prayer is a conversation with God. Regardless of region and religion.

The doors to the dargah of Hazrat Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki open and two clerics sit down to recite from the Quran.

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We say in the Baul tradition that the male ego is much more fragile than the female. So we say, become strong, as strong as a woman. ... In a way, men are very afraid of women. Because women are very giving. They are ready to offer themselves. Because of this capacity of compassion and love, the motherly aspect, that already exists in women. It's a very special quality. Men have to seek it out in themselves.”

~ Parvathy Baul

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Hazrat Qutbuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki was a Sufi mystic, saint and scholar. He hails from the famous Chishti order of Indian Sufism.
He was a disciple and successor of Moinuddin Chishti of Ajmer. Promoting and nourishing Sufism in and around Delhi is credited to him.

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