A very educational video

August 14, 2011 § 1 Comment

Good video. Nice message. Don’t know if the Mediator would approve though I don't know smile


Love & Fire

December 31, 2010 § 1 Comment

“Love is fire, whether it warms a heart or burns down a house, nobody can tell”

Cupid smiled as he recalled these words. Adding wood to this fire was his job. It wasn’t a particularly easy job though. Love, like fire, burns.

Ishq tey atish dono barabar
Adey ishq da ta-vikhayra
Atish sadey hay pakh te-paan
Adey ishq sadey dil jherra
Atish pani naal bujheyndi
Adey ishq da daaru kehraa

Love and Fire are the same, though love weighs heavier. Fire may burn things, but Love burns the heart. Fire may be quelled by water, but what is it that quells love?

Watching mortals scorch themselves with this fire, he recalls words he heard a long long time ago.

Uthay chhana rakhi
Jithay ishq laway dayra

Do not lend your heart there, where passions may run high

And, he remembered his own indiscretions. It was the universe’s first on-the-job accident.

His mother had sent him to make Psyche fall in love with the vilest thing in the world. Mother had her reasons to do so. But he accidentally scratched himself with the arrow he had prepared for Psyche and fell in love with her. Night after night he used to visit her while she slept…

Hulhula ke ishq jo aaiya
Mohabat wala shor machaiya
Hulhula ke ishq jo aaiya
Mohabat wala shor machaiya
Ghati ghati shaam aai hai
Yaar dadhi ishq aatish laee hai
Yaar dadhi ishq aatish laee hai
Way yaar sano[O, friend]
way dost sano lag gayee bayakhtearee
Sano lag gayee bayakhtearee
Seenay day vich na samaee hai…

So deliberately has love come…cried out its intentions..and it has blossomed this evening. Love has kindled a fire, a fire over which I have no control.

And then they had a misunderstanding, as all love stories do, due to which he resolved never to meet her. But Psyche was made of sterner stuff. She looked all over the world looking for him. Love makes you do things like that, he thought.

Ishq away-ra bahan na dayndaa
Thee kadaan ker mast karayndaa
Ishq away-ra bahan na dayndaa
Oh thee kadaan ker mast karayndaa
Ghati ghati shaam aai hai
Yaar dadhi ishq aatish laee hai
Yaar dadhi ishq aatish laee hai

Love is strange, it pushes you in waters deep but it wont let you drown. Sometimes, it drives you mad. But it has blossomed this evening. Love has kindled a fire, Love has kindled a fire…

They were fortunate, he thought. Psyche was granted immortality by the Gods. They live happily ever after.

Mortals, unfortunately, are not so fortunate.

[The lyrics here are from the song “Yar Daddi” by Ali Zafar. It is in Saraiki]

Yar Daddi–Ali Zafar


March 21, 2010 § 3 Comments

It is something that is amiss in him. Trust. The ability to believe blindly.

Trust, they say, once broken can not be mended. He took it a step further. He decided not to trust at all.

Now, he looks at everybody with a faint suspicion. Smiles that seem forced, promises that are not kept, work that is assigned but not done; he is never surprised. Because he never trusts.

Love is born out of trust. Trust that a person will not hurt you, will never betray. Without trust there is no love.

Sometimes, late at night, before sleep sets in, he wants to trust, to love again. But he can’t. Trust. It’s too risky. Once bitten, twice shy, thrice and he might never recover…

The lowu phone

June 21, 2009 § 2 Comments

One thing that Dhirubhai Ambani will be forever immortalized for is the small mobile revolution that he helped usher in India. Make no mistake, he played a huge part in this, what with the Rs. 500 ka mobile phone Reliance introduced some years ago. But this post is not about that. It is about a bigger contribution he has made. A contribution that will not be forgotten by a generation of Indians, and will be spoken of with reminiscing sighs in the days of their retirement.

A little history here. Soon after Reliance Mobile came into existence and a lot of consumers had them, people found out a way to cheat Reliance out of money they’d have to pay for legitimate calls they made. Basically, instead of disconnecting calls, they’d pull out the battery from the phones. Reliance executives, instead of taking a hit month and month again, decided to introduce a new scheme, which said: Pay fixed monthly charge and call any Reliance phone anywhere in India for free. That, and they also fixed their faulty billing system. People chose the fixed monthly charge and free calls scheme. Entire khandaans converted over to Reliance.

Perhaps unknown to the Reliance people, there was a market segment that they hadn’t thought existed. The people in lowu. Now, whats better than spending each moment in somebody’s company? Eh, wats that you said? Calling each other? Yes. That’s exactly what the lovers of our generation did. Both parties got Reliance mobiles and started spending a lot (and by that I mean a LOT) of time with the phone connected to their ear. Long distance relationships flourished, aided by this free reliance to reliance scheme. Short distance relationships flourished some more, if that is possible.

In fact, the practice is so prevalent now, that I have devised a way to identify people in lowu (and various stages of lowu), just by the mobile network they use. The algorithm goes:

Boy/Girl has Reliance mobile? Boy/Girl is constantly on the phone (>3 hours in the work day)? Boy/Girl talks very softly on the phone? Boy/Girl has expression of supreme happiness/ extreme stress/ regular boredom while on phone? If the answers to all of the above is Yes, then ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, a reliance couple.

A note to parents: If your child wants/switches to a Reliance phone all of a sudden, you should stop entertaining thoughts of a peaceful arranged marriage match for your child. 😀

I have seen many such phone users. Separated by distance or circumstances, The Lowu Phone a.k.a Reliance Mobile has made life(lowu) a little easier and cheaper for lakhs of couples across India.

[And just in case you are wondering, the author does not own a Reliance mobile phone.]

“The opposite of love…

June 10, 2009 § 7 Comments

…is not hate, its indifference”, he says.

“In that case, I promise never to be indifferent towards you. Ever”, she says.

“So, you promise to hate me forever?”, he asks.

“With all my heart”, she replies, smiling.


May 27, 2009 § 14 Comments

He passes by her, keeping his eyes downcast.

He does not want to look her in the eyes.

Eyes are where affection is most prominent.

He is afraid that she may find out.

Just as he is about to turn a corner, she calls out his name. He turns around. She says hi, he replies with some random noise that his throat comes up with.

He has no option, he has to look her in the eye. Look anywhere else and she might be offended. And he did not want to offend her.

Eyes, he knows, speak a language of their own. Her eyes do too. But its a language he does not know, but it seems nice, he feels he ought to learn to speak that language. 

L n H

May 20, 2009 § 5 Comments

Love is hard to understand. Even harder to achieve. Everyone aspires to it, few ever get close.

Hate, however, is easy. All one has to do is look back at the past, remember someone or something that wronged. And hate is born.

Is it any surprise then, that the world is so full of hate?

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