My childhood in retrospective was filled with the soft melodies emanating from vividh bharthi, a channel on the Indian national radio. These came from an archaic looking transistor in my mothers quarters.
After traveling with jazz, soft rock, Hindi movie music, Tamil tapang, Celtic Tunes and fusion music, I have quietly returned to Sufi music. The tunes tug at my heart relentlessly and simply make perfect sense.
A very integral part of that music is Urdu poetry. In the humdrum of finishing college and then reading hundreds of English novels, Urdu language fell by the way side.
My mother studied in an Urdu medium school, and Urdu literature was always accessible at home but never coveted.
I have returned to continue this journey, to brush up my Urdu reading skills and make this journal a part of that.
It is also an attempt at allowing 2 of my very close friends a chance to access these beautiful verses and enjoy the exceptional beauty of the masters, without me having to explain it.
Hope you enjoy them. Do send your thoughts…