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Saturday, July 18, 2020

a pregnant pause


Friday, July 17, 2020

ms k nur

oh dear!
ms k nur adorned with
louis cartier messenger bag
cartier bestaire watch
christie's diamond necklace
and the haughty smile
all imploded
(like the third tower)
when he noticed
the run on the stocking

Monday, January 20, 2020

Nawab and I: Take me to Lucy's

re posted:

MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2009

Nawab and I: Take me to Lucy's

Nawab belonged to an Ozzie friend of mine Subroto who ran a radio show down under for eleven years. Nawab can talk, if you would listen. Not everyone could converse with him though. He is also a psychic and a mind reader: a trait that automatically invokes honesty in those who could converse with him. There was no way around that. One can coax, cajole, bamboozle humans, but not Nawab. We take pleasure in bringing Nawab here ~t

N: Woof woof!
t: Kiya baat hay Nawab?
N: Why are you the only desi who speaks with his dog in desi language?
t: hmmmm...never occurred to me.
N: And with desis you prefer English.
t: Why do you think it is?
N: Rajititis!
t: Raj-titis?
N: This time you are right.
t: Thanks. So what about Rajtitis?
N: Name the dogs your friends have.
t: Lucy, Charlie, Toto, Tommy...
N: There....where is Champa, Bijli, Pappoo?
t: (never talk to an observant dog)
N: Wrong. You know we can read minds.
t: Yes, sorry Nawab laikin tum ziyadti nahiN ker rahay ho?N: No. You need me more than I do. Now you are using me too.
t: (He is right, without Nawab this post could not be written.)
N: Right! Now walk me to Lucy's...sorry to the Pitfields
t: Aha, so you like Lucy.
N: You men would never understand. A dog has to satisfy a bitch in heat.
t: are so right and so wrong.
N: Nawab is never wrong.
t: Kiya mutlub? We have morals.
N: Don't go there. Your morals have more holes than Swiss cheese.
t: And you will bring in Chechenya, Kashmir, Darfur, Fata, Palestine, holocaust, Edward, John, Bill...
N: No! I will mention Paul and Jenny, Ken and Sean, Paro and that Djinn...
t: Paul has been seeing Jenny? Does Josie know? And Ken...wish I had your psychic abilities.
N: Start barking and raising one foot.
t: Don't be nasty with me. I like you, but do not overestimate it.
N: You could never find another talking dog. And remove those thoughts of that dog house.
t: Achcha hum aap ko Lucy kay paas lay jaiNgay.N: Woof woof. Check your cellular. She called.
t: She did. And you tell me now...
N: You bore me.
t: Things I have to put up with, let me get the poop n scoop bag.


N: Take the car. It will rain later.
t: Achcha, tell me what do you think about Obama's speech.
N: He's got too much on his plate.
t: You mean he talks the talk but...
N: You are a quick study.
t: Modesty is a human trait!
N: Woof woof!
t: You don't believe me? I know so many modest people.
N: And now you will name Kerty, Guido, Ravi...
t: Don't tell me you have been surfing Desicritics.
N: I would if you would leave the PC alone.
t: Now you sound like M.
N: She is right.
t: DO you think Bibi would blink?
N: I know why you changed the subject.
t: hmmmmmm
N: I know you are telling yourself, 'I would not bite.'
t: Nawab it is an honour and a privilege to...
N: Stop with your speech I would not talk about M.

(We arrived at my friend's place and Nawab ran off to the backyard. A little later, back in the car.)

N: Make sure you have your passport on you.
t: Thanks, I had almost forgotten.
N: It is the law since June 01.
t: You are lucky, you do not need a passport.
N: I am lucky because I am not human.
t: Why you don't like Americans?
N: Stop trying to read my mind.
t: I'll call it a night. Long drive ahead.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

bay-naam, ba-pata

guzashta roz
mera naam thaa
           pata thaa
phir utha liya gaya mujhay
maiN ik number hooN
         chispaaN jo hay
anghootay per m`ray

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

tag on my toe

    i had a name
    i had an address
    i have disappeared
    i did not abandon the family
they took me away
and fixed a tag on my toe

Tuesday, May 28, 2019


reckoning the day is never done it is there 24/7 unblinking eyeball to eyeball till we surrender

Monday, May 27, 2019

cyber clash alert

cyber clash alert just twenty seconds earlier i posted this. paglay baat maiN wazan hota tou humari-tumhari suni jaati wazan baat maiN nahiN wardi aur daulat maiN hota hay maan lo
se'h lo
chup ho jao
یہ بلڈی سویلین کیا کہ رہا ہے. ہم تو سمجھتے تھے کہ صرف کاکول کا پڑھا ہوا ہی سمجھ رکھتا ہےِ…


paglay baat maiN wazan hota tou humari-tumhari suni jaati wazan baat maiN nahiN wardi aur daulat maiN hota hay maan lo
se'h lo
chup ho jao

Sunday, May 26, 2019

recycling souls

we recycle dust to dust the body devolves or evolves the soul that single soul infuses in other bodies the rotation timeless stories untold

Replying to @Joieya74
most carry their stories n wear their scares quite gracefully no regrets then👍

Saturday, May 25, 2019

thoughts stray or pondered

thoughts stray or pondered caught fermented distilled re-ordered edited and released @rain_bowcatcher @brainpicker
My Heart — an emotional intelligence primer in the form of an uncommonly tender illustrated poem about our capacity for love…

Friday, May 24, 2019

pole dancing

pole dancing populism is in empathy is out we're stuck in t-whining*

*t- tweet

Thursday, May 23, 2019


syed likh ga'aye baray asbaab e baghawat e hind sahafi yahaaN meh'v e intizaar haiN kub koi khakhi bila-suboot qal'm per oonkay sabt ker-daiga moh'r e shanasaee aur saabit ho-jaiga tamghae wafadari #tpoem more musings ar baithak.blogspot
Know how three letters form a root to the making of new words. #LearnUrdu #RekhtaUrdu #aamozish @Rekhta

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

azli ghulami

azli ghulami saabir haiN hum jo jaabir kay
sitam ko seh ker baar baar
seh ker bhee bardasht kertay haiN

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

rishtouN ka bojh

in rishtouN ka bojh ab uthaye nahiN uthta nadaanistagi maiN janay kya kya daal dya in natawaaN kandhoN per kuch apnoN nay kuch ghairoN nay
in rishtouN ka bojh ab uthaye nahiN uthta

Monday, May 20, 2019

bharosa unqaa

bharosa unqaa koi yeh bata'aye kis kis ka rona roaiN hum aur aap sujhaee kuch bhee nahiN daita ab muflisi qehat hay her soo aur woh kehtay haiN sub theek hay theek ho jaiga bharosa rakho

Sunday, May 19, 2019

losing a loved one

the throbbing of torrential tears fearlessly flowing freely resonating reflections and recollections of one who was here this morning callously, carelessly confirmed (dead) by a cretin with no conscience

Saturday, May 18, 2019

likhnay say hay ghar'z mujhko

likhnay say hay ghar'z mujhko azad pen ya dollar pen ho qalam ya dawat ho jari rahay gi mashq e sukhan takhti say shr'u hui thee jo
likhnay say hay ghar'z mujhko

Friday, May 17, 2019

irony's slow death

irony's slow death a known liar agitating against #fakenews

Thursday, May 16, 2019

ger hum hotay

ger hum hotay chaand per basay tou wahaaN ki chaudhween shub ko kya kertay

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

aqwaal e zarreen

kehtay haiN woh samjhota karlo khair i'si maiN hay mana dakaiti buri hay laikin jaan bachcana hay tou paisay day do phir kisi din oosool ko fauqiyat daina

nahiN yeh waq't nahiN samjhotay ka yeh waq't hay muqablay ka

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

cauldron of wise words

cauldron of wise words resistance is futile dictates prudence give in to the imbeciles hand over the wallet live another day to fight back but the glory is in not giving in the glory is not in giving up

Monday, May 13, 2019

dharti maaN

dharti maaN rehtay haiN shub o roz ehsaan-mand kal dono ko salaam mother earth am thankful for bounties tomorrow i'll salute both of you

Sunday, May 12, 2019

faraib e musalsil

faraib e musalsil na aana rangON kay faraib maiN redblueyellow rang badaltay haiN kabhi dil-kash kabhi dil faraib ak's ko youN munjamind kertay haiN (from the subconscious to the canvas) khwaab zeh'n say canvas per aatay haiN

Saturday, May 11, 2019


u-turn jub principle ka qehat ho aur pricipals ki buhtat ho

Friday, May 10, 2019

waq't ka rona

waq't ka rona baar baar kyuN rotay ho pyaray aaiana dekho aur bahao aansoo pyaray

Thursday, May 09, 2019


hum khamashi achchi hay magar yeh majboori chup nahiN reh sakthay

Wednesday, May 08, 2019


ramzaan...ramadaan is overrated fasting, praying meaningless both when unchanged our acts remain

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

rab hay woh aalamouN ka, humaiN kya

rab hay woh aalamouN ka, humaiN kya janay kis aalam maiN ho, humaiN kya kehtay haiN woh pagal hay, humaiN kya nafrat ghussa tapkay hay, humaiN kya kertay ho bay-wajah zul'm, humaiN kya jahaan sara hansay ga, humaiN kya janay kis....

Monday, May 06, 2019

khudara, khuda ki baat mut karo

khudara, khuda ki baat mut karo bandoN ko youN paraishaN mut karo rab hay woh aalamouN ka, humaiN kya janay kis aalam maiN ho, humaiN kya

Sunday, May 05, 2019

peer e tasma-paa

peer e tasma-paa kehna mut kisi say dosto malika e bartania bhaijti nahiN apna VICEroy di'hayyouN se headquarter hee kerta hay mussallat hum per maanind e peer tasma-paa

Saturday, May 04, 2019

if i could have said it

if i could have said it then i would have but i refrained not for lack of resolve or scarcity of words why? that is for my mother to explain, sadly she is not here

Friday, May 03, 2019

look for houris there

look for houris there if you love to die look for houris there leave others alone it is your misdeeds that turns most people away from god

Thursday, May 02, 2019

kami hay

suraj wohi, log wohi jo kal thay aaj haiN wohi dastoor m'gar badla hay kami hay murawwat ki

puraane #saal kii ThiThurii huii parchhaaiyaan simtiin naye din kaa nayaa suuraj ufuq par uthtaa aataa hai #ASJafri #shair @temporal3 @umair4v

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

no houris there

no houris there mernay ka itna hee shauq hay tou latak jao pankhay se mut maro masoom mazloom ko in harkatouN say tumhari hojatay haiN log munharif deen se, dunya se, khuda se

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

conversation between a father and son

conversation between a father and son

i don't want to go alone
abba alone we are born, alone we depart

bury me at the foot of my father's grave
his grave is another country abba
it does not matter where you are buried
in heaven you will meet your father 
whom you miss so much
and your mother, my mother 
they will all be pleased to see you

will you bury me with my glasses, pen and diary
you will not need them there abba
you will be a free man
there will be no need of glasses 
or medicine or walker

i will meet my father there? 
yes abba and all your relatives and friends

(he was visibly relaxed)

Monday, April 29, 2019

i am sorry

i am sorry mom told me if you're wrong admit it and apologize as am wrong often with my partner in crime i'd utter the three words little did i know she'd prefer an honest debate before accepting those three words

Sunday, April 28, 2019


qaumaiN zindah qaumaiN head lights murdah qaumaiN tail lights

Saturday, April 27, 2019

the journey

the journey snow peak stream river lake ocean cloud snow peak that is nature in its glory what is perplexing (for me) is the journey of a teardrop

Friday, April 26, 2019


tsunami waves of destruction here aid and promises there

Thursday, April 25, 2019


sailab rawaN mauj e tabahi ik taraf imdad aur dilasay doosri taraf

Wednesday, April 24, 2019


overture introvert extrovert overt covert or ambivert are all traits of symphonic overture

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

kal, aaj aur kal

kal, aaj aur kal kal aur tum aaj aur hum kal aur kaun?

Monday, April 22, 2019

yesterday, today and tomorrow

yesterday, today and tomorrow yesterday and you today and me tomorrow....?

Sunday, April 21, 2019

kal aur aaj

kal aur aaj i t'ri muskurahat aaj kyuN hay pu'r shikan mita do shikanaiN shokhi raj karay phir

Saturday, April 20, 2019

yesterday and today

yesterday and today why is your smile so wrinkled today? fold it away and be happy

Friday, April 19, 2019


mukalma hello? hello? hello? aap kaisay haiN? mohterma aap ko kis say baat kerni hay? achcha tou ab hum mohterma ho ga'aye? arey bhai aap ko kis say baat kerni hay? achcha ab hum bhai bun ga'aye?

oof, yara kis say baat kerni hay? kamal hay. kal tou maiN na mohterma thee
na bhai, na yara. then I hung up

Thursday, April 18, 2019


#NotreDame intriguing romance passionate perseverance atlantis babylon el dorado persepolis saraswati shangri la and rivers of what-ifs tiptoeing long into the silent night

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Om Mani Padme Hum *

Om Mani Padme Hum *

at eleuthera's lighthouse beach
twirling around my bare feet
the waves from the atlantic
and the caribbean sea
that have travelled
unhampered miles
to embrace the pink sand
with their foam, froth and fret
and the crisis of their history       
touch the shores barely
only to move on


waves could part lessons
stuck forever in timelines
these waves encountered
nets, debris, boats, breakwaters
clouds that float to peaks
snow, streams and rivers 
and back to the ocean
but their love and resolve
remains unfulfilled

         paani paani ker gaee mujh kO Qalander ki yeh baat
        tu jhuka jub ghair kay aagay na munn tera na tann
                                                     (iqbal- dayar e ish'q)

om mani padme hum
paani paani paani paani


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

khauf aata hay is laf'z say ab

khauf aata hay is laf'z say ab khatray maiN hay jamhuriyat theek kub thee jo ab... khatray maiN hay insaniyat khatray maiN hay aazadi e raae khatray maiN hay yeh duniya aakhirat na ho baqi sub theek hay khauf aata hay is laf'z say ab

Monday, April 15, 2019

ger jeena chahtay ho

ger jeena chahtay ho
bolo mut likho mut soucho mut jaantay nahiN is daur e jahilya maiN yeh sub mum'noo hay ger jeena chahtay ho bolo mut likho mut soucho mut #MashaalKhan