It is perhaps a poignant coincidence that amidst the current spate of festivals we have Eid-e-Milad and Easter, back-to-back. While Easter marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Milad is, interestingly, both the birth and the death anniversary of the Prophet Mohammed. These founders of two major world religions were also the sources of inspiration for […]
One of my favourite songs is the Amitabh classic, ‘Rang barse bheege chunarwaali’. It is rustic, earthy and raunchy. And having recently discovered that it was penned by the poet Harivanshrai Bachchan, I like it even more. The senior Bachchan was a national treasure of truly lofty stature. I had always known and loved his […]
There is a blessing in the air,
Which seems a sense of joy to yield
To the bare trees, and the mountains bare
And grass in the green field.
No joyless forms shall regulate
Our living Calendar:
We from today, my friend, will date
The opening of the year.
Some silent laws our hearts may make,
Which they shall long obey;
We for the year […]