This regional spin off is interesting. Though the mention is of Bohemians, it’s not Bohemians per se, but what are called as Parne who intermingle with Gypsies and live their life. They are considered as vile and inacceptable as like the Gypsies. This carol talks about the Three Magi who were supposed to have visited… Read More The Three Magi: A Carol (To a Gypsy Air) – Unknown
Notice the specific mention of a gypsy. Such things made them the regular stuff of persecution all over. The Panaghia sits alone, alone she sits and lonely ; She prays, and all her prayers are for her only Son beloved. A noise she hears, and tumult loud, and very great confusion ; And forth she… Read More For the Great Friday – A Greek Carol
This is the beauty of Sanskrit literature. There are instances of a story written in 25000 slokas and there are instances were the same story was told in one sloka. Below three are a single sloka recitations of Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagavata. I am not sure who wrote them, but the case is that all… Read More The Definition of Brevity – Scriptures in a Single Sloka
Well, something happened and Iqbal one day, composed a poem complaining about Islam in 1909. The clergy, as expected, was up in arms and four years later, he had to gratiate himself by posting a reply to it. Stanza (1) Kyun Ziyaan Kaar Banun, Sood Framosh Rahun Fikr-e-Farda Na Karum, Mahw-e-Ghum-e-Dosh Rahun Why should I… Read More Muhammad Iqbal – Shikwa(Protest)
Well, another one over Jinnah as well… Waken, O mother! thy children implore thee, Who kneel in thy presence to serve and adore thee! The night is aflush with a dream of the morrow, Why still dost thou sleep in thy bondage of sorrow? Awaken and sever the woes that enthrall us, And hallow our… Read More Awake! – Sarojini Naidu
Maharaja Kishen Pershad, Diwan of Hyderabad Na main Hindu, na main MusalmanHar mazhab hai mera imanShad ka mazhab Shad hi janeAzadi azad hi jane I am neither Hindu nor MuslimEvery religion is my faithShad alone knows of his religious beliefsAs only a freeman can fathom the true value of freedom Mirza Ghalib on Varanasi Ibadat… Read More Two Couplets from Either Side of the Horizon – Extreme Secularism or Extreme Hypocrisy?
I will become an ornament on your body, the ankle bells upon your feet. I will become the cakora who gazesat the moons of your fingernails, the bee who buzzes around your lotus feet. I will become the mirror you look into, the whisk that fans you. And I have yet another desireLet me become… Read More Prataparudra Gajapati’s Prayer for Radha