One thing that always gets ignored while talking about India’s independence is the partition of India. It was the largest displacement of people in the 20th century. The state worst affected by this was Punjab. It was divided into two parts and a large displacement of Muslims to Pakistan and Hindus & Sikhs to India started. Result was that an uncontrolled bloodshed followed. The unfortunate thing is that today’s generation hardly understands what exactly happened during those times. Even Punjabis don’t understand what exactly partition meant ? A friend sent me the link to this poem by a young Pakistani poet Afzal Saahir that describes the pain of the people who had to leave their homes and move to a complete new place. They could never forget the pain of leaving the place of their childhood and youth. In the poem Afzal talks about similar emotions.
Also the amazing kaun dushman hai by Ali Sardar Jafri
ghulam tum bhi the yaroon, ghulam hum bhi thhe
Naha ke khoon mein aayi thi fasle azadi Maza to tab tha ki milkar ilaaj e jaan karte
khud apne haath se tameer e gulsitan karte
hammare dard mein tum, aur tumhare dard mein ham shareek hote to jashne aashiyaan karte
Tum aao gulshan e Lahore se chaman bardosh hum ayen subah Banaras ki roshni lekar Himalaye ki hawaaon ki taazgi lekar Aur iske baad ye punchhen kaun dushman hai
After I came out of Punjab, I was met with a new caste(caste or what ?)-describing-terminology “ladka/ladki Punjabi hai”. No such thing was there in Punjab. It was Jatt/Ramgarhia…in Sikhs, Pandit/Baniya/Khatri… in Hindus and so on. It was after coming to Delhi that i heard about this new thing that ladka/ladki Punjabi hai. What annoys me the most is that everybody living in Punjab is a Punjabi so what this classification is ? For me, to best of my knowledge being Punjabi means you/your ancestors belong to Punjab. Let it be a Hindu, Sikh, Muslim, Christian or anyone else. So what does this definition mean ? Can someone shed some light ?
Update: To clear the confusion, if any, I don’t want to highlight any caste or anything like that. Just wanted to know what exactly people mean by this ?
Today is S Bhagat Singh’s 100th birthday. So like every other such occasion, he is being remembered again. Politicians are throwing speeches, the same stuff: we aren’t following the direction shown by him…and all that…
Bhagat Singh was right in saying that we will send the “white” out and you will see that “black” will be sitting. The very same thing has happened. The white left and came our very own called “black” by Bhagat Singh. Over the last 60 years after freedom, they have crossed all the lines, can do anything to gain something politically, a human is not human for them. And the new generation that is supposed to do something about it, bring some revolution is all the way busy in becoming another Michael Jackson, forget this desh prem and such stuff.
Here is my salute to that great man who brought revolution in those times. Do visit a website about him called http://www.shahidbhagatsingh.org Carries some original photographs of him and his family and some hand writings.
On Gurdas Maan forum, I got a link to a video on youtube. When I checked, it was a song by Sai Zahoor Ahmed, a sufi singer (or performer ?) from Pakistan. This man left home at the young age of 13 and started roaming the sufi shrines in Pakistan. He sings on ik-tara. He can’t read or write but has very good memory of lyrics. He was chosen best BBC voice of the year 2006. I just went mad about “sajna baajho zaat safatan ishq dian” video. Its just awesome. He is 60 years old and see him performing, totally lost in his work. It looks like he is directly talking to Allah. Hats off to these messengers of sufi gaayaki.
Embedded here are the few videos from you tube. Enjoy !
Punjabis are famous for many things. On top of the list are their eating habits and being more specific Punjabis can’t control themselves when they see Paranthas.Many times I had heard about Paratha Wali Gali in Delhi but never got a chance to go there and try.One day I came to see Not Just Paranthas very near to our place.So we decided to go there. After going there we were given one 4 page newspaper sort of, that actually was a menu From there only we came to know that Not Just Paranthas was a copy of Paratha Wali Gali created in modern fashion.In the menu there were more than 100 varieties of paranthas out of which we could choose. After having look at everything we decided to go for Vesna Parantha stuffed with Gobhi,Pyaz and Paneer mix with curd. Believe me just an awesome taste. Then we had normal Gobhi Pyaz and Mooli paranthas.But it is bit expensive (infact more than a bit) Cost of that first parantha was Rs 80 per parantha (without any Curd/Butter). So I think not wrong to call it expensive !!!