Love-in Istanbul!

Istanbul, the ultimate city of love…the love of the Lord, the Love of the beloved, the Love of the world, the love of all…sitting here on a late Saturday night, listening to the sounds of the music that are penetrating through the very air that resonate five times with the sound of the Adhaan (prayer call)…can’t help but be inspired especially after a day with Rumi at the Galata Mevlevihanesi (Museum of Divan Literature-Divan Edebiyat Müzesi). 

Love–in Istanbul

Love is which makes you soar

even when you don’t have wings

It is what makes you rise

when all you feel is fallen

Love, is which makes you wanted

even when you stand out like a sore thumb

It is the acceptance of one soul

of another….

forever eternally complete

Yes, it is love indeed

that makes you weep

cry

laugh

all in one night

It is the contentment of the soul

the peace that stirs the seven seas

when the laughter of your beloved

is reason enough…

Love won’t mock,

won’t criticize

It will just let you be

Love is freedom

the freedom to be

the freedom to live

the freedom to soar

yes, even when you don’t have wings….

BUT,

Especially, when you DON’T have wings

love

This IS Pakistan

jeb bakri

ood

The Pakistan in my memory, the Pakistan in my soul, the Pakistan we all yearn for.. Safety and happiness and lots of food

photo Credits-Dr. Aamenah Malik

Jashan e baharaan, the festival of spring, sprung in the beautiful city of Lahore. The people of Lahore came out of their homes to enjoy the bounties that are a gift of spring. I saw a picture gallery on a friend’s facebook and I saw a Pakistan beyond the headlines. There was no hint of sadness, no news of deaths, no bloodshed, no word of corruption, but a simplistic scene of bliss.  A Pakistan that seems to flourish despite all odds piled high up against her and her people. Somehow, the people of Pakistan have learnt to survive, smile, laugh and enjoy life.  Somehow they have let their spirits soar.  This shows the true fortitude of the nation of Pakistan.  The brave, ordinary citizens of Pakistan have been wronged for far too long by their insincere leaders. These leaders have done everything in their power to bankrupt the country, but they have forgotten the resilience of the citizens of this nation. They have squandered the resources of Pakistan in the absolute worse way possible, they have done everything to destroy the will of Pakistanis to live and survive, and they have failed time and time again at thrashing that survival instinct of Pakistanis.

Today is the last day to register your votes Pakistan! You have suffered far too long, you have waited for more than 6 decades at a chance at democracy, you have seen a constant flip flop of the faces of the same leaders, it is time you take reign of your own destiny. It is time you exercise your right for the Pakistan YOU wish to live in, the Pakistan you wish for your children, the Pakistan I know your souls yearn for, because it is the same Pakistan I dream of every day. please register your votes, and make history of your sufferance, so no leader can DARE to ever take what is rightfully yours… OUR Pakistan, for today, for tomorrow, forever!!!

Perhaps Pakistan continues to survive because of the golden words of its founder Quaid e Azam: “Nation states are not built in one day”

quaid

Translation ” Nation states are NOT built in a day”

“You cannot suddenly create a new universe. For the acquisition of freedom, you have to go through the process of action. You will have to cross through a river of fire, trials and paths of sacrifice. Do not lose hope. Nation states are not built in a day, but just like we are  on the move, we must step up such that we are heading in the direction of progress. Read and understand the facts, analyze them and then build your decisions.

At Calcutta University- August 21st, 1936.

Busy Speech-Preparing

Busy Speech-making

Preparing, before I have to go on stage

I had the extreme privilege of speaking at the exhibition of Amina Art Ansarti. Below is a quick preview of my speech at Amina Art Ansari’s Exhibition at TV Apex on March 10th, 2013.

Check out her work at:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aminaart/104443940431?fref=ts

 

“Assalam u alaikum and Good evening ladies and gentlemen. We have all gathered here to celebrate the talents of a wonderful young woman known as Amina Ansari. My name is Maheen Nusrat and I am the chief coordinator of Pearl Education Foundation.

They say that:

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.  ~Henry Ward and I think Amina’s art is no exception.

I have known of Amina because of her artwork and been acquaintances for quite some time. Over the years we had lost touch with one another and only recently reconnected. As is probably obvious from my accent, I am not from around here. Life had plucked me from the rolling mountains of Vancouver, Canada and thrust me into the hustle bustle of New York City  only to uproot me once  again bringing me to stand in front of all of you here today in London. Call it destiny, fate or pure fortune, but it is here that my paths crossed with Amina.”