Al-Wahaab – The Giver

The house of God is as royal as the highest throne of the world and as ordinary, as a shop on your street- You visit it only when you need something. You stand in-front of the Keeper, โ€˜๐™๐™–๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™–๐™ฎ๐™š, ๐™Ÿ๐™๐™ค๐™ก๐™ž ๐™ฅ๐™๐™–๐™ž๐™ก๐™–๐™–๐™ฎ๐™š' while the helpers (farishtas) wait on standby. Thereโ€™s a queue outside this shop, and... Continue Reading →

Hope Is Like The Morning Sun

Every night, I lie on the bed with ๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ฃ eyes, staring at the ceiling, behind a locked door and ๐™˜๐™ก๐™ค๐™จ๐™š๐™™ window. The blank walls somehow resemble me, bearing cracks of different sizes left by different men in different ways. Yet, here we both are - standing tall, holding the house ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™œ๐™š๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง when we have every... Continue Reading →

7 Half-Lessons That We Learned

As children, we had enough people telling us about rights and wrongs. Each story has two versions, each coin has two sides. We learned one half of the lessons, but we forgot to carry the other half. โ€ข We learned languages, but not the art of communicating. โ€ข We learned to keep our surroundings clean,... Continue Reading →

Red for Kashmir

I remember the last time we met. You wore my red stone ring, while handing me a red rose. But more than the meeting, I remember how you left, leaving me sobby, red-eyed. Even the sun was red while setting, neither of us could digest parting. So here, I am, desperately waiting hours, days, weeks... Continue Reading →

Poetry, Wearing Your Face

On days like this, poetry comes to me with a handful of lies and a mouthful of promises, returning to me like I'm the last resort. We both remember how it left the last time, barging out of my heart that was once its home. Poems know, walking away always hits like an abuse. In... Continue Reading →


Last night, you and I lay on the terrace under the open night sky. I was there. You were there, too. It was a good thing that the moon appeared closer last night, but it was a sad realization that you appeared distant. Strange, I know. - Shereen A. Mir ( via Instagram )

Inner Struggles

There can be so many things that can upset you. And it gets extremely difficult on certain days to keep up a smiling face through them. The cache lies in focusing on the many things that can cheer you up instead. If you are of the opinion that every day you are bound to wake... Continue Reading →

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