As a writer, I have stopped gauging productivity in terms of number of words written per day. Making space for a passively active, spacious emptiness, and holding back the demands of the judgmental, utilitarian mind can lead to some of the most fortuitous turns in a writer's life. Nighat Gandhi The Encarta dictionary defines intuition … Continue reading The gift of intuition
originally published in the Hindu Literary Review Illustration: Satwik Gade If you want to write, being alone with yourself is a must. Mirza Ghalib wrote: aate hain ghaib se yeh mazameen khyal mein Ghalib sareer khama nawaa-e-sarosh hai. (Inspiration descends from the unseen dimension Ghalib merely scribbles what the angels dictate.) Ghalib believed his verses … Continue reading Solitude: a writer’s muse
Published : Saturday, 11 March, 2017, in Daily Observer, Dhaka, Bangladesh link to published article "Out beyond the ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there." -Rumi A few years ago, I was invited to a wedding in a remote Pakhtun Khwa village in northern Pakistan. The bride and I … Continue reading A Pakhtun Wedding
When I was writing my travelogue, 'Alternative Realities', I had wished I could one day visit Rumi's resting place. I'm leaving for Konya, Turkey, to visit Jalaluddin Rumi's (1207-1273) shrine. When I was writing my travelogue, 'Alternative Realities', I had wished I could one day visit Rumi's resting place. Why must you go? My mother … Continue reading Ours is not a caravan of despair
I'm writing my first blog post, finally! Do I need to start a blog in an over-blogged cyber-world? I've decided to give it a shot because I'm afraid I'm losing my memory and sense of a writer-self. I can't locate some of my older published pieces which are probably lurking in some corner of the net. Very often key words search doesn't bring up the older articles I've written and published. Sometimes I can't recall titles to the older pieces. And I can't find them on my laptop either.