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Saturday, September 2, 2017

This Eid Ul Adha, Sacrifice the animal within!

As we celebrate Eid ul Adha, it's so important to truly follow and practise the spirit of 'Sacrifice' that this unique festival stands for. The eagerness for sacrificing the 'animal' and having that Kaleji in lunch shouldn't be the mainstay. How about sacrificing the animal-instinct within? How about sacrificing that coveted material belongings and helping the poor and the needy?

I said it last year and I'd say it again, that if the amount of money that is splurged on getting the best goats (many a times, the price and size and breed of the goat is equated with one's status symbol) is judiciously utilized for spending on the modern education of poor Muslims then it can do a world of good to the community rather than mere show off of money by a few. They who don't do Qurbani (of an animal) are many a times looked down upon with and I am sure many people end up doing Qurbani out of societal pressures and to please the children (in spite of economic constraints). 

We haven't done the traditional Qurbani this year but our resolve to help the poor and the needy is steadfast. We shall help, not only now, but if we can, then right through the year. I am confident, Allah is with us, for our Neeyat is right.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan starrer Kedarnath shooting to start on August 25

Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan starrer Kedarnath shooting to start on August 25
By Faridoon Shahryar

Prernaa Arora of Kriarj Entertainment revealed to me that the first day of Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan starrer Kedarnath will start on August 25 in Kedarnath itself. This is what she had to say about the film. 

Faridoon Shahryar: What's the latest on Kedarnath with Sushant and Sara Ali Khan to be helmed by Abhishek Kapoor? 

Prernaa Arora: Right now we are preparing for Kedarnath because 25 th of August is the first day of shoot in Kedarnarth with Sushant and Sara, so I am really happy that before the release of Toilet we completed Parmanu. 

Faridoon: Kedarnath is another film that has been in a lot of news because of Sara Ali Khan, and people have a lot of interest in her. She is creating a huge buzz as well!

Prernaa Arora: She is big star and daughter of a superstar. When you see someone for first time like when we saw Deepika in Om Shanti Om or Aishwariya , as soon as you see them you know that she is a star. Similarly Sara is also very talented plus she is a very different looking girl. She is a mix of a proper hindi film heroine like Deepika. Sara ke liye bahut noise hai abhi bahut log use dekhna chahte hai and it is a very big responsibility. We are blessed that we have her with us and let's just hope for the best. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Civil War

Civil War
A Poem by Faridoon Shahryar

Clouds are drifting with
An alarming pace 
And the march towards 
The jungle 
Is injected with an
Uncanny nervousness.
Why such a deluge 
Of people 
Camping in 
Inhospitable conditions?
Why are they ripping off
Trees and amputating branches?
Familiar faces, 
Who hung out together 
Are ready with archaic 
Stone age weapons
Pointing the chilling sharpness
At each others throats.
I could see a lion 
Sitting unconcerned 
In a corner
Knowing fully well
He doesn't need to hunt,
Once the flesh falls down
He just have to eat and chew,
A king sized life.

The animals have taken over the city
As the jungle is lit up by a
Fire of inhumanity 
The clouds are confused 
No amount of peace water 
Can douse the madness now!

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Fire that never was

The Fire that never was
A poem by Faridoon Shahryar

A fire tore into 
The middle of the tree
As a snake queue of flames
Hugged the forest,
The driver waded through 
A flood of smoke on the road
Assured, that the fire will 
Be under control;
Then the image of
A bunch of flowers 
Screaming for help
Shook me;
Emotions ought to be slaved
So say the wise;
Life will go on as usual
Tomorrow morning,
Flash bulbs are busy
Prostrating before 
A mere forest fire 
Isn't newsworthy
So say the 
Know-all editors.

The forest cried hoarse,
The help never came,
Dew laden night 
Calmed the scars;
It's time to forget 
The gory details 
That's the recipe for happiness,
The only way out.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sporadic selfishness of Roses and Lilies

Sporadic selfishness of Roses and Lilies
A Poem by Faridoon Shahryar

My eyes are hungry to
Capture beautiful landscapes 
Maybe to wipe out 
The worrisome horrors
That were inadvertently 
Peddled non stop 
By the misplaced ideology 
And the intolerant liberals

Parched breath
That was sapped
Of all moisture,
Aided by the glorious 
Perfume of life 
Is once again 
Lusting for 
The roses and lilies 
That were always there 
But maybe I was 
More keen on 
The incorrigible stench,
The blame lies with me
And I accept my fault. 

Call it an escape 
Or a form of weakness
But I am clinging on 
To a ray of respite.
I am open to fighting 
But let me also enjoy 
My share of sporadic selfishness. 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Ironical, but true....

It is ironical when several Muslims in India complain that the majority community is increasingly becoming less secular. The fact remains that most of these complainants can't think beyond their own 'community'. The question you need to ask is that why should only Hindus be secular? Why can't you look beyond your very myopic world view and be consciously more inclusive, more respectful of customs of other communities? The right wing is dominating the narrative in India. The fact is that their economic, cultural and educational policies are in tatters and hurting aam aadmi big time. They are taking advantage of divisions in the society to further their illiterate goals. Instead of looking at your fellow countrymen with suspicion, join hands and genuinely make efforts at nation building and make the divisive forces irrelevant and obsolete. It may seem like a bit filmy but definitely holds true...Don't ask what the Nation has done for you, ask yourself what have You done for the Nation !!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

An Extraordinary Death

An Extraordinary Death
A poem by Faridoon Shahryar 

Pain is not new 
Others have felt it before
Pain will flower 
Even when you're not around;
It is time to make
The lie of life 
One hell of a ride.

The bloody trail,
A fictitious tale,
Salivating scavengers 
Feasting on rumour mongering 
Go out and have 
Your day in the sun,
Yes I am willing to die
If that pleases you,
But I will dance,
A happy dance 
Till the last breath,
Rob me of all my rights
But I bet you can't 
Rob me of happiness,
A golden smile,
As if nothing happened.

If death is my fate,
I refuse to die 
An ordinary death.
Come get me!