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Festive Monk 2014

Late into the night, as morning approaches

I don’t know why I remain awake

Silently I listen

Wordlessly to the tale of solitude

No one near or far

How solitary is this solitude

Days have faded away in contemplation

Sanam Marvi returns to Coke Studio this Season with the soulfully poignant ‘Yaar Vekho’. Based on the raag Bhopali, the song is a reflection of a moment in time that contains a message that remains as relevant and powerful today as it was in the years it was conceived. The song is an amalgamation of observations by the Sufi poets Sultan Bahu and Sachchal Sarmast – from different times yet with views and themes that have spanned almost 600 years worth of human thought. Thematically, the song focuses on the eternal idea of being within the world but not of it – to aspire for a higher understanding of the concept of Mercy within the various faces and trials of the world. The verses mention that while in the world of custom and ritual, in the search of true freedom and enlightenment, one must look inside and find Mercy. The song’s tone is solemn yet with a tinge of hope that is demonstrated through the instrumentation and arrangement of the String Orchestra and the melancholic beauty of the Piano. With the acoustic guitar feel, the song becomes a listening experience that is almost nostalgic.

The song’s overall flow emphasizes on the simplicity of forlorn thought that accompanies the process of inner realization and hopes for a semblance of peace. Ultimately, the song urges for Resolution to be found within.

Title: Yaar Vekho – Look at my beloved - یار ویکھو

Language: Punjabi

برا ڈھونڈن چلّی آں
bura ḍhoonḍan challi aan
I set out to search for wrong

جگ میں برا نہ کوئی
jag men bura nah koi
I found no one wrong in the world

جے اپنے آپ دے اندر ویکھیا
jai apne aap de andar wekhiya
When I took a good look at my own self

مجھ سے برا نہ کوئی
mujh se bura nah koi
I found there was no one more wrong than me

یار ویکھو رنگ لایا ہے
yaar vekho rang laaya hai
Look how my beloved has coloured me in his hue

دوست ویکھو رنگ لایا اے
dost vekho rang laaya hai
Look how my beloved has coloured me in his hue

چھیریاں دا سن چھمکاں چھم چھم
chheryaan da sun chhamkaan chham chham
Hear the jingle of the ankle-bells

چھیریاں دا سن چھمکاں چھم چھم
chheryaan da sun chhamkaan chham chham
Hear the jingle of the ankle-bells

یار ویکھو رنگ لایا ہے
yaar vekho rang laaya hai
Look how my beloved has coloured me in his hue

دوست ویکھو رنگ لایا اے
dost vekho rang laaya hai
Look how my beloved has coloured me in his hue

نہ میں
nah main
I am neither…

نہ میں سنّی نہ میں شیعہ
nah main sunni nah main shee‘a
I am neither Sunni nor Shia

میرا دو ہتّھاں دل سڑیا
mera do hatthaan dil saṛiya
My heart is troubled by both sides

مک گئے سب خشکی
muk gai sab khushi
My journey of aridness has ended…

پینڈے دریا رحمت وڑیا ہو
painḍe darya rahmat waṛiya
Now that I have entered the Ocean of Mercy

کئی منتارو تر تر ہارے
kai mantaaro tar tar haare
Many who could not swim lost

کوئی کنارے چڑھیا ہو
koi kinaare chaṛhiya hu
Only some were able to reach the shore

صحیح سلامت پار گیو باہو
saheeh salaamat paar gaya baahu
Bahu, those who were able to make it across safe and sound…

جنہاں مرشد دا لڑ پھڑیا ہو
jinhaan murshid da laṛ phaṛiya hu
Were the ones who held on to their guide’s hand

رمزے رمزے ساز کھڑے تھے
ramze ramze saaz khaṛe the
The musical instruments stood silent

رمزے رمزے ساز کھڑے تھے
ramze ramze saaz khaṛe the
The musical instruments stood silent

گاون والے گایا ہے
gaawan waale gaaya hai
The singer’s song has unlocked their secrets

یار ویکھو رنگ لایا ہے
yaar vekho rang laaya hai
Look how my beloved has coloured me in his hue

دوست ویکھو رنگ لایا اے
dost vekho rang laaya hai
Look how my beloved has coloured me in his hue

زبانی
zabaani
…recite

زبانی کلمہ
zabaani kalmah
…recite the kalmah

زبانی کلمہ ہر کوئی آکھے
zabaani kalmah har koi aakhe
People simply recite the kalmah

دل دا پڑھدا کوئی ہو
dil da paṛhda koyi hu
Very few recite it with their whole heart

دل دا کلمہ عاشق پڑھدے
dil da kalmah ‘aashiq paṛhde
True lovers are the ones who recite it with heartfelt sincerity

کی جانن یار گلوئی ہو
ki jaanan yaar galoyi hu
The Beloved cannot be perceived by mere talkers

کلمہ یار پڑھایا باہو
kalmah yaar paṛhaaya baahu
My dear one taught me the kalmah, Bahu

میں سدا سہاگن ہوئی ہو
main sada suhaagan hoyi hu
And I became a blessed and joyous bride

عشق جنہاں دے اندر وڑیا
‘ishq jinhaan de andar waṛiya
Whoever’s heart Love has truly entered

عشق جنہاں دے اندر وڑیا
‘ishq jinhaan de andar waṛiya
Whoever’s heart Love has truly entered

نظر تنہاں نوں آیا ہے
nazar tinhaan noon aaya hai
Only they are able to perceive the Beloved

چھیریاں دا سن چھمکاں چھم چھم
chheryaan da sun chhamkaan chham chham
Hear the jingle of the ankle-bells

چھیریاں دا سن چھمکاں چھم چھم
chheryaan da sun chhamkaan chham chham
Hear the jingle of the ankle-bells

 یار ویکھو رنگ لایا ہے
yaar vekho rang laaya hai
Look how my beloved has coloured me in his hue

دوست ویکھو رنگ لایا اے
dost vekho rang laaya hai
Look how my beloved has coloured me in his hue

سوہنل سائیں جائے جوڑائی
sohinal saaeen jaaye joṛaai
Sachal seeks union with his beautiful Master

سچّل وچ سمایا ہے
sachhal wich samaaya hai
His Master’s made His home in Sachal Sarmast’s soul

سچّل وچ سمایا ہے
sachhal wich samaaya hai
His Master’s made His home in Sachal Sarmast’s soul

توں کینہہ باغ دی مولی حسینا
toon kainh baagh di mooli husaina
What worth are your small sufferings, Shah Hussain?

منصور قبولی سولی حسینا
mansoor qabooli sooli husaina
Think of Mansur Hallaj who faced the gallows, Shah Hussain!

توں کینہہ باغ دی مولی حسینا
toon kainh baagh di mooli husaina
What worth are your small sufferings, Shah Hussain?

منصور قبولی سولی حسینا
mansoor qabooli sooli husaina
Think of Mansur Hallaj who faced the gallows, Shah Hussain!

حسینا
husaina
O Shah Hussain!

Kyun tu acha lagta hai, waqt mila to sochenge

Kyun tu acha lagta hai, waqt mila to sochenge
 
Tujh mein kya kya dekha hai, waqt mila to sochenge
 
Sara sheher shanasai ka, dawedar to hai lekin
 
Kon hamara apna hai, waqt mila to sochenge
 
Hum ne usko likha tha, kuch milne ki tadbeer karo
 
Us ne likh ker bheja hai, waqt mila to sochenge
 
Mosam khushbu baad-e-saba chand shafaq aur taron m ein
 
Kon Tumhare jaisa hai, waqt mila to sochenge
 
Ya to apne dil ki mano, ya phir duniya walon ki
 
Mashwara uska acha hai, waqt mila to sochenge

The 14 Worst Kinds Of Friends To Have

We all know them. They may be our best friends, our extended family, or just random people we met online. In this era of adding people to every one of our social media platforms after even the most fleeting interaction, I loosely refer to them as “friends.” And here they are:

1. The “I have no regrets” friend. Please. Everyone has regrets. Who has lived a perfect life? I’m sure you could’ve taken a left instead of a right that one night and not ended up outside your ex’s house crying into a bag of Cheetos. You just choose to ignore the past and look forward. That’s fine. I totally buy your statement that your life has played out exactly as you wanted it. [Beware of this friend when paired with the “motivational” friend described below. It’s a tsunami of bullshit.]

2. The “we’re just friends with benefits” friend. Hahaha. Like that even exists. You’re simply friends. That’s it. And, people need sex. It could be with a friend or a stranger. You don’t need to create a sub-category of friendship to justify this doomed relationship. Someone always has feelings for the other and, just like every romantic comedy on this subject, someone’s feelings will inevitably get hurt. You are friends who are screwing until one of you finds a boyfriend or girlfriend who they like better. That’s it.

3. The “I don’t watch television” friend. Really? I guess you just read books all day, do hot yoga, and meditate. You are aware there is something out there called “pop culture,” right? Congratulations, you’ve just excluded being able to have a relevant conversation with 96% of the population.

4. The “I want to date a nice guy” friend. Your life is all relationship drama, all the time; a never-ending cycle of you constantly getting dumped or treated like shit. And, no, honey, you don’t want a nice guy. Nice guys are on every street corner and you choose to walk by them without even flicking your cigarette ashes in their direction. Why? Because those guys, for the most part, are unchallenging to you and are actually — wait for it — genuinely nice! Your version of nice is not the definition of nice.

5. The “it was meant to be” friend. They only use this phrase when trying to rationalize the occurrence of some event in their lives, almost always involving a romantic relationship. Was it meant to be when your mom caught you masturbating in your closet when you were 14 and you haven’t been able to look her in the eyes since? It’s total bullshit. Just grieve or celebrate the event like a reasonable human being. It sounds egotistical that you think someone or something is controlling your life like a puppeteer. Let’s see what him/her/it puts you through next!

6. The “over-sharer.” Also known as the “attention-seeker.” Hearts, likes, favorites, retweets and comments are their life’s blood. They shamelessly post anything and everything all day long, from a pic of the guy on a scooter they saw at Walmart to a not-so-subtle hint that they got laid last night. This friend has only one goal in life: to fill a need for attention and validation. Try to ignore them all you want, but, they absolutely CANNOT be stopped.

7. The “I don’t have time to date” friend. Translation: you can’t find a date who meets your standards. You’re either trying to date out of your league or you are delusional. Take your pick. Everyone – and I mean all human beings here – will make time to date when we are actually interested in and attracted to someone. Just roll your eyes at this friend and let them keep believing they’re in control of their non-existent dating life.

8. The “over-analyzer.” You get a phone call from this one whenever there is the slightest hiccup in their lives. The call usually comes under the guise of something else but, eventually, the point of the call will be an analysis of why someone did something. It may or may not even involve them. They desperately need your opinion (and five other people’s opinions) on this subject because they don’t trust their own. It’s usually about a simple text or social media post but everything, and I mean everything, gets analyzed to the point of inducing vomit.

9. The “I’ll pay you back next week” friend. No, you won’t. You never have. And, it’s okay. We don’t really care. You’re our friend and we want you to hang with us, money or not. We’ve got your back. Your contribution to our friendship doesn’t have to be financial. Occasionally, you bring a bag of ice to the party and we appreciate the effort. But, you need to chill with ordering top shelf liquor and bottle service when we go out, buddy.

10. The “motivational” friend. This is the most annoying friend out there. They are overly positive about every aspect of life at all times. You rhetorically ask them how they’re doing and they will always respond with “GREAT!” or some variation of greatness. They refuse to allow other people to just be sad and have a bad day once in a while. That’s unacceptable. They will come over and motivate your ass to get up and enjoy this amazing life we’ve all been given. They also smile 90% of the time which is totally creepy and makes you want to hurt them. And, it’s all bullshit. Everyone, even the motivational friend, has bad days. They just really know how to bottle up that bullshit.

11. The “I’m so over it” friend. The cousin of the “over-analyzer,” they are the most full of shit. If you were over it, we wouldn’t be talking about it right now. You’d actually be over it and we’d be talking about something unrelated to it. This is also the same person who ends up sobbing on a barstool after 4 drinks, slurring “how could they do this to me?”

12. The “ignore it and it’ll go away” friend. Very closely related to the “over-simplifier”, they shrug off every major issue with a simple cliché, like “just let it go” or “this too will pass.” They must have a book of proverbs on their nightstands because every single issue in the entire world can be summarily dismissed with a 5 word sentence. If I hear “don’t cry over spilled milk” one more time… Their solution to everything is to not deal with anything. Have another drink and listen to the band.

13. The “over-simplifier.” This is the most frustrating of all friends because you can’t have a real conversation with them. They will reduce even the most complicated scenario you can imagine to a simple act and, presto, problem solved. Oh, you got fired? Just find another job. Girlfriend dumped you? Just get on Match.com and you’ll have a date by Friday. No biggie. The bullshit runs deep with this one.

14. The “I don’t care what other people think of me” friend. Yes, you do. Part of friendship is valuing what other people think, and this scope includes what they think about you. It’s okay to care. End of story.

Imogen Heap collaborated with Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani better known as composer-singer duo Vishal-Shekhar on ‘Minds Without Fear’. Shot in the town of Samode, forty kilometers from Jaipur, this collaboration took inspiration from the famous Tagore poem ‘Where the mind is without fear’ with Vishal and Shekhar bringing out the very essence of Indian folk and classical music while Imogen added her powerful signature and contemporary style to it.

Meesha Shafi wanted to pay tribute to one of the greatest poets in the Urdu language - Faiz Ahmad Faiz. Faiz Sahib was a close friend of Shafi’s grandfather and the song holds very deep personal meaning for her. She wanted to perform it in memory of Faiz Sahib for the 100th anniversary of his birthday which was last year. Dasht-e-Tanhai is a prime example of Faiz’s romantic poetry, before the shift in his artistry to realism and social comment. Dealing with the theme of separation, Dasht-e-Tanhai was written in the Hyderabad jail during Faiz Sahib’s first term in prison between 1951 and 1953. It was originally published in Dast-e-Saba and was titled ‘Yaad’.

Title: Dasht-e-Tanhai - دشتِ تنہائی - Barren Wasteland of Loneness

Language: Urdu

دشتِ تنہائی میں
Dasht-e-Tanhai men
In the barren wasteland of loneness

اے جانِ جہاں لرزاں ہیں
ay jaan-i jahaan larzaan hain
O life of my world, tremulous are

دشتِ تنہائی میں
Dasht-e-Tanhai men
In the barren wasteland of loneness

اے جانِ جہاں لرزاں ہیں
ay jaan-i jahaan larzaan hain
O life of my world, tremulous are

تیری آواز کے سائے
teri aawaaz ke saaye
Silhouettes of your voice

تیرے ہونٹوں کے سراب
tere honton ke saraab
Illusions of your lips

دشتِ تنہائی میں
Dasht-e-Tanhai men
In the barren wastelands of loneness

دوری کے خس و خاک تلے
doori ke khas o khaak tale
Beneath the debris of being far from you

کھل رہے ہیں تیرے پہلو کے سمن اور گلاب
khil rahe hain tere pahlu ke saman aur gulaab
The lilies and roses from your side are blooming

دشتِ تنہائی میں 
Dasht-e-Tanhai men
In the barren wastelands of loneness

اے جانِ جہاں لرزاں ہیں
ay jaan-i jahaan larzaan hain
O life of my world, tremulous are

تیری آواز کے سائے 
teri aawaaz ke saaye
Silhouettes of your voice

تیرے ہونٹوں کے سراب
tere honton ke saraab
Illusions of your lips

دشتِ تنہائی میں
Dasht-e-Tanhai men
In the barren wasteland of loneness

دوری کے خس و خاک تلے
doori ke khas o khaak tale
Beneath the debris of remoteness

کھل رہے ہیں تیرے پہلو کے سمن اور گلاب
khil rahe hain tere pahlu ke saman aur gulaab
The lilies and roses from your side are blooming

اٹھ رہی ہے کہیں قربت سے تیری سانس کی آنچ
uth rahi hai kaheen qurbat se teri saans ki aanch
Flickering up from somewhere nearby is the flame of your breath

اٹھ رہی ہے کہیں قربت سے تیری سانس کی آنچ
uth rahi hai kaheen qurbat se teri saans ki aanch
Flickering up from somewhere nearby is the flame of your breath

اپنی خوشبو میں سلگتی ہوئی مدھم مدھم
apni khushbu men sulagti hui maddham maddham 
Smouldering in its own fragrance, slowly, softly

دور افق پار چمکتی ہوئی قطرہ قطرہ
door ufuq paar chamakti hui qatrah qatrah
Sparkling far across the horizon, drop by drop

گر رہی ہے تیری دلدار نظر کی شبنم
gir rahi hai teri dil-daar nazar ki shabnam 
The dew of your heart-delighting glance is falling

اس قدر پیار سے اے جانِ جہاں رکھا ہے
is qadar pyaar se ay jaan-i jahaan rakkha hai
So tenderly, O life of my world

اس قدر پیار سے اے جانِ جہاں رکھا ہے
is qadar pyaar se ay jaan-i jahaan rakkha hai
So tenderly, O life of my world

دل کے رخسار پہ اس وقت تیری یاد نے ہاتھ
dil ke rukhsaar pih is waqt teri yaad ne haath
Has your memory laid its hand on the cheek of my heart just now

یوں گماں ہوتا ہے گرچہ ہے ابھی صبحِ فراق
yoon gumaan hota hai garchih hai abhi subh-i firaaq
It seems as if, though it is yet still the dawn of parting

ڈھل گیا ہجر کا دن آ بھی گئی وصل کی رات
dhal gaya hijr ka din aa bhi gayi wasl ki raat 
The day of separation is done and the night of union is already here

دشتِ تنہائی میں 
Dasht-e-Tanhai men
In the barren wasteland of loneness

اے جانِ جہاں لرزاں ہیں
ay jaan-i jahaan larzaan hain
O life of my world, tremulous are

تیری آواز کے سائے 
teri aawaaz ke saaye
Silhouettes of your voice

تیرے ہونٹوں کے سراب
tere honton ke saraab
Illusions of your lips

دشتِ تنہائی میں
Dasht-e-Tanhai men
In the barren wastelands of loneness

دوری کے خس و خاک تلے
doori ke khas o khaak tale
Beneath the debris of remoteness

کھل رہے ہیں تیرے پہلو کے سمن اور گلاب
khil rahe hain tere pahlu ke saman aur gulaab
The lilies and roses from your side are blooming