Tamaan umr ka hisaab maangti hai zindagi.
When a tangential truth is sought brutally,
because existence has to be negotiated between
oppressive dark trials of morality,
Your jeering faces begin to look ridiculous to me.
I cannot pretend not to notice you.
Trial , however is a sterner thing.
thinner than a hair, sharper than a sword’s edge…
yeh kis makaam par hayaat mujh ko leke aagayi.
And ‘courting’ armpits of disharmony are the deepest furrows.
A student in Gujarat was gang raped and sexually exploited for over six months by her college staff ( report).
*beginning of a rendition on Shahryar’s lyric for the song ‘Yeh Kya Jagah hai Doston’, from Muzaffar Ali’s Umrao Jaan, sung by Asha Bhosle and performed inimitably by Rekha.