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Rambling on: importance of being desi - part iii

Sunday, June 26, 2005

importance of being desi - part iii

i cannot understand
indians : their love for checkered shirts, their hairstyle from the 60's

pakistanis : their love for sunglasses, dude you are indoors its 11pm and its been raining all day

16 Comments:

Blogger (w)alter ego said...

Indians: Sandals, no socks, even when it is freezing out.
A faint odor of Methi, pickles and hair oil.
Constant humming, rather a honey bee effect :)
And here I am talking about the FOBs, the ABCDs are another story.
Pakistanis: Yucky greasy looking long hair on guys.
Soul patches or the few day old stubble look.
One thing in common: They all stare.

9:46 PM  
Blogger Deevaan said...

how about scratching in public & leather jackets that pakistanis are so fond of... :)

10:06 PM  
Anonymous JNS said...

wait - how can you forget the white sneakers indians wont be caught dead without..

1:14 AM  
Blogger (w)alter ego said...

Leather jacket? Sun glasses? You just described Bono!!! Thanks for grossing me out first thing in the morning :)

6:44 PM  
Blogger Deevaan said...

i thought it was the scratching that would gross you out...:) are you saying that leather jackets are more ok than over zealous dextrous hands...

why am i humming "feelings ooooo feelings" in my brain :)

8:38 PM  
Blogger (w)alter ego said...

Look, I totally tried to block out the scratching part - I so wanted to amend it to "scratching PRIVATE places in public" but I restrained myself - and then you throw that ugly song at me - thanks a lot:)
Now my lunch is ruined too:)

8:49 PM  
Blogger Baraka said...

The male body manipulation, scratching, & adjusting is pretty outrageous.

4:56 AM  
Blogger the olive ream said...

How about the uncanny knack of southasian men ogling women at any available opportunity. It seems be a hobby for most, no matter what class or creed they belong to.

Sad gits! Perpetually frustrated.

1:28 PM  
Anonymous runa said...

Hi came across this post of urs while looking for a translation of baba bulleh shah's "wah wah ramz sajan di hor"..am in love with the song ever since i heard abida parveen sing it. can u pls tell me where i can find the poem and the english translation for it. thanks

3:36 PM  
Blogger Deevaan said...

hi runa, you can find the kafi on http://www.apnaorg.com/poetry/bullah/144.htm but i am unable to see it due to a firewall...so will login from home and give it a try to translate...the first line being an exclamatory wonderment of the unusual exceptional magic of Love (beloved)

6:14 PM  
Anonymous runa said...

hey devaan..i did try out that site..but unfortunately i cant read urdu :((( thanks so much

9:10 AM  
Blogger Deevaan said...

runa, can you read gurmukhi...well the other script is arabic or as the site says shah-mukhi...
in any case i need to read it first it is a second languague for me too but a lot of words are similar...how was the translation (transliteration) of the first line?

9:19 AM  
Anonymous runa said...

nops....cant read either... :(( i got some bits of the translation here. seems like the poem and the translations are present in the album cover of abida parveen's CD. but yup ur version is certainly exalting :) thanks so much

11:32 AM  
Blogger Deevaan said...

thanks runa, i listened to this track it is available on www.apnaorg.com under abida-2 but somehow i like the ones in which she is more semi-classical and the content is still sufi...for example..do give this track a try. mera dil ranjhan rawal mangay..
http://www.apnaorg.com/music/abida/index-1.php3

the track is very simple, the first line is simply "my heart only yearns for ranjha my love mycompanion...) i really can't find a word for rawal which is so brilliant of shah hussain another sufi poet to have used that the object of love is more than just that but also someone who would not leave you in the time of need....hence this reference to true love (the Lord above) companion...in any case..

if you are into sufi poetry then you must listen to pathanay khan, the uncrowned king of sufi kafis..you will find a lot of blogs on my site...let me just say that the only music i have cried to in rush hour traffic is pathanay khan (yes the stress of the day was another factor)
my experience is here
http://deevaan.blogspot.com/2004_10_01_deevaan_archive.html

listen to it if you have the time..the tracks can be long but this is pure magic

listen to the best sufi track ever
mera ishq vee toon...this is also covered by abida parveen but pathanay khan's version is something else

and lastly a ray of hope meekaal hasan band the album is sampooran
this is sufi music done in a modern style

let me know what you think of these

i refuse to believe as i read some sites that rabbi is making sufi music popular and that this is something of a recent phenomenon...this is sheer ignorance...maybe only now people are finding out how ignorant..

there has been a sufi tradition in sindh and punjab for the last 300 years and you have today a large following of sufism

10:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone has days when they are down, worn out, anxiety meds and just not feeling all that happy.

That's OK, you need to have days like this, otherwise how would you know when you are happy. You need to have something to contrast your happiness with. What is black without white?

Even though you know that sadness (anxiety meds) is a part of life, let's try to make it a small part of life.

With that said, here are a few tips to help you feel better when you are feeling down in the dumps. They are easy to do, easy to practice every day and they work!

1. Stand up straight, sit up straight. When your body is in alignment your energy can flow and when your energy is flowing freely, you can flow.

2. Smile! Yes, just smile. Easy to do and effective.

3. Repeat positive affirmations. Things like "I feel good", "Positive energy flows through my body", "I see the good in all".

4. Listen to some music that you like. It doesn't have to be anything specific, just something you enjoy. Certain types of music work better than others, but experiment and see what works for you. Studies have shown that Classical music and new age music work best.

5. Take some time out for yourself, relax and read a book, do something for yourself.

6. Meditate. Meditation is an excellent habit to develop. It will serve you in all that you do. If you are one who has a hard time sitting still, then try some special meditation CDs that coax your brain into the meditative state. Just search for "Meditation music" on Google or Yahoo and explore.

Our outside work is simply a reflection of our inside world. Remember there is no reality just your perception of it. Use this truth to your advantage. Whenever you are sad, realize that it is all in your mind and you do have the power to change your perception.

These tips will lift you up when you are down, but don't just use them when you are sad or anxiety meds . Try and practice them everyday, make them a habit. You will be surprised at how these simple exercises will keep the rainy days away.

On a final note, if you are in a deep depression that you can't seem to shake, please go see a doctor. This is your life and don't take any chances. anxiety meds

6:31 AM  
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9:18 AM  

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