Skardu

It was snowing and the mighty Karakoram were hidden by this soft, deceptively gentle rain of white flakes. I had a feeling that we are on a wrong trail and very likely lost. What if it snowed for days?Would I die here, of snow? Evidently, I am an expert at prematurely conjuring up death scenarios…

Buddha Is

Buddha is a dehati aurat Buddha is a journalist Buddha is a Prime Minister (Or two) Buddha died in a blast (in Peshawar) Buddha watched Raanjhanaa on tv Buddha had a rally (in New Delhi) Buddha is buried under the rubble of the collapsed building (in Bombay) Buddha does not want to do homework Buddha…

लाहौर or لاهـور

लाहौर एक शहर जिसके बारे में सिर्फ़ पढ़ा-सुना जिसकी गलियों की सिर्फ़ तस्वीरें देखीं फिर कैसा अजनबी सा रिश्ता है इस शहर से आज सुना इक दोस्त जाएगा फिर मुलाक़ात करेगा लाहौर की उन गलियों से यूँ लगा जैसे वो शहर बुला रहा है कहता है – आओ तुम भी मिलो मुझ से देखो अब…