‘Waiting’ Uddeekan by Fauzia Rafique – Punjabi rendition Afzal Saahir

English Poem – Punjabi Translation

Waiting
Fauzia Rafique

Waiting
days afternoon nights
to be alone
to mourn
that the cactuses*
are growing
within my heart

they may bloom
the desert, sprinkle
sparks of colour atop
sifting slabs of sand

my heart
a suitable soil
to make the plants
happy

*cacti
From ‘Passion Fruit/Tahnget Phal’ (Uddari Books, 2011).

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Uddeekan
Punjabi rendition of Fauzia Rafique’s ‘Waiting’
Afzal Saahir

Aklaapay de sik handdawan
aThay pehr uddeekan mainun
dil vich ugiyan thhoran utay
keekan wain kran

man rohi vich thhor khhirran de
rut aa pujji
raitarr utay rangan de
chingyarri chattay wajjay

thhoran noon khush rakhhan keetay
mere dil toon changi mitti
hor na honi

March 2, 2012
Surrey, BC

‘Passion Fruit/Tahnget Phal’ by Fauzia Rafique
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Feica Lost and Found?

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No, no, this is NOT Feica!

There are numerous rumors about our Karachi-based Punjabi Cartoonist Feica as having been lost reminding us of our recently lost and found personality, Poet Afzal Saahir who also happens to work at radio Musst FM103. But just because Feica works at the same radio station does not mean that he is lost as well or that after getting lost he will be as findable as Saahir.

Such rumors have underlying implications that if Feica’s country is about to be lost or is a ‘lost cause’ than Feica is too. But this view remains unsupported by the facts on the ground. We all well know that half of Feica’s country already became lost in 1971 illuminating all the ‘lost-caused’ aspects of it where Feica at 15 was gearing up in Multan to fall in love for the first time.

We are not sure if he did but we do know that two years later he had appeared afflicted with cartoonism at the National College of Arts (NCA) in Lahore, and has not been reported lost since.

Yet in a place where people are continuously being made to disappear, it is hard to assume that someone wouldn’t but i assure you that Feica at least is not lost. He is drawing cartoons for Daily Dawn and living in Karachi, a city still considered to be one of the many ‘burning’ parts of Pakistan. Even so if you don’t want to take my word for it, view the cartoon at the beginning of this post, and the one at the end. Though none provide a definite address for him in Karachi, both indicate the obvious un-lostness of Feica because of his (authenticated*) signage dated April 29, 2009.

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Pakistan: The Day of Birth to April 29, 2009

In the above ongoing scenario, Feica has pointedly placed himself beside an un-armed Single Mother and her two unarmed kids; but more dangerously, under the direct range of an agitated bird. As you can see, all this is taking place way below the popular international cinema scope featuring the Global Puppeteer with a Local Mover, and a Local/Global Shaker. All fully armed.

Indeed, it is a clean depiction of a messy situation that involves blood and explosives as the three armed parties fight each other and kill others to gain control over mineral-rich areas of Pakistan such as the North-Western Frontier Province or FATA/PATA, and Baluchistan. And if the urban educated families of Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad are feeling attacked, it is because these three cities hold the key to all the treasures of the country.

In this situation, it may be best to look for our lost and about-to-be-lost treasured resources instead of putting our energies in finding a totally un-lost Feica.

If you agree with this suggestion, get back to us asap as we are ready to launch the search to find all the desired lost ideas, countries, languages, national treasures, and (at least some) people.

* Feica’s signature authenticated by Poet Mudasar (the other) Punnu .

P.S.

As i was finishing this post, the news of another lost person being found had surfaced in digital format. Before we go on to reveal his identity, it is important to warn you that this person may have us stretch our carefully drawn boundaries. He falls in the category of a ‘person’ and yet can also be depicted as a ‘national treasure’ for the nation of Punjab because of the mammoth amount of work accomplished by him to gain-back a fast-loosing language, independent thinking and grounded literature.

Renowned Punjabi Poet, Writer and Archivist Ahmad Salim who was thought to be lost since Nov-Dec 2008, has been spotted today in London UK by Author/Photographer Amarjit Chandan.

Jeevay Ahmad Salim!!!

ahmad-saleem-london-04-may-09-photo-by-amarjit-chandanAhmad Salim, London May 4, 2009

Photo by Amarjit Chandan

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Lost and Found: An Urgent Note!

Since adding the ‘lost and Found‘ page at Uddari, i have received many unpublishable text and image items about various precious lost things such as love, first love letter, last txt message, Sohni the Cat, Lapuslazuli necklace; and, red leather shoes, ancestral residential dwellings, unpublished poems, dating venues, lost herstories and cultures, diamond rings, memories, and of course, the dear heart/s!

All these are indeed precious things and their loss can hardly be sustained but the Lost And Found page at Uddari is to find PEOPLE not things, animals, senses, passions or places.

We have so far, tried to find two lost item: A UN report on languages, and a Lahori FM radio Host. Out of the two, after months of struggle, we have found only one: the Radio Host! Thanks to Ms. Kaki in Lahore, we can now claim 50% success in our endeavors. Lessons learnt from the 50% failure: we are best suited to find people, not things.

The discussion on who is ‘people’ and who is not does not belong here. Afzal Saahir is as much a people as you or me, may be even more so if we take into account all his fans.

Also, please, only send information about lost people that you actually want to find. Why list all the particulars of a lost person, and then say ‘Hate to Find Him’ at the end? I mean, what am i supposed to do with it?

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