Dastaan Episode 2


Pakistan ka matlab kya, lā ilāhaʾillā-llāh.

Does religion make a nation? Does it make a qaum? Does it make a secure and stable entity? Most importantly, does it make us united?

Inasmuch as Bano and Hassan’s love story begins to blossom, the crux of the narrative in Dastaan is on nation building and what really makes a nation, what defines it. Last week, I brought up historian Ayesha Jalal’s work, so, this week I’ll start with one of her (many!) lectures. Speaking at the Hudson Institute, Dr. Jalal brings up two very significant points: first, of course, is on the struggle to make Pakistan, but more significantly, her second point is on an emerging popular culture that makes Pakistan more than just a failed state, a constant and recurring criticism in recent history.



Dastaan Episode 1


Aj akhan Waris Shah nu kitun kabran vichchon bol,
Te aj kitab-e-ishq da koi agla varka phol.

Ek roi si dhee Punjab di, tu likh likh maare vain,
Aaj lakhan dheean rondian tainu Waris Shah nu kahen.

Waaaay… dardmandaan day dardiaa, uth takk apnaa Punjab,
Aaj bele lashan vichhian te lahu di bhari Chenab.

Kise ne panjan paanian vichch ditti zahar rala,
Te unhan paanian dharat nun ditta pani la.

Iss zarkhez zameen de lun lun futtia zaher,
Gith gith charhiaan lalian, fut fut charhia kaher.

Aaj akhan Waris Shah nu kitun kabran vichchon bol,
Te aj kitab-e-ishq da koi agla varka phol.

Takhsim-e-Hind. Hindustan ka Batwara. The Partition of India. 


Retro Rerun!


Hey, hey filmi travelers!

Keeping in mind my obsession with everything retro, I’m starting a segment on those retro highs(!) and lows, of course some choices will be more retro than others. All the way back to the black and white and rather gay 1920s to the acid trip highs of the 1990s, I’ll be picking hidden gems for your viewing and reading pleasure!