Table of Contents
  Index
  About the Author
  Preface
  Beginning
  Childhood
  Journey
  Effort
  Work
  Complexity
  Body
  Desire
  Happiness
  Love
  Beauty
  Silence
  Solitude
  Sadness
  Pain
  Death
  Morning
  Evening
  Sleep
  Rain
  Intellect
  Roots
  Tribute
  Farewell
  Truth
  Stars
  Religion
  Rebirth
  Meditation On Time
  Infinity
  God
  Freedom
  Family
  Defeat
  Darkness
  Miscellaneous Poems
  Dreams
  Flowers
  Lana Takes Retirement
  Looking at the Lake
  Peace
  The Nature of Man
  Why do I Keep my Lonely Ways
  Is That What Is Human Life
  The Light Through The Woods
  The Meaning Of Love
  What Will You Do When ...
  Perspective Of Time
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Roots

Touching the ground on which I put the first shaky footsteps, 
Seeing the majestic contours of the undulating skyline, 
Which my eyes had never tired to range, 
Back in Kashmir, I feel the echo of my genesis, 
An expatriate's answered prayers.

Buried here lie the pristine years of my childhood, 
When wonder turned into thought, 
Desires into dreams, 
The vision was uncluttered, 
And conflict took root.

Does a man owe something to the land of his birth, 
Or is it his insecurity that binds him to his roots? 
Or is it all an alluring angle of the architecture of emotion, 
Or simply an elemental pull to gravitate to one's origin? 
If child is the father of man, then what is growing up all about?

Unblemished by the coarseness of life, 
Unmarred by the waywardness of the world, 
Reposed in the frozen perspective of time, 
Still gleaming lie the first experiences of life:

The integrity of self, 
The uniqueness of the individual and the brotherhood of mankind, 
The uncomplicatedness in human relationships, 
The simplicity of understanding, 
The unquestioned joy in living, 
The clarity of the way ahead, 
Just being, not becoming.

We go back to the roots, 
To replenish the vision and the spirit we have lost, 
To regain our identity and reclaim our history, 
To reset the balance between nature and mind, 
To feel as an element of the universal spacetime.

But the chilling vision shattered the trip down the childhood: 
Kashmiris living in the fossilized glory of the past, 
Apathy their unshakable creed, 
Cynicism the only energetic hope, 
Living between tyranny and anarchy of political pendulum.

Walking down the desolate ruins of Srinagar's streets, 
Shapeless stretches of thoughtless construction, 
Chaotic services and nightmarish traffic, 
Where time has frozen in the inner city, 
And darkness envelops the winter months.

Plundered, ravaged, and defiled through ages, 
By its soulless bandit rulers, 
Neglected eternally by its crass inhabitants, 
To wither slowly in the irreversible arrow of time, 
This bounteous gift of nature, Kashmir, moans in pains unnameable, 
Its soul heaving with a curse eternal 
For its unworthy sons.

Kashmir always beckons me to a homecoming, 
A quivering echo of a distant thunder, 
A withered glow on the horizon, 
Remnant of a fire kindled a long time ago, 
It will remain my tombstone.

 

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