Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Kashmir: Kherishu in Land of turbulence... Welcoming, Courtship, Honeymooning and Varishu

"Welcome to Kashmir" this I had a warm welcome by CRPF constable Mangal Singh at Srinagar airport exit gate last year. It was my first visit to the State Capital of Jammu & Kashmir and invited to presume to speak in Central University, Srinagar. Before visiting Kashmir I was in dilemma through out my journey with escalating thoughts of state turbulence, myriads of bubbles before my eyes while glancing outside the airplane window. Hills draped in somewhat white snow and local people around in gaberdine. 

I was very enthusiastic. The gait I was following as if galloping with joy. A chilled electrifying waves were ebullient in my entire being. I was gazing while in taxi to my rest place around wide eyes open. It was like collection of many different types of homo sapiens near Dal lake mesmerizing me with fear of being victim. I dropped taxi at Dal lake to have a panoramic scenic beauty conferred upon us by nature. 

Strolling towards "Phoolon waala bagh" as the local people suggested, all of sudden I saw a man yelling about and vending Chana Masala with exotic seasoned spices. The way he was yelling I asked him from a distance "Ka ho! Kaun jilaa?"  Astoundingly he glanced at me and grinned "Gopalganj bhaiya"... In return I flew a smile and Hi-Five to him. Actually that vendor was native of Gopalganj Disrict situated in Bihar State. Bihar is also a land of diversity and is famous for many indigenous dialects in different tones. Maithily and Bhojpuri is the prominent language of Bihar. I asked that Vendor in Bhojpuri about his where being? Letting him in elan I reached that Garden of flowers. It was beautiful and well managed by the J&K administration.... 

In the garden I came to know about world famous Three words "I Love You" that termed as "Kherishu" in Kashmiri. You all might have heard a famous song "Kherishu-Varishu"from hindi movie "Harjaee"....was picturised in Kashmir. Kherishu means "I love you" and Varishu means "Ï need you" First experience in Srinagar was very good... gradually will let you all know about travelling and vagabonding experiences.... Catch you later...

Happy Vagabonding... 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Introductory Lucknow: The City of Nawabs, Kebabs and Naqabs.

Dear Friends

This is Dr. Mahfooz commencing this travelogue with a short introduction of my own city Lucknow. Lucknow the City of Nawabs, Kebabs and Naqabs. 

Lucknow hai to mahaz Gumbad-O-Minar nahin,           
(Lucknow is not only of Domes & Minarets)
sirf ek shaher nahin, Koocha-O-Bazar nahin,               
(not only a city of lanes and market)
iske daaman mein mohabbat ke phool khilte hain,        
(in it's hem flower of love effloresce) 
iski galiyon mein farishton ke patey milte hain.             
(addresses of seraphs are common in it's lane) 

Now, think of any city in the world? I am sure your imagination goes ephemeral, what you have felt? Have you met out Lucknow with any other city with it's rich culture, architecture and mannerism? Definitely no, not and can't be. Considering other cities Lucknow is unmatchable, nonpareil and incomparable. 

Lucknow's nawabi heritage, architecture, Lucknowi Nawabi cuisine, Malihabadi mango, and social mannerism (Tahzeeb) all are matchless. People of Lucknow of usually talk in very low and slow pitch mostly using Urdu in it's daily affair. Every jot of Lucknow is very beautiful, it's rich History entwined in eccentric stories of nawabs, mixed cultural heritage, real depiction of secularism and love among followers of different religion, class and community is a picture that Lucknow disperses in the world. 

The Ganga-Jamuni tahzeeb is an exemplified glory. Much of these tahzeeb is lost now but examples can be seen. The belief in secularism that threads people of Lucknow with one another without any discrimination. Lucknow is a cultural unit of India. Lucknow is a land of Nawabs famous for their flamboyant attitude. Wherever you go as soon you disclose about being Lucknowite people comes naturally in and for respect. Respect becomes your omen. To maintain religious solidarity and disperse peace over nation rename INDIA as Lucknow peace will be a destiny. 

To sum up: 

Lucknow waale alag se "jaan" liye jaate hain... 
apni "zabaan" se pahchaan liye jaate hain...     

[Unique Lucknowites can be guessed by their way of conversation]       

                               © Mahfooz Ali

Happy Vagabonding 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Vagabonding: A New Journey with perspective

Dear Readers,

After playing with the words in the form of poetry, poem and contemporary writing this blog is my tryst with the duly and daily experiences that I sync with my chores, travelling and vagabonding. With this vagabonding I will share my experiences of travelling in this blog. This blog is one of my old blog was nesting inactive to driving active. It was not very difficult to revive or emancipate some dead. Trust me, reviving is easy... be it from life, be it from broken relationship. be it from boring routine, be it from love, be it from sex or from detoxing innate. 

Hope readers will definitely enjoy my experiences with my commuting backpacker. 

To know me more: 

Just google... or visit

  • Very soon will update with my youtube channel and dynamic website. 

Let's sum up with a poem depicting I, Me and Myself. 

What Mahfooz Ali Means:

When you hear the name Mahfooz Ali, 
think of love, freedom, education, and his famous speech...'I can’t be common man.'
Mahfooz Ali wants peace, love and cuddle for himself and for others.
Without using violence he will set an example for himself and for all to see.

His love for people is so great, 
Everyone knew him from Locales to beyond his nation.
He wants humanity
and an education to be equal for all.

His famous speech... “I can’t be common man '
Will always encourage all... to let freedom in! 

(c) Mahfooz 

(Being a poet I can't hide myself) 

Love you all.

Happy Vagabonding. 
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