Monday, September 30, 2013




 Popular kashmiri sayings about Haak go as under

“Gaarri Haak Paaeri  Haak
Naakhaai Paana Gaaeri Draakh ”

“ Aey Haak Tche Kattie Aakh
 Na Tche Noon Na Tche Paakh”

“Haak in the house  and Haak outside it 
 O Heart ! Why  you  leave the home? ”

“ O Haak ! Where did you come from ?
You neither need salt nor too much of boiling .”

And what would you do if you do not get  Haak in a Gurgaon shopping  Maal .Yes Buy spinach instead and cook it as Haak and  forget . On my recent visit to Gurgaon Haryana ,  I wrote a Poem on this issue  when i bought  green and leafy spinach   and  got it cooked as  Haak  . Here goes the poem...

(Paalak khaayi Haak samajh kar)
Haak doondanay hum gaye Gurgaavaan ke Mall
Haak shaak to na milaa Aaya hamein khayaal
Aaya hamein khayaal le Aayein Paalak Ghar mein
Mauj Kareingay issay Pakaa kar Harray mutter mein
paalak ke pattay Chaurray aur harrey harrey Thhay
Shelf toakray iss sabzi se bharrey bharrey Thhay
Ghar mein bolaa issay pateelay mein hi Pakaao
Haak samajh kar Gurgaon mein Paalak khaao

(Autar Mota   )

What is this HAAK ?
 Haak is a Green leafy vegetable essentially consumed by Kashmiris .  It is certainly an equivalent of  GREEN-- SAAG of  the Indian cuisine  .Kashmiris cook  it any day or every day. It is an essential dish in  kashmiri  Pandit  marriage functions  and is   gradually entering the kitchens of North India  . Kashmiris may call it by many names ; Kaanul Haak , Haanz Haak , Tolaa Haak ,G M Daaer Haak , Khaanyaaer Haak , Noor Bagh Haak and  Kaatchhi Haak but Haak as such belongs to  ACEPHALA  group of vegetables that also include Cabbage and broccoli . Kashmiris  also connect  other Green leafy vegetables with HAAK .I quote  Vopal Haak , Vostaa Haak , Mujji Haak and  Monji Haak .  

Kaanul is the early spring time  Haak tiny stems  . This Haak has  small and soft  sprouting green   leaves .  The summer Haak available in Kashmir is green leafy with wrinkles .The autumn Haak is  Green leafy   with  stems . The    sweet and tasty   green stems  of this Autumn Haak are also cooked along with Green leaves . These stems are called Kaatchhie in kashmiri accordingly  this Haak is known as Kaatchhie Haak .  Another tasty variety of Haak with  long and fleshy stems and green leaves grown in winter season  is known  Tolaa Haak .  All varieties of Haak  grown in Kashmir are tasty. The Haak Gravy or soup is known as Haak Russ .  Haaka Vaattir ( Haak Leaf ), Haak Boadh ( A small bundle of Haak leaves ), Haak Foatt ( A Basket for carrying Haak by sellers ), Haak  Door ( A bed of Haak ) , Haak Null ( Haak Stems ) ,Aaarum Vaaer  ( Haak Growing field ) and  Haak Raadh ( A floating space created over water for growing Haak .  This is seen in Dal lake   ) are quite popular terms with Kashmiris . It is believed that Hak was first cultivated by  ancient Greeks cultivated .

                                          ( Above  Haak Seeds meant for Germination )
                                      (  Above ..Varrie or  Kashmiri Masala Tikki  used for cooking Haak )
                                                         ( Above  Heeng (Asafoetida )  dissolved in Water  )
                                            ( Green chilies used for cooking Haak in Kashmir )
Americans call it  Collard Greens . It is also cultivated in Spain , PortugalBrazil , and  Africa .  It is also cultivated in Croatia, Bosnia and  Herzegovina ,Siberia and at  some places in China .

                                                ( Collard Greens grown in a pot in USA )
                                          ( Haak sellers on Foreshore Road  near Nishat Garden )
Do not be surprised when I say that Some communities in deep South especially Tamilnadu  cultivate Haak and call  Seemai Parattai Keerai .

            ( Winter Haak or Tolaa Haak sold in kashmir   along with Nadru or  Lotus  stems )
The kashmiri way of cooking Haak is meant to retain its aroma . Accordingly it is not laced with spices . It is carefully cleaned and leaves are plucked from long  stems .Haak should be cleaned for pests  and insects that thrive on the leafy green material . Just heat three four spoonfuls of mustard oil to flash point . Cool it down and add tow three cups of water , one or two green chilies possibly compact  . In case you want to add cut chilies  , remove seeds as these may spoil the taste . Add a few drops of  milky white liquid Heeng (asafoetida ) . Now add a pinch of salt . A pinch of kashmiri varrie ( ( Masala Tikki )  if available adds  specific kashmiri flavour to it. Do not worry if the same is not available as  Heeng mixed in water  shall take care of the flavour. Put washed Haak leaves in this mixture and cool stir it.  Now put the mixture over Gas Flame in a pressure cooker and boil it for two or three whistles. Remove the flame . Let it cool down. NEVER OPEN THE COOKER LID WHEN THE HAAK IS HOT. THAT REMOVES THE ENTIRE AROMA.  Let it cool and then serve . This is how kashmiri Pandits cook   Haak . Kashmiri muslims do not use Heeng (asafetida ). They also add  pinches  of some spices like Turmeric powder , red chilly powder  , Saunf powder , Suund powder and also a couple of garlic pieces .

 Haak provides the body with   various  Vitamins  especially Vitamin K and E  , calcium ,Iron .Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium and Zinc. It also contains proteins and carbohydrates apart from being a rich source of dietary  Fiber so essential for our intestines . A  recent news paper report informs as under

“Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley have recently discovered that 3,3'-diindolylmethane in  collard greens is a potent modulator of the innate immune response system with potent antiviral, antibacterial and anti cancer activity . Collard greens are also a high source of vitamin K (the clotting vitamin) and should be eaten in moderation by individuals taking blood thinners”.

So eat Haak as much as you can to prove the kashmiri saying

“ Buss Haak Ta  Bataa  Gutchi Poshunn ”
 “Let Haak and Rice  Be there for us ”

I end this brief post on Haak with lines from a Gazal of Noted kashmiri sufi poet  Wahaab Khaar

Shaam Sondarunn Burr Karnuss ta Lo Lo
Kaam Deevus log Par Muss Ta Lo Lo
 “Wahaab Khaar ” Chhuyee Deidi Tal Intezaarus
Chhuyee Praaraan Deedarus Ta Lo Lo
( Wahaab Khaar )

Shaam Sunder Has left me undone ,
My Kaamdeva  is now engrossed with others
Love !This wahaab Khaar  is waiting for  you at the gate ,
He waits now just to have your glimpse only .

( Autar Mota  30.09.2013 )

All photographs except one ( Collard greens grown in A pot in USA  ) clicked by the blogger.

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Monday, September 23, 2013



Photo Autar Mota September 2013.
To this phorto I am adding my   Quatrain composed in kashmiri

Kraaekh Gayee “ Bur Guvv ! Kustaam Bur Guvv ”
Aissi Gayee kaael Zeiiv Vaaetie Pyaath Sirr Pyaav.
Aiss kuss Kuss Vanahuvv he Kyaah Guvv
 Wuzza Kin Vyupp  Tchaav Daariien Bur Guvv
( Autar Mota )

A sudden cry “ Some one has been shown the door ”
 And we felt dumbstruck ,
 For our secrets were now open to every one’s scrutiny …
Whom  could we say  as to what happened ?
The floods entered our courtyard
And the windows turned  doors for us.   

( Autar Mota 23.09.2013 )                                                                                        
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Based on my regular  visits to Gurgaon  Haryana , I have scribbled some lines as my impressions .  I am now combining all these impressions together and  giving  them the  shape  of  a long poem in  5 segments . The opening  segment   of the poem is Titled DHOBI ( Washerman )  .   Dhobi is illiterate and is  from a village in Bihar  . He is young and  married and the need to earn a livelihood has driven him to this  far away city. His wife lives with his parents  in the village waiting, waiting and waiting .   And for knowing welfare  of the family back home , he is dependent on someone who can read his letters.

 This is a simple poem about the life that exists in this new   city of Skyscraper . I have used a  line from  my favourite  childhood  play song   “TIPPY TIPPY TOP ” in this poem . The poem is Titled   GURGAON . I am uploading  four   segments today.



Purshotam Dhobi Ghar Aayaa
Jaib Mein Biwi ka Khat Laaya

“ Sahib Issay Zaraa Pad Lena
Ghar Ka haal Hamein Kah Denaa ”

“Jo Paisa Tum Ne  Thhaa Bhejaa
Sab Ka sab Amma Ne Chheena
Hum To Baandhi Majdooran Hain
Sevaa Tyaag Hamaara Dhan Hai
Ram Saran Bhaiyaa Jab Aavay
Amma Ussay  Dakait Bataavay
Kab Aaogay Iss Lanka Mein
 Sita Karay Vilaap ”.......

Tippy Tippy Top
Tippy Tippy Top
What colour do you want
Tippy Tippy Top …………………




Pandraah  Manzil Building Chhat se 
Rassi Baandh ke Koyee Latkay 
Deewaaron par Rang Chadaavay
Tab Jaa kar do Roti Khaavay 
Tapti Dhoop mein Pait Ke Kartab
Neechay Duniyaa ko Kyaa Matlab 
 Loongi Chadder Bottle Dubba 
Jhuggi Machchar Lotta Khattiyaa 
Zarda Khaini Beedi Thekaa
Jai Jai Jai Parbhu Teri Duniyaa
Iss Nagri Ka Guru Mantar Hai 
Apnaa Rasta Naap ....

Tippy Tippy Top
Tippy Tippy Top
What colour do you want
Tippy Tippy Top …………………




Yeh Bengal Bihar  se Aavay 
Salma Pushpa Naam Bataavay 
Kapday Bartan Jhaadu Poanchaa
Aur Sanbhalay Chhotaa Bachaa 
Lunch Dinner Breakfast Banaavay 
Sukh Baantay Tab Roti Khaavay 
Iss Ki Jhuggi Haal Niraala 
Daaru Mein Dhuut Hai Ghar- vaala 
Bachay Din Bhar Reit Mein Khelein
Nangay Paanv hain Kapday Meilay 
Bees Baras Mein Boodi ban Kar 
Kehtee Jeevan Shraap ........

Tippy Tippy Top
Tippy Tippy Top
What colour do you want
Tippy Tippy Top …………………




Bastay, Tiffin ,Dhoodh Aur Paper
Yoga ,Khabrein ,Toilet Shower
Lift Lagay Karnay Khaali Ghar
Cab Aa Gayee Khul Gaye Daftar
Aath Bajay Ghar Soona Khaali
Baat Reh Gayee Karnay Vaali
Ek Chhat Hai Aur Hai Ek Bistar
Dil Ki Baat Hai Dil Ke Andher
Builder Chheen Rahaa Khalihaan
Gamlon Mein Baagon Ki shaan
Paas hi Gaaon Ki Deewaron par
*Uplon Ki Hai Chhaap ....

Tippy Tippy Top
Tippy Tippy Top
What colour do you want
Tippy Tippy Top …………………




Thanday Thanday shopping Mall
Seedi Bhaagay Paanv sanbhaal 
Thandi Car hai Thanday  Daftar 
Baahar Barsay Aag Baraabar
Prawn ,Shawarma ,sea food ,Pizza 
Momo, Burger ,Noodle  ,Pasta 
Swami ji , Leader  Ya Builder 
Paisay Kaa saara Aadambar 
Night Partiyaan Drugs Aur Whiskey 
Sattaa ,Daulat ,Dandhaa, Kadki
Neta Ji Jalssay Mein Kartay 
Aadarshon kaa Jaap ...................

Tippy Tippy Top
Tippy Tippy Top
What colour do you want
Tippy Tippy Top …………………

( Autar Mota 23.09.2013 )

* Uplay means cow dung cakes ..

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013



Sheshnaag Stream coming from sheshnaag lake  to  Pahalghaam Valley , kashmir 
Photo Autar Mota august 2013.
Hum Bichhad ke tum se Baadal ki Tarah Rotay Rahay 
Thhak gaye to Khwaab ki Dehleez pe sotay Rahay 
( Zubair Rizvi )
                      Lidder stream coming from Aru  side to  pahalghaam valley in kashmir
                                                   Photo Autar Mota August 2013.

                                        Bichhadatay daamanon mein Phool ki kuchh pattiyaan rakh do.
                                        Taa'luq ki Giraanbaari mein thodii Narmiyaan rakh do.
                                        Bhatak Jaatii hain tum se door chehron ke taaqu'b mein,
                                        Jo tum chaaho meri aankhon pe apni ungliyaan rakh do
                                  ( Zubair Rizvi )
           And then both the streams meet at  SANGAM just below Pahalghaam Bus Stand ...

( Autar Mota 10.09.2013 )

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Friday, September 6, 2013




Two persons ( Shantiveer kaul and Shailesh Mota.) made a specific comment to my poem (that I uploaded recently ) that four lines composed by me are in Kaka Hathrasi style. Shantiveer ji ( son of well known  kashmiri Poet   Dina Nath Naadim ) reads and writes a lot. Add to this, he appears to be retaining a lot as well . I treat him as an encyclopedia on Urdu , Hindi , English and kashmiri literature . I am surprised about Shailesh Mota . Shailesh lives currently in South Korea . Totally cut off from Literature and poetry , he spoke Kaka’s another poem “Anpad Biwi “ to me over telephone yesterday word by word as I had spoken to him in his childhood.. I would read Kaka poems to him when he was a child. The satire and humour in these poems would bring smiles on his face . So did I read kaka to many cousins in our family . None has forgotten his name nor the punch lines from his poems .

“ Aaiye Aaiye ! To Aap Hain Kaka . Sunaa hai Hum par Bhi Khoob likha hai . Aap ki woh Agra Cantt or Cement permit Vaali Kavita Bahut Khoob hai.”said Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru to Kaka Hatharasi when a group of Hindi poets from UP were invited by Pandit ji to his residence in New Delhi.
And for readers I reproduce lines from both the poems from my memory apart from some lines from another popular poem of kaka .

Anpad Biwi ( Illiterate wife )

Anpad Biwi ko sikhlaaya
Patr ( Letter ) likho to aissay
Oopper ( Top ) Likho Praan Piyaare
Neechay ( Bottom ) Charnon ki Daasi
Pehlaa Patr Mila Uskaa to
Sar Chakraaya Mera
Oopper Likha Charan Dass
Neechay Praanon ki Pyaasi
( kaka Hatharasi )

And the poem which Pandit ji also liked

Lagaa Agra Cantt pe supply ka Tent
Kaka Bhi Lenay Gaye Duss Thelaa Cement
“Duss Thelaa cement?”
“Karaa Do File Arzi .”
Hum ne kahaa Huzoor Aap Ki Jaisi Marzi
Saade Paanch Maheenay Baad Lifaafa Aaya
Khola Uss mein Do Thelay Ka permit paaya
Aglay Din Bazaar mein Milay seth Harbans
Bolay Kaka Pistol Ka Dilvaavo Licence
Dilvaavo Licence Seth Hum Ne samjhaaye
Duss Thelay Maangay thhay Do Thelay Paaye
Issi Ganit ( Maths ) Ko Soanch samjh Kar Lambi Haanko
Pistol Chaaho To Licence Toapp ( Canon ) Ka Maango .

(Naam Bade Aur Darshan Chhotay )

Naam Roop Ke Bheid par kabhi kiya hai goar
Naam mila Kuchh aur to Shakl Akal Kuchh aur
Shakl akal kuchh aur Nain Sukh Dekhay Kaane
Babu Sunderlaal Banaaye Einchak-taanay
Kah Kaka kavi Dayaraam Ji Maarein machchhar
Vidhyadhar ko Bhains baraabar Kaala akshar
Pandit shanti swroop chalaatay dekhay Danday
Keh Kaka Jwala Prasad Ji Bilkul Thanday ..
( kaka Hatharasi )

Who is Kaka Hathrasi ?

Padamshri Kaka Hathrasi is the assumed name of Prabhu Dayal Garg (1906-1995 ) from Hathras in UP who was not only a poet of humour and satire but an authority on Indian classical Music and Dance. His style of humour and satire was mature and direct . He wrote very sharp satires on social, religious and political evils, greed and corruption engulfing India at that time. A stream of poets followed his style . Kaka Died on 18th September . This was his birthday as well and accordingly this day is now celebrated as “ Humour Day ” in the country .
Kaka has published more than 40 books of humorous verse . Almost all the books have been published by Hind Pocket Books New Delhi. I would suggest readers to go through his book JAI BOLO BAIMAAN KI . The subjects and issues that kaka has touched are more relevant today.Kaka had a large number of admirers which included Firaq Gorakhpuri and Harivansh Rai Bachan . I quote some select lines from this book ..

Neta Ji Ki car se Kuchal gayaa Mazdoor
Beech Sadak Par Mar Gayaa Huyee garibi Door
Gaadi Ko Le gaye Bhagaa-kar Jai Ho Kirpa Nidhaan ki
Jai bolo Baimaan ki

Mill Maalik Se Mil gaye Neta Namak Halaal
Mantra Pad Diyaa Kaan Mein Khatam huyee hartaal
Patra Push Se Pocket Bhar Di Shramikon ke shaitaan Ki
Jai Bolo Baimaan ki

Munn Mailaa Tunn Ujaraa Bhaashan Lachhedaar
Ooper Satyaachaar hai Andher Brashtachaar
Jhoothon ke Ghar Pandit Baanchay Kathhaa Satya Bhagwaan ki
Jai Bolo Baimaan ki

( Autar Mota 06.09.2013)

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Thursday, September 5, 2013



(PHOTO Autar Mota)

Come, Gardener
Create the splendor of the spring ;
Make flowers bloom and nightingales sing
Create such avenues !
Weed out things that undermine the growth of
Roses in the garden ,
And look , thousands of smiling Hyacinths
Have thronged at the gate .

( Mehjoor )

                                         (Ghulam Ahmed Mehjoor - 1885-1952  )

Peerzada Ghulam Ahmed Mehjoor ( 1885-1952 ) was born in Village Mitregaam in Pulwama district of kashmir . To him goes the credit of introducing Modernism in kashmiri poetry and bringing lyricism and folklores in it. It can be said that along with Abdul Ahad Azad , Mehjoor broadened the canvas of kashmiri poetry in a way freeing it from the clutches of Mystic, Devotional and Sufiana thoughts . His language was simple but laden with the folk lore of Kashmir . He spoke of its seasons , streams , Festivities, peasants , village girls , birds , flowers , Gardens ( Nishat and shalimar  gardens in particular ), mountains and communal harmony. He can also be called a very tall poet representing the school of Lyricism in kashmiri poetry after Habba Khatoon , Arnimaal , Rasul Mir and Mehmood Gaami. His poems attracted the attention of Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore who called him “ WORDSWORTH OF KASHMIRI POETRY “.Devendra Satyarthi Carried Mehjoor’s poems to Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore who in turn was highly impressed . In fact Satyarthi is the person who exposed Mehjoor to the world outside Peer-Panjal hills.

Satyarthi once wrote :

“ Mehjooor’s poetry is full of life’s passion , brotherhood , love and hope for the oppressed Mehjoor has a broad vision of life “

His poem ' Sahibo Sathh Chhum me tchaenni vuthh me asalaetch haavtum" or " My Lord ! I only live by a profound faith in you, Show me the Righteous path" appeals to every kashmiri. For a student a moving Prayer, For a Muslim a grand Naat and for a Pandit an intensely devotional Leela.

Mehjoor’s job as a Patwari enabled him to have a clear view of life as it existed in the core rural set up. He turned sympathetic to the plight and sorrows of peasants , youth and exploited masses . With a clear vision for kashmiri poetry and the shape it needed to take up, he embarked upon a look out task for a suitable poet to carry forward his mission. And then came Naadim .

And then one day Mehjoor heard Young Dina Nath Naadim for the first time reciting a poem in a Mushiara in Srinagar . So happy was the poet with this young kashmiri boy that he instantly said


In an Interview , Poet Naadim has informed that Mehjoor would always say “ Naadim is my sister’s son.I am his maternal uncle. “

Infact Naadim’s mother was from village Murran in Pulwama district and Mehjoor was also from a nearby village called Mitrgaam.

And Naadim proved himself to be the correct choice of Mehjoor . He entered this arena with a mind that was conscious of the changes that were sweeping across the world. His thought and outlook had a mixture of influences of great modern writers and poets like Tolstoy , Mayakovsky, Nazim Hikmet , Anton Chekhov , Tagore, Josh Malihaabadi, Chakbast and many more. He not only carried forward the work that Mehjoor and Azad had started , he also put enough space and dimension in it with his Operas , Poems , sonnets , Gazals , Free verse , Haaerisaat, Haiku all laden with Lyrical Modernism and Progressive thoughts..

When Mehjoor died, Naadim felt sad and gloomy for some time. . But then he also thought that Mehjoor was not a physical body alone but a part of the life that never dies. For him, Mehjoor was an inspiration and a bright thought that never dies . .He also wrote a poem on Mehjoor’s death, a portion of which is reproduced hereunder …

( Gonnmaatus Moatukk Shar karrie kyaah ?)
Sheitchh Gayee shaamun Gaama Shahaarie
Baagun Junglunn Pheer tchoapaarie
Gili Voann Vaavus Vaavun Laalus
Laalun Pyaaluss Pyaalie Kalawaaluss
Kalwaalun Pheurr Maikhaanuss Munz
Maikhaanuss Munz Vaaetchh Hoolie Haalaai
Baanuss ta baanuss laaejj Thussraaraai
Zun Guvv Aaluv Mahjoor Koatt Guvv
“Mahjoor Koatt Guvv ? ”
Poatt Pheerithh Aav Aaluv Vaapus
“Yeitee Chhuyee Koatt Guvv !”
Mahjoor Zinda Chhuyee Zindagi Marie Kyaah
Gonn-maatuss Moatukk shar Karrie kyaah

( Dina Nath Naadim )

My english rendering of above lines would be as under…

(What can the fright of death do to An Erudite  soul?)
The news went wild at evening time ,
It traveled to city and the villages ,
It spread in all directions through the forests and the gardens ,
The bird conveyed it to the wind ,
The wind passed it on to the flower ,
The flower informed the cup
And the cup told the cup bearer( saaqi ),
The cup bearer broke the news inside the Tavern ( Bar )
And then  an uproar in the tavern .
Pots rattled and collided ,
Some insider heard a cry ,
“ Where has Mehjoor gone ?”
And then another cry in return declared ,
“ Here he is . Where did he go ?
Mehjoor is alive . Does life ever pass away ?
What can the fright of death do to an Erudite  soul ?”

( Autar Mota )

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013





When I was a child , we heard stories about sadhus , Babas and other religious people going to Himalayas for Meditation and  penance . Away from the glare and noise of cities ,  they lived in jungles in close company of mother nature .I think nothing of this sort exists now . Now hermits and  Babas have come to live in spacious  Ashrams in cities  .

Based on this idea ,I started yesterday with a Dohaa . It was actually designed as a communication between a son and his idle father . The son is proposing to his father to become a Baba instead of idling away his time and energy.. I started with the dohaa where the son proposes to his father as under  ..
The son says
"Baba ban kar khol do
Eik Ashram meray taat
Bijli Nalka Muft hai
Bhog Chaday din raat "

“Become a Baba dear father
And  open an Ashram..
We shall get free electric power and Municipal Water
Apart from day and night offerings from public ”

I  finished this hypothetical communication just now by adding more poetry to it ..

The father( Taat ) reacts to his son's suggestion as under

“Beta Aaj Kahi tum ne hai
Bade Patte ki baat .
Gyaan Dharam hum Na Janoon
Ho jaaye na Maat .
Ho jaaye na Maat bataao aisaa Rastaa
Kuchh Jugaad Batlaao hum ko sastaa sastaa ”

“  Dear son ,  Today You have put forth a very wise suggestion,
But I am blank in so far as  knowledge or Religious Issues are concerned .
I am afraid , This venture may  fail.
For success of this project give me some tips
Suggest  some inexpensive  shortcuts for this venture son ”

The son now passes on some  suggestions to his Taat ( Father )

“ kesh Dharo Jogi Ban Jaao
Dhoti Kurtay Ghar mein Laao
Gyaan Dharam ki baat na bolo
Bank mein Jaa Kar Khaata Kholo
Uchhalo koodo Gaana Gaao
Doodh Piyo aur Phal hi khaao
Naamardi ka nuskhaa Becho
Kirpa Baanto Haath Uthaao

Taat Hamaare karnaa hai hum ko Bhi yeh kaam
Shuru Karo Aantaakshari Le kar Apna Naam”

“ Keep long hair and become a Mendicant ( Modern )
Buy some sets of Dhotis and kurtas .
Forget what you call Knowledge and Dharma .
Go to a Bank and open your account .
Learn jumping , Dancing and singing .
Drink Milk and eat fruits instead of cereals .
Sell prescription for Impotency,
Distribute kindness by raising your hands towards the sky.

Dear  Father I also have to follow this path now
So Start this venture by crying loud your own name .”

( Autar Mota )

This is just a humour . No personality is intended to be commented upon . Anything  appearing as a satire on any personality  could  be a coincidence or  reader’s  own inference and  not an intention of the Blogger .

 ( Autar Mota 03.09.2013 )

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Monday, September 2, 2013




Photo autar Mota Aug.2013.

Assi Gayee az taam subahheikk braaent
Yoat Taam nukhaa voat mandienien shaam..
( Dina Nath Naadim )

We kept thinking that it was A Dawn time for us
Till the evening knocked to declare Day end. …


( Dina Nath Naadim )

The rising sun is like lord Rama's rule ( Ramrajya )
And the setting sun like Ravana burnt to Ashes .

( Autar Mota  02.09.2013 )
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Wherever a person is required to remove his shoes  to enter a religious place or sit for food in a gathering or attend some social obligation where a large number of strangers are also present , he runs the risk of his shoes being stolen. Shoe thefts are a world wide phenomenon. You find shoe thieves in Asia , Africa , Europe,Australia  and America. They are active  in hot  deserts  and also   in cool and temperate Mediterranean climates   .It is practiced in churches , temples and mosques by people of all races and colours .No  caste , colour or religious divide for this adventure. In India a social sanction has been accorded to this practice in marriages  when shoes of the bridegroom are stolen in  by youngsters demanding cash in lieu thereof. 

“Tchey Yuunn Vobaah. Tchey Pyon Aata-shaq. Tche Gatssienn Dast e kassiyaan . Hataa Tche Draaiyaa Hoalleijj. Tchey Goyaa  Phaallij. Guss  Tche Gatchhinnaya Kaambal. Goyaa Badanuss Nosoor.  Haa  Boot Tchooro . Goyaa Gaadi Tal Khoarr Ya Boot Laagithh…. Pyokhaa Ali Jaanus Pyaath. Guss Tche tchotanyaa karan Nagareik doctor Bhanun hedrooniss Munz yudd.Tche Nyothha Mohd sidiquss Noavv Boot. Tche goyaa Garuss loot.”

“ Let Cholera visit you. Let you fall a prey to deadly syphilis. Let you turn sick with blood Dysentery .Let small pox visit your body. Let a stroke attack you. Let jaundice attack you. Let your body get incurable wounds . O you shoe Thief! Let your feet be crushed under a vehicle when you wear these shoes. Let you become  a  regular patient of Dr Ali Jaan . Let Dr B M Bhan( Surgeon ) of karan Nagar open your tummy in  Gov:t SMHS Hospital srinagar .Did you steal  Mohd. Sidiq’s shoes ? Let a gang of thieves loot your household.”
This is  what  Sondhri mother of  Mohd  Sidiq Baker  ( Sidda  Kaandhur)  and Our neighbour in Rainawari  kept  crying (  cursing the thief ) while moving in the Mohhala lane for about two hours. Mohd sidiq’s shoes had been stolen from a nearby mosque and Sondhri  suspected that some one from khatiji’s family had stolen the new pair of shoes .She had also seen khatiji’s husband entering the mosque last of all. Kahtiji’s family  was comparatively poor . Khatiji’s family  also lived in the  same Mohalla .
“Kyaah Maahraa Kyaa chhuvaa Tchhaandaan . Me Vanniv .”
“ What are you looking for ? Tell Me .”
“ Yemiss Maaraah Niyukh Naavv Bata Chappien . Yettien Thhavein paanuss paaetkin ta beethh Batuss. Khabar kuss phoruss. Ye chhanuss tchhenimich Nylon Chappien Thhavmith tamie badalah ”
“ Sir her New Bata sandals have been stolen .She had safely put them  outside the Shamiyana just where she sat for the food. God knows who stole it. See the thief has kept a pair of   old , worn out and abused  cheap rubber sandals in place of her new sandals”

“ Traath yimunn Chuppni Tchooran . Meharbaani karivv Mahraa ,Taam kaddivv Zudd . Pataa vuchhav kyaah karoav”
“ Let these  thieves  get burnt under lightening from the clouds . Please  make some temporary  arrangement . Let me see what can be done later on . ”

This is what the host  told the sufferers in that marriage . This is an actual incident in a  kashmiri Pandit Marriage  Lunch. I was joined by my colleague who had come along with his mother. His mother had insisted  that she be allowed to take her sandals   inside the  marriage shamiyana . Kashmir Pandit ladies would generally sit over the Sandals or shoes of accompanying children and eat the food .  While eating food, they would also repeatedly ensure that the shoes or sandals were there inspite of holding them so close .Such was the fear of losing your shoes or sandals in a marriage feast . I felt guilty for suggesting   the friend to place the Sandals and shoes outside the Shamiyana exactly where we were sitting for  eating our food.

I know about  many  incidents wherein shoes or  sandals of my relatives or friends  were stolen ( Before migration of Pandits 1990 )    outside some  temples in Srinagar .  The shoes of one of my  friend were  stolen when he went to Nowhatta locality in down town srinagar city   for  offering   his condolences to some close relative’s family wherein a   Death had taken place  .This friend  told me that he had to keep quiet and cover the distance barefooted back to his house located  in Ali kadal  locality .

The practice of stealing shoes from Mosques has not come to halt  in Kashmir  .Many friends keep complaining about  this issue privately .  Shoe thieves in other social get-together/ events are also on a look out for a good pair of branded or new shoes or sandals .
I also know of a friend’s son in law who  lost his new shoe outside a Temple in Janipur. The boy had come to his in-law’s house for a PHIRSAAL feast . He along with his wife were suggested to visit a Temple by his in-law’s family .  And the poor fellow  had to come back    barefooted.
To a large extent , shoe thefts have vanished from Kashmiri Pandit Marriage  feasts only on  account of the fact that shoes are not to be removed any more after the switch over to Buffet system. But you can not guarantee such thefts in other gatherings.

And then  i am always surprised to find  how some bizarre second hand  stuff is  sold in Sunday Market of Kashmir .If you find second hand clothes and ,Internationally  Branded Jeans , you also notice second hand Chinese carpets , old Books  ,  second hand   quilts  , new and used Blankets and strange but true ,   second hand shoes of international brands like Nike , Adidas ,Puma, Vans ,and Converse etc for men and  Rock And Candy ,Steve Madden, Saucony,Life Stride ,Jelly Pop and Skechers etc.for women.

“ Aao Aao . Looto Looto .
Bumbai Kaa Maal . 
Dekho  Apni Chaal .
Farangi ne Bhejaa .
Paaanch sau mein Lejaa.
 Idhar Idhar .
Dekhataa kidhar .
O khan ! Joota Pehchaan .
Thhuff Ha sa Thuff .
Maashee Juff Juff.”

“ Come ! Come !
Loot it ! Loot It !
This is Mumbai stuff
And see your style .
Europeans have sent it
Grab it just for five hundred rupees.
Her! Here !
Do not look anywhere .
O Khan , select  a shoe for yourself.
It is a surprise gift . Yes a surprise gift.
You shall forget that old Juff Juff Gait.”

This is how   the Hawkers and Foot Path or Chaarpoy traders   in Sunday   Market cry to  attract onlookers and pedestrians  for buying the second hand shoes in kashmir .I asked a seller as to where from do these second hand shoes come . To this query he replied that  they buy bundles of this stuff from Traders in New Delhi or other places .

Plenty of this stuff is sold  in srinagar’s  Sunday market or otherwise on footpaths or  in Reddis by Hawkers .You need to select a good pair by putting your hand inside the shoe heap. Pay anything from Rs 500 to Rs700 and carry home a shoe of international Brand .  It could be almost New.

Where from do these shoes come? Could be  stolen stuff  from Asian countries traded through  a well organized network  ? I am not sure . It appears so. For sure these shoes  have not been donated or given  in   charity for  brothers and sisters living in poor and developing countries by  their  affluent well wishers from developed countries. No Red Cross channel brings these shoes  as is generally talked about.  some newspaper reports on the subject  may clear  lurking doubts
 I quote some International news paper reports on the subject  ..

( 1 )Precautions for Tourists on “ Ooty Holidays And Tour packages” brochure

“When you go into a temple, you have to leave your shoes outside. A good security measure is to separate your shoes, so it will be difficult for a thief to find both of them quickly. A shoe thief will not wear one shoe while he is looking for the other. The best thing is not to bring expensive shoes to temples at all, especially a good new pair of sneakers (running shoes) or Berkenstocks.”

(2)Newspaper report 16.07.2008

“The 48-year-old man was caught by a local man who had seen him loitering outside the Rayyan mosque in Qatar, reported Qatar daily Gulf Times on Wednesday.
After making his prayers, the Qatari had discovered his $100 shoes had gone missing and after walking barefoot to his car he again noticed the Egyptian, this time carrying a bag about a kilometre from the scene of the crime.When he was confronted, the thief threw the bag over a wall. Inside were 15 to 20 pairs of shoes valued at about $1400, the newspaper said.”

(3)Newspaper  Report DATED 05.05.2013.

“Thieves target   temples all over Thailand and there's big money to be made on second
hand shoes.”

(4)Newspaper report 30.06.2013.
Hollywood heart-throb Leonardo DiCaprio ( Titanic star )was  sightseeing in the country and joined a group of fellow Americans on a trip to a hilltop temple in Kyoto, Japan. He was tense and  upset  when his shoes were stolen . The poor guy had to leave the place barefoot."
(5)Newspaper report 25.02.2010.
“Shoes are stolen from outside all the popular shrines right across India, including the dargah of the sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer, Shirdi, Siddhivinayak and Ganesh temple in Titwala. Tour operators running long distance luxury buses, work in partnership with the hawkers. The buses are used to transport the stolen shoes across the country.”
(6)Newspaper report 25.02.2010.
“Across the world a South Korean man has taken advantage of the custom of leaving shoes outside, as a show or respect, before entering the mourning rooms. Most mourners are dressed up and wear their best shoes. Police recently arrested a  man named Park believed to be a master shoe thief in  south korea.Park would take off his shoes before entering the mourning rooms, pretending to be one of the mourners. When he left he would step into a more expensive pair of footwear and leave his old shoes behind. The police arrested Park after his warehouse was raided. They found 1200 pairs of shoes, carefully stored in sizes, ready for sale in a second-hand shoe business in southern Seoul’s Sueso district.’’

(7)  A   Report  in  "DAILY MONITOR" UK year 2013  ..

"A friend once told me of several incidents of theft that had taken place at their church in the city centre. “Last Sunday, while mummy had left our pew for Holy Commun ion, a man came and picked up her bag claiming she had asked him to keep it for her,” Jane narrated. She went on to say that the man was accosted outside the church by ushers. “He was taken away to Police and luckily, mummy’s bag was recovered.”
It is no secret that not everyone in a house of prayer is a genuine worshipper. “I found a guy who survived being lynched at church because he was found in the parking lot attempting to unscrew a car headlamp,” another friend narrated. Churches, temples and mosques alike are infested by thieves and conmen. "

Let me conclude this post with couplets from Urdu poets Nazir Akbarabaadi and Altaf Hussain Haali ( Grand father of  noted film Maker late K A Abbas ) who were also victims of  shoe thefts  .

“Apne jooton se rahien sare namazi hoshiar
 Ek buzurgh Aatey hain masjid mein Khizr ki surat”.

( Altaf Hussain Hali )

(Those who come to offer namaz should take care of their shoes.
 An old man with the countenance of Khizr comes and, impliedly, steals them).”

Khizr is believed to be  a righteous servant of God who possessed great wisdom or mystic knowledge. This is a couplet by Altaf Hussain Hali (1837-1914). Hali was about 20 years old then and had come from his ancestral village in Panipat to a Delhi . Hali  had the good fortune of meeting  Poet Mirza Ghalib  before the outbreak of the Mutiny.

Masjid Bhi Aadmi Ne banaayi hai yaan miyaan
Banatay hain aadmi hi Imaam aur Khutb-Khwaan
Padtain Hain Aadmi hi Quran aur Nimaaz Yaan
Aur Aadmi Hi Unn ki Churaatein hain jootiyaan
Jo hai unn ko Taadataa so hai woh bhi Aadami
khaaliq se ja Milaa hai so hai woh bhi aadami
Jo naach Dkhtaa hai so hai woh bhi Aadmi…

( from Aadminaama by Nazir Akbarabaadi )

( Autar Mota 02.09.2013 )

1 Dr Ali Jaan.. A  widely respected Physician of Kashmir  with  great diagnostic skills .

2 Dr Brij Mohan Bhan . A  well known surgeon from kashmir .

3 PHIRSAAL  is a feast arranged for the Bridegroom by bride’s family immediately after the marriage. Generally children  accompany the boy  for this feast. This custom is practiced by  Muslims and Pandits of Kashmir .

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