Omar Wani

August 24, 2021

Poems | Desiderata

GO PLACIDLY amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexati...
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August 18, 2021

Walks | Shikara ride to a book store

If you are by the Dal Lake in Srinagar, it is worth taking a shikhara ride at Nehru Park. Have them take you to Gulshan Books - for a read and a snack. The Dal Lake, Srinagar - Aug '21 We took an afternoon out at the Lake. In 7-minute ride took us to where the book store operates. The folks seem to have restored an old building- they r...
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June 2, 2021

Refugees at home

Dear Dua and Mustaffa, I watched your story today. I learnt about your survival. I feel inspired to hear about your bravery and how you have managed to live over the last five years. I am sorry you are a refugee and how you are having to leave for another place. I wish that someday you can call a place your home. I am 33 years older th...
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April 20, 2021

Art at home, with kids...

Art: Sehar Iqbal Art: Sahir Omar, 5- relief! Art: Sajid Omar, 8 The Master himself... I'm not sure what's happening here, or whose getting into what. Great time-off exercises that have kept us going through the year.
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April 20, 2021

Siha's food | When you don't know quite what to eat...

On some of my (and our worst days) when it's been indoor fatigue/or WFH trauma or just simple laziness, some of the quick things we've been able to put together have included combinations... that turned out... quite nice in the end! I cut chunks of smoked cheeses. Threw in some grapes and apricots. And crackers. Turned out to be a nice...
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April 20, 2021

Sea food celebrations | images

I've loved lobster and prawn meals for decades now. I particularly enjoy them juicy- citrus, garlic; gravy-like - butter-garlic, that's fine. This one (above) I devoured at the Sheraton in New Delhi has been the best so far, from all my travels. But my disappointment dates back to as recently as a few weeks ago when I tried the Lobster...
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April 20, 2021

Find the apps right for you, and put 'em to use!

The new always-on display by Parsons Design New York & OnePlus is literally handy, extremely useful! Each time I unlock, it leaves a groove, and in about 24 hours I have a story about my digital day. The darker the grooves, the more time I've spent on the phone. Now it's been helpful because I understand better the type of the things I...
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April 3, 2021

My favourite sing along tracks | coke studio

Here are some coke studio tracks I enjoy singing along... keeping up... with! Dana pe Dana (17) Daanah Pah Daanah | Akhtar Chanal Zahri & Komal Rizvi | Season 4 | Coke Studio Pakistan - YouTube Shikwa & Jawab e Shikwa (17) Coke Studio Season 11| Shikwa/Jawab-e-Shikwa| Natasha Baig, Fareed Ayaz & Abu Muhammad Qawwal - YouTube Balaghal u...
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March 22, 2021

Poems of the first Buddhist Women

Translated by Charles Hallisey I think it is important not to be lost in the reasons of the three important things, or the four noble truths, or seven times of such-and-such, or nine bows. It is important to recognise that material renunciation does not mechanically, or automatically, ascertain silence of the mind. That is a different ...
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March 21, 2021

The watchful friend

My watchful friend Witnesses my decay over the years. I was a blooming palace once - My limbs would echo of beautiful voices, laughter, and commanding steps By no less than kings and their young brides. I then started witnessing deaths: One by one and until the Mahatman died. Then all fell silent. My rooms are empty of life, record kee...
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