(NOTE: Aftab's Bar is an act of love that depicts the processes of universal socialization. It lives in
the hearts and minds of my intercultural and international friends. Reciprocating friendship with friendliness, together we
shared companionship and scholarship at ISH (International Students House, Washington, DC). Our sittings became so popular
that some friends named them as Aftab's Bar. We sipped Conchaytoro (A wine from Chile), which our friends called as the official
drink. It touched me, when my friends phoned in Leipzig on a July 4 only to share that "Aftab's Bar" sessions continued in
my absence with the first sip of Conchaytoro toasted to my name. Niels, Jose and Gabriel started this tradition; Isaac, Fabiana,
Antoine and many many other friends joined in and friendships matured. Jose and Fabiana established their own corners of Aftab's
bar to strengthen this tradition. They even established an email account, i.e. "Aftabsbar" before my departure. We are scattered
now. Nevertheless, whenever our friends meet in their own or other countries, the get togethers are remembered with nostalgia
and communicated as Aftab's Bar sessions. These wonderful personal friendships have helped me to survive through several complexities
of this erratic mundane life. For myself, it was a mystical experience guided by friendship and universal love. I take this
opportunity to express gratitude for my friends --the Regulars of Aftab's Bar, as all of us are called- paraphrasing Latif
Saaeen(1) in Sindhi language: "Aaoon na jee-andi uni ray (Translation: "I cannot live without them
Reference. (1) Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai the 18th century A.D. poet-saint of Sindhi society in the ancient and exotic lower
Indus Valley in Pakistan).
"If you have become a popular politician, so what?
Even an insecure
restless billionnaire, so what?
Power or money never helped anyone escape death,
"Accomplishments" always tell Aftab,
c. THINK TANKS
1. "Real world so strange, advanced learning often reverses roles,
change opinion, thanks to operating lobbying chores,
Valuable geopolonomic methodologies, yet policies regress quality
Objectivity orphanor, Aftab when media masterminds political subtleties."
2. "Knowledge knows no bounds,
ethnicity race religions,
Think-tanks often stereotype policies in selected alternate versions,
Thanks Beloved for
saving Aftab, from distortions of historical proportions,
Competing lies and truths, depict empty intellectual constructions."
3. "Complexities of universe, compounded by cosmic mysteries,
Science is knowledge not truth, scholars offer stereotypicalties,
Civilization barbarism are twins Aftab, they normally rotate roles,
Philosophies haunt humanities, recycling through
4. "Right or wrong both intellectual constructs are cousins,
Humans design themselves, Might and Morlity
Love taste also rotates Aftab, among sweet sweetish bitterness,
Though moon shines equally, over glorious
and beggar themselves.
d. HEART-SOUL HEALERS
"Bhitai, Sachal, Saami, Khayyam and Shaikh Ayaz(1),
are regulars and visitors in Aftab's Bar,
Beloved us together, enlighten illusion arts,
'Sabbajhaa'(2) everyday perform
some cardiology 'kamu kaar'(3),
Treat patients of hurt, with Conchaytoro(4) kindness."
(References: 1) Mystical
poets in Sindhi society, 2) Graceful, 3) Work [words are from Sindhi language], and 5) wine from Chile).
TO BE ADDED ALONG WITH NEW ONES
-"NOTHING to Answer":
- "Saaqi" (Cup-bearer),
(Complaint): From Painful Heart and Soul About Fake Sindhiprincess",
"Oh Heart never complain all Sindhis are not fake,
A few always bring entire people to shame,
Sacred wine must not
be wasted on living dead-souls,
Beauty demands enjoyments, Aftab ignore selfish rat-race."
"Oh Lord help, Heart
hurts out of proportions,
Guide fake faces rightly, toward humane civilized attributes,
Hiding behind sindhiprincess, Fake seeks selfish satisfactions,
Punish or forgive him, Aftab begs Beloved his own protections."
"Shah Bhitai now being haunted by new Fake Bhittai,
21st century Madad Khan hides behind beautiful Latifi face,
Fake sindhiprincess is known now, ugly Satanic image,
Unhappy and bore, banish him in the Bhit Shah vale."
INDUS LANDS AND PAKISTAN
"Fools and fakes cannot hide historic realities,
Sindhu Desh is Pakistan, Old
Indus Basin state boundaries,
Antiquity or modern, Sindhu continues with her course,
an anti-thesis of histories."
"Culture nation nationalism, some folks may never understand,
often involve largely destructive trend,
Ethnolinguistic devisions depict, imperial divide-rule mechanisms,
historic understandings, only fools take anti-Sindhu stand."
"Sindh and Punjab at the time of British invasion,
Experienced similar levels of sociopolitical cultural interaction,
Emotional Sindhis resisted timely order, got
isolated in ruler's annals,
Understood Hindus, Punjabis, emerged as new local ruler nations."
Northwestern Railway, connected isolated regions,
Advanced barrage systems, changed geocultural communications,
New processes keep promoting, the Indus mode cultural equations,
Modern Sindhu classes emerging anew by historic cultural
POEMS: "Esoteric Pimps"
f. ON THEOSOPHIC HYPOCRISY AND COLLECTIVE COMMUNITY
1. "Oh Mullah(1), Oh Ramoon(2) and Rawmulla(3)
Don't hide your uglines in theosophy,
and lies May together play,
Beauty always stay never flies away."
2. "My Beloved has beautiful geography,
drowning eyes and honey-rose lips,
Brownish nipples, Saharan hips(4), wheatish(5) thighs,
Yeah ecstasy! Blessed Aftab
and thy kind kisses."
3. "Mullah Ramoon Rawmulla, don't harass.
Love is like a beautiful book to me,
wishes Oneness with Beloved's breasts,
Let a few souls comprehend analyses."
4. "Aftab sipped Conchaytoro(6) to
In Mosque Mandir Church Synagogue Library,
Inside Mahrab(7) out on Mount Kailash(8),
Holy spaces of Heart."
5. "Beloved assured Aftab Grace Love abundance,
Mullah Ramoon Rawmulla cheating raw generic
Jaundiced sick souls lonely bored among loved ones,
'Neofeudals' 'Neopirs'(9) esoteric pimps odallisques,
total pains Sindhu cries and smiles simultaneously."
NOTE: These English verses reflect traditional eastern mystical
style and folk-psyche popular in Southwestern and Central Asia. Artistic analogy of 'Beloved' in voluptuous human geography
terms may however be among the first such an attempt in regional context, particularly in the modern poetic traditions of
the Indus Basin.
(1). Mullah is Muslim priest
(2) Ramoon here represents Brahmanic priest
I have coined the term 'Rawmulla' (Raw+Ramoon+Mullah) to describe the generically raw orthodoxy oriented illogical portrayal
of a mystically garbed -shared belief about the paradoxical ethnic resolve. Exploiting theosophy, mixed groups of these incorrigile
idealists portray as "esoteric nationalists" with "nihilist" political agenda sugar-coated with sufism reflecting the destruction
of state and its developmental infrastructures to satisfy these groups' internal or perhaps some imported politicized convictions.
Such an agenda may possibly be a vendetta against their own people to seek revenge for the group's nationwide rejection of
their half a century old sub-nationalist perspectives in Sindh, Pakistan. These groups portray either as Hindu or Muslim or
both/or neither, without any other logically explainable direct or indirect independent identity base or sociopolitical perspective
in that regard. Rawmullas egomaniacally disguise themselves in multiple confusingly overlapping "dependent" identities. This
complex behavioral phenomenon represents at least four contradictory tendencies, i.e. the orthodox Mullah (All varieties of
Muslim beliefs) and or Ramoon, alone or combined, with or without shared belief(s); raw sociopolitical attitude and constantly
changing esoterically oriented identities, and political opportunism that exploits religion, region and spiritualism for selfish
4. Geographical resemblance with the beautiful sandy arches in parts of Sahara desert of which this writer
is a pilgrim.
5. "Wheatish" explains the color of wheat corn, a folk taste for the color of human beauty amongst the
6. Conchaytoro is a wine from Chile and the official drink amongst the regulars at Aftab's Bar.
"Mehrab" is an Arabic word for the specific location where Imam (Leader) leads prayer in mosque.
8. Mount Kailash"
is a high mountain peak nearby Tibet in western Himalyas, the Holy abode of God Shiva in Hinduism.
"New-pir" are anomoly to Sindhi society. First refers to newly rich exploitative classes and the second to spiritual thugs.
Both classes exploit common folks selfishly. Neofeuals loot socioeonomically, while Neopirs in the name of God, the Holy
Spirit and with politicized forms of sufism.
10. "Sindhu is an indigenous name of the Indus river. Indus rivers travels
from Lake Mansrover in Hamalyas to the Arabian Sea. In Pakistan it stretches from nearby Skardu in the northern areas toward
the Attock regions (An historic Hindukash [Sindhukash] regions), from where it then travels all the way down south to its
delta in the Arabian Sea crossing the Western Punjab and the southern Sindh provinces. The words S,H and I represent various
Sindhi, Persian and Greek pronunciations of the word Sindhu [i.e. Sindhu, Hindu and Indu or Indus] and its lands). This land
area, historically known as Sindh Country, is now called Pakistan comprising its various cultures. It is an irony of history
that the original land area that has been historically called India, is now called Pakistan, and the Gangetic civilization
traditionally called Bharat is now known as India at least since the British rule who treated the entire subcontinent as India.
"Gulu's Mother are you proud? Gulu has dehumanized sufism,
Insulted Latif Sachal, politicized violence esoteric subnationalism,
Abuses knowledge, preaches bigotry copying pseudo-intellectualism,
Aftab forsees Sindhis suffering, O Gulu your raw cultural chauvinism."
(Note: Gulu is a name, short for Gul (flower) or Gulab (rose); Latif and Sachal are names of the mystical saint poets of the
lower Indus Valley from the 18th century)
The Poem "Truth Died"
Please find Poem no. 11 in navigation link Love Cycles Life: Poems. Thank you.