Autumn center piece


Inexpensive and super easy. All you need is some beautiful fall leaves, thick twigs, an empty bottle (I used a soy sauce bottle), some pebbles, rubber bands to hold the leaves together, and twist ties to hold the flowers on the twigs.  You can stick pearls to the center of the flowers if you want! 

Individual flowers look like this : leaf flowers


Leaf flowers!


“Autumn is the second spring when every leaf is a flower– Albert Camus

I went for a walk today. Picking up some forgotten moments from yesterday scattered like crisp autumn leaves in beautiful shades of ochre and red. And when I had walked long enough, picking up leaves and moments, my hands were no longer holding a dried bunch of maple fronds. Tattered, fallen leaves held together made this beautiful flower. Life! 

I then stuck a pearl to the center. 


How to make these flowers :

Pretty simple. All I did was collected some leaves, and arranged them as a flower and fastened the leaves with a rubber band. If you want the flowers to last long, probably coating them with Mod Podge before making the flower would be a good idea.

Karoge yaad to – bazaar (Lyrics and Meaning)

Here is the link to the song : Karoge yaad to.  Its from the film Bazaar.

Karoge yaad to har baat yaad aayegi, Guzarte waqt ki har mauj teher jaayegi

If you try to remember, you will be reminded of everything, The waves of the passing time will come to a stop.

Barasta bheegta mausam dhuaan dhuaan hoga,

Pighalte shammon pe dil ka mere gumaan hoga

Hatheliyon ki hina yaad kuch dilaayegi

The rainy, wet season will end up in smoke,

my heart will take pride in the melting lamps (candles)

(or could also mean – You will doubt if they are melting candles or is it my heart (aching heart))

The henna in your hands will remind you of  us (literally remind you of something)

Gali ke mod pe suna sa koi darwaaza,

tarasti aankhon se rasta kisi ka dekhega

Nigaah dur talak jaake laut aayegi

The lonely door standing right where the alley turns,

It will wait with yearning eyes for someone to arrive

The eyes will go as far as they can see and return with no luck

I had a friend from college who had a collection of many songs from the 80s. We used to spend hours listening and admiring the songs from her collection. I hardly went back to that collection after college. Its been a while since I heard from her.  Its been a while since I heard any of the songs. This song on the radio today reminded me of her and the time we spent together. – “Karoge yaad to har baat yaad aayegi”

Besides the obviously good lyrics, I also like the candid picturization of the song. Love the effortlessness with which the two actors – Naseeruddin shah and Smita paatil brought the song to life. The emptiness in their eyes, the stillness in their expressions. One of those songs where the video enhances the beauty of an already brilliant composition.





हमने देखे बेपायां बर्ग फना होते, एक सिमटते ख़िज़ां के बक़ा के लिये

हमने देखे बेपायां लफ्ज़ बक़ा होते, एक कसकते एहसास के फना के लिये

पर जाड़ों की रुत ने फिर चाल चली, और कसक ला-ज़वाल हो गयी

— कृत्या

I saw numerous leaves destroyed in an attempt to  immortalize a dwindling fall (autumn)

I saw countless words immortalized in an attempt to ravage an aching feeling.

But winter did not miss its turn, and  the pain lived on forever

फरामोशी-ए-रोज़-अफ़्ज़ूँ (forgetting by the day)

IMG_8498Choosing gradual forgetfulness over eternal remembrance probably gives life another chance to live.

लगता है ज़िंदगी अब तेरे बिना भी कट जायेगी

दीवार पर सजी तेरी तस्वीरों ने तेहखाने का रास्ता ढूंढ लिया है

उनमें क़ैद  लम्हों से, अब पेहले सी गुफ्तगू नहीं होती

रेडियो पड़ा रेहता है मेज़ पर क़दीम खिलौने की तरह

अब नज़्मों और ग़ज़लों से, तेरी यादें रूबरू नहीं होती

जिनकी बातों में अक्सर तेरा ज़िक्र हुआ करता था

उन लोगों से अब पेहले सी सोहबत नहीं होती

फोन की घंटी बजने पर तजस्सुस नहीं होता

तेरी आवाज़ ना सुनकर अब हैरत नहीं होती

तेरे नाम का, तेरे लेहजे का मिल जाये भी अगर कोई

दिल के तेज़ धड़कने की अब जुर्रत नहीं होती

हाँ दुआ में तेरा नाम आदतन आ जाया करता था

कोई दुआ मांगने की पर अब हिम्मत नहीं होती

लगता है ज़िंदगी अब तेरे बिना भी कट जायेगी


हर क़ुर्बत, फुरक़त में जलकर बरबाद नहीं होती

हर मोहब्‍बत शेहेर-ए-अज़ल में आबाद नहीं होती