Monday, February 19, 2007
Sentinel along the sky
On my early morning flight back to Calcutta from Delhi on Saturday, the Himalayas and their icy peaks were my companion on the edge of the northern horizon, which I saw catching the light of the rising sun, the vast mountain canopies aflame in an orange glow.
The words from the great poet Iqbal’s song Sarey jahaan sey achha (Better than the whole world) came to mind:
Parvat voh sab sey uncha
Hamsaya aasmaan ka
Voh santari hamara
Voh paasbaan hamara
I invite any kind reader to translate these lines into English for the benefit of our non-Southasian friends.