Wednesday, May 16, 2007

The hiatus continues.. and what if it does not end?

I have been back from the Denmark trip and managed to pop in to Sweden as well. But work and not work has been keeping me busy and I have found it hard to visit as many blogs as I would normally like to. But over the coming days I hope to catch up with folks via their blogs.

I have posts written up that I can’t seem to want to publish, including those of my trip to Denmark/Sweden where I don’t believe I did anything particularly touristy or anything remotely interesting.

So the hiatus continues with a possibility that it may not be over. I guess it is no longer a hiatus if it is not over at some point is it?

I don’t expect any of you who watch this space to have to suffer thru this.

And I have nothing except for this bit from a book that I am currently reading. It appears to be from the works of a poet called Mir, which is about all I know about this person.

One day I walked into the shops of the glass-blowers
And asked: O makers of the cup, have you perhaps a glass
Shaped like a heart?
They laughed and said: You wander in vain.
O Mir, each cup you see round or oval, every glass
Was once a heart that we melted on the fire and blew
Into a cup.
That’s all you see here, there is no glass.


I guess there is more than one interpretation of this poem.

25 comments:

ML said...

I'm been tempted to do a permanent hiatus. Once I get in the habit of having one, then I want it to continue.

I'm very interested in your Denmark trip, Sanjay! Cheers.

Asha said...

Enjoy your "Hiatus" Sanjay!:))

meno said...

Hi sanjay,

take your time, relax and then decide about the hiatus.

Cheers!

Mr. J said...

Uhhh.. the haitus will end, if not now sometime later.

Hope you had a good trip in Europe.

M (tread softly upon) said...

Those lines were exquisite to say the least. Hope you had a nice trip.

Beach Bum said...

Sweden! Would it be too much to ask for a few pictures of the lovely ladies?

Lotus Reads said...

hey Sanjay!

Delighted to see a post from you even if it's just to let us know you are extending your hiatus. Do try to return sooner, rather than later, ok?

And wrt to the poem you included in your post, all I can say is that it is beautiful! Was Mir a Sufi poet I wonder? I have been hearing a lot of good things about Chandra's "Red Earth and Pouring Rain", have you read his newer one, "Sacred Games"?

Hollydolly said...

Hi Sanjay
Nice to see you back, if only for a short visit.
Lotus mentioned "Sacred Games" I recently bought a copy. Would be interest to know if any of your blog visitors have read it.

Enjoy your hiatus.

patches said...

Each man is on a personal journey that requires different things of him. Remember to enjoy the journey..... such as it is. We'll save you a place for when the time is right to return.

Sanjay said...

@ML. :) Thank you for your interest.

@Asha..Thanks

@Meno.. Thanks will do.

@Mr. J. Thanks. It was not a bad trip.

@M.. Thank you.

@Beach.. I have to see if I have any of the lovely ladies.

Sanjay said...

@Lotus. Thank you for your comment. I will try to return once I get my act together (I hope) sooner rather than later. 
I am glad you liked the poem. I believe Mir wrote Gazals not sure if he was a Sufi poet though.
I have not read "Sacred Games", maybe I will buy it. I think I do like Chandra’s narrative style and the way he has weaved this story together. "Red Earth and Pouring Rain" has been a pretty good read so far. It sat on the shelf for the longest time. :-/

Sanjay said...

@Hollydolly..:-) Nice to see you visit.
Perhaps Lotus knows about "Sacred Games". I don't know if my other readers would know since this is not quite a book blog.

@patches..Thanks, very moving words and very well put. :)

NainaAshley said...

Good to have you back even if it is to informs us about continued hiatus.
We'll wait to hear about your trip.

Coffee-Drinking Woman said...

You sound rather stressed out - I find it hard to want to blog when I'm busy and stressed...

Come back sometime?

deepsat said...

take care!! enjoy your time!!

;-))

Honey Bee said...

No more extending your hiatus Sanjay. Start. Looking forward to read more from this space

iz said...

Oh come back fast!

Sanjay said...

@Naina.. Thanks.

@Coffee drinking-woman. Me stressed? Guess it takes one to recognize one eh? ;-)

@Deepsat.. Thanks.

@Honeybee.. *sigh*.

@Iz.. Will try.

Diana said...

Hiatuses are good for the soul, but I selfishly hope that it does not become permanent. I, too, am looking forward to your travel tales, but then, I enjoy reading what ever you post.

Maggie said...

Everyone needs time off from all sorts of things. Even this world. Enjoy the rest.

priya said...

Stockholm is awesome and I donno if you visited. Nothing much in Copenhagen but very few historical places including the mermaid.

MONA said...

mai ka pyaala...that is the heart...The 'mai' has two connotations, It also means the ego, the 'I' which has really made all hearts oval & closed!

I love Mir Taqi Mir, & also Mirza Ghalib & Bahadur Shah Zafar, & Faiz Ahmad Faiz.

I guess that in the translation the essense is lost somewhat. The symbolic sense, or the pun on Mai is lost! :)

I hope you enjoyed your Trip!

Beenzzz said...

I hope you don't take a permanent hiatus. I love your poems. :(

Anali said...

Even on hiatus you give us wonderful food for thought! Great poem and take care!

Mridula said...

Sanjay, enjoy your break, and doesn't it surprises you how caught up we get in our blogs? I mean it feels like a real loss when we stay away.

And some pictures from Sweden and denmark would be good to see for people like me!