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The sound of Silence

A short story by Hamdan Ali Khan, 1st Year MBBS

The old man sat on the beach, barefooted and alone. Silence reigned everywhere except the occasional thrashing of waves which disturbed the acoustic equilibrium. Night it was, the sky filled with a million lanterns, the birds dozing off quietly and the sea like an old pirate sang a silent shanty. Oh! He missed his youth, when he could swim to the Black Rock without drowning, when he could shout at the vast ocean, his resonant voice fading upon the edges of horizon. But all good things come to an end, the voice that once resonated; now a husky whisper. The man who was the fastest swimmer; now an ancient remainder of time and its echoes. The doctors said he had terminal cancer that he would die in a week. He didn’t fear death, he had no family, nothing to lose except maybe the sight when someone would break his 50 years old record. The silence of the calm sea nurtured in him a desire to swim to the Black Rock once again, one last time. He …

Main Kia Likhun میں کیا لکھوں۔۔۔؟

سوچتا ہوں کچھ لکهوں...مگر کیا لکهوں...مرض کہن لکهوں یا شورش فردا لکهوں....زلف جاناں کی سیاہی کی داستاں لکهوں....یا دل پہ گناہ کی کالک کا بیاں لکهوں....اسکے حسن کی شان میں غزل لکهوں....یا سیاہی کو لہو پہ افضل لکهوں...گیسوئے لیلی کا فسانہ لکهوں.... یا عافیہ کی سسکیوں کا ترانہ لکهوں....اسکے مڑمڑ کے تکنے کی ادا لکهوں.... تیرے  جهک کے جینےکو میں کیا لکهوں...بےوفائی کا اسکی کوئی قصہ لکهوں....یا جعفروصادق کا تجهے حصہ لکهوں....اسکے شرمانے کو ادا یا شرارت لکهوں....یا بیوہ کے اکلوتےکی شہادت لکهوں....اسکے کانوں میں چمکتی ہوئی بالی پہ لکهوں.... یا کشمیر کے جهرنوں کی لالی پہ لکهوں....اسکے رخسار کےکالے تل پہ لکهوں.....یا فلسطیں کے مسلماں کے دل پہ لکهوں....ناگن زلف کو مخملی زنجیر لکهوں.....یا غلامئ قصرابیض تیری تقدیر لکهوں....ہجرکی شام لکهوں،وصل کی رات لکهوں..... یا تیری عقل پہ پڑے پردےکی بات لکهوں....قیامت لکهوں گر میں ان نیم باز آنکهوں کو...تو کیا لکهوں سر بازارپڑی کٹی پهٹی لاشوں کو....تجهے میرزا کا شاگرد یا میر کا مقلد لکهوں....یا گوررومی،سعدی واقبال کی مرقد لکهوں....اسکی نظروں کو ناوک نیم کش لکهوں..... نہیں،تیری دانست پہ کیوں نہ میں عش عش لکهوں....تجهے ساز فطرت کی نوا لکهوں..... یا ہاتھ پہ ہاتھ دهرے منتظر فردا لکهوں.....انداز بیاں جوشوخئ غالب کا صلہ لکهوں..... میں رنگون میں پهر کیسے صیاد سے گلہ لکهوں.....؟؟جدائی کی گهڑی لکهوں،پهر اسکی ہولناکی لکهوں.... تیرا اندیشہ  افلاکی لکهوں؟ تیری پرواز لولاکی لکهوں؟....اک نظم میں اس سےاظہار محبت، اعلانیہ لکهوں....یا جلا وطنئ شہ سلطنت عثما نیہ لکهوں.....ہوس کے مضمون پر عشق کا نام لکهوں.... تجهے بے خبر  کہوں جوہر آئینہ ایام لکهوں....تجهے دیکھ دیکھ او نوجواں! دل  خوں کے آنسورو رہا ہے.... مئے مجاز پیئے خدا کا نائب،صنم کدے میں سو رہا ہے....شب قدر جاگ کر بهی صاحب قدر نہ ہو ا....صلیب پہ لٹک گیا ہلال،تیری  خطا وں سے بدر نہ ہوا....

By Qudrat Ullah


  1. great job ! well done (Y)
    i have a question: why are you so anti-ishq-e-majazi?
    Either you are being too much philosophical and considering it a minor little thing or you really have meaning in those words and are moving on to a greater realization of things around you?????

  2. Awesome Qudrat! very well done! beautifully written, and I like the core concept.. It is really about time that we choose between frivolities for ourselves or some realities.. Loved evey single word!

  3. it is about what Iqbal said,
    here it is... from PAYAM by Iqbal

  4. amazing bhai amazing
    its matchless simply

  5. Haris Bilal AwanApril 5, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Gaisoo e laila ka fasana likhun...ya aafiya ki siskiyon ka taraana likhun...Bht ala boy :) too good :)

  6. its quite good :) keep it up! bravo :D

  7. Once in a while, we come across pieces of writings, which take our breath away.. not just that, but also strip one of his speech. This is one those.
    A hard core, much needed message beautifully conveyed! (Y)


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