CREATIVE BEATS

 Mushtaque B Barq

Five days

Five days

Translated version of Saadat Hasan Manto’s Panch Din

On the way to Kashmir through Jammu Tawi, subsequent to Kud is a small hilly village Batwota.  The place is fighting fit and flourished.  Here is a modest sanatorium for chronic fever patients.  By chance some eight years ago I had been in Batwota for three months and a green romantic anecdote of my formative […]

 Mushtaq Hurra

Ah! Raja Arshad Pulloo, Warsi, Sirhindi

Ah! Raja Arshad Pulloo, Warsi, Sirhindi

Obituary

When you just walk off the graveyard After sealing the mortals of the dearest chum Down in the belly of merciless soil, Shall you weep, cry or just look back again and again? How that pile of soil with two raw bricks look Under which rests a pulse once vibrant, A smiling face, a holy heart and a visionary. Tuesday, January 29, 2019, the screen flashed The news broke the bridge […]

 Mushtaque B Barq

Glass Menagerie

Glass Menagerie

At the rear end, the iron curtain of obligation has decked up a gallery of the glass menagerie. Oracles unquestionably generate prototypes that down the line being pursued by the performers. But here in the Vale of Wolves, our menagerie amounts to a breathtaking balcony, wherein, instead of vivacious animals, the innovative and inspiring artists […]

 Mushtaque B Barq

A Friar among Furrows             

A Friar among Furrows             

Beneath the bosom of the hillock, a family of seventeen members with Rahim Chacha,   a tall, robust, matted white hair relatively matching with his long beard almost touching his chest, clad in typical Gojar Dress, with sunken sockets and broad forehead with many rings embedded with stones of various kinds and amulets hung around the […]

 Mushtaque B Barq

Invitation that served but none

Invitation that served but none

How implausible! A Dove gets incitement from the Jungle Crows.  Colours matter not! Maybe and may not be. I cannot judge for being colour blind for few reasons. To me, all the birds on the soil look alike. But under the canopy of azure vast, they bring into being their bona fide facade.  Truly so, […]

 Mushtaque B Barq

By All Appearances

By All Appearances

Chalk is poles apart from cheese, so is a politician from a polite man. The finesse of a politician is no match with tosh polite man. His politeness is just a bogey that drags him out to face the polished politician. Prudent is a politician for his electoral subjects. But his blood brimmed goblets serve […]

 Mushtaque B Barq

ALICE IN WASTELAND 

ALICE IN WASTELAND 

Alice put on a brave face after she was shaken by recent development in the Wonderland, where politics and religion are forcibly married in a Church governed by atrocities, aided with irrational and monotonous monologues.  This new vanguard in disguise promotes nationalism in its galvanized form.  This development to Alice seems a pulsating irritation. A […]

 Mushtaque B Barq

Graves have no grievances

Graves have no grievances

In this Part of the world where silence is a common narrative and unidentified graves, the hotcakes for the foreign media to sell, where shoulders of brave fathers shall never be aided for they carried on them their future. Our graveyards are no more scary but little shrines were parents offer roses to their sleeping […]

 Mushtaque B Barq

The Pomegranate Grains

The Pomegranate Grains

YESTEREVE, a plate on my writing desk traumatized me for someone by chance had kept it there with eight gleaming grains so luring to eyes and so appealing to taste buds but the scene on the plate was ruinous ,for eighth grain  was pushed to the brim . Out-of-the-way and decomposed, making the plate to […]

 Mushtaque B Barq

Approval

Approval

In that decent pretence in comity, he offered her a mug of coffee. Her tacit finesse by some reason in good-will her hand reached for the mug. Nothing, surely nothing like verbal exchange save a rudimentary smile bothered the quiet of the waiting room. Cutting all the excuses short, she passed a prudent smile just […]