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Saturday, November 03, 2007

 

Season of Falling Leaves

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Hindi, the national language of India, is not one of my favorites. Unlike Urdu and Bengali it lacks sweetness, does not have a lilting sound. Urdu is spoken by many residents of Uttar Pradesh in Northern India. Patjhar, an Urdu word, means falling leaves, a very apt description of autumn.

It was while researching the word patjhar that I found Qurratulain Hyder and her book of short stories Patjhar ki Awaaz -- Sound of Autumn (Falling Leaves) which won India's Sahitya Akademi award in 1967. Wonderful stories. Qurratulain Hyder died on August 21, 2007, at the age of 81.

Azra Raza's tribute to Qurratulain Hyder in the August 27th issue of 3quarksdaily is a must read for those who want to pursue writings of the great author.

Source: 3quarksdaily.blogs.com/

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The winds that blow--
Ask them, which leaf of the tree
Will be next to go !

--Soseki (translated by Harold Henderson)

Images of Fall

©Musafir

©Musafir

©Musafir

©Musafir
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Wild Turkeys at Ed R. Levin County Park

©Arundhati Bhowmick

©Musafir
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