Jashn – e – Dosti
A celebration of friendship
This year’s notebook / diary is a celebration of friendship, of diversity in the country, challenging forces which seek to divide us along religion, language, caste and other artificial divides.
We have been horrified by news of the abduction, rape and brutal murder of an eight year old child, of a teenager being killed by lynch mobs because of his religious identity, of killings in the name of the cow and honour. Hence this diary with the theme of friendship. Friendship which transcends the artificial divides of religion and caste.
The poems in this notebook are a reminder of our shared culture, of the joy of celebrating each other’s happiness, what has often been referred to in the past as ‘the Ganga Jamuna tehzeeb’ as in the poem of Sunita. Rabiya rues the lost relationship to growing up into an awareness of identity but ends much like Suvarna with a hope that friendship will survive all attempts to divide. Shraddha’s poem questions why in times of modernity, instead of progressing towards a humane society, we are giving into caste politics. Aquila’s poem is a dream of a bridge between communities using the power of language.
The diary is multilingual with poems in Hindi, Marathi and Urdu which have been translated to English by our friends. When we thought of this notebook, we knew that we wanted this to be a multilingual book, reflecting and celebrating the diversity of language in our country.
This notebook was a result of a poetry workshop conducted jointly by Aquila and Rabiya at the Parcham office in early 2018. We wish to thank the CSR of Godrej, especially Poulomi Pal for the grant to Parcham which enabled us to conduct the workshop and to take up an office space which is making so much at Parcham possible.
We would like to thank the translators for the brilliant work of translation of the poems. A huge thank you to the volunteers of the Rainbow Club of Parcham who did the art work for the notebook.
Thank you to Sana Borgave for helping us with the layout of the diary.
Parcham’s backbone are our volunteers. Thank you Sitaram Shelar for everything you have done through the year and to get this notebook printed. Thank you Kaveri for the fundraising you did which helped us get the diary printed. Thank you all our very generous donors who make our dreams possible.
All of us at Parcham