“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” – is the truth claimed by Mark Twain
As for ideal life, I have my own ideals. Born in Karachi, brought up in India, spending forty five years on the indian soil, migrate to USA. I wouldn’t call it uprooting, but feel It is like replanting yourself again and again in various parts of the globe, to be nourished by the different cultures of varying soils, I simply feel my heart is where it wants to be… here…there, name it and you visualize yourself to be there!
“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” Yes my dream that still awaits to see the sunshine of morning rising sun in Sindh, Pakistan where the horizon of Larkana awaits to quech my everlonging unquenched feelings to see my land, to trod the road that I left in my ignorant
childhood…where I look back to be there. ! Respite all this I am globalised…undoubtedly..to be what I am.
“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up”- Marilyn Monroe . This quote sets the mind frame to search means that creep in capillaries that lead to excavate thinking with a limited knowledge about self and all possibilities that surrounds to wrap the truth.
Claiming to know Dr. Ejaz Rahim is like entering a new Learning institute of Literacy where your mind opens to a different Levels of Learning and understanding through, reading, writing and communicating. Going back to the memory lane of year 2009, I still feel the ringing of the gentle expression that gave a good platform to my baby steps, my first poetry book “The Jouney” in which Ejaz Rahim wrote – Devi Nangrani’s book of poems in English is not simply a monologue of the heart’s feelings, but a dialogue between the heart and mind as well as between body and soul. All these are aspects of the ‘inner self’ which lie at the core of her poetic genius.
“In an age torn by external strife, stone-heartedness and petty-mindedness, his poems echo intimations of love, compassion and an ingrained respect for human beings. His poetic statement is an expression of Humanity that sees beauty admist ugliness, pleasure in pain, light in darkness and vice versa…so do his words resound in continuity as ringing bells of christmas carols. After reading his view point I went through my poems again and felt that though far
away from sight at a distance unreachable, only through literature can one leap into the heart of the writer he has never known….!
a drop in the ocean/ dare not
call itself the ocean
yet the essence of the
entire ocean is / in evey drop
you are that.
And today I stand on the same dias when Ejaz Rahim a true poet asked me to capture his creations, writings, speeches, his services to humanity in a nutshell. The extensive Literary journey through which he has paved a path that leads to the universal recognition and achievement is definitely rare. As Oscar Wilde says: ‘To live is the rarest thing in the world.’ Most people exist, that is all.” But it is not so in Ejaz’s Life. He is been living as a soldier in the circumference of literacy and a step further I would say in His will.
We all live and act within a world whose deeper aspects are hidden from our physical senses, but simultaneously we possess faculties which, When cultivated can unveil the seperating unseen forces that work in making lives as they are. Relatively Dr. Ejaz has graded high place of respect and regards among the literary circle, not only of Pakistan, but also Internationally which is a rare achievement.
Every man’s work, whether it be creative writing, music, art, sculpture or architecture may be anything else, it is always a portrait of himself. The exposed presentations basically represent his thought that is implied in a direction. The need to bridge the gaps between the real and the ideal is the contemporary challenge of art reflected in poetry. It is in fact the relation of the heart that symbolizes the integrative spiritual reality that can both transform the material world and place it in synchronisation with the divine, opening the doors of unseen, unexperienced and unattained possibilities. This understanding to see in the underlying depths of words of writings is what shows maturity of thought, word and deed..!
“The crown of literature is poetry.” as said by William Somerset Maugham, stands true to the relative performances of Ejaz Rahim who is on an international dias, that narrates the poetic essence of his poetry in English language expressing his innermost yearnings and creative outpourings. India’s 11 president, Our beloved late A.P.J Abdul Kalam once quoted on a dias in Lucknow –“Dream is not what you see in sleep, it is something that doesn’t let you sleep”. The punned word made me think twice on the underlined thought between the lines. It is true. The passion to write what is seen, experienced around self is so deeply rooted in the poets heart that his expressions go beyond the boundary of words to the extent that he is prepared to go as far as china in search of knowledge and truth.This road is secure for a sure shot, open to all seekers who with serenity, will and wisdom see self through the transparency of the veils…! undoubtedly then earnest seeking of the truth is fruitified in form of his poems, where has poured his heart in black and white-“I, Buddha and Other Poems”. A unique mode of well framed thoughts in words. His verses as easily assimilated, simply readable in flow and flaw. For me, to read a writer is not merely to get an idea of what he says, but to go off with him and travel with him to pace up with his literery companionship.
Going through his life’s achievement awards and honors marks a global privilege and honor, not only for people of Pakistan, but all lovers of poetry nationally and internationally . with nineteen published books of English poetry he upgrades to cherish international reputation to his credit. His 20th book called CARNGE IN DECEMBER in memory of children killed by terrorists in Peshawar last December is in the press. In fact he has enriched humanity with the true depiction of deeds, coined in words. “A book is a gift you can open again and again…” as is rightly said. Ejaz Rahim the Poet shall be humming in our ears through the swaying melody of his immense ocean of words.
Awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz by the President of Pakistan for contribution to Pakistani Literature (English Poetry-2008, Honoured with Life Membership of Pakistan Academy of letters in 2009. Earlier twice awarded Patras Bokhari Literary Award by PAL. Awarded Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the Metropolitan University of Dublin in 2009, and many more to feather his cap generously.
He retired from Government service in 2006 and since then he has been residing in Islamabad. Retirement did not mean the end of activity for me in any sense, physical, mental or moral. The boundaries of his learning move in concentric pattern… since his retirement from all the Boards and Committees like WKC etc. he now is settled in Islamabad, and spends his time reading and writing, and in the peaceful company of his small family, his wife Nazie Rahim and daughter Mavera Rahim.
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