Why this blog is called "Gallimaufry".

gal-uh-MAW-free\, noun.

Originally meaning "a hash of various kinds of meats," "gallimaufry" comes from French galimafrée; in Old French, from the word galer, "to rejoice, to make merry"; in old English: gala + mafrer: "to eat much," and from Medieval Dutch maffelen: "to open one's mouth wide."

It's also a dish made by hashing up odds and ends of food; a heterogeneous mixture; a hodge-podge; a ragout; a confused jumble; a ridiculous medley; a promiscuous (!) assemblage of persons.

Those of you who know me, will, I’m sure, understand how well some of these phrases (barring the "promiscuous" bit!) fit me.

More importantly, this blog is an ode to my love for Shimla. I hope to show you this little town through my eyes. If you don't see too many people in it, forgive me, because I'm a little chary of turning this into a human zoo.

Stop by for a spell, look at my pictures, ask me questions about Shimla, if you wish. I shall try and answer them as best as I can. Let's be friends for a while....

16 June 2008

I read Faiz over the weekend.


Raat yoon dil mein teri khoi hui yaad aayi
Jaise veerane mein chupke se bahar aa jaye
Jaisay sehraon mein haule se chale baad-e naseem
Jaise beemaar ko be-wajha qaraar aa jaye

9 comments:

Ranjani said...

dil toot toot gaya yeh sunkar.......

Priya said...

I don't know if you've seen the pakistani play "Dhoop Kinare" - this she'r was set to song by Nayyara Noor. You can find it on YouTube as well I think. I totally love it - as much as "Mujhse Pehli Si Muhabbat"...

Gallimaufry said...

Aww, Ranjani...

Priya, I have! Back in the 80s when it was telecast from Lahore TV. I love Faiz and have attempted a few translations on facebook :P

Priya said...

I'm starting to turn a little (olive) green now....you seem to have lived in all the interesting places during all the interesting times! Can I work for you? ;0)

Priya said...

Oh and do you have a fan page or something on FB? Url?

Gallimaufry said...

Priya: Gosh no! No fan page. However, this blog can be found on ''networked blogs'' on FB.

nandita said...

i listen to this song every day..
n i looooove dr. ahmer..

Gallimaufry said...

Nandita, hahaha, we're all permanent members of the Rahat Kazmi Fan Club :)

moongazer said...

this has been my all time fav Faiz composition, glad i found you Gallimaufry. I have often quoted it and sang it in the darkness of the nights.

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