From Lahore, with Love


To everyone, everywhere;
who has ever been in love;
with anyone, anywhere…

Aa bhi gai wasl ki raat…


~ Poetry by Faiz at

6 Comments so far

  1. KAMI (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 9:26 pm

    HASAN for me this is the best Valentine’s post. Its the first time after my marriage that my Valentine is not with me (don’t worry she is visiting), so Faiz’s "Yaad" is currently the best expression of my feelings.

    For those who care to listen;


  2. A for [pine] Apple (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 11:14 pm

    Waaah kiya baat hay :)

  3. wk (unregistered) on February 15th, 2008 @ 1:19 am

    I like the poetry what a way of expressions ,,,
    lovely LOVE TO ALL.

  4. TRUTH (unregistered) on February 15th, 2008 @ 1:24 am

    The history of Valentine’s
    Ever wondered how all this fluffy nonsense started? takes a look at the truly twisted history of the Valentine’s tradition.

    Your pagan roots are showing
    Long before it was actually called Valentine’s Day, there was a good old pagan festival called Lupercalia. It was held in ancient Rome at the beginning of February to honour the god Pan and herald the arrival of Spring, and was associated with purification and fertility rituals. Sounds promising, eh?

    During these rituals, goats and dogs were sacrificed, and young men were anointed with the blood. Then there was the usual feasting, raucous drinking, and so on, that we all know and love. Afterwards they had to run round and round the city slapping young women with strips of soggy goat flesh called Februa. Apparently this was welcomed as a blessing by the women as it was supposed to make them more fertile. Although the extra laundry probably wasn’t.

    Another cracking tradition: after they’d run out of slabs of dripping goat corpses, the names of all the young women in the city were placed into a giant urn. Each young man in the neighbourhood waited in turn to take a random name out of the urn, and the couple would be paired up together for a year after a bit more feasting, eroticism, and sexual-game playing. This weird matchmaking often resulted in marriage.

    Valentine by name
    The early Christians decided to put a stop to all this unbridled eroticism and overt sexuality, and changed the festival to one of romantic love. The prudes. They grabbed hold of a fantastic public relations opportunity in the shape of Saint Valentine. The Catholic Church recognises at least three people called Valentine or Valentinus, who were martyred, so the Valentine story could be about any one of them, or indeed all of them. One legend says that Valentine was a priest or bishop who lived in third century Rome.

    "The early Christians decided to put a stop to all this unbridled eroticism and overt sexuality, and changed the festival to one of romantic love. The prudes."

    The ruler at the time, Emperor Claudius II, decided to outlaw marriage and engagement because he wanted more men for his armies, and the locals preferred to make love, not war. Valentine carried out many secret marriages, plus the occasional miracle, and was finally caught in the act and imprisoned.

    Rumour has it that while incarcerated, he fell madly in love with the jailer’s daughter, who visited him often. One story says that he was beheaded, and the night before his execution, he sent his true love a note that he signed "from your Valentine." Other stories say that he just got sick and died in prison. Either way, it’s his fault for all those crappy cards.

    British folklore and traditions
    Back in the UK during the Middle Ages, February 14 was traditionally thought to be the day that all the birds paired up for the year. Mating season, in other words. There were many rituals carried out by young maidens who wanted to find out the name of the man they would marry.

    The oldest known Valentine card still in existence probably dates back to 1415, and was written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London. They probably didn’t have a romantic meal later that evening.

    Valentine’s Day celebrations in the UK began to be popular in the 16th or 17th century, and by the middle of the eighteenth century it was common for lovers and friends to exchange handwritten notes and gifts. The first manufactured cards became available at the end of the 18th century. And the rest, as they say, is history.

    So think again do we want to celerbrate this Day ??

  5. KAMI (unregistered) on February 15th, 2008 @ 7:33 am

    TRUTH or whoever you are, I hate to do this since you pasted from Metblog ISB, so I am obliged to repost my reply from the same, so here it goes;

    It so happened that Christianity has Pagan origins the legend of Christ is straight out of the Egyptian mythology in which Sun god a son via virgin birth, that son was blessed with miracles to cure people, was killed but rose from the dead. The same story is plastered all over the ancient Egyptian temples, much before Jesus. During the reign of Roman Emperor Constantine, the empire was falling apart there were too many faiths and too many gods and too much blood was being shed over them. So he got all his bishops and religious patriarchs to sit on a table and agree on one God and one story, all other pagan beliefs were put to the sword, and the foundation was laid for Biblical Religions. So if Valentines Day has pagan roots then it all makes sense, you might find this interesting.

  6. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on February 15th, 2008 @ 1:04 pm

    Captuuuuuuuuuunnnnnnnnnn…….:D great image ….ahem…
    gr8 post
    happy valentines day, yup, spread love and peace.

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