Oldie but goldie, Poetry

A mirage

She sits before me,

Mine to see,

Not to touch,

But to dream and

Walk away.

Icarus plunged

To the sea,

Famished by

Her ardour

Fodder for the sea

Of Darkness of rejection;

Never beating the Mirage,

Dancing on the burning

Sands of time,

Pulling my strings

With delicate hands


Onto the high rope.


For a memory

Keeps me crawling

And searching for

A tangible delusion

To mock an illusion.



History, Oldie but goldie, Poetry, Politics, War

Into the fray they march,

Onto the icy fields

To make war for their Creator,

And the might He wields.


A Mountain Rose, they fight for,

A Mountain Rose, their life,

Against a perfidious foe and cold

To reclaim their fief.


Miles to defend, miles to roam

To bear the burden of Death.

Entrenched on the slopes of icy extinction,

Chill pervades each breath.


Yet, Will vanquishes adversity,

And hope springs anew,

When fervour goes beyond verbosity,

Favouring the Brave few.


Into the arms of Fate, they march

With only Allah and perseverance,

Only to destroy a heathen hope

Of obliteration and abject adherence.


Ice pink with what was crimson,

Immolation for a Mountain Rose.

Martyrdom is a Heavenly reason

On the white petals of the Mountain Rose.




They deal me cards

Not always from the

Top of the deck.

Sometimes, they pull one

From the bottom

And sometimes, from the middle.

They think they’re fast

And that they can get away.

When I ask them,

They conveniently deny it,

Telling me not to argue

Over the hand I am dealt,

And the quality of the Dealer.

And then I ask them for

Another hand.

They shuffle the deck,

Fast and hard,

To cheat my eyes

The skilful hands of

The Dealer.


History, Oldie but goldie, Poetry


Every time we meet

Starting all over

The mind games,

The empty pauses,

The meaningless words,

The searching glances,

For someone we knew

Long ago in our pulses

And our heaving breaths

That frosted over cold glass

When pulses beat in tandem,

Breaths mingled,

& we breathed

Each other’s sighs

And we stifled

Each other’s moans.

We walked away

From it

And ourselves

To be not one.

The Daughters of India And You!



Two years after a horrific crime, a documentary was made. The following dialogues are fictitious in nature and is written in response to Daily Post's prompt - A House Divided

The Daughter: I never criticise a film or novel, or any work of fiction, you know. Because, I feel a lot of hard work goes into producing a work of fiction, and one who is not qualified enough should never attempt a criticism. But, these days I see, everybody has turned into a critic!

And you are on a banning spree of late. How many voices do you want to curb?

The Father: Banning? Hold on! What are we talking about here! ‘India’s Daughter’ is it? 71cfb469b7cfbcd7fb2e31acff8cb7c0_1

The Daughter: What else do you think is the latest controversy surrounding you!

The Father: By the way, I’m absolutely cherishing how you have referred ‘India’s Daughter’ in context of fiction. I’m glad you…

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Review: The Nissan GT-R


The Godzilla is faster than you think!

You don’t know what raw power is unless you’ve been crushed into your seat, as you accelerate from a dead naught to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds.
Not everyone can or has experienced this feeling, except for maybe some Formula1, IndyCar or even some fighter jet pilots pulling extreme G’s in the air. Yet, most people on this planet will never know this feeling. Most of you think that only a Lamborghini, Porsche, Ferrari, Bugatti Veyron or a Koenigsegg can give you that feeling. They’re wrong.

Meet “Godzilla” a.k.a. the Nissan GT-R. Not the prettiest monster you’ve ever laid your eyes on, but certainly not the ugliest one on the road. But Nissan-GT-R-Nismo-2015-First-Delivery-In-US-14still a monster largely due to its immensely powerful R35 3.8 litre DOHC V-6 with twin Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries turbochargers that churn out 473 bhp at 6400rpm with a six-speed automated manual transmission that makes it hit a top speed of 311km/h. Not bad for a 1.7 ton behemoth, eh? Godzilla!

Since its introduction in December 2007, the Nissan GT-R has become famous for sports-car performance, functional design and first-rate interior accommodations. Its performance philosophy is simple: must perform as good as a Porsche. And boy does it with style, winning several awards along the way including Top Gear’s Supercar of the Year 2007, Evo Magazine’s Car of the Year 2008, Automobile Magazine’s 2009 Automobile of the Year and Popular Mechanics’ Automotive Excellence Awards 2008 (Design), to name a few. The GT-R is said to have beaten Porsche Carrera at the hallowed tarmac of the Nürburgring, with Toshio Suzuki at the wheel.

nissan-gt-r-r35-liberty-walk-performance-godzilla-full-black_1-630x380And now, the looks department. Nissan chief creative officer, Shirō Nakamura, the man behind GT-R’s square lines, felt that the car had to reflect the spirit of contemporary Japanese Culture, and found no better inspiration than the popular Japanese anime series Gundam. However, the car’s rear and taillights were designed by American designers, while the European claim is only to the roofline, giving the GT-R a very tempting profile silhouette.

GT-R’s interior is very functional. One might call it very German, even, in terms of efficient design and use of space. But for the driver only. The seats, though a bit high for a performance car, have an intuitive rotating and sliding control with electric motor adjustments. 2009-Nissan-GTR-SpecV-2It is this seat configuration that offers excellent visibility. The door armrest and side panel is thickly padded and very comfortable. The dashboard is filled with dials and gauges displaying boost level, engine oil temp, oil pressure, coolant temp, transmission oil temp and transmission oil pressure that are well positioned to make it easier for a driver to concentrate on the road. Remarkably, Nissan involved the creators of Gran Turismo video games, Polyphony Digital, while designing GT-R’s multifunction display. Talk about life imitating art! Add a set of Bose media system, and you’re ready to rock the world out of their minds!

They make about a 1,000 of these a month. No, not because they can’t make more of these on an industrial scale, but because perfection is best when hand made. Nissan attributes this very limited production capacity to the very tricky assembly process for GT-R’s fine-tuned engine and its dual-clutch gearbox. Plus, putting together something as classy as this baby with all the parts made from carbon fiber, ceramic, steel, titanium and other such exotic materials, which we only read and never see in our cars.

Despite the production numbers, this car is still a rare sight. And in Pakistan, there’s ONLY one, making it the fastest car in the land! Incidentally, it happens to be owned by one of our very own speed demon, Usman khan, who, also, happens to hold the unofficial title of The Fastest Biker in Pakistan, with his Kawasaki ZX-14.

The GT-R shows Nissan’s no-holds-barred approach to automotive excellence. It is an extreme machine. The Godzilla is fully capable of leaving high-priced exotica choking on dust. As advertised.


(Written in 2010.)