taxi in qayyumabad

bach na saka khuda bhi mohabbat ke taqazon se // ik mehboob ki khatir sari dunya bana dali

(even God himself could not escape the demands of Love // for the sake of one beloved He created the entire universe)


story. so i asked the cab driver about this couplet. he told me that he used to work in saudi arabia but was sent to jail due to immigration irregularities. he spent three years in prison in jeddah, with several other pakistani and indian inmates. to bide their time they would exchange poems and stories. this couplet was recited to him by an indian inmate. it stuck in his head. so when he finally came back to karachi he made his son paint it on his taxi.

several people have complained to him that the couplet is blasphemous, so he says he will remove it one of these days. i hope not.


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