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Sunday, July 31

Indian Time

A woman I'd worked with, who'd never been to India, was upset when once I prepared to leave for India and couldn't give her an address where she could reach me there.

But what if something bad happens to you? How will I find you if I go searching for you there?

I was touched by her deep concern for my welfare, that she would think of ripping her life apart and spend money she couldn't afford to search for me in a distant land.

I replied with a laugh, "Oh that's easy. Get on a bus -- "

"Which bus?"

"Any bus, doesn't matter -- "

"A bus to where?"

"Doesn't matter. Just get on a bus and pray to find me. While you're on the bus, there will be an accident. Not a big accident, nobody hurt. But it will stop traffic. People will get out of vehicles to see what's happening. And there I'll be."

She shook her head in exasperation.

Years later this woman got herself into trouble and didn't know what to do, except to run away. While on the run it occurred to her that I would know what to do, but I had moved away and all she knew was that I was living somewhere in northern Virginia, which she'd never visited.

Then she remembered what I'd told her so long ago about how to find me. So she left New York on a bus and this woman -- a lapsed Roman Catholic who'd turned against God --  began praying like mad. She got off the bus at a station in Virginia.

Then she asked where she could find a local bus to northern Virginia. When the station manager asked where in northern Virginia, she asked him to name various places there, then randomly chose and rode to the end of the line.

She got off the bus and aimlessly walked a short distance, then stopped in astonishment. There I was.

"How?" she asked when she could find her voice.

"Indian time," I answered. "I live on Indian time."

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Jaani Doo'r Gay'e ("Be Carried Away") 

An unusual offering from Nustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan; it's sung with a chorus accompaniment. This means any fool can sing along, at least with the very melodious and simple refrains. A good song to sing when you don't know where the heck you're going or how to get there. 

As to what the lyrics (shown below) mean -- well what does it matter if you don't know what you're doing anyhow? Just remember that it helps focus the mind on the singular fact governing human existence: Only God knows what time you will actually reach your destination.

By the way, no matter what else they screw up, it is this one fact that enough Indians remember that keeps them lurching along through the aeons.     
    



Lyrics/Poet: Mohammed Boota Ajiz

Vichar Gaya Mere Dil Da Jaani Te Mein Kakhan Wangar Rul Gayi Phullan Naalan Naazuk Jindare Meri Vich Kandiyah De Khul Gayi
Gham Sajna De Maar Mitaya Te Mein Athru Ban Ke Dul Gayi Ik Mahia Teri Yaad Na Bhuladi Baki Her Shay Jag Di Bhul Gayi
Inj Vichre Mur Nai Aa'ay Mur N'ai Aa'ay Jaani Door Ga'ay

Mere Sakhiyo Dard Wandaoo Ni Koi Lagda Chara Lao Ne Mere Mahi Noo Mor Liao Ni
Inj Vichre Mur Nai Aa'ay Mur N'ai Aa'ay Jaani Door Ga'ay

Koi Dardi Mor Laiye, Koi Dardi Mor Laiye Inj Vichre Mur Nai Aa'ay, Jaani Door Ga'ay

Aag Hijardi Baldi Sine Vichrian Guzre Sar Mahine Inj Vichre Mur Nai Aa'ay Mur N'ai Aa'ay Jaani Door Ga'ay
Vichre Gayan Di Yaad Satawe Nind Akhan Chon Uddi Jawe Inj Vichre Mur Nai Aa'ay Mur N'ai Aa'ay Jaani Door Ga'ay
Tusi Sarian Saiyan Jao Ni Mere Mahi Di Khabar Liao Ni Inj Vichre Mur Nai Aa'ay Mur N'ai Aa'ay Jaani Door Ga'ay
Koi Gal Di Moor Laye Jaani Door Gaye Door Gaye Inj Vichre Mur Nai Aa'ay Mur N'ai Aa'ay Jaani Door Ga'ay

Pal Vich Mahi Ho Gaya Oley Nain Mila Ke Kar Giya Rogi Reh Gayi Jindri Hokian Jogi Pal Wich Mahi Ho Giya Oley

Aaa

Pal Wich Mahi Ho Gaya Ohle Ras Na Pyar Diyan Garian Aiyan Cheti Paiyan Aan Judaian Pal Wich Mahi Ho Gaya Ohle

Aaa

Pal Wich Mahi Ho Gaya Ole Na Koi Bai K Dukh Sukh Phole Na Dil De Haal Sunaye Jani Door Gaye, Door Gaye
Inj Vichre Mur Nai Aa'ay Mur N'ai Aa'ay Jaani Door Ga'ay

(Qawwali Vocables)

Inj Vichre Mur Nai Aa'ay Mur N'ai Aa'ay Jaani Door Ga'ay

Akhian Tak Diyan Rehndiyan Rahwan Bharnay Pai Gay Hokay Hawan Asan Ro Ro Waqt Viha'ay Jaani Door Gaye Door Gaye
Inj Vichre Mur Nai Aa'ay Mur N'ai Aa'ay Jaani Door Gaye

Hijr Tere Vich Uthdiyan Hookan, Mahi Mahi Her Dum Kookan Hardam Kookan Mahi Mahi Kookan Kookan
Akhian Bhokian Tarsein Didar Diyan Aaja Mahi Wajan Mardian Hardam Kookan Mahi Mahi Her Dum Kookan
Asan De Din Mukde Jande Hanjoo Wi Hun Sukde Jande Main Hardam Kookan Mahi Mahi Her Dum Kookan

Aaa

Sochan De Wich Waqt Wihaye Jaani Dil De Kion Nahi Aaye Mandre Hal Judaian Kite Guzri Umer Zamane Kite
Mera Dard Wandawe Kera Sonja Sonja Lagda Wera Pal Pal Tera Hijre Satwe Jag Di Koi Cheez Na Bawe
Wajan Mara Wang Sudaian Mukian Nahi Haje Yaar Judaian Main Hardam Kookan Mahi Mahi Her Dum Kokan
Kiuon Na Oudey Waj Moka, Kiyoun Nahi Diti Khudai’ Ik Yaar Wajon Sanu Suni Lagadi Khudai
Main Hardam Kookan Mahi Mahi Her Dum Kookan Hijre Tere Wich Uthdiyan Kookan Kite Ik Pal Chain Na Awey
Jaani Door Ga'ay, Door Ga’ay Inj Vichre Mur Nai Aa'ay Mur N'ai Aa'ay Jaani Door Ga'ay

Main Dardan Ton Ajiz Aayi, Jogi Pori Preet Kiyoon Payi Sanu Bhul Ke Nain Milaye Jaani Door Gaye, Door Ga'ay

Inj Vichre Mur Nai Aa'ay Mur N'ai Aa'ay Jaani Door Ga’ay Koi Dardi Mor Laiye Jaani Door Gaye, Door Gaye
Inj Vichre Mur Nai Aaye Mur N'ai Aaye Jaani Door Gaye Inj Vichre...


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