POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 17, 2014 AT 20:55 IST ,  Edited At: Dec 17, 2014 20:55 IST

Peshawar, 16 December, 2014.

"Pablo Neruda once asked if you could have a line which says “the blood of children flowed on the streets?” What is there that can match the blood of children flowing on the streets? This is also an aesthetic problem, and the way he solves it is by writing “And the blood of children flowed on streets like the blood of children flows on the streets." There is no equivalence outside itself."

Agha Shahid Ali. August 1997. (H/T Professor Suvir Kaul on Facebook)
 


 

Since words fail, we give you a Faiz poem, sung by Iqbal Bano, with a rough, inadequate translation:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 17, 2014 AT 20:55 IST, Edited At: Dec 17, 2014 20:55 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 17, 2014 AT 16:39 IST ,  Edited At: Dec 17, 2014 16:39 IST

The Indian papers:


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POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 17, 2014 AT 16:39 IST, Edited At: Dec 17, 2014 16:39 IST
POSTED BY OWD ON Dec 15, 2014 AT 17:29 IST ,  Edited At: Dec 15, 2014 17:29 IST

After several people were taken hostage by an armed man at a popular cafe in Sydney and forced to display an Islamic flag, Australians came up with a heart warming reaction on social media in the face of adversity.

In a show of solidarity against a possible racist backlash on the Muslim community in Australia, #illridewithyou started as a movement to protect Muslims against Islamophobia. Australians on Twitter tweeted their travel routes along with the hash tag and offered to accompany Muslims, especially those in a religious attire.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 15, 2014 AT 14:23 IST ,  Edited At: Dec 15, 2014 14:23 IST

First came the news in Times of India that the CBSE schools may have to remain open on this Christmas:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 15, 2014 AT 14:23 IST, Edited At: Dec 15, 2014 14:23 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 11, 2014 AT 23:47 IST ,  Edited At: Dec 11, 2014 23:47 IST

The Australian National Dictionary Center has named “shirtfront” its Australian word of the year. And, no,  it does not have anything to do with losing one's shirt, or even taking it off, as Mr Putin is often wont to do.

Shirtfront (Australian Rules) noun, "A fierce tackle, usually delivered by the shoulder to the chest of an opponent." verb, "The act of delivering such a tackle."—Oxford Australian Dictionary.

The first we heard of the word was when addressing the Australian Parliament in Canberra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said,

"(as) the third head of the government you are listening to this week, I do not know how you are doing this. Maybe this is Prime Minister [Tony] Abbott's way of shirtfronting you."

Mr Modi was of course taking a potshot at the Australian Prime Minister who, earlier in October this year, had talked of his plans to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 11, 2014 AT 23:47 IST, Edited At: Dec 11, 2014 23:47 IST
     
 
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