DP Daily Prompt: Brain Wave

Sir Muhammad Iqbal

Sir Muhammad Iqbal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel prize for li...

Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel prize for literature. It is the first Nobel prize won by Asia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Johann Wolfgang Goethe

Johann Wolfgang Goethe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


One day I started thinking of doing something to keep me busy. I surfed the internet and found out, Iqbal Academy was offering online courses on the poet and philosopher Iqbal. I was very happy. I thought it was a very good opportunity for me.

It would help me to know about the poet.  You see when I was a student in college, there was nothing about him in our course of studies.  I knew a few lines of one of his poems. They were awesome. I thought I’d be able to learn more about him.

I jumped at the opportunity and registered for the course. It was in 2011.  I am still doing it and enjoying it. I am trying hard to go back  and study as I used to. It is a very good course. It covers subjects like religion,philosophy. poetry, prose . We’ve also studied about Rumi , Goethe the German poet, Shakespeare and many others.

Studying about Iqbal has opened other doors,which I never would have tried.  I started blogging, translating, the work of  another great poet. Tagore. I knew a few things about him, now I know a lot more.   I am never bored,I always have something to do.

I am also trying to write something for ,SPEAKEASY. My participation in SPEAKEASY is awesome. I am getting to know a lot of good and gifted writers.

I now feel joining the online course was the best idea for me.  I came into contact with bright and intelligent people. I am enjoying interacting with a lot of interesting and friendly people. I am giving my brain enough work out to prevent it from getting rusty.

37 thoughts on “DP Daily Prompt: Brain Wave

  1. Dear Ranu,

    Thank you for this very nice post.

    Iqbal is indeed a door-opener. And our friend, Khurram Ali Shafique, is also an opener of doors.

    Like you, I have grown from a continuing study of Iqbal. I am most grateful for the many courses which have become available. I have met, through these courses, the very nicest friends.

    My wish, as a deepening of this continuing study, is to go to Pakistan and visit Iqbal’s tomb as well as the dargah of Data Ganj Bakhsh. I pray that this will, God willing, happen. Who knows…perhaps we could even have an Iqbal gathering of sorts, a meeting of the MLC!

    I am enjoying this post.

    All good wishes,


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  7. Thank you very much. Shouldn’t humility prevent me from posting a more detailed comment on this post? 🙂 But I was delighted to see the pictures of Iqbal, Tagore and Goethe together – and I am very delighted (and honored) to know that Iqbal Studies has opened up so many other dimensions for you. This post has come just on the right day – when I am preparing an email for announcing the next course(s). Thank you, once again.

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