365 days Writing Prompt: Tourist trap

What’s your dream tourist destination— either a place you’ve seen and loved, or a place you’d love to visit? What about it speaks to you?

My dream tourist destination would be to visit the places where our famous poet and philosopher grew up and wrote his amazing poetry and song lyrics.

The country is India and the place is Kolkata, a city of millions where life is difficult for most citizens, hunger homelessness and continuous hardship make the poor wonder, “Is this the reason we were born here to suffer and live day to day life in sheer agony?”

Tagore’s poems and Sarat Chandra’s novels are the reason I’d like to visit this particular city, how they felt when they witnessed the plight of the majority of citizens, and wrote their amazing poems and stories to tell those suffering humanity, ” I feel your pain!”

When we think of traveling we usually think of wonderful sights to see, delectable foods,gorgeous clothes to buy and spend time in a place which feels like a paradise on earth.

There’s nothing wrong with it, we are allowed to enjoy ourselves after a hard months of work. We all think differently and do as we please.

When I read the prompt this morning, it made me think, where would I go if I had a chance, Tagore’s song: “Oh my homeland you have given me so much.” It was easy to make up my mind where I’d like to go. I’ve posted this for all to see, how simple life is.

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DP Daily Prompt: Say Your Name Post by Ranu

My Dad loved the word paradise. He named my older sister ‘Firdous’, which means ,Paradise in English. He wanted to be within the confines of paradise, he decided his second daughter should be named, ‘Chaman’, my name means garden in Urdu. He named his third daughter,’Hoor’, meaning angel. Hoor also is an Urdu word. Then came the turn of the fourth,he named her,Roshan which means manifest. All these names are Urdu words. In our home we have,Paradise,Garden,Angel and manifest.

When one thinks of paradise:garden,angel and manifest comes to mind.My Dad did a fine job naming us.

My name ‘Chaman’ means garden. There are a lot of poems written by famous people about ‘A Garden’ or Gardens. I love my name.I cannot think of renaming myself. I love reading the poems composed by poets.

Here are two verses written by Iqbal from his famous book,( ‘Bang-e-Dra)

Kali Se Keh Rahi Thi Aik Din Shabnam Gulistan Mein

Sir Muhammad Iqbal

Sir Muhammad Iqbal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rahi Main Aik Muddat Ghuncha Haye Bagh-e-Rizwan Mein

English translation by the author;

One day the dew in the garden was saying to the flower bud

“I lived for a long time among the flower buds of Paradise.”

2. Tumhare Gulistan ki Kaifiat Sarshar Hai Aesi

Nigah Firdous Dar Daman Hai Meri Chashm-e-Heeran Mein

Translation by the poet:

The condition of your garden is so elegant,

The Paradise’s sight is concealed in my bewildered eye.

I have borrowed these two verses from” Phoolon Ki Shahzadi”  The princess of flowers(Bang-e-Dra)