As some of you may know, it is Nadeem’s anniversary today.
An excellent yet most humble poet I know of and a photographer par excellence, Nadeem, or Naddy Bwoy .. was a friend. Sorry, he is a friend.
I met Naddy on Twitter in 2011 via #shair and we striked an unusual kind of acquaintance.
Difference in age, religion and even hobbies were no problem for us because there was one very strong connection. Krishna. Nadeem had deep reverence for Krishna hymns. As special gifts, he would find me the oldest and most precious Krishna songs and tag them to me. I returned the favor.
We did not talk much but when we did, we talked on spirituality, travel and ‘aate daal ka bhaav’ within the same conversation. Often, months would pass without a hello. There was no requirement of verbal communication between us. Krishna hymns were long-lasting.
Last year, he left this world for a more beautiful place. I guess they needed their angel back in the heaven. Sigh!
I cannot want to share more of him. In a strange way, I am protective and possessive of his purity & friendship. But I would like to share Nadeem’s art here .. A few of his poems and photographs. He called me a friend once .. I think I have earned a right to steal his post without telling him.
Few poems by Nadeem Ahmad
Light a candle for me
Light a candle for me when I can’t.
Shed a tear for me when my eyes turn to stone.
Fly for me when my wings are clipped.
Run for me when my legs are frozen.
Touch the stars for me when my hands are bound.
Breathe for me when my lungs are empty.
Live for me when my days are over.
Us sanam ki baatein karo…
Phir chalo us rah-guzar pe, us sanam ki baatein karo…
Mujhse ai hum-safar kya daar-o-haram ki baatein karo…
Kuchh siyaah-e-raat ki, kuchh us maut ki baatein karo…
Phir chhero daastaan, phir rudaad-e-ishq ki baatein karo…
Khade raah-e-wafaa mein hum, kabhi tum be-wafaai ki baatein karo…
Guzaare gardish-e-ayyaam ke din, chalo ab jashn ki baatein karo…
Photographs By Nadeem Ahmad
Here you can read and view more such gems of poetry and photography by him. Please keep him in your prayers.