Oh land! Baluchistan

Reading has always given me inspirations and inspirations always makes me write. Dedicating this poem for the ones struggling for peace, justice and independence. Plus the families whose father, son, children, wife and daughters been abducted and became victims of enforced disappearances. And to the recent terrorist attack victim’s families in Quetta.


When the foe keeps raiding, into territories that you own
Courtesy and stability , will never be the status-quo
Then the souls will ponder, stop hovering of right & wrong
Thrusting one towards a sword, towards an ink, that can’t forgo

Oh land! Your mountains & your streams,  your valleys & your spurs
Oh land! Delightful cliffs & passes, besieged by army curse
I feel’em plead and weeps for help, With the lips quite pursed.

They count the days’ spent to kill, it’s the body they can slay
Vision is just not perishable, let’em count night and day
‘Will’ should be the ‘will’ that can, move a mountain away.

Yet the faith if fades and yet, the hope you had ‘ has cast away
Don’t weep! the flowers they ripped apart, the spring is always on the way.

The spring is always on the way.

If blood it takes’ to break the yoke, of bondage & of slavery
If blood is all it takes to heal, your beauty & your bravery
Will coat you with this blood & let you, dwell in rosy gallery
Then nestling within your laps, Oh land’ hug me gently:
“Bya tara chara’n k bya!… Bey tao manara vash nabi” (baluchi)

I’ll live in every ballad and, will dwell in every memory.

Witnessing brutality, Serene sky then burst upon:
“What is it with all this, insanity that you begun…?
Many holy words you read & same again you preach a ton
What good they ever do? , if you act upon them’ a none
What good they ever do? , if you act upon them’ a none”

(Anne Baluch)


BALUCHI PASHK (Baluchi Dress)

The origins of Baluchi culture and traditions can be traced back to Mesopotamia, which is widely accepted as the origin of the Baloch people.  Baluch people have preserved their traditional dress with little change over the centuries. The culture and traditions of the Baluch have historically been passed down from mother to daughter, and men from father to son. (Source- Wikipedia)

Baluchi women are recognized by their clothing that comprises traditional motifs and colors. The top/shirt/kameez in baluchi is known as “pashk” and cover their hair with a scarf, called a “sarig” in the local dialect. This pashk is embroidered with sophisticated and colorful threads, beads, small mirrors and needle work. This embroidery is often done on cotton, chiffon or silk fabric. It usually takes 6 to 7 months of hand embroidery whereas the machine work which is quite preferred in cities takes within a month span. The following dress shown is a delicate handmade Baluchi dress, and is quite expensive as compared to a machine made.

Baloch women living in eastern Balochistan, western Balochistan, Afghanistan and the Middle East have been wearing the traditional Balochi pashk, shalwaar andsarig/gushan for hundreds of years.  Baloch women living in Europe, Americas and Africa also proudly wear their traditional dress. (Source- Balochi Jaamag/dress! Description by Walid Garboni)

Shown at right is recently (2012) one of the unstitched machine made dresses that I have surpassed. One can easily find these kinds of dresses around Gulf Bazar at Clifton, Pakistan at a reasonable price. The idea for this is of-course derived and influenced from a Baluchi dress merely lacking a “Pindool” which is a long pocket that lies at the lower middle of the dress. I found many women belonging to different caste and socio-economic class merrily purchasing them.