Author: Sehar Siddiqi

A December to Remember: Curtain Raiser of the Allahabad Sanskritik Parv 2016

Allahabad Sanskritik Parv 2016, is being organised by Sanchari, between Dec 2 and 4, at North Central Zone Cultural Centre (NCZCC) this year.  This year the team of Sanchaari is all geared to give the city a blast from the past with a kaleidoscope projecting contemporary images of literature, cinema and culture that has revived the city in […]

A Tribute to my Grand Old Lady!

Sehar pays tribute to her Alma Mater, St. Mary’s Convent, Allahabad, in this verse, in Different Truths. Oh! How beautiful she looks today! Every bystander, every passer-by stops to admire her. She looks majestic yet so elegant She stands tall with pride and honour The world marvelled at her grace bows down with humility My grand […]

Blood of my Son

A protest poem by Sehar about the bloodstained kurta of a father with the blood of 13-year-old son. Blinded Children  Maimed youth  Scarred men Disillusioned women  Bloody chaurahas* Silent streets Chaotic hospitals Slipping time Race against needles of the clock and fainting heartbeats of a thirteen-year- old covered in blood  His white kurta still smells […]

Don’t be a Prisoner of the Past. Convert sad Memories to Happy ones

All life events and experiences turn into memories – good, bad and ugly. Each of us possess the power to convert sad and tragic memories into happy ones. The mantra is to move on. Sehar shows us the way in this inspiring write-up. The clocks keep ticking and slowly days turn into weeks, months and then years. […]

Shaping Minds for the new Millennium

Prof. MM Pant spoke about the 4th industrial revolution in a recent seminar in Allahabad University. In an era where knowledge and wealth are growing together the approach to learning must change. Here’s a report by Sehar. “No thief, however skilful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to […]

Unfinished Love

Here’s a poignant poem from Sehar. The metaphors of the tree and mountains are powerful.   Tonight, as I sit down to write a few verses, The ink in the inkpot seems too red, The grey sky looks too dark, And the tree outside my window seems too sad tonight. I look at the tree […]

Celebrating Women and Cinema: A Rendezvous with Shefali Bhushan

On the 5th anniversary of Centre of Women Studies, University of Allahabad, the film-maker Shefali Bhushan having her roots in Allahabad, graced the dais speaking about women, Bollywood and her journey. Here’s a report by Sehar. With the nip of spring in the air, Saturday afternoon (February 20), became a reason for many to celebrate women and cinema. […]

An Evening with Renowned Storyteller Neelesh Misra

Sanchaari, a socio-cultural organisation, recently organised an enchanting evening with the renowned storyteller, Neelesh Mishra. Here’s a report by Sehar for Different Truths. “I don’t remember when I heard him the first time, but I do remember that night when I walked alone on the streets of a strange metropolis, far away from my home. Neelesh Mishra’s […]

Choose Solitude this Valentine’s Day

Here are five awesome reasons why staying single rocks. Have you considered dating yourself? Sehar shows us the benefits of being single and loving our own selves in this interesting write-up. Managing crazy work schedules, planning client meetings, making presentations, cooking food when the maid doesn’t turn up, washing clothes, etc. are just to name a few […]

Grand Guava Festival at Khusaru Bagh

Sehar reports on the recent Guava Festival held at Khusaru Bagh, Allahabad, jointly organised by Sanchaari and the Uttar Pradesh Tourism Department. The city lazily woke from its winter slumber and prepared to get back to work, after a short break. Sanchaari, in association with the Uttar Pradesh Tourism Department, gave Allahabad, a reason to celebrate, by organising […]

Khusrau Bagh: A Forgotten page of Splendid Mughal History

Sehar documents the grandeur of the Khusaru Bagh, a Moghal garden in Allahabad, India, where three mausoleums stand. These seem to have been lost in oblivion. Here’s an in-depth report. Hidden amidst vast expanse of green, stands three mausoleums which have somewhere been lost in oblivion, Khusrau Bagh , the once famous Mughal gardens are […]

Restoring Allahabad’s Glory

Sanchaari Allahabad, a social initiative, organised a three-day event, earlier this  month, between November 13 and 15. It brought together the literati and the glitterati, discussing literature, showcasing select writers and staging a play. This group aims at restoring the glory of Allahabad. Here’s a report. Sanchaari’s third event, Allahabad Sanskritik Parv 2015, showcased the various literary and cultural flavours […]