Monday, 25 July 2016

Safeena ~ Stories from Urdu

(Urdu, noun; a boat)

A collage of faded news stories and matrimonial ads from 1983 make up her body.
Your grimy, 7 year old fingers had given her uneven edges and a sharp, curved nose.

33 years later.
Bent with age.
She still carries your childhood dreams to the shore, every night.

Watch the video here.

#StoriesFromUrdu #PeopleAreStrangeWordsAreStranger #HyperboleMuch  #Urdu (the picture of the gorgeous paper boat from @manju6180)

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Awam ~ Stories From Urdu

(Urdu; noun: the common man)

When the barrel of cities,
And brick and mortar of guns
Leaves in its wake more hunted and hunters,
Than even the jungle,
Nature says
"That's not how I made you."


#StoriesFromUrdu #HyperboleMuch 
(To Kashmir, Madinah, Nice, impending dangers in the South China Sea, the #BlackLives movement in America and the sadness of knowing I'm sure I've left something out in this map of horrors.)

Watch the video here.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Itifaaq ~ Stories From Urdu

(Urdu, noun; a coincidence)

Living in the same city
And never having met you.

: Itifaaq

~hyperbolemuch.blogspot (word from my permanent cutie Ankita Gauba​) #StoriesFromUrdu #PeopleAreStrangeWordsAreStranger

(All videos on Instagram @hyperbolemuch. Watch this one here.)

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Ada ~ StoriesFromUrdu

(Urdu, noun: a style that's completely yours.)

Affectionately stroking the tea-cup rim, every time you were mid-sentence.
Mistakenly dialling my number, five years too late.
Laughing too loud to encourage a small, shy joke.
Arranging waves of hair that smelt like a night of jasmine.
Talking Love into sitting still.

See video here.
#StoriesFromUrdu (video from my friend and photographer @madamphotographer)

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Stories From Urdu

Impatience and lack of a new writing project lead to this: On my Instagram (@hyperbolemuch) now, a new series where I write a short story on a word from Urdu (which other language has so many words that sound like rain, bells and pain?).
Send me an Urdu word you love, and I'll do a post for you.

Below, on Mashooq.

(Urdu; noun): Beloved/Lover

A lover.
The one who would map the distance from his house to mine in sighs.
On some nights I still hear them, 
but Ma says, "That's just the wind searching through the leaves for its lost belongings.
Go to sleep."