If you have read Khaled Hosseini, you would make much more sense out of this. I found this B-E-A-utiful desrciption of Kabul and thought it's surely worth sharing:

Ah! How beautiful is Kabul encircled by her arid mountains
And Rose, of the trails of thorns she envies
Her gusts of powdered soil, slightly sting my eyes
But I love her, for knowing and loving are born of this same dust

My song exhalts her dazzling tulips
And at the beauty of her trees, I blush
How sparkling the water flows from Pul-I Bastaan!
May Allah protect such beauty from the evil eye of man!

Khizr chose the path to Kabul in order to reach Paradise
For her mountains brought him close to the delights of heaven
From the fort with sprawling walls, A Dragon of protection
Each stone is there more precious than the treasure of Shayagan

Every street of Kabul is enthralling to the eye
Through the bazaars, caravans of Egypt pass
One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs
And the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls

Her laughter of mornings has the gaiety of flowers
Her nights of darkness, the reflections of lustrous hair
Her melodious nightingales, with passion sing their songs
Ardent tunes, as leaves enflamed, cascading from their throats

And I, I sing in the gardens of Jahanara, of Sharbara
And even the trumpets of heaven envy their green pastures
Poem by Saib-e-Tabrizi

Posted by Khaled Hosseini fan

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Atmdeo Shekhar said...

Hey nice blog!Wonder how the city is now in a war ravaged country

Anonymous said...

well if khaled had been writing now he would also written about the maimed children on every street corner, the hungry women, the shell shocked bazaars...

makes one think of what we have lost for ever. here and in other places.

purvabhatia said...

thanks Shekhar

@ idle thoughts
I am not sure what you mean....Khaled has recently published his second novel 'thousand splendid suns' for which he took two line from poetry posted above

Supernova said...

Wow! dats indeed sounds lk a beauty. all i had ever heard of kabul was in news channels n before dat..ahem, kabulichane

LoonFace said...

Wow nice blog! I just read The Kite Runner and I LOVED it.....I can't wait to lay my hands on the thousand splendid suns

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