आम है हमारे लिए बेहद ख़ास!
Aam hai humare liye behad khaas!
A compilation of all my mango inspired-outfits of this summer!
'Summer fruits' was (still is) an important theme for my summer wardrobe. I did a trilogy inspired by them. It had melon, mango and jamun inspired outfits. I couldn't wear any melon or jamun inspired outfits after the trilogy but my favourite fruit mango, inspired three more outfits after that. Alphonso, Dashehri, Lakhnauua Safeda were the varieties that I got inspired by, they are also my favourites. There was an Aam Panna inspired look too.
Mirza Ghalib, one of the greatest poets of the subcontinent (also, perhaps, the most unfortunate as mostly fake poetry is circulated in his name on social media) was exceptionally fond of mangoes.
Recently, in an article published on scroll.in, I read more about his mango love. .
He had composed a 'masnavi' titled 'दर सिफ़त-ए-अम्बा' Dar sifat-e-ambaah (On the Attributes of Mangoes), which included lines such as:
मुझसे पूछो तुम्हें ख़बर क्या है आम के आगे नैशकर क्या है
या ये होगा के फ़र्त-ए- रफ़ा'अत से
बाग़-बानों ने बाग़-ए-जन्नत से
अंगबीन के बा हुक्म-रब्ब-इन-नास
भर के भेजे हैं सर-बा-मोहर गिलास!
mujhse poochho, tumheñ khabar kya hai
aam ke aage neyshakar kya hai...
ya ye hoga ke fart-e rafa’at se
baagh-baanoñ ne baagh-e jannat se
angabeeñ ke, ba hukm-e rabb-in-naas
bhar ke bheje haiñ sar-ba-mohr gilaas
(Ask me! for what do you know?
a mango is far sweeter than sugarcane...
perhaps from the great heights above
the gardeners of heaven’s orchards
have sent, by the order of God
wine filled in sealed glasses! )😊
Which one is your favourite variety of mango? Do share with me in the comments!
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