Tag Archives: Pakistan


Sufism: Qalander and the Tradition of Jhuley Lal

Context: Some research showed that other sources spell Qalander and Jhuley Lal differently than informant JL, a former federal senator from Pakistan, did. This may be because of translation to the romanized alphabet, but the different spellings are Qalandar and Jhulelal. Regardless, Qalander is a Sufi, likely referring to Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, who lived in… Continue Reading »

Urdu childhood rhyme

Context: The informant is a college-age male whose parents are both from Pakistan originally. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. He currently lives in Southern California in a joint family and has also visited Pakistan multiple times since he was very young. His extended family in Pakistan includes many young uncles… Continue Reading »

Tuntun-Tuntun-Taara

Tuntun-tuntun-taara Baje raat ke baaran Tuntun-tuntun-taara Baje raat ke baaran Chhat par billi bhaagi hai, Neend se (Baby) jaagi hai Chhat par billi bhaagi hai, Neend se (Baby) jaagi hai Billi ne chuhe ko maara Hai! Tuntun-tuntun-taara Baje raat ke baaran Tuntun-tuntun-taara Baje raat ke baaran Galli me bola chawkidaar, “Choron se rehna hushiyar” Galli… Continue Reading »