I think all of us have heard this phrase once, “Love is like an ocean of fire, you have to drown, if you have to cross”
But what would drowning mean, in the fire of love ? As per Hindu Vedas and Puranas, Fire, or agni, is the most powerful purifier in the world. When we give something to the fire, it is considered as a sacrifice, that is why the process of purifying one’s own self/ soul by giving offerings to fire is called ‘Yagya’. Drowning in the ocean of fire means leaving all the attachments and giving everything that you possess and purify or transform yourself. Such a great transformation will help you cross the ocean of love and reach the destination, which is, unification with the beloved.
Those of you, who, like me, believe in power of love would opine that the argument is true. This explanation of the old phrase “Love is like an ocean…” goes well with the sayings of an ancient poet and forefathers of Sufism, named Hazrat Amir Khusro. Khusro emphasized on love between God and men. The core of Sufism is linked with Ishq-e-Majazi (love among men-women and vice versa) and Ishq-e-Haqiqi (love of God).
This great thought and belief is the inspiration of my next graphic novel series named “Zikr“. It is a tale of love, passion, transformation and redemption. There is something unique about the manner of story telling in Zikr. This story is heavily inspired by the famous verses in Sufism, and the world of soothing ghazals, sher-o-shayari, etc. I have incorporated those verses and sher(s) (verses) entirely along with their meanings as actual songs in the story, which makes it look like an Indian movie, but with good songs. I believe that songs written long ago and in the world of ghazals, etc had deep meanings. We rarely get a chance to listen to a song which is well written these days. This story is in a way my homage to all the great souls who have left us with heart soothing songs and music, be it Amir Khusro, Ghalib or Kaifi Azmi.
The story of Zikr starts with a guy meeting a girl, and then falling in love with her. But all is not so well and easy for him, as you can expect. The girl has a past. A terrifying and tragic past, which has sucked out all the emotions from her life and she is as stone-cold as a dead. The story is about the journey of the guy and how he attempts to revive the woman he loves and bring her back in to the world of belief. The road to accomplish that is very dangerous and in the process he has to deal with the evil of the society. The story is about how far would he go to act as his woman’s man, and how far would he get transformed in the process, and, in the process, will he too achieve his long sought redemption ?
The color tone for the entire graphic novel series is Grayscale. It is because the story deals with the characters lying between the two extremes of good and bad. They are all of grey shades. The story itself is of transformation from black to white and vice-versa.
There are six to seven parts planned for the series. The first part titled “Zikr: Roz-e-vasalash” is slated to release soon.
Attached above is the first image for promotion.
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