Farhan Akhtar pens tribute for Peshawar attack victims

Published: December 29, 2014
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Farhan Akhtar. PHOTO: AFP

Farhan Akhtar. PHOTO: AFP

MUMBAI: Weeks after the horrific attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, that left over a 100 children dead, veteran actor and director Farhan Akhtar has penned down a lyrical tribute to the victims of the tragedy for the Hindustan Times.

Childhood Lost In Peshawar by Farhan Akhtar

My brother nudged me on a cold winter morning

He said wake up it’s time to leave

The sun won’t be out another two hours from now

I said let me go back to sleep

He left me there

All nice and warm

Ran off to meet his friend

Bags on their backs

Their smiling faces

Vanished around the bend

Crying out I awoke mother twisting my ear

She said be more like your brother

In my heart how I wished I was their only son

never compared to another

She loved him more

Or so I thought

He was the special one

Her pride her joy

Her golden boy

Her shade in life’s harsh sun

Why couldn’t it be me

Why couldn’t it be me

Writing on lined pages a hundred times over

I’ll remember to go to school

The aching of my hand bringing tears to my eyes

Promised never to play the fool

How could I know

As I sat here

He in the assembly hall

Was unaware the clock struck ten

And guns came over the wall

Why couldn’t it be me

Why couldn’t it be me

Earlier, actor Anupam Kher also wrote an open letter to the militants responsible for the attack following the tragedy.

Read  Kher’s letter here.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Saad Nazim
    Dec 29, 2014 - 3:49PM

    As a Pakistani, I’am truly humbled by this gesture

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  • pakistani
    Dec 29, 2014 - 4:09PM

    respect for u sir

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  • Aakashvaani
    Dec 29, 2014 - 4:45PM

    Peshawar attack is a very sad incident indeed. Our hearts go out to the families of innocent victim.Recommend

  • Sohail Abbasi
    Dec 29, 2014 - 4:50PM

    Thank you so much farhan for your kind words, massive respect

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  • Zeeshan Kiyani
    Dec 29, 2014 - 5:55PM

    Beautiful. Farhan you have penned the emotions of millions of us brilliantly.

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  • Aamir-Toronto
    Dec 29, 2014 - 8:56PM

    Thank you Farhan and Aakashvanni !!!!

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  • Dec 29, 2014 - 10:37PM

    Tooooooooooooo good
    farhan ….!

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  • caricia angela
    Dec 30, 2014 - 4:14AM

    May The Good Lord embrace these children within his eternal loving arms

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  • Abhi
    Jan 16, 2015 - 10:35AM

    As an Indian, I consider this incident as one of the most tragic incidents of human history. Mr. Akhtar has beautifully and crisply penned down in a short poem, the state of a young guy who lost his brother. Marvelous work and I say my prayers in the memory of lost angels who didn’t even know what was happening to them.

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