…We are guilty of being fond of literary ephemera in all of its forms, we have to say that we particularly love reading letters written by authors and sent to their young fans, whether they consist of advice, encouragement, or just gratitude. We think something about the way an author writes to a child is very telling, and even more than that, we know how much of an impact such letters probably had on their recipients, a thought that fills us with warm goodness.
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From Harper Lee to a young fan requesting that she send him a signed photo:
I don’t have a picture of myself, so please accept these few lines:
As you grow up, always tell the truth, do no harm to others, and don’t think you are the most important being on earth. Rich or poor, you then can look anyone in the eye and say, “I’m probably no better than you, but I’m certainly your equal.”
(Signed, ‘Harper Lee’)
Uth Farida sutya , Jharu day Maseet
Tu Sutta , Rub Jagda, Teri Dadhai naal Preet
Wake up O Farid! Go and and clean the mosque
You are sleeping, whereas Allah is awake,
Remember, Your Beloved the Most Powerful.
Baba Farid Ganj e Shakar رضي الله عنه | Descendant of Sayyidina Umar Al Farooq رضي الله عنه
"Farida Kaaley maindey kaprey, kaala mainda waish, Gunahan Bhareyan main pheraan, Lok kehain dervish"
“I move about in the garb of black garments, laden with my load of misdeeds and the people see me and call me a dervish.”
Ganj e Shakar | Baba Farid-ud-Din رضي الله عنه