Not sure if this would fall within the scope of this community, but since I have seen nearly everything under the sun answered enthusiastically within these forums, I thought I'd give it a shot:
(1) Can any one provide a general translation for Amanat Ali Khan's Insha Jee Utho. Where I understand urdu and can speak well enough to get by comfortably in Pakistan, the intricacies escape me (my first language is english). So if anyone can provide a literal or descriptive, translation for the ghazal it would be great (I've got a rough idea anyway).
(2) Does any one know where I can find a decent, non-exorbitantly expensive Tabla tutor within the defence area? I know there is one available in PECHS, but the trek is just too ardous between Defence and PECHS to undertake 2-3 times a week. I would be more than happy to have the tutor come across to my place, as long as they show up on time (I fired the first guy on the spot after he showed up three hours late to the first lesson).
For the curious, my interests in music are very diverse, they range from ambient chill music (cafe del mar, anoushka shankar, buddha bar) to smooth jazz (brian culbertson etc...) to singer-songwriters (david gray, amos lee, alexi murdoch etc...) and some Pakistani artists like Junoon, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (I like the sufi, existentialist lyrics) and other classical artists.
I just find the tabla beats so infectious, it can mimic the slow beating of a heart to the exhilarating sounds of a stallion at full stretch. I didn't have the chance to learn how to play because I've spent the last 25 odd years outside of Pakistan and now that I am here, its just something thats been stuck on my to-do list for quite a while =)