Saturday, August 11, 2018

हम टूट भी जाते हैं तो ज़र्रा नही हिलता...



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हम टूट भी जाते हैं तो ज़र्रा नही हिलता,
तुम फूँक भी मारो  तो बनता है रास्ता I

हम डूब भी जायें तो मिलता नही मोती,
तुम रह के किनारे पे पा जाते हो ख्यातिI

हम काट काठ जोड़ें पर बनती नही कश्ती,
तुम एक घूँट में हीं पी जाओ दरिया की हस्ती I 

हमारा जीवन है, जैसे एक जलती हुई भट्टी,
तुम देखते हो ऐसे हमें, जैसे हम कोई फेंकी हुई रद्दी I

हम उड़ जातें है, जैसे शाख से टूटा हुआ पत्ता,
तुम उड़ते हो जैसे, तुमसे हीं गुल, तुमसे हीं गुलिस्ताँ I

हम दिखते हैं, जैसे हों, लफ्ज़ से लूटा हुआ नुक़्ता,
तुम दिखाते हो, जैसे हो तुम हीं ख़ुदा, तुम हीं फरिश्ता I

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Friday, August 10, 2018

मैं हर रोज़ एक नयी उम्मीद बांधता हूँ...



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मैं हर रोज़ एक नयी उम्मीद बांधता हूँ,
सपनों के जीने की तावीज़ बांधता हूँ I

कल आज से बेहतर होगा,
आज कल का रहबर होगा,
इसी उम्मीद की दहलीज़ बांधता हूँ I

वो कहते हैं तुम्हारा नही कोई काम,
तुम्हारे लिए नही है कोई ईनाम I


फिर भी पसीने की परछाई में,
कुछ चाँद तारों के बीज महफूज़ बांधता हूँ,
मैं सपनो के जीने की तावीज़ बांधता हूँ I

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

तुम हीं हो सब कुछ...



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तुम हीं हो सब कुछ,
तुमसे ही हैं आशायें आपार,
तुम हीं हो सृष्टि का आधार I

तुम हीं हो प्रश्न, तुम हीं हो उत्तर,
तुम हीं हो सूक्ष्म,तुम हीं हो वृहतरI

तुम हीं हो रात और दिन निरंतर,
तुम हीं हो धूप और छाओं का अंतर I

तुम हीं हो गीता का मूल सार,
तुम हीं हो राधा का अप्रतिम इंतेज़ार I

तुम हीं हो मुरली की मधुर बयार,
तुम हीं हो साँसों का सतत श्रृंगार I

तुम हीं हो नभ में चंद्र और दिनकर,
तुम हीं हो बीज में अंकुर तत्पर I

तुम हीं हो स्वर,तुम हीं हो अक्षर,
तुम हीं हो भगवन,तुम हीं हो ईश्वरI

फिर तुम क्यूँ हो खड़े निरूतर?
फिर तुम क्यूँ हो नीरव पत्त्थर?

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नीरव: मौन,चुप, शांत, मूक



Saturday, August 4, 2018

वो चाहती थी उड़ना...




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वो चाहती थी उड़ना,
वो चाहती थी खिलना I

वो लगती  थी गुड़ियों
सी,
वो बोलती थी बुढियों सी I

पर लानत उस मैली निगाह पे ,
जिसने हाथ डाला उसके लिबास पे I

कैसी है ये फाहीशगी ,
जो मुन्नी में नफ़्सानी देखे,
कैसी है ये दरिंदगी,
जो बालिश्त को पुरगोश्त  देखे I

कैसा है ये आज का शहर,
कैसा है ये आज का बशर I

जो नोच डालता है मासूम का वसन ,
जो लिख डालता है बचपन में ग्रहण I

कैसा है ये सरबराहों का खेल,
जो
खिलौने को ही खेल गया ,
जो

 खिलौने को ही लील गया I 
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फाहीशगी: अश्लीलता
नफ़्सानी : वासना की सामग्री
बशर : मनुष्य
वसन : वस्त्र
सरबराह: प्रबंधक


Friday, August 3, 2018

दम तोड़ती ज़िंदगी...





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दम तोड़ती ज़िंदगी,
बेदम रेंगती बंदगी I

पत्थर होती आँखें,
नश्तर होती साँसें I

कब तक झुके कोई ?
कब तक रुके कोई ?

जब जो होना है, वही होना है,
तो फिर,
जी जान एक, क्यूँ करे कोई ?
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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Role Models…Are They?






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Many times it is written that the emerging and established film stars are role models for today’s youth. And this “role model” argument wins heavily when big companies want to project their products through advertisement before the masses. 

Now what is unique about these stars that they are considered the “role models”? I will try to enumerate. The sine qua non quality that these role models have is their network. They take birth in royal (moneywise or contact wise) families and the high society connections they get as their birth right. When they grow up the connections pay off and they become actors in movies. And after that the insane PR advertises as if the new savior of filmdom has incarnated.  And the advertising Gurus declare them the next big thing. Companies vie for their attention and advertising agencies present “role model” in a package. 

They think that the youth of India will get enamored by the stunts made by computer graphics and start worshiping the movie stars as role models. One advertisement (in which the role model for many had featured has been taken off air recently after flaring up a controversy) shows the reasoning capacity of the so called “role models”. Why in the first place he would consent for an advertisement that would belittle other profession? I mean didn’t he think a single time before agreeing to do the ad that will show other profession in a bad light or such role models only think through the specs of moolah?  I don’t think that the great advertising men like David Ogilvy and J. Walter Thompson would have approved off such mistakes in the name of “role models”. (It is just my thinking.)

Now what is the role of these so called role models—to inspire, right? And inspire in what way? Jumping from the hill, doing parkour, and serenading a girl are not the essential inspirational skills to survive or to earn a living for millions of youths in this country.  So, in a way they are not inspiring but just entertaining with their antics that are done with all safety supervisions. So, they are entertainers in the first place not the role models.

To assume that the youth will get inspired by the antics of movie heroes done in controlled environment seems ludicrous. I mean how come a youth will get inspired by the cosmetic chivalry of movie stars and will remain ignorant to the real bravery that is shown by their parents in day to day life to survive; bravery that is shown by the soldiers on the borders to save the country; bravery that is shown on streets by street vendors to eke out a living.  I am just trying to explain that the environment in which these stars live and the opportunities that these stars have is very different in dimension and nature that the most of the youth have. So, they can’t be role model for a nation where most of the youth is after the opportunity to learn and earn not to jump and run.

At the most these movie stars can be is the ‘brand’ not the ‘role model’, and however you argue the brand will always take a second seat in competition to a role model.

 I mean Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Che Guevara , Keshav Baliram Hedgewar, Vir Savarkar, Martin Luther King Jr., Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, Khudiram Bose should be called role models whose fight were for real not for reel. You might not be the fan of their ideologies but you cannot take away the credit of being “role models” from them.

If at all the film stars can be called role models, they can be called only for those persons who aspire to become film stars or want to pursue an acting career. Since acting is also a form of art and with your acting, if you inspire someone to become an actor, you could be considered a role model. But save for this aspect, I don’t think that the youth of India in entirety should feel comfortable with the “role model” tag being imparted to the movie stars.
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Sunday, July 29, 2018

चाहे तो वो लिख दे...




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चाहे तो वो लिख दे, आसमान को आसान,
और अगर चाहे,
तो लिख दे, मुस्कान को भी परेशान I
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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Does Grey Matter?




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We humans have penchant for seeing things in stark Black or stark White. For us the grey seldom counts.


There is news doing rounds for two days that a rag picker’s son cracked the exam to become a doctor. The newsmakers are singing hosanna of how a boy from poor family background who lived in a hut, that didn’t have even toilets, has cracked the prestigious medical exam.


Though there is no taking away the credit that the boy deserves, yet I have my grouse with the way the success of students from weaker economic class is eulogized. The news article reads that he didn’t have toilets in the house (or the hut) and look where he has reached. Now the thing that irritates is that as if living in a hut that is sans a loo is some kind of yardstick for praise. What I mean to say is that there is no talismanic properties attached to the status called ‘poor’ that helps you crack prestigious exams of career path. It is your mental abilities that enable you to achieve such success.


Why I am saying this is because people tend to generalize things. There is a belief in my side of India that if you are bereft of fundamental facilities in life like loo and electricity then your daily life qualifies to have the status of ‘struggle’ (even if you are owner of lands) and if your daily life includes the facilities like loo and electricity then you are leading life of a decadent. What I am trying to put forth is that even the students who have facilities of loo and electricity go through their share of struggle with studies and with life. 


But, since, we are such a sucker for extremes that we totally ignore the tribulations that the students with average abilities and moderate facilities have to go through. 


There is a coaching institute in my part of the country that boasts for sending the students from poor background to IITs. While there is nothing wrong in the ideology itself but how many institutes are there in India that focus on making a student smart,who is weak at maths, physics, and chemistry. 


These coaching institutes take only those students who have the ability to solve scientific equations and they are sure that they can groom them to crack the exams. You might say what is wrong in it? Because, unless you have a certain ability, you can’t qualify a certain exam. Point taken, but why there are no initiatives to make the learning easy for students who have difficulty with learning? And when you are taking only the mentally sharp students, then why give the argument that they are poor? Ok, you can say that you are providing them a platform that otherwise they would not have. But, even then, don’t publicize that how being only poor helped them crack IIT exams. And from here starts the out of proportion exalt of students belonging to poor background as if they have done a miracle. If they didn’t have a bend of mind that is responsive to scientific equations, however poor they could be, they would never be able to crack the exams that seek such abilities.


In the process of extolling the achievement of the poor section of students, we somewhere belittle the efforts of the students who belong to a class that have a loo and electricity in their houses.  Even if, they fail to crack these exams, their struggle deserves no less praise. But who cares for grey, we love only Black or White.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

मैं लक़ीर लिख रहा था...



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मैं लक़ीर लिख रहा था,
वो तस्वीर लिख गया I

मैं रात लिख रहा था,
वो प्रभात लिख गया I

मैं नैराश्य लिख रहा था,
वो प्रयास लिख गया I

मैं क़ाश लिख रहा था,
वो आकाश लिख गया I

मैं साँस लिख रहा था,
वो सुहास लिख गया I


मैं शीश लिख रहा था,
वो आशीष लिख गया I

मैं हार लिख रहा था 
वो प्रहार लिख गया I

मैं बेक़रार लिख रहा था,
वो क़रार लिख गया I

मैं आज लिख रहा था,
वो आगाज़ लिख गया I

मैं साज़ लिख रहा था,
वो आवाज़ लिख गया I

मैं लाल लिख रहा था,
वो गुलाल लिखा गया I

मैं हाल लिख रहा था,
वो कमाल  लिख गया I

मैं जाल लिख रहा था,
वो ज़लाल लिख गया I

मैं मलाल लिख रहा था,
वो निहाल लिख गया I

मैं  पीर लिख रहा था,
वो आख़िर लिख गया I 

मैं लक़ीर लिख रहा था,
वो तस्वीर लिख गया I

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

उसने उसको पागल कह दिया...



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उसने उसको पागल कह दिया,
और अंजाने में खुद को जाहिल कह दिया I

पागल होना भी उस शंकर का खेला है,
जिसके पास विष और अमृत दोनो का मेला हैI

पागलपन में शंकर का अंकुर है,
जो सती के लिए विक्षिप्त हुआ,
जो कृति के लिए संलिप्त हुआ I

फिर पागलपन हमको क्यूँ खलता है,
क्यूँ पागल होना सस्ता है I

पागल होना ईश्वर के संग होना है,
पागल होना शंकर के संग रोना है I

पागलपन  भी शंकर का है एक रूप,
पागलपन भी शंकर के छाया की एक धूप I


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Friday, July 20, 2018

If Family Counts Then Accept It Too!




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A star kid says that whatever he has achieved is only because of his hard work and struggle, and his scintillating family background has nothing to do with it. Furthermore, the media blares that at such a young age (of 22or 23), it is quite an achievement to be debuting in a Bollywood movie.

Now I would like to deal with the two sentences written above.

First is about the hard-work & struggle sermon that the star-kids preach to the naïve world. How come it happens that so sincerely hardworking and struggling souls (whose parents and brethren happen to be from film industry) finds only acting as a suitable career choice? Because, incidentally, entering IITs & IIMs are also about hard work and struggles, but the thought of cracking exams for IITs and IIMs don’t flit through their minds.

After so much of brainstorming with family members about their career, they end up at doing only movies as their career choices. They deduce that only doing movies is the ultimate paragon for hard graft and struggle.

And being able to fetch a movie for oneself all alone is quite a matter of pride but to take the pride when it is not a reality is all about misleading oneself and others. 

The star kids feel that if they divulge that they get movies because of their parents and their network, they will be considered a less hero. Because a hero is someone who achieves everything through his own abilities. And they think that if they acknowledge that their status is because of their lineage, they will shred the image of a self-made hero that most people adore and believe in. But they forget that people are not so uninitiated in the ways of the world.

It is no rocket science to figure out that why in whole population of India (and especially that part of population which strives to become a movie actor) the eyes of producers, directors succeed to find acting skills in only those who have a familial cinematic pedigree. 

I am not against film actors’ children becoming film actors but the word of wisdom that entails hard work and struggle that comes out freely from the mouth of these star kids is hard to digest and sounds cosmetic.  They should frankly tell the world that they are there because of their family background. And what this candid remark will do is that it will dispel the aura that is created using the words like hard work and struggle. This way many young boys and girls, from humble backgrounds, who leave for Mumbai in search of a career in Bollywood will stop believing that only hard work and struggle can bear the fruits for them in the Indian tinsel town. 

I am not trying to belittle the grand philosophy of hard work and struggle in life but just trying to establish that the hard work & struggle per se is not the ticket to Bollywood that is advocated by these star kids more often than not.

Second thing is about media vehemently glorifying the “young age” tag. When they say this (young age), they seem to establish that the young age itself is responsible for their achievements. But this is not the reality and they know it well. But only to sugar coat a promotional piece of writing they use such tags. 

Otherwise if only the young age had the miraculous powers to make one debut in a Hindi movie, we would have got dozens of debuts on every weekday. By writing that someone has achieved such a great achievement tantamount to debuting in a movie at a young age of 22 is kind of belittling the efforts of all those 22 years of youth who really work hard and struggle to get a job in Indian employment milieu.

I am not saying that media should not celebrate the opportunities that these privileged star kids get but the language should show respect for others who are not lucky enough to have that kind of opportunities.
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Thursday, July 19, 2018

हर पार लड़ाई है...



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हर पार लड़ाई है,
इस पार भी उस पार भी I

जूझना, लड़ना, हारना,
एक सच्चाई है,
इस पार भी उस पार भी I

तुमसे बड़ा मैं, मुझसे छोटे तुम,
हर पार यही ढिढ़ाई है,
इस पार भी उस पार भी I

बेईमान,बेनाम,बेज़ार ,
हर पार है ये बाजार,
इस पार भी उस पार भी I

लूटता घर,उजड़ता शहर,
हर पार है यही मंज़र,
इस पार भी उस पार भी I

अर्श का अरमान, फर्श का असरार,
हर पार है ये अस्फ़ार,
इस पार भी उस पार भी I

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असरार: भेद
अस्फ़ार: यात्रायें

Sunday, July 15, 2018

पर उसने सपनों में आना छोड़ दिया...




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वो कहता था, जीवन झरना है,
पर उसने बहना छोड़ दिया I

वो कहता था, जीवन सोना सा गहना है,
पर उसने हँसी पहनना छोड़ दिया I

वो कहता था, जीवन को कहीं पहुँचना है,
पर उसने चलना छोड़ दिया I

वो कहता था, जीवन सपना है,
पर उसने सपनों में आना छोड़ दिया I
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रास्ते बहोत थे, वास्ते बहोत,





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रास्ते बहोत थे, वास्ते बहोत थे,

फिर भी आज हम अकेले खड़े हैं,

ज़िंदा हैं के बस अपनी ज़िद पे अड़े हैं I
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झुकना है और सलाम करना है...





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झुकना है और सलाम करना है,
उनके जूतों से अपनी नज़रों का मिलान करना है,
वो साहब हैं,
इसीलिए अपनी रीढ़ की हड्डी को कमान करना हैI
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