Gearing up for Diwali

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      Ravan was the primary antagonist in the Epic Ramayana but he was not all about negativity. He was a great scholar and a worthy opponent of lord Ram himself. There is no denying that Ravan did some good things and Ram did bad things too making both of them grey rather than black and white. Of course, one grey-er than the other but the point is that we can choose to see good in both of them. So, wouldn’t it be better if we plant the seeds of Ram in our lives rather than burning wooden Ravans. Burning effigies of Ravan may have been a custom, a symbolism but it is hardly anything more than a blob of smoke in present times. People barely know more about Ramayana than what was shown in the famous TV series. Yes, because we don’t read anymore, don’t question and that’s why we don’t know why things are being done like the way they are. So, it is more like an obligation than a celebration.

Tumultuous milieu,
Insouciant soul in saudade,
Life lost its purpose…

                                 -doc2poet

             The world around us is changing, so should we. I hope we decide to plant a tree instead, in the name of lord Ram, to celebrate Dussehra. Because I feel creating something is much better than killing. It will be a more constructive approach; at least a positive one and the Ram born inside us will eventually kill the Ravans in our hearts and minds  while making the city  green and clean.

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            I hope we can come up with greener ways to celebrate our festivals so we can keep the spirit alive, celebrate our rich cultural heritage and pass on this legacy to our kids with a positive message.

We just went past #Dussehra and #Durga-Puja and the fireworks of Diwali are just around the corner, here is a post from my archives portraying the changing face of festivals and the need to fix them. Hope you had a wonderful extended weekend studded with festivities and wish you a Happy and prosperous Diwali in advance. 🙂

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दीपावली के शुभ अवसर पर…


होकर  विजयी  प्रभु  राम  हैं  लौटे,

के  दीवाली  का  त्यौहार  है  यहाँ, 

आतिशबाज़ी  की  चकाचौंध  तो  है,

पर  धुएँ  के  गुबार  हैं  यहाँ, 

फ़ेसबुक  दुआओं  से  सुसज्जित  है,

पर  परिजनों  का  तिरस्कार  है  यहाँ,

हर  द्वारे  दीपक  जगमग  हैं,

पर  सड़कों  पर  मरता  कुम्हार  है  यहाँ,

लक्ष्मी जी का पूजन है,

पर दहेज प्रथा की मार है यहाँ, 

के  देसी  घी  के  लड्डू  हैं,

पर  खाकर  इन्हें  बीमार  हैं  यहाँ,

पकवानों  से  फ़िज़ा  महकती  है,

पर  भूखों  की  कतार  हैं  यहाँ,

ख़ूब  सजे  हैं  चौक- चौबारे,

हर  जेब  में  लेकिन  उधार  है  यहाँ, 

दो  नावों  पर  सवार  हैं  सब,

और  जाने  गुम  पतवार  है  कहाँ,

के  हम  हैं, तुम  हो  और  दीपावली,

देखें  किस  करवट मझधार  है  यहाँ…

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This post is written for Indispire Edition 90: We have been celebrating Diwali in the same age old manner for hundreds of years with crackers, oily…

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Haiku #3

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Happy Independence Day

August  breeze,

Majestic  spectacle  of  the  Tricolor,

Salute  to  the  unnamed  martyrs…

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जय हिन्द

मद्धम  चलती  हवा,

बेफ़िक्र  लहराता  तिरंगा,

शत  शत  नमन  हर  उस  शहीद की  आहुति  को ||

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Haiku #2

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अस्तित्व 

असीम  ज्ञान  का  सागर,

बहती  धाराएँ,

कूपंन्डुक  मैं  निराधार ||

                                                                            -Doc2poet

कूपंन्डुक= कुएँ का मेन्डक

Haiku: #AtoZChallenge

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HHaiku is one of the most important form of traditional Japanese poetry. Haiku is, today, a 17-syllable verse form consisting of three metrical units of 5, 7, and 5 syllables. It has to be written, read and understood as an independent poem, complete in itself, rather than part of a longer chain.

The famous verses of the masters of Haiku of the likes of Basho, Yosa Buson, and Kobayashi Issa are properly referred to as hokku. The distinction between hokku and haiku can be handled by using the terms Classical Haiku and Modern Haiku.

Modern Haiku

The history of the modern haiku dates from Masaoka Shiki’s reform, be2 colorgun in 1892, which established haiku as a new independent poetic form. Shiki’s reform did not change two traditional elements of haiku: the division of 17 syllables into three groups of 5, 7, and 5 syllables and the inclusion of a seasonal theme. Often focusing on images from nature, haiku emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression. The power of haiku lies in brevity and juxtaposed images. Kawahigashi Hekigoto carried Shiki‘s reform further into greatness.

Haiku-poems can describe almost anything, but you seldom find themes which are too complicated for normal PEOPLE’s recognition and understanding. Some of the most thrilling Haiku-poems describe daily situations in a way that gives the reader a brand new experience of a well-known situation. Each Haiku must contain a kigo, a season word, which indicate in which season the Haiku is set. For example, cherry blossoms indicate spring, snow indicate winter, and mosquitoes indicate summer, but the season word isn’t always that obvious.

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A classic haiku by Matsuo Basho

     An old pond!
     A frog jumps in—
     the sound of water.
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Here’s my first one, hope I could do justice to Haiku with my first attempt:

Cool breeze,

Insouciant serene mind,

And poetry is born…

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Here’s a few in Hindi:

खुला  नीला  आकाश,

अंतर्मन  की  उड़ान,

शब्दों  ने  रूप  लिया  काव्या  का…

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बेबाक  उफनती  लहरें,

क्षितिज  तक  फैला  सागर,

फिर  साहिलों  पे  क्यूँ  क़ैद  हैं  हम…

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Harivansh Rai Bachchan

Well! everyone knows about the classic  ‘मधुशाला’ but here’s one of favorite from his archive:-

वृक्ष हों भले खड़े,

हों घने, हों बड़े,

एक पत्र छांह भी,

माँग मत, माँग मत, माँग मत,

अग्निपथ, अग्निपथ, अग्निपथ,

तू ना थकेगा कभी,

तू न थमेगा कभी

तू न मुड़ेगा कभी

कर शपथ, कर शपथ, कर शपथ,

अग्निपथ, अग्निपथ, अग्निपथ,

यह महान दृश्य है,

चल रहा मनुष्य है’

अश्रु, स्वेद, रक्त से,

लथपथ, लथपथ, लथपथ,

अग्निपथ, अग्निपथ, अग्निपथ ||

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Hymn

Meaning- A song or ode of praise, usually addressed to gods, but sometimes to abstractions such as Truth, Justice, or Fortune.

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Hope you are having fun with me. If you are reading this, thank you for stopping by. This post is sixth in a series of 26 posts that I will be writing as part of the A to Z challenge for April 2016. My theme for the challenge would be A to Z of poetry. Feel free to leave your feedback and visit again:-)

Couplets: #AtoZChallenge

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            Couplet is poetry in its simplest form. It is particularly close to my heart because that’s how I started writing, and I am glad I did. Poetry somehow filled the void I didn’t know ever existed. It’s like the seed of poetry was always there, the emotions and the motivation watered it and the sapling that emerged was a couplet.

The Concept: Couplets usually comprise two lines that rhyme and have the same metre. In a formal (or closed) couplet, each of the two lines is end-stopped, implying that there is a grammatical pause at the end of a line of the verse and in a run-on (or open) couplet, the meaning of the first line continues to the second.

              Good rhyming couplets tend to “explode” as both the rhyme and the idea come to a quick close in two lines. Here are some examples of rhyming couplets where the sense as well as the sound “rhymes”. Example:

True wit is nature to advantage dress’d;

What oft was thought, but ne’er so well express’d.

                                                      — Alexander Pope

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 The amazing thing is that these couplets can be painted in any color, any emotion and they don’t mind. Here are a few shades of ink from my own diary:-

तेरा  नाम  लबों  से  गुज़रे  अरसा  हुआ,

पर  मुस्कुराहट  अभी  बाकी  है ;

कैसे  भुला  दूँ  तुझे  ए  हमनशीं ,

के  चाहत  अभी  बाकी  है ||

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Original Posted at: https://doc2poet.wordpress.com/2015/09/07/couplet1/

लाख़  की  कोशिश  हमनें ,

के  ये  जज़्बात  इन  लफ़्ज़ों  में  समा  जायें ;

पर  इन  तन्हाइयों  में  वो  नूर  कहाँ,

के  रूठे  इन  अल्फ़ाज़  को  मना  पायें ||

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Original Posted at: https://doc2poet.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/couplet2/

ये  तू  नहीं…तेरी  याद  है  बस,

अब  कौन  इस  दिल  को  समझाए ;

तेरी  जूसतजू  ने  शायर  किया,

 एक  झलक  जाने  क्या  कर  जाए ||

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Original Posted at: https://doc2poet.wordpress.com/2015/09/18/couplet3/

तैरने  चले  थे  दरिया  में,

बीच  रस्ते  बरसात  हो  गयी,

के  ढूँढने  निकले  थे  ख़ुदा  को,

और  ख़ुद  से  मुलाक़ात  हो  गयी ||

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Original Posted at: https://doc2poet.wordpress.com/2015/09/20/spirituality1/

इन  हाथों  की  लकीरों  में  तू  है,

या  तुझसे  ये  लकीरें,

तू  पास  नहीं…एहसास  है  बस,

और  धुंधली  तस्वीरें ||

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Original Posted at: https://doc2poet.wordpress.com/2015/10/08/couplet4/

कभी  डूबते  का  सहारा  हुआ  करते  थे,

पर  अपनी  ही  कश्ती  में  शायद  छेद  था ;

सोचते  थे…की  मुट्ठी  में  सारा  जहाँ  लिए  बैठे  हैं,

जाने  कब  फिसल  गया  हाथों  से…वो  केवल  रेत  था ||

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Original Posted at: https://doc2poet.wordpress.com/2015/10/12/loneliness1/

तेरे   ख़यालों   में   ऐसा   डूबा,

जैसे   वर्षा   घनघोर   हुई ;

जाने   कब   बीती   रात ,

और   जाने   कब   भोर   हुई ||

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Original Posted at:  https://doc2poet.wordpress.com/2015/10/15/valentine5/

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Chaturvedi Makhanlal (म‌ाखनलाल तुर्वेदी)

             It is a beautiful coincidence that this great poet was also born on 4th of April in 1889. Also called Panditji, he was an Indian poet, writer, essayist, playwright and a journalist who is particularly remembered for his participation in India’s national struggle for independence. He has created more masterpieces than anyone can remember but we can cherish a few for sure 🙂


पुष्प
की अभिलाषा 

चाह  नहीं  मैं  सुरबाला  के,

गहनों  में  गूँथा  जाऊँ,

चाह  नहीं  प्रेमी-माला  में,
बिंध  प्यारी  को  ललचाऊँ,

चाह  नहीं, सम्राटों  के  शव,
पर,  हे  हरि, डाला  जाऊँ

चाह  नहीं, देवों  के  शिर  पर,
चढ़ूँ  भाग्य  पर  इठलाऊँ!

मुझे  तोड़  लेना  वनमाली!
उस  पथ  पर  देना  तुम  फेंक,

मातृभूमि  पर  शीश  चढ़ाने
जिस  पथ  जाएँ  वीर  अनेक।

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मैं  अपने  से  डरती  हूँ  सखि !

पल  पर  पल  चढ़ते  जाते  हैं,
पद-आहट  बिन, रो!  चुपचाप
बिना  बुलाये  आते  हैं  दिन,
मास, वरस  ये  अपने-आप;
लोग  कहें  चढ़  चली  उमर  में
पर  मैं  नित्य  उतरती  हूँ  सखि !
मैं  अपने  से  डरती  हूँ  सखि !

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Cento:

Meaning– Poetry made up of lines borrowed from a combination of established authors, usually resulting in a change in meaning and a humorous effect. Example:-

गुरु  गोविंद  दौऊ  खड़े , काके  लागूँ  पाए ; (Kabira)

पर आज  कल  के  दौर  में , They  just  say…’Hi’ || (doc2poet)

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