अंतर्दर्शन: #SelfDiscovery

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 If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else. There was a time when I searched every nook and corner of my heart to look for answers, which I realized I knew already. You just have to quieten the mind and soul will speak for itself and reveal all its secrets. We often meet ourselves where we least expect it.

तैरने  चले  थे  दरिया  में, बीच  रस्ते  बरसात  हो  गयी,

के  ढूँढने  निकले  थे  ख़ुदा  को,  और  ख़ुद  से  मुलाक़ात  हो  गयी ||

                                          -doc2poet

                 Here are a few of the poems and couplets that churned out of my enlightened (only partially) mind.

मुकम्मल  जहाँ  की  तलाश  में,

फिरते  रहे  मारे-मारे ;

कैसे  मिले…जो  खोया  ही  नहीं,

हर  पल  पास  है  हमारे ; 

बस  आँखें  बंद  करने  की  देरी  है,

और  जी  उठेंगे  दिलकश  नज़ारे ;

के  लड़खड़ाते  ये  कदम  राह  ढूंड  ही  लेंगे,

कभी  यादों  की  भीड़  में…कभी  तन्हाई  के  सहारे ||

                                          -doc2poet

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सुनहरे  सपनों  की  आड़  में,
ज़िंदगी  के  रंगीन  पल, गुप-छुपकर  निकल  जाते  हैं ;

गिर  कर  उठना  तो  याद  रहता  है,
भूल  जाते  हैं…जब  लड़खडाकर  सम्भल  जाते  हैं ;

ये  पल  धुंधली  यादें  बनकर ,
होठों   पर  कभी  झिलमिलाते  हैं ;

और  कभी  आँसू  बनकर ,
आँखों  में  पिघल  आते  हैं ;

के  वक़्त  से  इस  कशमकश  में ,
दिल-ए-नादान  मुस्कुरा  ही  लेता  है ;

बस  खुशी  के  पैमाने  बदल  जाते  हैं…
खुशी  के  पैमाने  बदल  जाते  हैं ||

                                          -doc2poet

Here’s how Sant Kabira would have said this…

आपहु  मस्ती  काटिए,  हँसिए  और  हंसाए ;

चिंता  का  ऐनक  उतार  फेंक,  तो  जाग  सुंदर  हो  जाए ||

ऐसा  जीवन  हो  लाजवाब,  गर  सच  में  कोई  कर  पाए ;

सच्चा  साथी  है  मूल  मंत्र , जो  सच्ची  राह  दिखाए  ||

                                          -doc2poet

This post is written for Indispire Edition 148: Life is a journey of self discovery. Describe your journey till now or a part of your journey which brought to closer to a truth about life or closer to your soul and self-discovery.#SelfDiscovery

Music is life: #Funkaar

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Music is life. That is why our hearts have beats.

               Music is the essence of our lives and it is all around us, adding that little extra spark to an otherwise mundane routine. Music is like the air around us; we may not always see it but can definitely feel it’s presence if we care to focus. Music sometimes confronts us like a tiger roaring in African wilderness while sometimes it teases us like a koel singing on a distant tree. Music need not always be created but it can be discovered in the most unexpected places. Even silence is music to some ears. I wish my life had background music so I could understand what the hell is going on but not everyone is as lucky as Mother Nature herself. Here’s a poem from my archives celebrating Mother Nature’s lullaby. Hope you will feel closer to the music next time when you are in the lap of Mother Nature.

बारिश की पहली फुहार, चिड़ियों का गीत मल्हार,

के दरख़्तों की इस हरियाली में, महकता कहीं मैं भी हूँ,

वन में होती हल-चल, और  बहता  पानी  कल-कल,

के असीम  सागर की इन  लहरों में, छलकता कहीं मैं भी हूँ,

भीड़ में होता शोर, और पतंग की कटती डोर,

के घड़ी के काँटों की  इस  रफ़्तार में, थिरकता कहीं मैं भी हूँ,

बीते पल अनमोल, दो प्यार के मीठे बोल,

के इन लबों पे खिलती हँसी में, शामिल कहीं मैं भी हूँ,

गर सुन कोई सके, तो गाती ख़ामोशी भी है यहाँ,

के इस कायनात के हर ज़र्रे को, इस धुन में सजाता मैं ही हूँ,

संगीतमय बनाता मैं ही हूँ , संगीतमय बनाता मैं ही हूँ ||

                                -doc2poet

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        Music is not only the physical sounds embedded in the life and objects around us but it is also deep seated in the emotions, gestures and feelings. A baby giggling, mother kissing, beloved calling and even looking into your beloved’s eyes without even muttering a word is music to the soul.  We must never underestimate the healing power of music. It can heal anything, be it spoiled mood or a crooked soul. Any moment in our lives can be elevated to a different level if we just add music to it. You may try listening to your favorite music on full blast while dancing around like an idiot all around the house for starters and if it doesn’t help you may try singing yourself and Just because you can’t sing doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. And if you are too concerned about looking like an idiot then listing to music in good old ways is always there. No matter what you are feeling, I am sure you can find a song for that particular situation with ease. I feel there is a song for any and every moment and my taste in music ranges from “you need to listen to this” to “I know please don’t judge me”. I personally like the musical quality and rhyme of poems more than any song and here is another one from my archives where a simple thank you from a recovering patient is being described as music to the treating doctor’s ears.

धड़कानों  की  धुन  पर  गुनगुनाती  फिर  से  कोई  ज़िंदगी,

जैसे  ख़ुशियों  में  डूबे  कोई  दिल, जो  था  कभी  ग़मज़दा ;

रूखे  से  लब  थिरकते  हों  फिर  ख़ुशी  से  मिलकर  जैसे,

रोम-रोम  हो  जाए  स्वस्थ  और  हर  मर्ज़  ले  विदा ;

 भावुक  मन  और  नम  आँखें , करती  हों  जैसे  इलतज़ा,

मीठी  मुस्कान , काँपती  आवाज़, करती  शुक्रिया  अदा ;

और  क़ुबूल  हो  जिसकी  दुआ, ये  रूह  जैसे  वो  आबिदा…

ये  रूह  जैसे  वो  आबिदा…

                                    -doc2poet

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Life and music are so closely spun together that it is impossible to describe one without talking about the other.

Life without music is like…

                                              Facebook without likes,

                                              A racetrack without bikes,

                                                                    A house without doors,

                                                                    A lion without roar,

                                              A mind without zeal,

                                              And a soul without feel…

                           -doc2poet

I am writing this blog for #MusicDilSe blogging contest at www.funkaar.in.

And it is a beautiful coincidence that it is my  centennial post, cheers to that. Isn’t is music to ears!! 

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I wish I were a free bird: #आज़ाद परिन्दा

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Hello blog-chatterers,

I am new here and I absolutely loved the Blogchatter’s prompt for this week- I wish I were. I write more often in Hindi but I didn’t know I could do that here or not. So I just tried my hand at both. Hope you like them.

होता अगर मैं

होता  अगर  मैं  बेबाक  परिन्दा , छूता  उचईयाँ  जैसे  कोई  बाज़;

काव्य  सी  होती  उड़ानें  मेरी,  और  बादल  होते  मेरे  अल्फ़ाज़;

नदियों  में  ही  खिलता  बचपन, उन्मुक्त  हवा  मे  लेता  श्वास;

हर  दिन  रचता  गीत  नये,  और  समय  ही  होता  मेरा  साज़;

होता  अगर  मैं  बेबाक  परिंदा, नवजीवन  लेता  अगाज़;

उड़ता  फिरता  मस्त  गगन  में, अजब  ही  होता  मेरा  अंदाज़ ||

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I wish I were

I  wish  I  were  a  free  bird,

never  caged  but  often heard;

Scaling  high  and  sinking low,

never  shaken  but often stirred;

I  wish  I  were  a  free  bird,

singing  at  will… lovely or absurd;

Quenching  my  fernweh*,

cruising  alone and bewildered;

I  wish  I  were  a  free  bird,

I’ll  be  happy …mark  my  word;

‘Coz deep  down  inside,

this  luftmensch#  is  a  caged  bird…

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*Fernweh (German): Feeling homesick for a place you have never been to, wanderlust, a desire/craving to travel, a longing for far-off places.

#Luftmensch (German): Someone with his head in the clouds, one who is unconcerned with such practical matters as earning a living, a dreamer, social misfit.

This post is written for Blogchatter’s prompt for the week- I wish I were .

It’s a boy:-)

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Hey guys!

I have been away for a while (thank you if you had noticed) and the reasons have been many. In fact, more than I care to count. And these few days have changed my life forever as I have been promoted to the post of father from husband. Yes, it’s a boy. I have been blessed with a beautiful baby and I couldn’t have asked for more.

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के  धूप  से  तपती  धरती  पे,

ख़ुदा  कुछ  यूँ  मेहरबान  हो  गया;

खिलाया  इस  बगिया  में  एक  फूल,

और  मैं  बाग़बान  हो  गया ||

                             -doc2poet

He is the best thing that has happened to me, like ever and the feeling is too flamboyant to contain in my heart and it will eventually seep onto my blog.

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He has my eyes and her smile,

A bit of us both, with his own style;

My cutie, my love, my childhood and fun,

The trophy of my life, my darling, my son!!

                                              -doc2poet

Also, New Year is coming and I have a few plans for my blog and I am sure it will be exciting. For now, thank you for all your support and keep in touch for more.

See you soon (and hopefully more often)

Free Bali Trip: #JoyOfGiving

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Hey Guys,

It is the festival of lights, color and sweets and it just got sweeter ‘coz I have been blessed with a baby boy. The mood is set, the time is right and @blogadda has struck the perfect cord yet again. So, here is a beautiful gift for all the travel bugs out there. Here it goes:

I am a member with Royal Resorts @ https://royalresorts.co.in/ and they have awesome properties all over the world. Recently, I booked a trip to Bali for a friend but he will not be able to make it. So, I have decided to offer it to anyone out there for free who is interested . You may gift this to your loved ones too…but make sure to get the guest certificate in their name.
Note: These properties are only available for members but you may visit there on my invite. So, it is a one time opportunity. Don’t miss it:-)
The joy of giving: Gift, hope, smile, promise, love or even yourself.
Here are the conditions:
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1. The booking is for 7N/8D at Royal Candidasa, Bali for a couple.   http://www.royalresorts.com.au/indonesia/royal-candidasa . However, you may choose to stay for a shorter duration also and considering the discount it will still be a good deal.
2. Date of stay: 3rd Dec,2016 to 10th Dec, 2016. However, the dates may be rescheduled but subject to availability and an additional fee may be applicable.
3. A guest certificate in the name of the traveler with all terms and conditions will be issued.
4. It is available only as a one-time offer for free for the complete stay. However, you may have to pay  fee for issuing guest certificate (may be up to 10,000 INR)
5. It does not include airfare/visa or any other commodity not mention here. It only includes stay at the resort.
Interested candidates kindly leave your details in comments and I will reach out for you.
Thank you 🙂
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This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda. This week’s WOW prompt is: “The Joy Of Giving”.