When I first saw the prompt, I was instantly reminded of the great achievers who started off late or tasted success or met with their destiny very late in their lives like Colonel Sanders of KFC, Boman Irani from Bollywood, Jack Ma of Alibaba Group etc. But I also thought about myself…realizing my dream to write and become a published author after going through 10 long years of training to be a pediatrician. It is really never too late to dream and work towards making them a reality.
Here’s a poem for everyone out there who is waiting to start afresh, take a new step or revisit an old one. A poem for each one of us:
दुनियादारी ने सपने, कितने यूँही डुबो दिये , कुछ जला दिये, कुछ धो दिये , पर इन सपनों में, बाकी अभी थोड़ी जान है , भूले नहीं गिर कर उठना , इन पंखों में बची उड़ान है , ये ख्वाब हैं वो;जो ग़म में भी मुस्कुराते हैं , हैं वो नहीं; जो मामूली ठेस पर ही रो दिये ,
क्यूँ जकड़ें इन ख़्वाबों को , घड़ी के इन दो काँटों में, के पिंजरे से दूर उड़ जाने में, भूले भी देर नहीं होती,
के सोते ख़्वाब जगाने में , कभी देर नहीं होती , बचपन में लौट जाने में, कभी देर नहीं होती,
उन लम्हों को छू कर आने में, कभी देर नहीं होती, फिर बन्धन में बँध जाने में, कभी देर नहीं होती,
रोती आँखों को हँसाने में, कभी देर नहीं होती, रुक कर इक पल मुस्कुराने में, कभी देर नहीं होती,
के जिनके हों मज़बूत इरादे , पक्के हों मंजे और धागे, छूती है पतंग हर आसमाँ उनकी, के गहरी उनकी रातों में भी, कभी अँधेर नहीं होती,
हर ख्वाब को फिर जी जाने में, कभी देर नहीं होती, खुद से किए वादे निभाने में, कभी देर नहीं होती,
गीली आँखों को सुखाने में, कभी देर नहीं होती, कुछ बिसरी बातों को जताने में , कभी देर नहीं होती,
गिर कर फिर उठ जाने में, कभी देर नहीं होती, बिखरकर फिर बन जाने में, कभी देर नहीं होती,
रुकना न तुम राह-ए-दिल में कभी, चाहे ढेर मिलें मोती , के सच्ची राह दिख जाने में, यारों देर नहीं होती,
लफ़्ज़ों की इस दुनिया में, क़दरदान को तरस्ता हूँ, बुझती नहीं प्यास, पर दिन रात मैं बरसता हूँ |
ख्वाबों की धूप छाँव में, इतनी सी बस मेरी ख्वाहिश है, रुकने न पायें डगमगाते ये क़दम, चाहे जितनी समय में आज़माइश है |
हर तीर तले यूँही ढाल हो मेरी, चलता ही रहूं जीतने भी घाव मिले, तन्हा न रहूं इन राहों में, गर तेरे आँचल की छाँव मिले |
जाने है कहाँ मेरी मंज़िल, इस मोड़ परे है कौन खड़ा, लिखते जाना है कर्म मेरा, बाकी तो समय ही बलवान बड़ा ||
This post is a tribute to all the followers whose love and affection motivates me to keep going. The critics, motivators, fans, you name and I have them all. The #blogosphere has been very kind to me and the love is mutual. I hope this bond grows stronger and sweeter as time flows.
I tagged this post with #Bil19ve as a tribute to Roger Federer for winning his 8th Wimbledon and 19th grand slam. Great performance and sweet timing. My mark doesn’t stand anywhere near his achievements but he has always been an inspiration. A force to reckon, a true idol. I #Bil19ve too…
I am extremely delighted to be writing this piece to honor the martyrs-the real heroes of rising India. I recently saw a trailer of a movie based on the famous Red fort Trials which have remained away from the limelight despite being one of the most important event in India’s struggle for independence. I am sure the movie is going to be a masterpiece. Here’s something to put things in perspective.
It has been more than 70 years since our national flag breathed free air for the first time in 1947 and we owe every bit of this victory to selfless heroes who laid down their lives for it. We can never be sure about who played the most pivotal role in the ‘struggle for independence’ but one thing is certain that it was a joint effort and that it did not happen “ बिनाखड़गबिनाढाल” . There were people (of the likes of Shaheed Bhagat singh ) who, at a tender age of 23 years, willfully took the path of martyrdom in the hope that it may help incite a revolution that might uproot the British Empire. There were more fighters than we can name but only a few shone as the leader, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was one such prodigy.
We should have but one desire today. The desire to die so that India may live.
-Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose
You may think that I am exaggerating but Netaji’s feats are way beyond the ordinary. Be it cracking Indian Civil Services, being the Congress President, consorting with Germany and Japan to raise the Indian National Army, taking the British Empire head-on, establishing Provisional Government of Free India with Japanese support and what not. The government of Azad Hind even had its own currency, court and civil code, and its existence gave a greater legitimacy to the independence struggle against the British. Immediately after the formation, Azad Hind Fauj declared war against the Anglo-American allied forces on the Indo-Burma Front. Some may argue that it was a complete failure but many (including me) believe that it was much more than meets the eye.
One individual may die for an idea, but that idea will, after his death, incarnate itself in a thousand lives.
-Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose
Let me ask you a simple question: Why did the British leave India?
Amidst all the celebrations, we often forget to introspect and the simple facts like these gets ignored. The Quit India movement of 1942 had subsided and nothing major was happening in the mainstream politics, the world war was over and the British had finished on the winning side, Netaji was no more and INA also had to face defeat at the hands of the Royal Army. So, why did the British actually leave?
No real change in history has ever been achieved by discussions.
-Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose
British Prime Minister Lord Clement Atlee, responsible for conceding India’s Independence, answered this all important question during a visit to Free India in 1956 when he mentioned this directly to Justice Chakraborty who was the then acting governor. He said – The final decision to “leave India in a hurry” was due to the “activities of Subhas Chandra Bose which weakened the very foundations of the attachment of the Indian land and naval forces to the British Government”. Also, that in his assessment, Mahatma Gandhi had “minimal” impact on British policies.
Elaborating further on this subject: In August 1945, Netaji had allegedly died, yes I said ‘allegedly’ because the real story still lies behind hundreds of classified files and in my mind the conspiracy further deepened when I saw the promo of a new series “Hunting Hitler” aired on History channel which alleges to prove that Hitler may have actually died years after he staged his own suicide when the second world war finished. A similar story of Netaji may be lying somewhere waiting to be unearthed. I seriously doubt that his disappearance was just bad luck.
Anyway coming back to the point, after the loss of INA, three of the top officers – General Shah Nawaz Khan, Colonel Prem Sehgal and Colonel Gurbaksh Singh Dhillon were put on trial at the Red Fort in Delhi along with all the captured soldiers. Their crime was “waging war against the King Emperor”. It only proved to be their biggest mistake as during the open trials, the people of India witnessed the transformation of the perception of Azad Hind fauj from traitors and collaborators to “the greatest among the patriots”. Given the tide of militant nationalism that swept throughout India and the resentment and revolts it inspired, it is arguable that its overarching aim, to foster a revolution within the Indian forces of the British Indian Army and Navy to overthrow the British Empire, was ultimately successful. Netaji may have possibly foreseen it and it may be all that he always meant to achieve with INA. It may be just a speculation but if it was true, each one of the soldier of Indian National Army deserves a standing ovation.
I wish that their soul rests in peace.
के जिनके बलिदान के बिस्तर पर ,
हम चादर ताने सोते हैं ;
भूल बैठे हैं आहुति उनकी ,
के ख़्वाब बड़े…पर दिल छोटे हैं ;
जीते थे जो हम-तुम के लिए ,
शहादत पे उनकी हम क्यूँ रोते हैं ;
आओ नमन करें उन वीरों को ,
और खुशियों के बीज बोते हैं ;
के मोक्ष मिले हर साये को,
जो सरहद पर जीवन खोते हैं ;
बेनाम नहीं…शहीद हैं वो,
वो देश के बेटे होते हैं…
वो देश के बेटे होते हैं ||
#Raagdesh by Tigmanshu Dhulia is releasing on 28th July and I can’t wait for it to release. Wishing them luck. A few other movies on similar grounds sound equally interesting. #Partition:1947 , #AccidentalPrimeMinister. Waiting for them too:-)
Presenting my composition, a tribute to the doctors and in fact all the medicos, which found a place in the annual collection of shortlisted poems selected by the jury of poetry society of India. I couldn’t win though, but it is a huge motivation to keep trying. Here it goes:
The second edition of Ebook carnivalby Blogchatter is here and my first Hindi poetry anthology has been published on their website. It is a one of its kind initiative by blogchatter team to put together an assortment of all kinds of Ebooks by bloggers and writers alike. These 33 books will be available for free download on their website for two months. You may download them for free for a soulful reading over the vacations.
Here’s what this book is all about:
“This book is a collection of Hindi couplets, poems, haiku, etc and each composition is a reflection of a virtuous moment from the author’s life. This is not merely an anthology but a journey through the rainbow of the author’s mind. If you love Hindi poetry, this one is for you.”
Follow the link for a peek and I am sure you will love it 🙂 Download here: मन मन्थन
I will be posting reviews of three selected books on my blog over the next few weeks. Stay tuned for some fun:-)
Looking forward to your comments, feedback, and reviews. Kindly share with your friends on all social media platforms, I’ll be waiting for you all there.