मैं आज़ाद हूँ

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Salute to the Great Chandrashekhar Azad and thousands of unnamed martyrs on the Birth Anniversary of Azad himself. RIP

One individual may die for an idea, but that idea will, after his death, incarnate itself in a thousand lives.

                                                                 –Subhas Chandra Bose

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एक श्रद्धांजलि

(23 July 1906- 27 Feb 1931)


के  जिनके  बलिदान  के  बिस्तर  पर ,

हम  चादर  ताने  सोते  हैं ;

शत  शत  नमन  उन  वीरों  को,

जो  शहीद  होकर  ही  आज़ाद  होते  हैं ||

                                 -doc2poet

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चिंगारी  आज़ादी  की  सुलगी  मेरे  ज़हन  में  है,

इन्क़लाब  की  ज्वालायें  लिपटी  मेरे  बदन  में  हैं,

मौत  जहाँ  जन्नत  हो  वो  बात  मेरे  वतन  में  है,

क़ुर्बानी  का  जज़्बा  ज़िंदा  मेरे  कफ़न  में  है ||

                                       -चंद्रशेखर आज़ाद 

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May his soul rest in peace, Amen.

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Unsung Heroes: #Azad

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Salute to the Martyr Chandrashekhar Azad on his Birth anniversary. May his soul rest in peace with all those unnamed martyrs who laid down their lives for us. RIP

शहादत सप्तक और मिट्टी ही मेरा निषाद है, 
मृत्यु मे मैं क़ैद सही पर इन्क़लाब मेरा आज़ाद है ||

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          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.

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                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…

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My B1000ming Blog: #Bel19ve

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आभार


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 |

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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 ||

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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…

Thank you all. See you soon:-)

Unsung Heroes: #RaagDesh

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          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.

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                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 बिना खड़ग बिना ढाल . 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.
“Jai Hind”

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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 ||

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#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:-)

Tribute: #YaaronKiBaarat

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                 There are some people in life that make you laugh a little louder, smile a little bigger and live life to the fullest. They balance our tipsy-turvy lives, add a bit of tang and fun, offer a shoulder to cry and most of all, keep the party going. They are the wonderful, the shining and everlasting FRIENDS. Friendship marks our life even more deeply than love. Love may sometimes degenerate into obsession but friendship is never anything but sharing. Sharing love, time, smiles, grief and anything to everything. We may find a friend in our soul mate, kids, parents, colleagues or even boss. What matters is that you find one. And I have been lucky enough to have met wonderful friends almost everywhere I happen to be.

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कहते  हैंअच्छे  दोस्त  यूँ  ही  नहीं  मिला  करते ,

पर  उसने  ये  दामनकुछ  इस  तरह  सजाया  है ;

के  हर  मोड़  पर  मिले  नायाब  दोस्त ,

और  हर  एक  में  जैसेवो  ख़ुद  ही  समाया  है ||

                                                                  -doc2poet

                It has been too long to remember when we actually came close but one thing is certain that it was destined to happen. It may have happened when we shared our tiffins in class 3, when we played classroom cricket in class 8, went movies together in class 12, fought for each other, stayed up all night for studying, those 12am birthdays, 4am walks and tea, our marriages, and now even kids. I don’t exactly remember when we became BFFs from just friends but I am glad we did. I have been friends with my schoolmates since class 3 and collegemates from 2003 and now they are a part of every small or big event by default.

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के  इनसे  ही  दोस्ती  की  पहचान  है,

तकल्लुफ   नहीं, कोई  राज़  नहीं,

के  इनसे  ही  खिलती  मुस्कान  है,

शुक्रिया    खुदा  है  तेरा,

के  इन  लकीरों  मे  लिखा  इनका  नाम  है ||

                                                              -doc2poet

                 As much as I adore friendship I love anything that celebrates it. Movies and TV have been a rock-star in this celebration. I loved the movies Dil Chahta Hai and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara which showed us the other side of friendship. Harry Potter series is another one that I love for reasons more than just celebrating friendship but I’ll keep it for another post. Another such series is about to start today on Zee TV. For the first time on Indian television, a fun-filled chat show Vivo Smartphone presents Yaaron Ki Baraat (http://www.ozee.com/shows/yaaron-ki-baraat) co-powered by Amazon.in and Brooke Bond Red Label will put celebrity friendships to test through a series of fun challenges and tasks. Isn’t it great!! Celebrating real life bonds of our reel life stars on our very own silver screens in the comfort zones of our drawing rooms.

The  fun, laughter  and  small  talks,

The  road  trips  and  late  night  walks,

You  gave  meaning  to  everything  I  knew,

Rejuvenated  my  life,

Wanting  nothing  in  lieu,

With  you, my  life  is  like  a  grand  fest,

You  are  my  buddies, you  are  the  best…

                                                                      -doc2poet

                 This is going to be a grand show with celebrity overdose and a laugh riot with Ritesh Deshmukh & Sajid Khan as hosts.  The first stars to feature on the show are none other than the greatest of greats BigB himself and the tough guy Shatrugan Sinha. Don’t miss the show tonight at 8:00 PM on Zee TV. Visit here http://www.ozee.com/shows/yaaron-ki-baraat if you want to know more about the show. Be happy and mount the fan wagon for the show. See you tonight 🙂