Poetry & me (2)

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Elysian: beautiful, creative, divinely inspired…

Poetry  means  emotions; love, laughter  and  pain,

It  tends  to  my  wounds,  and  keeps  me  sane,

के लबों पर पिघलते गीतों को,   जैसे  साज़  मिल  जाते  हैं,

और  दिल  से  रिसते  जज़्बातों  को,  मीठे  अल्फ़ाज़  मिल  जाते  हैं,

These  words  extricates  my  soul,  and  quells  disdain,

I  am  a  scorching  desert  and  poetry  is  my  rain,

के  काव्य  करता  है  मुझे  रिहा, और   ख्वाबों  को  उड़ान  देता  है,

दिखाता  है  ये  इंद्रधनुष  और  उमंगों को  आसमान देता  है ,

रंगों  को  ज़ुबान  देता  है, हसरतों  को मुक़ाम देता  है ||



Sharing and learning new words takes us closer to other cultures and their literature. And it is just beautiful. Hope you feel the same too. 🙂

Here’s a little more about me and poetry. Follow the link and let it sink: 


I want to…

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I aspire to be a better son,

An ideal brother, at least a better one,

The best husband; a lover and a companion,

A little more romantic, a bit more fun,

A lot more learned, a bit more erudite,

Just keep going and win over the tide,

Want to be more me, & grow as a person,

Just a teeny bit is left, a weeny bit is done…


आभार:#AtoZ Reflections

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A-to-Z Reflection [2016]

इस दुनिया में हर किसी को मुकम्मल जहाँ नहीं मिलता,

किसी को मंज़िल नहीं मिलती, किसी को कारवाँ नहीं मिलता |

               I am glad I signed up for this amazing challenge. It opened up a whole new world of HtmlToImagepossibilities and quench my thirst to write and connect with like-minded folks. I could fly higher and higher in the mystic realms of poetry, meet amazing writers, poets and bloggers from all around the globe and dive into the immersive ocean of creative content. My blog stats shot up to record heights (also reached 1000 WordPress likes) and it reached top rank on Indiblogger. Thanks to this challenge my blog is among top 10 poetry blogs on Indiblogger. It is only unfortunate that I couldn’t finish what I started but I am glad I joined in. I will prepare well in advance for the next one for sure.

Dream big and dare to fail,

Hit the tides and you will sail,

Need help; talk to your heart,

Make it your strength, master this art,

Don’t look for inspiration in others,

You are the one; you can do it best,

Push it hard; the margin is thin,

Just keep going, the power lies within…

The inspiration lies within… 



I am overwhelmed with the response I got but there is still a long way to go and I am more positive than ever.

कड़वी-खट्टी  इस  दुनिया  में, कुछ  मिठास  की  राहत  होनी  चाहिए,

के बहाने  भी  मिल  ही  जाएँगे , बस  मुस्कुराने  की  चाहत  होनी  चाहिए,

के  दर्द  भरे  इस  शोर-ओ-ग़ुल  में, खुशियों  की  आहट  तो  होनी  चाहिए,

नगमें  भी  खुद  ही  जी  उठेंगे, बस  लफ़्ज़ों  में  इबादत  होनी  चाहिए…


                 Heartiest congratulations to the amazing A to Z team for catapulting us to new heights of creative gratifications. Thanks to all the amazing bloggers for making it a huge success and all the readers who motivated us to keep going and put the best of us on our blogs.

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            Some awesome bloggers here deserves a special mention:- BerkanaluzAishwariya , uniqusatya , Somali K Chakrabarti , Nivedita , Dixita , Alok , Vishal , Sunaina , Ajay , Hira , Sneha, Rakesh and many more (I cannot possibly name everyone but each one of you made it special for me)…Kudos to each and everyone who made this challenge the blog-fest it deserved to be…CHEERS!!!

Zubaan: AtoZChallenge

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           This is it! We have reached the finale of this blogging extravaganza and wasn’t it awesome. As much as I was enjoying this wordly feast, it was a pity that at the epitome of

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this challenge I had to walk away from the online world due to some preoccupations. Guess I was being way too optimistic when I actually thought that I could stick around through the alphabet but I already had too much on my plate. All my research and drafts lay untouched, waiting; let’s see if they get to breathe in this blogosphere in the near future. Anyway I enjoyed every bit of this challenge; meeting new bloggers from all over the world, reading blogs and posts in all colors and sizes and diving into the uncharted territories of poetic bliss. I have come out of my social media hibernation at the opportune moment to set afloat the last installment for this challenge. I may have been away for a while but I was always here…

मैं  दूर  नहीं  अल्फाज़ों  से, के  इन  शब्दों  में  ही  कहीं  हूँ  मैं,

जहाँ  काव्य  है  और  है  कविता, के  हर  पल  बसा  वहीं  हूँ  मैं ||


Coming back to the AtoZ challenge:

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Zubaan: The word  ‘Zubaan‘  comes from Urdu and means tongue, but it has many other meanings, such as voice, language, speech and dialect. Zubaan is basically the soul of poetry. This is what gives a unique style to each poet; the words they use, how they express themselves, adding their local nuances to it. Poetry is not bound by language barriers but it flows through them with flamboyance; be it Haiku in Japanese, Dohe in Awadhi, Ghazal in Urdu, Sonnet in English or just an overlap of languages and styles. I recently came across this Spanish poetry blog @BERKANALUZ and I love it.

देखा  जो  मैंने  दरिया, इन  आँसुओं  को  रोने  की  इंतेहाँ  मिल  गयी,

रिसने  लगी  स्याही  इस  दिल  से, और  ख़यालों  को ज़ुबाँ   मिल  गयी|


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Poetry is something that fascinates me, something that drives my creativity and nurtures it. A few lines dedicated to poetry…


के  तेरा  ज़िक्र  है, या  इत्र  है,

जब  जब  करता  हूँ,

महेकता  हूँ ,  बहेकता  हूँ…

                      -A.M. Turaz


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Bahadur Shah Zafar (1775-1862) was the last Mughal emperor to rule India. Besides being a great lover of poetry Bahadur Shah was also a poet himself and his Ghazals are popular and sung to this day. Great poet Ghalib was his court poet.

Few of his creations will leave you wanting for more…

लगता  नहीं  है  दिल  मेरा…

लगता  नहीं  है  दिल  मेरा  उजड़े  दयार  में,

किस  की  बनी  है  आलम-ए-ना_पायेदार  में,

कह  दो  इन  हसरतों  से  कहीं  और  जा  बसें,

इतनी  जगह  कहाँ  है  दिल-ए-दागदार  में,

उम्र-ए-दराज़  माँग  कर  लाए  थे  चार  दिन,

दो  आरज़ू  में  कट  गये  दो  इंतेज़ार  में,

कितना  है  बदनसीब “ज़फ़र” दफ़्न  के  लिए,

दो  गज़  ज़मीन  भी  ना  मिली  कू-ए-यार  में…


ना  किसी  की  आँख  का  नूर  हूँ…

ना  किसी  की  आँख  का  नूर  हूँ, ना  किसी  के  दिल  का  क़रार  हूँ,

जो  किसी  के  काम  ना  आ  सके, मैं  वो  एक  मुश्त-ए-गुबार  हूँ,

मैं  नहीं  हूँ  नग़मा-ए-जान  फेज़ा, कोइ  सुन  के  मुझको  करेगा  क्या,

मैं  बड़े  बिरोग  की  हूँ  सदा, मैं  बड़े  दुखों  की  पुकार  हूँ,

मेरा  रंग  रूप  बिगड़  गया, मेरा  यार  मुझसे  बिछड़  गया,

जो  चमन  खीज़ा  से  उजड़  गया, मैं  उसी  की  फस्ल-ए-बहार  हूँ,

ना  तो  मैं  किसी  का  हबीब  हूँ, ना  तो  मैं  किसी  का  रक़िब  हूँ,

जो  बिगड़  गया  वो  नसीब  हूँ, जो  उजड़  गया  वो  दयार  हूँ,

पढ़े  फातिहा  कोई  आए  क्यूँ, कोई  चार  फूल  चढाए  क्‍यूँ?

कोई  आके  शमा  जलाए  क्यूँ, मैं  वो  बेकसि  का  मज़ार  हूँ…

This one is particularly intriguing; looking for one’s own place in this world. Considering it was written by the Emperor himself, I mean he was the most important person of that time…how did he come up with his, very insightful ! It is beautiful anyway.


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A figure of speech in which one verb or preposition joins two objects within the same phrase, often with different meanings.

For example: “I left my heart—and my suitcase—in San Francisco.”

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The challenge may be over but the poetic journey will continue…will you join me?

Epic: #AtoZChallenge

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EEpic poetry, popular in the Indian subcontinent, is traditionally called Kavya (काव्य). The Ramayana and Mahabharata, originally composed in Sanskrit and translated thereafter into many other Indian languages, are some of the oldest surviving epic poems on earth and form part of oral traditions and  history.epic-1972

The concept: Epic is a long poem, typically one derived from ancient oral tradition, narrating the deeds and adventures of heroic or legendary figures or the past history of a nation. Epic has also been called a heroic poem, long poem, long story, saga, legend, fable or a folk story over the centuries.

           The first epic to appear in Hindi was Tulsidas’ Ramacharitamanas. It is considered a great classic of Hindi epic poetry and literature, and shows the author Tulsidas in complete command over all the important styles of composition — narrative, epic, lyrical and dialectic. He has given a divine character to Rama, the Hindu Avatar of Vishnu, portraying him as an ideal son, husband, brother and king.


              In modern Hindi literature, Kamayani by Jaishankar Prasad has attained the status of an epic. The narrative of Kamayani is based on a popular mythological story, first mentioned in Satapatha Brahmana. It is a story of the great flood and the central characters of the epic poem are Manu (a male) and Shraddha (a female). Manu is representative of the human psyche and Shradha represents love. Another female character is Ida, who represents rationality. Some critics surmise that the three lead characters of Kamayani symbolize a synthesis of knowledge, action and desires in human life.

        Apart from KamayaniKurukshetra, Rashmirathi  and Urvashi by Ramdhari Singh ‘Dinkar’ have attained the status of epic poetry.

           Likewise Lalita Ke Aansoo by Krant M. L. Verma narrates the tragic story about the death of Lal Bahadur Shastri through his wife Lalita Shastri.

             A modern day mythologist and writer Devdutt Pattnaik has perfectly summarized one of the epicest of epic The Mahabharata in just 36 tweets. If you want to meet the greatest of warriors…it is the best place for you.

@Mahabharata in 36 Tweets.


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          Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in 1888. Eliot has been one of the most daring innovators of twentieth-century poetry. Never compromising either with the public or indeed with language itself, he has followed his belief that poetry should aim at a representation of the complexities of modern civilization in language and that such representation necessarily leads to difficult poetry. Despite this difficulty his influence on modern poetic diction has been immense. Eliot has always taken care not to become a religious poet and often belittled the power of poetry as a religious force. Here are a few of his famous quotes:-

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“Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity.”


“Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.”


“Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.”


“Any poet, if he is to survive beyond his 25th year, must alter; he must seek new literary influences; he will have different emotions to express.”


“A play should give you something to think about. When I see a play and understand it the first time, then I know it can’t be much good.”


“Poetry may make us from time to time a little more aware of the deeper, unnamed feelings which form the substratum of our being, to which we rarely penetrate; for our lives are mostly constant evasions of ourselves.”


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Meaning:- The substitution of an agreeable or inoffensive expression to replace one might offend or suggest something unpleasant, for example, “he is at rest” is a euphemism for “he is dead.”


Hope you are having fun with me. If you are reading this, thank you for stopping by. This post is fifth 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:-)