Archive for October, 2010

ज़िन्दगी

Posted: October 30, 2010 in Poems, Thoughts
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जानते हैं कट जाएगी ज़िन्दगी, पर रहेगी एक कमी सी कहीं
खोजते हैं जिसे, देखा के उस से ही दूर जाते रहे
ज़िन्दगी आती गयी, हम निभाते गए

बीतते दिनों में जाने क्या गवां रहे
वक़्त इतना है कहाँ के जी लें ज़िन्दगी को अभी
ज़िन्दगी की दौड़ में ही ज़िन्दगी भुला चले

मायने जानकर पहले, सोचा था जी लेंगे ज़िन्दगी
ज़िन्दगी बदल गयी, वो फलसफे फिर मिट गए
लिखते हैं हर दिन गीत नया, क्या पता यही इक शुरुआत हो

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Let the Illusion Persist

Posted: October 23, 2010 in Poems, Thoughts
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Shivering under the sun
Light is frightening me
Holding myself tight lest I slip away

Breathing scarcely, eyes folded
Scared to be exposed to reality
Let the illusion persist for few moments more


ना बताओ मै कौन हूँ
खुद को खुद से ढूंडना चाहती हूँ

तुम्हारे जैसी ही हूँ, उस से भी तो अलग नहीं
इस पहचान की चाह में क्यूँ सिमित कर लूँ दायरा

जो कर दे औरों से जुदा, ऐसी पहचान क्यूँ मिले
एक हूँ इस भीड़ में, एक रहना चाहती हूँ

I Will Always be a Human

Posted: October 4, 2010 in Thoughts
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One day you say “I am not human”. Humans are selfish, preachers of hatred, manipulative, egotist and your list goes on. In contrast, in all its enormousness, elephant is so gentle. It doesn’t try to dominate other animals and doesn’t encroach their space. I am hence, an elephant!

Animal kills other animals; either tries to dominate or lives in fear. So this animal decides to be a plant. A plant gives so much without contesting for its dominance.

Plants are devoid of any mobility and still keep working. They are living, yet don’t feel alive. Non-living things don’t have to face the anxiety of being cut or being dead. So, the plant becomes inert.

These assumptions may sound ridiculous to you. But I find it amusing especially when I see some people running away from their identities. We forget that our identity is a fact that can’t be done away with. The best we can do is change things that we dislike in ourselves and adopt what we like in others. But there’s a rider. The inherent and defining traits are indispensable!!! In fighting our own identity and failing in our attempt we tend to shower this frustration on others. If you may look upon different aspects without any previous notion, you’ll find that there must be certain things you’ll admire in that identity. Everything has different shades. Choosing the one that suits you might ease your conflicts within you.

Racial and regional identities come with our birth. Gender too is another identity that we have to live with (though sex change procedures are possible but not yet prevalent!). Then there are identities which are seemingly easier to shed. But as witnessed throughout the history, even these can be altered and not shed entirely.

Different genders have different traits not only anatomically or psychologically but socially and as our literary people and general perception say “they are different in their thoughts and abilities too”! Each race has diverse characteristics and so do people from different geographical regions. It’s not about being one better than the other. It’s about different characteristics. It’s about personal likes and dislikes.

If you like an elephant for something, you may adopt that trait. You don’t have to become an elephant!

You are born human and will remain so!!!