December 22, 2010

once upon a time...the "twain" did meet!

...what struck me, when I visited the Humayun's Tomb in Delhi some years back, was this Jewish "Star of David" on a Muslim tomb...

perhaps the social realities were different then, than now when the Israel-Palestine issue continues....

reminded me of our own सांझी विरासत....

December 20, 2010

....और उसके बाद, भारत का महासागर

About a week back, I walked through - once again - the "भारत"...

... and recalled these opening line of "राग दरबारी":

"शहर का किनारा, और उसके बाद भारत का महासागर..."

December 17, 2010

राही के लिए लेकिन, ये ही मंज़िल होगी...

वख्त का दायरा बिखर रहा हो,
एक ख्वाब मुरझाये
दूसरा खिलता-सा हो
सिमट-सिमट लहरों से,
सूरज बहने को हो...

दूर से आवाज़ एक,
मुझको बुला लेगी
शबनम की बूँदें फिर
बिखर, बिखर जायेंगी

हवा में उदासी भी
फूलों में किलकारी,
धुंधले से रस्ते पर
पैर के निशां होंगे

मौत-मौत!... गूँज उठेगा सारी बगिया में
राही के लिए लेकिन,
ये ही मंज़िल होगी...

- 15th Sept, 1972

Life unfolded...और कहानियां बनती गयीं

December 1, 2010

सूखे से जीवन-उपवन में...

सूखे से जीवन-उपवन में
किस कलिका की सुरभि बहेगी|
उलझ- उलझ ठूंठों से होगा
तार-तार आँचल कविता का...
- 23/1/'72 (Lucknow)

November 28, 2010

Scribblings on Bathroom Walls... Adios!

Our house/flat got renovated during last one month.... new tiles on the floor, in the kitchen, in the bathroom...
... I am still reeling with this transformation in my abode, and hopefully, will come to terms with it.

What I would definitely miss are these scribblings on the bathroom walls (courtsey my progeny:), which too are now gone!!... replaced by neat tiled walls... :|

... so just to keep them somewhere....

November 14, 2010

... trying to figure this one out!

In retrospect, this was an amazing photo for me... a meeting point of many realities - urban/back-of-beyond, contemporary/ancient, old/young
... meaningful and meaningless, at the same time!

October 5, 2010

तारे ज़मीन पर...

Trigger-happy with my digicam, as I go around clicking these growing crops, a thought comes to mind...
...that 20-30-40-50yrs hence (when we are gone) they will occupy the space which we leave behind...

September 10, 2010

it has been a long - and worthwhile - journey...

This will remain one of those precious pics (and moment) for me... I mean, to gets this opportunity to photograph the Merlin/ Gandalf/ Dumbledore /Bramha... of XLRI (all rolled into one:) !!!

August 29, 2010

मुझसे वादा है एक कविता का, मिलेगी मुझको..

मुझसे वादा है एक कविता का,
मिलेगी मुझको..

डूबती नब्जों में जब
दर्द को नींद आने लगे,
ज़र्द सा चहरा लिए
चाँद उफ़क तक पहुंचे,

दिन अभी पानी में हो,
और रात किनारे के करीब,
ना अँधेरा, ना उजाला
ना आधी रात हो, न दिन

जिस्म जब ख़त्म हो,
रूह को सांस आये...

...मुझसे वादा है एक कविता का,
मिलेगी मुझको |