Sunday, July 24, 2016

Aise hi...

कभी कभी तय करना मुश्किल हो जाता है, कि क्या ज़्यादा है - हमारी दूरी में छिपी करीबियां, या हमारी कुर्बत में बदी दूरियां। 



Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Hotel Heartbreak

I checked into Hotel Heartbreak many years ago. Now, i have a permanent suite there.

All rooms in this hotel are single occupancy. The minute you share your room with someone, you have to check out. Its the house rule.

You get your cocktails. No restriction. You get music of your choice. its lovely there.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Kavita / Poetry


मैं रोज़ दूर भागता हूँ उस से
बड़ी छलनी है
रोज़ नया प्रपंच...
और मैं
फंदों से
भागने को आतुर
पूरी तरह से निर्बल


बड़ी मोहिनी है
जकड कर पीड़ा के इंद्रजाल में
मोह का मायाजाल बिछाती है !

Friday, July 15, 2016

I miss deep conversations

I miss deep conversations. The kind that talk about poetry, love, loss and smiles. The kind that are not spoken. But take place over bookmarks and dried flowers in old, forgotten books. The kind that speak a sentence and take your breath away. That kind. The kind where someone shares a song and you listen to it, and you both know what that means.


I miss those.  

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Gulzar

उखाड़ दो अरज़-ओ-तूल खूँटों से बस्तियों के
समेटो सड़कें, लपेटो राहें
उखाड़ दो शहर का कशीदा
कि ईंट-गारे से घर नहीं बन सका किसी का

पनाह मिल जाये रूह को जिसका हाथ छूकर
उसी हथेली पर घर बना लो
कि घर वही है
पनाह भी है।
तुम्हारे हाथों में मैंने देखी थी एक अपनी लकीर, सोनाँ


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जिस्म सौ बार जले फिर वही मिट्टी का ढेला
रूह इक बार जलेगी तो वह कुन्दन होगी


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कब से बैठा हुआ हूँ, मैं ‘जानम’
सादे काग़ज़ पर लिखके नाम तेरा

बस तेरा नाम ही मुकम्मल है
इससे बेहतर भी नज़्म क्या होगा


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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Banda Singh Bahadur - Everything you need to know

300th Anniversary of Banda Singh Bahadur .. was celebrated by the Modi govt.... and this was a life that deserved celebration...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-m_-Z2_O-EA - Gurdas Mann is 60 at the time of this performance.. can you believe it?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banda_Singh_Bahadur - his life

http://www.sikh-history.com/sikhhist/warriors/banda.html - his life

And how can a program on Banda Singh Bahadur not have Gatka (Sikh Martial Arts) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pt94QXVdEGc

A movie made on his life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F77OhCZh3DU

 

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

On the beaten path

First, they wanted to know. Know, know, know. Ask questions, find answers.

So he sent them back. They were not ready yet.

They came back in a while. This time, they knew. They wanted to experience, experience, experience. Hold our hands and guide us through this. Teach us what it is to experience that... should I feel this, should I feel that? This is what is happening.. is this ok?

So he sent them back again. They were not ready yet.

Finally, one came. They only wanted to surrender.

And He opened the gates. They were, finally, ready then.
 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Tu prabh Data... daan matt poora...

Every single time, when my heart is unsteady... these are the words I go back to..

Main kya maangoon.... kuchh phir na reha.. har deeje naam pyaari jio....

मैं क्या माँगूँ, कुछ फेर न रहा, हर दीजे नाम, प्यारी जीओ !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbGqkRc8Ubw

After dad's passing.. I went back to this one a lot...

 

The BEST Dachi Valeya Mod Muhaar Ve

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtA2ZI9ID1g

When Sukhwinder Singh sings Dachi Valeya Mod Muhar ve, you sit down and listen...