सूरज या चाँद…

फिर फंस गया हु मैं उसी पशोपेश में
चाँद सूरज, सूरज चाँद
किसको ताज दूँ इस सृष्टि का

लोग कहते है चाँद देखने के लिए,
सूरज का ढल जाना ज़रूरी है,
पर सच तो यह है की सूरज से तो चाँद है
सूरज ना होता तो चाँद का वजूद क्या.

यूँ तो चाँद के कारनामे भी कम नही,
बच्चों का प्यारा, आशिक के आखों का तारा – चाँद
पर अंधेरे के बाद सवेरा दिखाता है सूरज,
हर छुपे कोने से अंधकार मिटाता है सूरज.

झिलमिलते तारों का सरताज है चाँद,
रातों का नूर और मुमताज़ चाँद
पर सूरज न होता तो फसलें न पकती
सूरज ना होता, तो रोशनी ना होती,

पर फिर वो कहते है न
कि चाँद ना होता तो आशिक़ी ना होती,

फिर फंस गया हु मैं उसी पशोपेश में
पत्तोँ के हरे होने का राज़ सूरज है,
रोमांच ताज़ा होने का राज़ चाँद है,

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Thanks to Anuradha Sharma a.k.a. @sai_ki_bitiya for making the poem more beautiful. I wrote a raw poem and she moulded the poem into a masterpiece 🙂
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Her First Flight…

It was 22nd August 2011 and a day of achievement for me, the achievement of making my mother proud of me. It isn’t that she was not proud of me previously, but the pride was visible in her eyes this time.

It was the day when my mother took a flight for the first time in her life. She was to accompany me to Delhi as we were relocating there.

She knew almost everything of the procedures we have to do once we enter airport. She got to know about them from me, when I took flight for first time. But the anxiety of doing all the things on her own revitalized her. She enthusiastically moved ahead and asked me what needs to be done and mesmerized by the grandeur and the fact that she will be flying for first time. I won’t be able to forget her glittering eyes when we just entered the plane.

While finding our way to our seats, she kept on asking me how the flight moves, about air hostesses and their job, food in flight and whether we get weird feeling in stomach while we are taking off and landing. I was very much happy to answer all the questions. I told her the feeling in stomach is little exaggerated and nothing of that sort happens much.

We took off from Pune towards Delhi. After 15-20 minutes of flight we were in clouds. I asked mom to look out of window and she was amazed to see “cotton spun” all over the sky. She kept on telling my sisters and relatives that the clouds from the window were quite a sight, how beautiful they look and all. And while saying this all, her eyes got moist and broad smile on her face.

I guess that is achievement for me. After all the hard work she has done for me over the years, I was able to bring those emotions of pride in her and I guess that’s the thing I would like to do more and more often 🙂

I have achieved a lot of things, both academically and extra-curricular. Going a little further I would also say I have garnered some good opinions about me from outsiders also, but this is the kind of feeling, this is the kind of emotion, the emotion of pride in me is something worth a world to me.

Life Is A Game Of Chess…

Life is like a game of chess. Never be too complacent with it. You will never know movement of which “pawn” will bring what consequences. Never overlook the movements of different pieces on chess board. A pawn can be a small tremor which you overlook at the beginning and the consequences of which will make you repent afterwards.

The strategies and plans you have in life should be flexible. Like in chess, not all of your plans and strategies work the way you want, life also has the similar pattern. You decide to move a horse in lieu with Queen and trap the opponent’s King in the mid way. But the opponent also plays some trick and you are left with no other option but to move horse n queen someplace else to trap the King.

Similarly, you decide to do some things, plan a career path and march your way towards it. But what happens in most of the cases is, even after taking the desired education you end up doing some work which is not exactly related to your educational qualifications. But you have to go ahead with it (be flexible with the plans) and mould a new plan, strategy or career path.

Having said this all, I by no means say that we should not make mistakes. Mistakes are the learning steps. We won’t learn unless and until we make mistakes. But make sure not to make the same mistakes many more times (not just twice). I am saying many more times because I know it’s NOT possible to make a particular mistake ONLY TWICE. You are bound to make many more similar mistakes and the set back you face by making them many more times makes you remember the mistake in future.

And be flexible, if one strategy fails, go for another. Always have a plan B, as they say. Try to see the silver lining in every crisis. You never know you might find an Oasis in a desert all of a sudden. Never give up 🙂

Book Review: This Is All I Have To Say…

Book is of 93 pages only but takes 2-3 reading to understand it fully and a life time to experience and preach something like what “Swapan Seth” has written in this book.

Right from Love, Failure, Money, Leadership to Parents, God and Moral things, Swapan has whole heartedly pin pointed his take on everything. As Tarun Tejpal has to say about the book, “The stuff every parent would love to tell their children”, this is really a good book to read. I have felt myself saying “This is what my mother says to me” while reading the book. More than philosophy, Swapan has actually lived these lines in his books. (This is what is my understanding) because my mother is not very philosophical kinds but she has seen the world outside and has lived the hard and sweet times, so its more of a experience talking than the philosophy 🙂

Major one liner in the book will make it clear why this person is so successful in Advertising industry. And those one liners are not just elegant to read but deep in thinking or as he says Graceful. Swapan has pin pointed the exact feelings of your heart. You may not be able to express it and Swapan does that job for you. You read some lines and you go, “Whoa! This is exactly what I feel or this is exactly what my parents tell me”. Swapan has managed to say it more gracefully and articulately what our ancestors said long back. He gives some examples from his own life in every chapter of this book and makes it more lively and touching.

This is a must possess and must read book. It’s worth every penny. Your mindset will change next time you come across certain situations, that’s for sure.

Book Review: Kane and Abel…

This is a very enticing book. I know I am very late to read this book. But as they say, better be late than never.

While I was in a book shop in Bangalore where Jeffrey Archer was to launch his new book “Only Time will tell”, I asked the salesman there, I want to buy the new book and along with it I want to buy his another book too. Can you suggest me some good flick of his? He suggested me two books especially,

  1. Not a penny less and not a penny more, and
  2. Kane and Abel.

I went for Kane and Abel after reading “About Book”.

“This is very enticing book”, probably is an understatement. The splendid detailing of the characters is one strong point of this book. You can actually see the characters in front of you once you start reading the book. Despite the size of book, 645 pages, you don’t feel like keeping the book aside once you start reading it. The weaving of different characters and time lines is another plus point of the book. It builds the climax and keeps you waiting on one character and at the same time starts building climax of other character. And you keep guessing what will be next step and something else happens out of the blue (not on every occasion, but on some it happens for sure).

The book talks about William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovaski. One born rich and born with banking background, hence shrewd and other migrated from utter tyranny to splendid heights, back to tyranny and then to the top like Phoenix. The story is of sibling rivalry as Dan Brown has said. But the book is not just about that. It teaches us the way of life. “Life is very short to keep grudges on someone” or “You never know, the person you were thinking to be your malefactor can actually be your benefactor”. It also teaches; never cloud your view about someone just because of the rivalry. And always give other person a chance to explain themselves.

The World War II and times then have been splendidly detailed. The grace and force with which certain scenes are written made me think whether the author have gone through such a tyranny or richness to detail it so beautifully?

My simple request to anyone who has not read this book till now, “Grab a copy or rent it from a library and read this book anyhow.” One of the must read books. After reading two books by Lord Jeffrey Archer, now I know why people call him “Master Story teller” 🙂  Don’t be more late than you already are and read this book 🙂