ज़िंदगी के साथ…

जब तक आशना ज़िंदा है,
ख्वाबोंका सिलसिला चलने दो,
जब तक ख्वाब ज़िंदा है,
आशा की किरन जलने दो

ज़िंदगी के इस सफर में,
जाने कहा मोड आ जाए,
जब तक रास्ता जवां है,
कदमोंको आगे बढने दो

हमसफर मिलेंगे बिछडेंगे,
वक्त के पहिए ना रुकेंगे,
कभी आँखें नम हुई तो,
आँसूओं को थोडा बहनें दो

मंजिलें काफी दूर है,
और रास्ता शायद कठिन हो,
ठोकरें अगर लगी तो,
खून को थोडा बहने दो

— @pbkulkarni (17-5-2015)


धीरे से जाना उस बाग़ में,
जहा गुलाब खिलता हो,
खुशबू के संग संग कांटोंको,
जहा आझमाने मिलता हो
* * *
कभी ग़म के साये मिलेंगे,
कभी खुशियोंकी बारात बारात मिलेगी,
शायद खाली हाथ घूमना पड़े,
पर तकदीर से मुलाक़ात भी होगी
* * *
कुछ अलग फूल भी मिलेंगे,
उनसे भी गुफ़्तगूं कर लेना,
शायद गुलाब सी ख़ुशबू ना मिले,
पर उनको भी अपना लेना
* * *
कई रास्ते होंगे बाग़में जाने के,
पर अकेलेपन का रास्ता चुन लेना,
अगर ख़ुशबू साथ आये तो ठीक,
वरना खुद ही खुद के साथ चल देना
* * *
 — @pbkulkarni

The Ride…

The ride till now,
Was unexpectedly smooth,
The machine of life,
Revved n lurched to soothe
* * *
But on the terrain,
Consisting highs and lows,
The smoothness goes,
And your speed slows
* * *
The throttle jumbles,
Fumbles and also gasps,
Just change the gear,
And start again the laps
* * *
When hard times come,
There’s no other option than,
Shifting the gears, and just
Restart the race and replan.
* * *
– @pbkulkarni

ज्याचं त्याचं… #Poem

प्रत्येकाची गणितं वेगळी ,
प्रत्येकाची सुत्रं वेगळी,
आयुष्याच्या प्रत्येक वळणावर,
प्रत्येकाची परिघं वेगळी

* * *

कोणी भरधाव धावतं,
कोणी मागोवा घेत चालतं,
कोणी खात्रीशीर पावलं टाकतं,
तर कोणी दबकत चालतं

* * *

एकाचे पायताण दुसऱ्याला,
हा हिशोब कधी लागत नाही,
एकाचे दु:ख दुसरं कोणी,
इथे कधीच विकत घेत नाही

* * *

जो तो आपल्या परीने इथे,
आयुष्याचा किल्ला लढवतोच,
कोणी लवकर कोणी उशीरा,
डोंगर माथ्यावर पोहोचतोच

— @pbkulkarni

Behind That Door


Courtesy: Photograph by Highlander

“What could be behind that door?” this question has been haunting him since last some years.

The house is four times as old as he is, and the door has remained close for more than three times his age. As the generations progressed, the reasons became lesser and lesser known. He always wondered why this urge of opening the door and seeing what lies behind it has never hit anyone from his family. Or did it hit some of them?
He too, numerous times, has had this tingling sensation to go and open the door. Check out what does that door hidden in shadows, resting in plain sight, holds. Are there any dirty secrets? Are there any facts which might put all of us in danger if exposed? Are there any objects which are kept there for rainy day? But objects out for rainy day is ruled out, because not a single will of his ancestors seem to mention anything about such things, objects.

He used to loiter around the door, around at the evening time so that the shadows hide his presence. He has touched the lock numerous times, but has chickened out when it came to opening it. Thinking if something unusual, something unexpected, something bad happens because of this, he would never be able to forgive himself. But then I would never be able to make a decision, face the consequences if I don’t open the door at all, he thought to himself.
The other day he was standing in front of the door, staring at the wood and the carvings on it, may be trying to look right through it without having to open it. A faint smile appeared on his lips. He was amused how this situation perfectly matches to our life. How this phenomenon aptly describes the life, his life, our life.

We all are aware of quite some such doors life offers us, but we chicken out when it comes to opening them. What if something bad happens? What if this is not the right door? What if…? We get caught in some “what ifs” and allow the moment to pass. It’s as simple as a diversion in the road. If you don’t take the diversion, you might not lead to the point where you want to go. Or maybe you’ll somehow figure out another set of diversions to reach that point, but then at what cost remains the question. If only we have had the courage to anyway open the door and see what it holds for us? Unless and until we open the door, we’ll not come to know.

“Go ahead, open the door” a calm and composed voice coming from behind startled him. He quickly turned back and suddenly went pale and shaky in his knees. It was his father, standing in front of him with a faint, content smile on his face. That confused him even more.

“You heard me. Go ahead and open the door” reiterated his father slowly moving towards him. “I’ve been observing you since quite some time now. I see you loitering around here and your expressions speak your heart out. I know you want to open this door and see what’s inside” confronted his father. This sudden turnaround of events really puzzled him.

“But dad…” he started to speak when his father cut him, “No ifs and buts now. Even I have been having the same questions you have about this door, but never had the guts to open it. Over the years the enthusiasm and earnestness to know what lies behind this door has also waned. But I now, at the later stage of my life, understand that I should have taken the step forward instead of backing out. I see that you are interested and before that interest dies I want you to take the chance. Whatever the outcome is, whatever the consequences are I want you to give it a shot. So go ahead and open the door”.

By the time his father finished with his confrontation, he was more than happy and eager to do the act. He ran towards his father, hugged him and holding his hand he came back to the door, “Let’s do this together” said he.

The lock opened with a bit of force, the door creaked open and they went inside.

Be Gentle… #OctPoWriMo Day 4

Written for: Day 4 prompt at “OctPoWriMo


Be Gentle

Image Courtesy: Google

Not everything is fair,

In this game of life,

But don’t point at it,

With a grudged knife

* * *

Some run ahead,

Some will be behind,

Don’t let the envy,

Clutter your mind
* * *

Look at the shanties,

Dream of high rise, but

Don’t let pomp get you,

In pride’s disguise

* * *

Cherish the good,

Distance the bad,

Some things will hurt,

But don’t be too sad

* * *

Karma is the cause,

Time is the answer,

On this grand stage,

We are just a dancer.

— @pbkulkarni