Saturday, June 17, 2017

Symphony of Life


Often so unaware
We pretend living
Wandering to find
Essence of living
The scattered ones
Symptoms of life
Wondering at times
With surroundings
Similar are but also
Varieties of living
Trying touch chords
Pulling the strings
Looking for composing
The symphony of life
Some weird, few sad
Forgettable or cherished
Experiences fulfilling
All adding up for sure
To the harmony of life!


Monday, May 22, 2017

ज़िन्दगी के सँग

हवाओं के संग चलूँ मैं
रुख से रुख मिला लूँ मैं
ज़िन्दगी से रँगों से सजे
नए नए रास्तों पर
आसान से सफर में
बस चलता रहूँ मैं
ज़िन्दगी के सँग चलूँ मैं
रुकना मेरी आदत नहीं

थोड़ा सा सहारा भी हो
खुद पर कुछ भरोसा हो
हमसफ़र का साथ हो
हाथ से मिले हाथ हों
बस बेफ़िक्र सा कहीं
उड़ चलने का इरादा हो
क़द्र है आसमाँ की लेकिन
आसमाँ मेरी मंज़िल नहीं
ज़िन्दगी के सँग चलूँ मैं
रुकना मेरी आदत नहीं

मचलते से अरमानों के साथ
खुशनुमा नज़ारों के बीच
गुनगुनाती ख़ुशी के साथ
मौसम बहारों का हो न हो
सर्द मौसम की ख़ामोशी सही
पर ज़रा गर्मजोशी हो
बस सब्र हो जहाँ
चाहूँ मैं ऐसी ज़मीं
ज़िन्दगी के सँग चलूँ मैं
रुकना मेरी आदत नहीं

चाहता मैं नहीं कुछ अलग
हर रास्ता है मेरा अज़ीज़
मन में अपनी ही ललक से
बस खुशियों की ऊंची उड़ान
उड़ना ऊँचे ही उड़ना
ऐसी मेरी फितरत नहीं
आसमाँ की ओर देखूँ लेकिन
पाँव मेरे छूते हों ज़मीं
ज़िन्दगी के सँग चलूँ मैं
रुकना मेरी आदत नहीं
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Friday, March 17, 2017

Responsible Critici

Critics have role
Indeed important one
So long it's objective
And well meant
Criticism is great
Still better is
The self-criticism
Without being negative
When crtics are subjective
Partisan, narrow, mean
Nothing it may mean
Save the meanness
Of the group or person
Word of caution!
Overcriticism is mean
And becomes meaningless
Even if well-intended
Responsive it is when
Being responsible critic
And within proprtion
And the decent limits


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

मैं कसूरवार

जब लोग पढ़ते हैं
क़सीदे जम्हूरियत में
मेरे सिरमौर होने के
और लूट लेते हैं मुझे
मेरे ही नाम पर!
मैं हॅस देता हूँ
ठहाका मार
अपनी ही बेवकूफी पर
मान लेता हूँ ये भी
धोखा हुआ मेरे साथ
मेरी ही बेवकूफी से
किसी और से ज्यादा
खुद ही तो हूँ
मैं कसूरवार


Friday, February 10, 2017

बिन गिने

रास्तों को मंज़िल समझा जाए
तो हर राह मंज़िल बनती जाए
सफ़र जब मंज़िल बनता जाए
ज़िन्दगी ख़ुदबख़ुद मुस्कुराए
हमसफ़र भी जब साथ निभाए
ज़िन्दगी खुद मेहरबाँ हो जाए
रोज़ जब एक-एक जिया जाए
जो मिले उसी में मज़ा आ जाए
गिनती को जब हिसाब न आए
बिन गिने सब कुछ मिल जाए

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Samaritans

Enumerating majority
When it comes to
The bad samaritans
Outnumber others
The evils prevail!
The good samaritans
We always heard of
Where are they?
I see few of them
Albeit occasionally
Possibly they fear
The reaction of others
To eliminate them!
And if that's so
They would wither away
Being a party to this act
By majority of evils
Wake up good samaritans!
Goodness always prevailed
So shall now and in future
Keep the spirits high
And the head high!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Just About

It happens with us
When you think
That just about
You've done it all
With sigh of relief
Of completed tasks
New issues crop up
Often new opinions
Forcing you almost
To do it again
In similar cycle
To add what's new
Even if it's a waste
Of time,efforts, money
Yet surround compulsions
In so many forms, types
Of carrying on with
Completing unfinished
Forever in a loop
And in perpetuity

Monday, January 30, 2017

Gandhi and His Relevance

To understand MK Gandhi
Important is the context
And historical background
His times were different
Preponderance of deterrence
No easy expression any
In colonial rule autocratic
He prevailed step by step
Unique his way and methods
Impressed one and all
Conviction was convincing
Was ready to reconcile
When required on non-core
Never gave up on principles
As the time passes
People interpret own ways
But; love him or hate him
He becomes more relevant
With each passing year
For he stood for peace
Liberty, sanity and love
Peaceful co-existence
Above all fight for rights
Always by peaceful means
Even those misunderstand
Understand his relevance
Today and in days to come!





Friday, January 27, 2017

'Social Animals'

Pondering on the issue
The traits of humans
We generally expect
Compassion for others
Kindness towards others
Empathy for those around
Care for people, animals
Concern for surroundings
Welfare of other people
Less of 'self' sometimes
Manifesting less of self
Love,affection, harmony
Granting others their dues
Many people find hard
Finding these within them
To practice and recognize
Unaware of lack of these
Those so called humans
Are sure 'social animals'


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

For One and All

Often it's true
Nothing to choose
So limited are
Prevailing options
Yet must check on
The lesser evil
Bigger benefits
In all and summary
Choices be limited
Yet it's important
To think, choose
By vote rationally
Nor by the rhetoric
But tested on policy
Promises if doable
Think on big picture
Not flimsy grounds
When electing is duty
It becomes the right
Do get it all right
For one and all!


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

तब और अब

पहले गलत बात गलत थी
अब गलत सही आँकी जाती है
गलती अपनी हो या किसी की
अब बस सफाई दी जाती है
अब किसी को भी यहाँ
कोई अफ़सोस नहीं होता

तब हरेक की टीस यहाँ
लोग अपनी सी समझते थे
परेशानी का हल न निकले
कोशिश ज़रूर करते थे
तब से अब में बड़ा फ़र्क़ है
अब कोई यहाँ पहले सा
औरों के लिए नहीं रोता

ख़ुद की परेशानी बड़ी है
दूसरे की किसको पड़ी है
हर कोई अपने में मगन है
हर दूसरा अब 'दूसरा' है
अब हर कोई अक्सर यहाँ
अपना ही दुखड़ा है रोता

Friday, January 13, 2017

Hari’s Harmony

Hari’s Harmony with Nature~ story by Udaya Pant

Krishna was born in a small village Lezam in the hills of Kumaon in United Provinces (later Uttar Pradesh); present day Uttarakhand. His family was modest in terms of economic well being; but it had a good name in the social and cultural circles.

Krishna’s father Hari was a veteran freedom fighter, philanthropist and a social reformer of great recognition. Hari too was born and brought up in Lezam and had education, up to middle school standard, from the school in the town. He then went on to study Sanskrit and participated in the National Movement in Saharanpur, Hardwar and Benaras. Those were the days of freedom movement in India and all youth joined it on Gandhiji’s call and leadership; directly or indirectly.

For centuries, both in the hills; and in cities located in the plains of United Provinces, man-nature relationship was very prominent. People in the hills had their livelihood from the nature, either by cultivating the farms or living of fruits and vegetables from the home orchards or the jungles. Seasonal fruits of Kafal, berries, Kilmora, Mulberry, Walnuts, Figs in several varieties, Guavas and several other wild fruits were feast to the kids and families. Even the home orchards were shared resources for the villagers. Those were the days of symbiosis and no commercialisation of produce or relationships. All for one and one for all was the call of the system.

Trees and forests were nurtured and used also for various purposes; including firewood. Some trees were branded holy like the pipal tree or banyan trees. Rituals re-established the holiness of those and importance of other plants and trees for associated usages. Rivers and mountain tops had temples and identifies places for rituals and religious practices. Almost every top of the hill has a temple in the hills, a full fledged or make shift ones made of few stones and symbols; both equally important for the people. It was a sort of unwritten custom that every one bows to this nature’s man-made prominent place. Value systems were very strong at all levels that ensured personal hygiene, cleanliness, simple living and integrity of thoughts and behaviour. One might argue, in today’s context, that superstitions and irrational practices and customs were prevalent; but if you analyse seriously, those were the well thought out systems for values and social responsibility in the given time period.

As time passed by, things moved in new directions; yet the backward linkages were prevalent. Hari, after some years of service in the government, felt uncomfortable in carrying on with it and retired prematurely and moved back to the village. The village and around had a changed scenario; after all 25 years was a long time! The social relations, ethics and value systems had started receding; albeit not to the alarming situations like the cities.

Some commercialisation had taken place and dependency of market had started increasing. This was also due to the purchasing power of the people growing up; thanks to employment in minor jobs in the cities by the men, who started sending money to the families back home. Also for the reasons of dwindling manpower for the cultivation and fetching the eatables and forest produce for consumption by the families. The government schemes and programs were ineffective and half hearted and had basic flaws in retaining the man-nature relations. Exploitation of herbs, mining, timber; and several forests produces resulted in deforestation and lopsided development.
Krishna was in school those then and so were his four siblings. Shifting in a village environment was tough for them, but they had no option. Hari didn’t have any accumulated wealth and the family had to go back to the Man-nature relationship based livelihood. Soon Krishna and entire family had to come to terms with study and work in the fields and excel at both fronts. Hari planted hundred thousand saplings to go in for massive forestation. The district forest office was helpful in providing plants and some token remuneration; but the major job was to be through shram-daan (donating in the form of labour) by the residents. The family did the most shram-daan, while others did the work on some wage payments. The vision was of social forestry, to seek impromptu support from the villagers. Seeing the success of this, similar efforts were made by others villages taking guidance and support of Hari. Soon the near-naked land became a thickly forested land. The agricultural land also had the fringe benefits of the growing forest in so many ways.

Krishna did well in studies and became a mature youngster quickly, owing to the practical experiences he had on ground. He understood it in young days, the importance of water, forests, agriculture; that also had the positive impact on the wildlife, the avis, the environment, weather, forest resources for use by humans and cattle etc.

Krishna and his siblings had the compulsion of migrating to the cities and seek better education and employment prospects. Krishna kept on visiting his parents twice or thrice a year. The kind of atmosphere, ambiance and tranquillity he found in the nature’s lap, was unavailable at any price in the big cities; with all their so called comforts being available. He would mentally be always in the village and hills, even when physically he was away from that. When in the village he would enjoy swimming in the river, hiking, trekking, nature walk; and relishing the ethnic food and fruits from the home grown orchards, where he also sweat a lot in nurturing it, along with Hari.

Hari continued to live in the village even after his children were well settled in Delhi and Mumbai. Krishna had become a government officer. Busy with the official responsibilities and the family responsibilities gave him little time to frequently visit the hills; but he continued annual visits to the village and was always concerned and informed about the happenings there. The new technology enabled instant communications and staying in touch with the parents.

Hari continued living with the nature and one fine morning passed away peacefully at the age of 98. Krishna and his siblings rushed to the village, but it was a long drive and they could reach only by the night next day. The villagers had done the cremation of the body; as in the hills there is no facility of embalming the bodies and retaining them to await the arrival of family members. Before the body starts’ decomposing it has to be cremated and the few relatives and the villagers did the rituals. Hari’s wife always stood by his side and was sad yet calm and composed. She consoled the children and family in a mature manner.

She rejected the views that if there were better health infrastructure and facilities, Hari would have lived longer. She quipped, “He died at the age of 98 healthy; and did all his work till the last day. How many people in the cities with best of facilities live well and live unto that age?” No one had an answer to that! She also narrated that Hari was a man who lived with and loved by nature. He seldom needed any allopathic medicines; and lived of the herbal, diet, exercise, medication and spirituality based holistic life skills based medical cure. He lived for and with the nature and it paid him dividends in the form of excellent physical, mental and spiritual health.

Krishna after retiring from the government job decided to go back to the hills and re-live the experience and life of Hari. Some thought that Krishna will soon return back to the plains and cities; but Krishna lived through the life-skills he had learnt from Hari, his mother; and the local residents. There was more compassion than greed, more responsibilities and duties than rights, simple yet effective living ways, harmony and bonhomie, near zero dependence on medicines; and the feast to the eyes and body in the form of nature in so many ways. Krishna lived happily till the age of 95 and propagated the man-nature symbiosis and relationship crucial for living.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Undeterred My Resolves

If I deal with people
And their audacity
In all my polite ways
People get encouraged
Find more fault with me
And to justify themselves
But I stay undeterred
Sticking to my ways
Almost all the times
Barring few exceptions
At times silences
Sometimes ignoring
Often not prolonging
The wars of words
The battles of actions
To make them realise
Confess to themselves
Of their follies and actions
Allowing them their ways
As their own characteristics
Undeterred stay my resolves
When I deal with people