Today, finally, I got around to opening my Diwali gift from Aditya Gupta, the Husqavarna Viking , Pfaff and Handiquilter man in India, who has become a dear friend over the years. Actually, the package had arrived more than a week ago, but I had not been able to even open it. October, so far, […]
Finally in Devanagari script, my poem about the games young rays of the sun play on a morning in early winter, written in November 2011! An English translation called ‘Games on a Winter Morning’ was one of the first few posts written and posted on my blog!
मेरी क़िस्मत की है चाबी मेरे इसी विश्वास में,
कि राह भी हूँ मैं और रहगुज़र भी मैं,
मंज़िल भी मैं, फिर क्यूँ फिरूँ उदास-हताश मैं?
; A salesman was here today Selling vacuum cleaners. They clean everything, He said. The pelmets, the curtains, And of course, the carpet; Even the bedcover, the walls, And that place under the bed Which I can’t reach. I wonder If it can sweep aside The cobwebs that blanket our lives … … yours and […]
About the poet – I found this and a few other poems in the diary of an 18-year old girl a couple of years ago. She would rather remain anonymous. Actually, she can’t remember writing them in the first place and thinks they are rather inane. So when I thought they should be recorded […]
हम मिलें हैं क्या? बंद दरवाज़ों के आर पार कभी? एक ख़्वाब में, जो शायद कभी देखा ही नहीं? या ग़ज़ल में किसी जो अभी कहनी बाक़ी है? उस लफ़्ज़ में जो, अनबोला, मेरे होंठों पे बैठा है उदास या अनपढ़ा, पड़ा इंतज़ार में इक किताब में? हम मिलें हैं कभी? धुएँ में उस […]
A couple of months ago, I visited a stunning architectural wonder, Chand Baori, an ancient step well from the 9th century. This is situated in Abhaneri village in Alwar District of Rajasthan, India, about 100 kilometers from Jaipur. This is what Wikipedia has to say about it – Chand Baori is one of the oldest and […]
I am going to get more than just a bit boastful today! My blog just reached 100000 all-time views from 35000 visitors from around 110 countries, a few of which I barely knew even existed! When this blog started off four years ago, I did not know if anyone was going to read it. It […]
Haven’t I met you before, From across a closed door? In a dream, Kind of forgotten? In a verse still to be written? In a note Not yet sung? In a word that hung On my lips, unsaid Or patiently sat In a book I haven’t read? In the footsteps That tread In a […]
I go on a Diwali cleaning spree and take several trips down Memory Lane…