किससे कहते कैसे कहते

मीत तुम्हारी वो बातें !

पूछ रहें हैं मेरे अपने

क्या तुमने दीं सौग़ातें ।

आंसू देकर आंसू पोछें

अपनों की अद्भुत बातें ।।

दिन भर अपनी अपनी धुन,

फिर चिंतित, कैसी हैं रातें ।

धुन अपनी है किसे बुझाती

सब अपनी चिंता गाथें ।।

दिन की धूप में , छाँव बने तुम

स्वप्न सभी तुमसे बाँटे।

साथ तुम्हारे चलते चलते

पल कुंदन बनते जाते ।।

सुख दूजे का नहीं सुहाए

मित्रों के खिंचते टाँके।

हम भी डर ,मुट्ठी को भींचे

जकड़न में तुम कस जाते ।।

खिचते खिचते टूटे रिश्ते

आँसू रोक ना रुक पाते ।

जितना तुमसे लड़ते भिड़ते

उतना ही जुड़ते जाते।।

सब कुछ ले कर, भी सब देते

तुममें हम यूँ रम जाते ।

तुम सा होते जाते हम

और तुमको खुद जैसा पाते ।।

अदलाबदली के चौपड़ में

हाथ तुम्हारे सब पासे ।

देख रहे यों मित्र से हैं, ज्यों

मन के अंदर वो झांकें।।

अब पाएँ क्या , अब खोए क्या

क्या हम किससे कह पाते ।

कैसे कह दें क्या होये तुम

और हम क्या ना हो पाते ।।

जाओ अब तुम क्या जाओगे

मन के द्वार खुले पाटे।

तुम से भी अब क्या हम बोलें

मीत तुम्हारी वो बातें ।।

मीत तुम्हारी वो बातें …..


एक दिया
जो जलता अविरल,
टूटे मन अवशेषों का
पीछे छूटी राह में, रखता
बंद द्वार उपदेशों का

एक दिया
विद्रोही कुछ,
किंचित थोड़ा अनुयायी सा
उत्तेजित भी, कुपित , द्रवित भी
बाट जोतते नेहों का

एक दिया जो
हृदय द्वेष का
जड़ के साथ विनाश करे
एक दिया तब ऐसा हो जो
भीतर तलक प्रकाश करे

एक दिया


Not with tears
But with a smile
Warm and naughty
To stretch a mile
I remember the songs
And twists and dance
And the über romantic
Hero in my glance
Oh yes
As you said
In the Enid Blyton tales
A character named Pudding
Sweet and flabby , full of games
A foodie to a foodie
The best drink buddy
A fashionista of his kind
A hero who none would mind
Aunt turn the girls as yet
Just like Neetu
Who never age
When thinking of him
And that’s where

……..the moments froze !

RIP Chintu

Romance in Rishi style stays immortal but…..


A pause to reflect upon the loss of legendary Irrfan Khan & Rishi Kapoor : Mrityu Atal Hai !

If tomorrow starts without me, and I’m not there to see,
If the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn’t cry the way you did today,
while thinking of the many things we didn’t get to say.
I know how much you care for me, and how much I care for you,
and each time that you think of me I know you’ll miss me too;

But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand,
that an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand,
and said my place was ready in heaven far above,
and that I’d have to leave behind all those I dearly love.

But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye,
for all life, I’d always thought I didn’t want to die.
I had so much to live for and so much yet to do.
it seemed almost impossible that I was leaving you.
I thought of all the love we shared and all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday, I thought, just for a while,
I’d say goodbye and hug you and maybe see you smile.

But then I fully realised that this could never be,
for emptiness and memories would take the place of me.
And when I thought of worldly things that I’d miss come tomorrow.
I thought of you, and when I did, my heart was filled with sorrow.

But when I walked through Heaven’s gates, I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me, from His great golden throne,
He said, “This is eternity and all I’ve promised you,
Today your life on earth is past but here it’s starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last.
and since each day’s the same, there’s no longing for the past.

But you have been so faithful, so trusting, so true.
Though there were times you did some things you knew you shouldn’t do.
And you have been forgiven and now at last you’re free.
So won’t you come and take my hand and share my life with me?”

So if tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we’re far apart,
for every time you think of me, please know I’m in your heart.

A poem by David Romano

If Tomorrow Starts Without Me –



Yeh baat nirali dil-e-khuddar karey hai….
Tadpe hai magar dard se inkar karey hai…
Ab khud ke bhi saaye ka bharosa nahin yaaron …..
Nazdeek jo aaye hai wahi waar karey hai….


Kyun Dil ki dhadkano Ko gunahgaar kare hai
Kahna hai to kah daal agar pyaar kare hai


Keh kar Ke haal, dil ye intzaar kare hai

Dil mei jo base hai wohi inkaar kare hai

Khuddaari kaam aayi, na bebaaki se kehna

Pagal ye dil ab bhi unhi se pyaar kare hai


Meri zindgi kisi aur ki
Mere naam ka koi aur hai


Ek Chehra liye fir rahe hain duniya ke liye

Ek chehra mera jee raha fakat tere liye

Suljha hua sa samajhta har koi jaane kyu mujhe

Uljha hua sa mujh mei koi doosra bhi hai



When the leaves layer gold
Over the fragrant musky earth
And the breeze soft and bold
Tries to unearth
I pause at the road less taken
Mystified by the nature’s play
Admiring the golden robe
Admiring it go unrobe
And the trees shiver to the breeze
Wrapping the earth again
Isn’t it whimsical to behold
The Autum of the trees
As the clothing of the earth !

The road less taken


आज सुनीं कुछ सुप्त रहीं धुन
कहतीं हैं जो, कहने दो
शोर के आदि थके श्रवण को
तरल शांति में बहने दो

  • Adding to an old one from 2015 as below :

आज छेड़ एक धुन मीठी सी
सुर-औ-राग में बहने दो
“भाव भरा है बहुत ह्रदय में
शब्दों को तुम रहने दो”

कहीं किनारे आतीं लेहरें
साहिल से कुछ कहने को
कभी बुलाता पलट समुन्दर
अंक में सिमटा रहने को

करें विवेचन चेहरे को पढ़
मनुज रूप के गहने को
किस तप से कुंदन आत्मा हो
किसे समझ पढ़ लेने को

शब्द भेद न सके नयन को
मूक कहें जो कहने दो
भाव भरा है बहुत ह्रदय में
शब्दों को तुम रहने दो

…..the line in quotes taken from a quote by Arpita Sinha

meditative peace @ lockdown days !


When did I pause last 🤔

Paused to watch the squirrel

Nibble on the fruits

Jumping through the twigs

Singing out some rhyme …,,

Paused to check on birds?

How many of them flock

What all do they do through the day

And how do they talk …..

Paused to sit and watch

How many buds bloom each day

How many new seeds spring up

How the trailers climb…..

Paused to measure the path of sun

Dawn to over the dusk

Crimson to yellow to chrome to dark

Through clear skies or the clouds …..

Paused to just live breathless hours

Keeping the broom aside

Worrying not for the ticking clock

Or pile of work that smiles…..

Just when the pause was forgotten

Just when the life got mundane

Just when the concerns were a framed posting

Just when the life seemed a game

Someone pushed the pause button

Rolling all shutters down

And somewhere between the endless work

Stillness creeps by my side

I think and think not

I work and work not

I pray and pray not

I smile and smile not

It’s just the onset of the pause

That comes teaching

And introspection rings

“There’s little we can do”

It brings learning

This shall end as well

And the rush hour will come

Will I then miss

This meditative pause?

Will I remember

With learnt effect

Will I care as much

The cause and the rest?

Or the reset mode

Will clear the slate again

And kill the humane stir

Weighing the loss and gain?

A part of me shall stay

Lost in this for long

And though I love

Yet love not this pause !



बीती होली से थोड़ा बचा लिया

इश्क़ तुम्हारा रंगों में छुपा लिया

वक़्त चलता रहा , दुनिया बदलती रही

जाने किस बात ने हमको उलझा लिया

उम्र कहती रही माफ़ कर बढ़ चलो

छोटी सी ज़िद ने दिल को बच्चा किया

कैसे ये मान लें, तुम अब हो अजनबी

हर शक़्स में दिखे तेरी परछाइयाँ

फागुन के खिल रहे बागों में गुल मगर

साँसों में अब तलक महकें नज़दीकियाँ

अब्र-ओ-गुलाल के फीके हैं रंग सभी

गालों को रंग रही चाहत की शोख़ियाँ

एक तेरा नाम ही रहता ख़याल में

पर तेरे ज़िक्र पे नज़र को झुका लिया



22 April 2014
हम अकेले ही चले थे
लोग जुड़ते चल दिए
राह मुश्किल क्या रहे
जब कारवां बढ़ता गया…..

जुटते लोगों के सुरों की
आदतें होती गयीं
शोर भी उम्दा लगे अब
भीड़ भी आगोश सी

चल ना देना राह से हट
मोड़ जो कोई मिले
हो अनेकों लोग लेकिन
आदतें “हर एक” की