Monday, November 17, 2014

हमें रास्तों की

A hauntingly beautiful bhajan which i learnt after attending the Happiness Program of Art of Living

The lyrics are so beautiful that i am sharing them here. The song is sung by Sachin Limaye.

तुम ही से ज्ञान का दीपक जला  है 
तुम ही से घनघोर अँधेरा मिटा है 
तुम जो नहीं गुरूजी 
कुछ भी नहीं है 
 हमें रास्तों की 
ज़रुरत  नहीं है 
हमें तेरे  पैंरों के  
निशाँ  मिल गए हैं 

तुम ही हो शिव 
  और ब्रह्मा  का संगम 
सब कुछ तुम्हारा 
सब तुमको अर्पण 
अब तेरा मैं हूँ 
मुझ मैं ही तू है 
हमें रास्तों की 
ज़रुरत  नहीं है 
हमें तेरे  पैंरों के 
 निशाँ  मिल गए हैं 

छाये जो दिल मैं 
गम का अँधेरा 
तन्हाइयों ने जो मन को घेरा 
खिलता सवेरा लेकर 
तू रूबरू है 
हमें रास्तों की 
ज़रुरत  नहीं है 
हमें तेरे  पैंरों के 
निशाँ  मिल गए हैं 

कलियों मैं तू है 
बूंदों मैं तू है 
सागर की एक एक 
लहर मैं भी तू है 
कहीं भी मैं जाऊं 
बस तू ही तू है 
हमें रास्तों की 
ज़रुरत  नहीं है 
हमें तेरे  पैंरों के 
निशाँ  मिल गए हैं 

जग जन  की सेवा 
यही मेरी पूजा  
तुम ही तुम हो  
कोई न दूजा 
तुम से है सब कुछ रोशन 
कण कण मैं तू है 
हमें रास्तों की 
ज़रुरत  नहीं है 
हमें तेरे  पैंरों के 
निशाँ  मिल गए हैं 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Vo Kaagaz Ki Kashti days

I found this on Facebook and am sharing it here. Just echoed all that was in my heart . Nostalgia time :)

Feeling so nostalgic after reading this... tagging all those over 50. What else do you remember ?

The 1970's Reloaded.....

1. Though you may not publicly own up to this, at the age of 12-17 years,you were very proud of your first "Bell bottom" or your first "Maxi "or your first Apache jeans.

2. Phantom ; Mandrake were your only true heroes. The brainy ones read "Competition Success Review". 

3. Your "Camlin" geometry box & Natraj/Flora pencil was your prized possession.

4. The only "Holidays" you took were to go to your grandparents' or your cousins' houses.

5. Ice-cream meant only - either an orange stick, a vanilla stick – or a Choco Bar if you were better off than most.

6. You gave your neighbors phone number to others with a ‘c/o’ or ‘PP’ written against it because you had booked yours only 7 years ago and were still waiting for your number to come.

7. Your first family car (and the only one) was a Fiat or an Ambassador. This often had to be pushed by the entire family to get going.

8. The glass windows in the back seats used to get stuck at the two-thirds down level! The window went down only if your puny arm could manage the tacky rotary handle to pull it down. Locking the door was easy. You just whacked the other tacky, non-rotary handle downwards.

9. Your mom had stitched the weirdest lace curtains for all the windows of the car. They were tied in the middle and if your dad was the comfort-oriented kinds, you had a magnificent small fan upfront.

10. Your parents were proud owners of HMT watches. You "earned" yours after SSC exams.

11. You have been to "Jumbo Circus"; have held your breath while the pretty young thing in the glittery skirt did acrobatics, quite enjoyed the elephants hitting football, the motorcyclist vrooming in the "Maut ka Gola" and it was politically okay to laugh your guts out at dwarfs hitting each other's bottoms!

12. You at least once heard "Hawa Mahal" on the radio.

13. If you had a TV, it was normal to expect the neighborhood to gather around to watch the Chitrahaar or the Sunday movie. If you didn't have a TV, you just went to a house that did. It mattered little if you knew the owners or not.

14. Sometimes the owners of these TVs got very creative and got a bi or even a tri-colored anti-glare screen which they attached with two side clips onto their Weston TVs. That confused the hell out of you!

15. Black & White TVs weren't so bad after all because cricket was played in whites.

16. You thought your Dad rocked because you got your own (the family's; not your own own!) colour TV when the Asian Games started. Everyone else got the same idea as well and ever since, no one came over to your house and you didn't go to anyone else's.

17. You dreaded the death of any political leader because of the mourning they would announce on the TV. After all how much "Shastriya Sangeet" can a kid take? Salma Sultana also didn't smile during the mourning.

18. You knew that "
Indira Gandhi" was somebody really powerful and terribly important. And that's all you needed to know.

19. The only "Gadgets" in the house were the TV, the Fridge and possibly a mixer.

20. All the gadgets had to be duly covered with a crochet cover and sometimes even with ingenious, 
custom-fit plastic covers.

21. Movies meant Rajesh Khanna or Amitabh Bachchan. Before the start of the movie you always had to watch the obligatory "Newsreel".

22. You thought you were so rocking because you knew almost all the songs of Abba and Boney M.

23. Your hormones went crazy when you heard "Disco Deewane" by Naziya Hassan & Zoheb Hassan.

24. School teachers, your parents and even your neighbors could whack you and it was all okay.

25. Photograph taking was a big thing. You were lucky if your family owned a camera. A reel of 36 exposures was valuable hence it justified the half hour preparation & "setting" & the "posing" for each picture. Therefore, you have at least one family picture where everyone is holding their breath and standing at attention!

26. During Diwali celebration it was family clothes tailored from our favorite tailor down the road.

27. We walked to school or took a bus..the ones who got dropped by car were always RICH ones.

28. Our outdoor games were gully danda, marbles, stick in the mud , langdi taang, staapu, chupa chupi 
29. Going out to eat in a restaurant was an occasion may be once /twice in a year.

30. Mostly we managed with one pair of shoes for the whole year at school, our elder brother/sisters 
clothes , books were passed to us for school...

31. " Duckback" raincoats were premium - what we could get starting the school in rainy season every 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Red, Red Rose

accidentally came across this poem and it is a part of my childhood memory. Am i happy to have discovered this blast from the past!

Sharing it so that i can enjoy reading it whenever i feel like :)

A Red, Red Rose

My love is like a red, red rose
   That’s newly sprung in June :
My love is like the melody
   That’s sweetly played in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
   So deep in love am I :
And I will love thee still, my dear,
   Till a’ the seas gang dry.

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
   And the rocks melt wi’ the sun :
And I will love thee still, my dear,
   While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only love,
   And fare thee weel a while !
And I will come again, my love,
   Thou’ it were ten thousand mile.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

रूठी माँ

मेरी प्यारी माँ 
तुझसे ही तो जीवन मिला 
तुझसे ही संस्कार मिले 
 फिर आज क्यों रूठ गयी माँ?

मेरी प्यारी माँ 
तुझसे ही सीख मिली 
तुझसे ही अनमोल प्यार मिला 
फिर आज  रूठ गयी माँ?

मेरी प्यारी माँ 
तुझसे ही सीखी मेहनत 
तुझसे ही सीखा साहस 
फिर आज क्यों रूठ गयी माँ?

मेरी प्यारी माँ 
तुझसे ही सीखी हिम्मत 
तुझसे ही सीखा प्यार का मतलब 
फिर आज क्यों रूठ गयी माँ?

मेरी प्यारी माँ 
कैसे भूलों तुम्हारे हाथ का खाना 
कैसे भूलों मेरी बेटियों पर प्यार लूटना 
फिर आज क्यों रूठ गयी माँ?

मेरी प्यारी माँ 
हर लम्हे को जीना सीखा 
हर मुश्किल से लड़ना 
फिर आज  क्यों रूठ गयी माँ?

मेरी प्यारी माँ 
किसके साथ मनाऊँगी खुशियाँ 
किसके साथ बाँटूँगी  अपना गम 
फिर आज क्यों रूठ गयी माँ?

मेरी प्यारी माँ 
मदहोशी हालत मैं भी पकड़ा मेरा हाथ 
फिर प्यार से चूमा  मेरा हाथ 
फिर आज क्यों रूठ गयी माँ?

मेरी प्यारी माँ 
तू हम सबको छोड़ किस जहान  मैं है 
तेरे सारे प्यारे  साथ ही तो हैं 
फिर क्यों रूठ गयी माँ?

मेरी प्यारी माँ 
आज तो सामने होकर भी दूर है 
दिल मैं एक दुःख  का दरिया है 
फिर आज  क्यों रूठ गयी माँ?

मेरी प्यारी माँ 
तेरे अपने सदैव तुझको पुकारते 
सब तुझे अपने दिलों मैं बसाते 
फिर आज क्यों रूठ गयी माँ?

मेरी प्यारी माँ
 चाहे तू आज सबसे रूठ गयी 
हर दिल मैं तेरा बसेरा है 
फिर आज क्यों रूठ गयी माँ?

मेरी प्यारी माँ 
तेरे रूठेपन  को हम समझते 
खुदा  की कुदरत को भी हम समझते 
फिर  आज क्यों रूठ गयी माँ?

मेरी प्यारी माँ 
अश्कोँ  के बीच मैं भी तुझे करीब पाते 
ईश्वर को सदा  दुआ करते 
फिर आज क्यों रूठ गयी माँ?

मेरी प्यारी माँ 
तू हमेशा चमकती रहे 
तेरी यादें सौगातें बनती  हैं 
तुम्हारे न रूठने का इंतेज़ार करते

मेरी प्यारी माँ 
आ फिर लौट आ 
 मेरी प्यारी मा 
हम सब यह ही इंतज़ार करते

                                          -------  आभा मिढा 

Saturday, October 18, 2014


साल भर के इंतज़ार के बाद 
दीपावली का पर्व आया 

सज गए सारे बाजार
रंगोली ने किया मोहित 

रौशनी जगमगाई घरों मैं 
जब रंग बिरंगे बिजली के लड़ियाँ चमकी

हर तरफ दीयों की धूम है 
दूर भगण है  अंधकार को 

खील, पठाके , चीनी के खिलोने 
बुला रहे पूजा के शगुन के लिए 

तोहफे ही तोफे हर नुक्कड़ पे 
मिठाई, मेवा हर दूसरे  चौक पे 

गैंदे  और पत्तियों के हार लहराए 
करना था आगमन लक्ष्मी गणेश का 

कई दिन पहले ही हुए बच्चे मस्त मलंग 
पाठकों के साथ लूटी मस्ती 

रात होने से पहले ही हर घर जग मग उठा 
घर घर में मैं हुई ईश्वर की  पूजा 

  एक दुसरे को तोहफे बांटे 
रूठे रिश्ते भी जाग उठे 

उमंगो की पतंग लहराई 
अानन्द ही आनद छलका हर तरफ 

आओ सब मिलकर कसम ले 
फेक निकालें मन की गन्दगी 

एक होकर जीए  सच्चाई से 
दूर भागएं द्वेष लड़ाई को 

Thursday, October 2, 2014


आज आश्विन क़ी अष्टमी है 
बापू का भी जन्मदिन है 
 खुशियां आपार  हैं
 फिर भी  तुम्हारा इंतज़ार 

बिटिया के हाथ पीले कर दिए 
मेहँदी भी खूब रची 
खुशियाँ आपार  हैं 
फिर भी  तुम्हारा इंतज़ार है 

विदेश घूमने गए 
खूब मस्ती लूटी 
खुशियाँ आपार  हैं 
फिर भी  तुम्हारा इंतज़ार है 

माँ और पिता पास ही हैं 
खूब आशिर्ववाद हैं उनका 
खुशियाँ आपार   हैं 
फिर भी तुम्हारा इंतज़ार है 

बिटिया बड़ी हो गयी 
अपने पैरों पर खड़ी  हो गयी 
खुशियाँ आपार हैं  
फिर भी तुम्हारा इंतज़ार है 

मन मैं शिव की जोत जल गयी 
अत्यंत  तृप्ति मिल गयी 
खुशियाँ आपार  हैं 
फिर भी तुम्हारा इंतज़ार है 

ईश्वर ने बहुत कुछ दिया 
और आगे भी देगा 
खुशियाँ आपार  हैं 
फिर भी  तुम्हारा इंतज़ार है 

जो ख़ुशी हासिल करना चाहती 
वो तुमसे और सिर्फ तुमसे ही मिलेगी 
इस लिए 
तुम्हारा इंतज़ार है, तुम्हारा इंतज़ार है 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Dear Grandpa

I believe it is a good habit to dream. It doesn't matter how majestic or humble your dreams are. As long as you believe in your dreams , many will come true. It is a proven fact. And as per the book "The Secret', the law of attraction is a reality. I too have my share of dreams. At my age, most of them are realistic but even so, at times it is good to get drunk on the possibilities life may send your way.

This post is about one of my dreams coming true.

Two years back i visited the town of Phagwara in Punjab with my family. Why Phagwara? Well, my holiday in Phagwara took the shape of three Blog posts. I'll  let them  talk. You can read  them at :

So by now you know that i have a soft spot for Phagwara, for several reasons mentioned in the three posts.

The house my maternal parents lived in has long been sold . But my memories remain. In my Nani's house there was a picture of my maternal grand father, My Nana. My last visit as a kid was while i was about thirteen years old. But memories fade and all i recollect is that Nana's photo hung in the main big room. But i could not recollect anything about his face. My mind was a blank.

My Nana died in  1956, a year before my Mum got married. So i never met him . But i had time and again wondered about him. I had pictures of my paternal grand parents. my maternal grand  mother but i was totally clueless about my Nana. 

My knowledge about him was limited to what Mum had told me. He served as the Station Master in Railways in Phagwara. And that is all.

So when i visited Phagwara two years back i was thrilled to be able to trace many things. The house where  i was born, the neighbourhood , the temples nearby, the main buildings  and happily visiting my cousin sister who has lived all her life in Phagwara.

I returned from the trip with happy memories but at the back of my mind was the question mark about the identity and face of my Nana.

Since he left for his heavenly abode in 1956, there were only a handful of photos of him.  Sadly Mum did not have a photo of him. When i pestered her as to who might possibly possess one, she had suggested  i ask her brother, my Mamaji. This thought stayed in my subconscious mind for over two years.

And then it was time for my elder daughter to get married. So my three sisters came down to Faridabad  to attend the marriage. My eldest sister and my Mum planned to visit my Mamji in Ambala and invited me to join them for the one day trip.

I happily agreed as i love travel and it is always a god practice to stay in touch with relatives.

So we set off for Ambala. On reaching my Mamji's place my Mum and her brother were very a happy to see each other. and i realized that it was the first Navratra. As i settled in the room where my ailing Mamaji lay on the bed, i noticed the temple . There was a lighted diya even though it was past lunch time.

' Today i lit the diya late" my Mamiji explained.

And the next instant  Mum exclaimed:

'Look, a picture of my Bauji!"

I quickly glanced in the direction of her finger and sure enough there were two photographs with garlands on the wooden pelmet. The photos were of my Nana and my Nani.. Suddenly the room was filled with joy . A chair was brought and in the next instant both photographs were retrieved from the pelmet. There was dust settled  on the frames . The photos were cleaned as were the garlands  and then on, began the photo session.

I was absolutely thrilled to have discovered my Nana's photo as now i could see the face for myself. I had forgotten that Mum had suggested to me that i ask her brother about Nanaji's photo. But life gave me a bonus. And i took a long hard look at him.

And this is the pic of my Nanaji at a young age.

Dear Nanaji i am absolutely thrilled to have found you. We never ever met but seeing your photograph is a big thrill. The photo albeit faded due to time says a lot about you.

The gentle smile, the handsome positive face, the buttoned coat and above all the flower on your jacket tells me that you were a very spirited person brimming with life.

During my trip to  Phagwara i had especially gone to the Railway Station where you had served for several years.

I am happy that the missing link of my grand parent is now complete. Your picture shall soon grace my bedroom so that i can continue to have your blessings. And my daughters too are happy to know their maternal great grand father.

You shall continue to live in your grand children and your progeny. I am one proud woman today.

Like i said, sometimes life gives you a bonus. So never stop dreaming.