Sunday, November 30, 2008


कुछ ऊंची ऊंची
कुछ तनहा तनहा
कुछ तनहा सी ऊंचाइयों से देख रहा हूँ
हर पल करवट लेती नीचे की जिन्दगी को,
कुछ सहमी सहमी
कुछ फना फना
वहाँ की रोशन गरीबी
और उस गरीबी में साँस लेते
ऊंचे ऊंचे सपनों को टूटते बिखरते हुए
देख रहा हूँ ।
जुलाई के मौसम में छत से बिखरती हुई
बारिश की बूँदें
और उन बूंदों से गीली होती हुई
बिस्तर की सुस्त सिलवटें ,

मेज़ पर रखे अख़बार के पास
पापा का बंद चश्मा
और कुर्सी के पास रखी उनकी
फटी हुई चप्पल पर लगी हुई
मोची की कील ,
ठंडी रसोई में पापा के लिए चाय
बनाती माँ
और माँ की खनकती हुई चार चूडियों को
ज़मीन पर बिखरे हुए

देख रहा हूँ
अलमारी में बंद मिठाई का कनिस्टर
और माँ की सादी से बंधी

अलमारी की चाबी को
चुराती हुई बहिन,
हर दिन दीवारों से उतरता हुआ कच्चा रंग
और उस रंग से भरी हुई
दरारों को हरपल गहरा होते हुए
देख रहा हूँ ।
दादी के चेहरे की झुर्रियां
और उन झुर्रियों के पीछे छुपा

सालों का अकेलापन,
वोह पीतल के गिलास पर
लिखा घर का नाम,
और पतलून की फटी हुई

पोक्केट से फिसलती हुई
दुकान की चाबी,
इस गरीबी में साँस लेती कई जिंदगियां
और उन जिंदगियों की छोटी छोटी खुशियों को
धीरे धीरे दफन होता
देख रहा हूँ ।
चलना शुरू किया तो कब कदम दौड़ लगाने
लग गए पता ही न चला ।
कुछ मुश्किल लम्हों की देहलीज़ पर करके कब
हँसना भूल गए पता ही ना चला।
आज पहली बार ज़िन्दगी की ऊंचाई में
अपनी गरीबी को महसूस किया है मैंने ।
आज दोस्तों से भरी हुई इस शाम में
अपने अकेले होने का एहसास किया है मैंने ।
पर सब कुछ बिखरा हुआ सा
धुंधला सा महसूस हो रहा है,
और शायद कहीं न कहीं
इस सब बिखरे हुए में अपने
आप को खोज रहा हूँ मैं...


Recently some questions have begun to molest me sometimes. I ponder for hours together but then find myself in a serious dilemma. They not only question me as a person but they question my moral integrity, they question my responsibility as a human. I don’t know why but I find myself speechless whenever they knock on my door. I fail to answer them fluently, confidently. I fail to answer them from my heart. I always get entangled in the war of right or wrong. When I look around I don’t find the answer difficult but when I apply the same to myself the situation becomes tense and incomprehensible.

Given a situation if I happen to be at a position where I have a free access to money making business which in moral sense is seriously unethical and illegal, would I still resort to bank up all the money I can within a given time span of my tenure as a responsible officer?

Given a situation if I happen to get a chance when I can avenge
A person who hurt me a lot and vanish his existence from the world would I resort to stab him in the chest and go scot-free?

Given a situation if I happen to succeed myself to a higher level in terms of status and luxuries by deceiving the only friend I have, would I still resort to stake my conscience to satisfy my mortal existence?

Would I or would I not?
Should I or should I not?

I fail to answer.
I fail to comprehend.
But I find myself stained…

Monday, November 3, 2008


Words too hate me sometimes
I think many a times,
Silently they manage to slither
Away in corner,
And hide there
For hours together,
Peep through the
Holes too small,
And stealthily whisper about
My despair.
Far stretched in the memory
When the distant shadows
Begin to hurt like arrows,
And the white of the paper
Shines its emptiness with glory,
The hands tremble and
Drops the pen in fear,
Spills the ink on ground
And spoils the linen with tears.
The words watch the show
And rejoice the victory
With grace,
Even begin to retreat
To the foreign land with a
Promise not to return to the base.
Cautiously they walk away
In darkness,
Deciding not to leave
The footprints behind,
And warily eat away the hustle
That breaks the softness so kind.
They have gone too far
And hidden somewhere in the
Lonely woods,
So begins the endless search
For the friends of the lonesome nights
And the desperate moods.
In time,
The mind would wither
Away the blazing sense
And the heart would tear apart
The emotions so tense.
The murky night longs for the
Golden bowl,
Like a shriveling body quivers for the
Lost soul.
The hope lingers that the
Time would come
The poem still needs an end,
The poem still needs an end…

Space around my coffin…

Sleeping in my coffin
I hear them cry
With their hearts out,
When the words of adulation
Begin to flow
I prefer to turn around
And die for a moment again,
They load my coffin
With the dead flowers
And pray for my safe journey
Through heavens
And the worlds beyond.
I am lying there for
Years and days
Waiting for someone
To set me free,
But death seems to be a tricky
Affair, not as easy as it
Seemed to be.
She comes and sobs and
Lies to me
As she used to do when
I was around.
I lived a life of false pride
And had a similar end.
The soul lingers to
Escape the fake world
Space around my coffin
Still waits for the one
With a true heart,
The soul would wither away
Without the truth.
Because it has been a long time
Since my demise,
So now
the dead man wants to die,
For once and for all…

An autobiography

Part 1

A monster by nature,
A speck by size,
An insect by birth,
Seemed to be crawling
On and on,
Till I killed it for once
And for all,
Got relieved for a while,
But then it started again
This continued for hours
When I finally decided to
Give up.


I transformed myself into
An insect…

Part 3

Now we crawl together
In unison…

Monday, October 27, 2008


A veil
of apparent ignorance,
A veil
of mocking innocence,
And a long history
of violence,
Written in bold
on my very face.
Am I the doer?
the sufferer?
I fail to answer every
now and then.
Am I the murderer?
The murdered?
Is the question
I often ask myself.
It is I, who created the world,
It is I, who flattened the structure,
It is I, who is to be blamed
for the food of the vulture.
I know too much,
I know it all
The source, the medium
And the victim
but still I bemoan the mass
that gathers for the dictum.
What fills me inside is about
to overflow,
What withers my conscience is about
to outlaw.
Its all dark everywhere
with no day or night,
And would I be redeemed?
Simply crucified?
Nothing seems to decide
my plight.
I raped and killed and robbed
And got the same in return.
Should I call myself a man?
A dog in disguise?
It needs to be answered
before the tables eventually turn…

Friday, October 24, 2008


In 1923 Virginia Woolf writes a philosophical masterpiece of her life ‘Mrs. Dalloway’ while going through a psychological turmoil of understanding the whole purpose and end of her life. 30 years down the line, another woman named Laura Brown married to a World War II veteran, raising a small boy, reads the same while being pregnant and finds herself in the same mental conflict. 50 years from then another woman Clarissa Vaughn, a present day version of Mrs. Dalloway so named by her one time lover and now AIDS stricken writer Richard living in New York, plans one of her renowned parties for him after he receives a prestigious poetry award.

There is a common link that joins the lives of these three modern, educated women who are going through the most difficult times of their lives. Virginia Woolf is a renowned writer, married to a caring husband and also psychologically compromised according to the physicians. May be her sexual preferences are different or may be it is just the emotional outburst which gets manifested when she kisses her sister. But one thing is sure that she is not satisfied. Her failure to convey or change the things through her writings may be the reason she decides to find a better refuge by ending her very life. Rather a better way of conveying the message she always wanted to. On the other hand the second woman having a lovely family too craves for the missing link that would complete Mrs. Dalloway’s life. She not only decides to commit suicide but also prepares hard by leaving her son crying for his mother. But she finds herself too weak for that and decides to leave her family and start the things afresh. It is a suicide in a way too though not physical but internal. The third woman nursing her terminally ill lover, living with her lesbian partner dies every second whenever she craves for the things that she can’t have or can’t change. Though, in the third story it is the male who commits suicide by jumping from the window of his sick, gloomy apartment.

The movie is a masterpiece in itself. It is too hard to understand the spiritual quest of the three women in the movie. But the message is clear. We don’t need a reason to die though we need a reason to live. The movie is a justification that one has the right to end his or her own life whatever may be the reason or whatever may be not. It is too difficult to accept that death may not be the end of one’s life but the state which is beyond the realm of understanding of mortal beings. It would be called escapism or cowardness by the people who form a society but the same society also creates the situation which forces someone to end his or her life. Whatever it is, it really was an enlightening experience watching the life unfolds and taking a new way of living – death.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

for all those who are fighting with themselves...

itna to jaanta hun main...

Apni rah chalte chalte
Ladkhadate dagmagate hue
Suraj ke samne andhere se
ladta hua main,
Akela nahin
Yeh jaanta hun
Shayad koi aur bhi hai
Darmiyan harpal,
Parivartan ki koshish mein
Apne aap se ladte hue,
Saath hain
yeh ehsaas to hai mujhko
Par chhukar dekhna chahta hun
Cheekhon ke is kautuhal mein
Har waqt apni har pe rote hue
akela nahin main
Yeh jaanta hun
Par phir bhi tumhari awaz
Sunkar mehsoos karna
chahta hun
Is ladai mein
har koi hai akela
yeh jaanta hun kabse
par phir bhi in aankhon se
ek bar
apni jaisi ladai ladte hue
dekhna chahta hun
milna aasan nahin hai
itna to jaanta hun main,
shayad kuchh zyada bhi
mang raha hun
saath ho mere tum hamesha
mana yeh jaanta hun main
par phir bhi kabhi chalte hue
bheed mein milo to
hans dena
bas ek bar
taki apne akele pad jane ka
bhram toot jaye…

Saturday, September 6, 2008

who's inside the web???

There is a web that exists I know. Some people also call it mayajal, some also call it matrix. Life is too different inside from the one that exists outside. Enlightened men say that the world is inside this web. It has to be taken out. Otherwise those cluttered inside will die a miserable death and will not find refuge anywhere else. They will suffocate from each other’s secretions and will not find a place for air to breathe. Those outside feel pity for the ones inside. Those inside feel the same for those outside but in a different way. I know I have to find the truth and existence of the web and the people inside is some part of the whole truth, may be a trivial one but also an important one. It is also said that the whole purpose of life should be to find peace and contentment. And the ones inside are always at peace and contented. They have accepted that He exists and the fact can’t be questioned. Those outside are in a constant search and ultimately they find themselves in a state of unending dilemma. The situation worsens when they start questioning the things they once accepted as truth and find themselves contradicting with their own philosophies. But they will not stop because it’s not in their nature to stop. They can get tired for a while may be a little or too frustrated but they will not stop. They have to find an answer. There will be a lot of enlightened men at their disposal who are ready to lead their paths and promise to bring salvation in their lives. Another possibility is that they will shun all the saints and decide their own path. But the truth remains that they will have to struggle a great deal before they reach anywhere else. Whether they find it or not, it’s difficult to say but they will suffer a lot. And in the end, irrespective of the fact they are inside or outside, they get enlightened or not, will die the same miserable death.

So who’s inside the web? The ones inside who are happy and leading their lives by accepting the things as they seem to exist or the ones outside who may or may not find the truth but have chosen to remain dissatisfied and frustrated till they reach their destination, which also is too hazy many a times.

Oh..! The picture seems to be confusing.
But who has put this web around me???

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


A 55 year old man suffering from a terminal illness (having a fancy medical name), lying in a stuporous state in the air conditioned ICU of a modern hospital with numerous tubes inserted into every orifice of his body. What’s death to him?

A 3 year old child suffering from a congenital heart disease, getting cyanosed whenever he tries to move his limbs or make a noise, unaware of his survival, caring only about the activities of his free spirit. What’s death to him?

A 21 year old young soldier ‘survivor’ of a mine blast injury, with both his legs amputated above the knee, having a whole life of merciful dependency in front of him, bearing the brunt of words of his old parents every time he is given the food. What’s death to him?

A 40 year old farmer having a family of 5, working in the harsh weather conditions of the tropical land, waiting for about 8 months to get the fruit of his harvest, when suddenly the floods take away everything he dreamed of. What’s death to him?

A 15 year old girl married to a 50 year old perverted drunkard who beats her like an animal, spits at her face every time she decides to open the mouth, eats her soft flesh with the sharp of his teeth to soothe his barbaric fantasies. What’s death to her?

A 60 year old writer who tried to be true to his ideologies his entire life, not getting carried away by the cheap commercialization of the successful world, tries to look back and finds that his life has been nothing but a failure to the world he wanted to change. What’s death to him?

A 30 year old woman nursing her sick paralyzed husband, fighting with his death every second of the day, tries to be committed to her dharma with full conviction, at the same time kills the outburst of her sexual desires every time she retires to bed. What’s death to her?

Death to all the people mentioned above, irrespective of the situations they are in, if it can be anything; it would be definitely be better than life. It would be a transformation that would mean a freedom from all their suffering and pain. Death to all these people would mean a new life, a new birth. Death for them is a possibility. Death for them is the ultimate nirvana…

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

'a short piece about death'

Dazzling through the lights that
surround me like vultures
eating and tearing apart
the parts of my flesh,
a burst of pain rushing through
my nerves
forbidding the
string of thoughts arriving at my destination,
I yell with pain
And cry for help
Then suddenly
Something strikes me from inside
And it all gets over.
A truth
A philosophy
Whatever it may be
The next moment is going to take
All away
And there will be no more pain
And no more cry.
The end of my struggle
The meaning of my existence
All have an answer in one.
Whatever I do
Let it be right or wrong
It doesn’t even matter
if I win or lose
the winner is already
knocking at my door
I fear to open
I tremble to answer
It has always been there
Mocking at me
when I dress like a hero
feeling sorry for me
when I try to break it open
it has pushed me
several times
and asked me subconsciously
the answer has always been the same.
There is no escape
I know
But this pain is too addictive
Its all going to end in a fiasco
But still I want to be the soldier
The time will come
May be it has already come
The question is ready
This time
it will not wait for my answer
The door has been broken
but the task is still undone.

“are you ready?”
It asks for the last time
And carries me far away….

Sunday, July 13, 2008


'कुछ नहीं हो सकता, शायद इस देश का कुछ भी नहीं हो सकता'
हाथ जल रहा है। कब से आग में हरपल सुलगते देख रहा हूँ। धीरे धीरे अपाहिज होता जा रहा हूँ। पीड़ा तो है पर चेहरे पे लाते डरता हूँ। एक चीख अन्दर ही अन्दर दब कर दम तोड़ने वाली है। आग बुझाने का साहस जुटाने लगता हूँ तो और कई हाथ जलते दिखाई देते हैं। मेज़ पर टूटी हुई कलम,बिखरी हुई सिहाई और सफ़ेद कागज़ पर अंकित कुछ अधूरे शब्द कोस रहे हैं। सब लोग इंतजार कर रहे हैं । एक दूसरे के अंत का , शायद राख हो जाने का । सब मज़ा लेरहे हैं । एक दूसरे की बेबसी का। शायद लाचार आशाओं और सपनों की मौत का। अब तो यह पीड़ा अपनी सी लगने लगी है या कहना चाहिए आदत पड़ चुकी है - सहने की ,बेबस बने रहने की ,हर किसी को जलते भस्म होते देखने की। बस इंतजार है की कौन किस्से पहले दम तोड़ता है।

'कुछ नहीं हो सकता ,शायद इस देश का कुछ भी नहीं हो सकता।'
कुछ रेंग रहा है। बिस्तर पर लेटा हुआ घडियाँ गिन रहा हूँ। पूरे कमरे में धुआं ही धुआं है। पता नहीं कहाँ आग लगी हुई है। अजीब सा शोर है, कौतुहल सा मचा हुआ है । किसी की चीख तो किसी का रोना। आवाजें जानी पहचानी हैं पर पता नहीं किस किस की। पैर का ज़ख्म तंग कर रहा है। कुछ रेंगता हुआ सा अन्दर ही अन्दर खोखला करता जारहा है। हाथ पहुँचने की कोशिश करना चाहता हूँ पर डरता हूँ। दौड़ कर जानी पहचानी आवाजों के पास पहुंचना चाहता हूँ पर यह भी जानता हूँ कि पहुँचने से पहले ही ख़त्म कर दिया जाऊँगा। मंजिल का रास्ता जानता हूँ, पैरों की हिम्मत का अंदाजा है, पर आदत पड़ चुकी है लेटे रहने की, शोर सुन्ने की, ज़ख्म गहरा होते देखने की। बस इंतजार है कि कब यह सुस्ती मौत में बदल जायेगी।

' कुछ नहीं हो सकता शायद इस देश का कुछ भी नहीं हो सकता'
लब सिले हुए हैं। पर मन में शब्दों का ढेर है, शिकायतों का बाज़ार है। कहने को संविधान मुझे बोलने का अधिकार देता है पर फिर भी चुप रहना भाता है। घुटते रहना अच्छा लगता है। हरपल चंद शब्दों को दम तोड़ता देख रहा हूँ।एक अजीब सी शान्ति है। शब्दों का बोझ तो कम हो रहा है पर चुप रहने का गुनाह अन्दर ही अन्दर खाता जा रहा है। ज़्यादा सोचना नहीं पड़ता, अब। सिकुड़ती हुई सोच यातना की तंग गलियों से गुज़रती हुई हिम्मत बंधाती है, थोड़ा और सहते रहने के लिए साहस का इंतजाम करती है। सोच के कन्धों पर शब्दों की लाशों का अम्बार है। समय गुज़रता है तो शब्दों की अर्थी टूटी हुई मिलती है। बेजान शब्दों के टुकड़े बिखरे पड़े हैं। लाशें सड़ रहीं हैं। जिंदा लोगों को अजीब सी शक्लें बनाए नाक पे हाथ रखे, कीमती कपड़ों को बचाते, पास से गुज़रता हुआ देखता हूँ तो शर्म के मारे आँखें झुक जाती हैं। रोना चाहता हूँ , चीखना चाहता हूँ, अपने आप को जिंदा कहने वाले लोगों पर हँसना चाहताहूँ। पर न तो आंखों से आंसू टपकते हैं, न गले से आवाज़ और न ही चेहरे पे हँसी आती है। सब निर्जीव हो चुका है।बस इंतजार है कि कब शब्दों के अवशेष मिट्टी में दफन हो जायेंगे ।

' कुछ नहीं हो सकता, शायद इस देश का कुछ भी नहीं हो सकता'
सामने नाटक चल रहा है। पात्र मैं हूँ, कहानी भी मैं, कहानी में मरने वाले भी मेरे ही लोग और तालियाँ बजाने वाला भी मैं। मेरी ही जिंदगी को, मेरे ही पैसों से, मेरे सामने दोहराकर, मुझे ही दिखाया जा रहा है। मैं आराम से बैठा तालियाँ मार रहा हूँ। मुर्दा सपनों का नंगा नाच, अधूरे शब्दों के संवाद, जानी पहचानी पर अनजान चीखों का गायन आनंदित कर रहे हैं। आसपास नज़र घुमाता हूँ तो अपने ही जैसे हज़ारों लोगों को देखता हूँ। वही बेबस सा चेहरा, वही हैरान कर देने वाली चुप्पी, वही घुटन, वही जलता हुआ हाथ, पैर का ज़ख्म, और सिले हुए होंठ। ऐसा लगता है की आसपास हजारों आइनों का बाज़ार लगा है। ढूंढ रहा हूँ इक ऐसे चेहरे को जो मेरे जैसा नहीं बल्कि मेरा ख़ुद का हो। इंतज़ार है तो बस बाकी सब आइनों के तहस नहस हो जाने का।

गुस्सा आता है ज़रूर आता है । दफ्तरों पे बढ़ते हुए फाइलों के ढेर, सालों से कोर्ट के चक्कर लगाते बेटे की मौत में इन्साफ की उम्मीद लगाये बूढा बाप, अस्पतालों की सीढियों पे मरते हुए गरीब लोग, चाए की दुकानों पर बरतन साफ़ करते ८ साल के बच्चे , सालों से बनती हुई बिल्डिंग और बिल्डिंग के कूडे में दफ्न मज़दूर, लाखों रुपये की डोनेशन लेते प्राइवेट स्कूल, जलती हुई दुल्हनें , धर्म को बाप की जागीर समझने वाले पंडित और मौलवी, बूथ कैप्तुरिंग, जाली डिग्रियां, लोकतंत्र का मजाक उड़ाते भ्रष्ट नेता, समाचार पत्रों के पेज ३ की हस्तियाँ, डिब्बे में बंद साहित्य, सिकुड़ती हुई सोच, मरते हुए शब्द, सब देखकर गुस्सा आता है, ज़रूर आता है। पर अन्दर ही अन्दर दम तोड़ देता है। न तो क्रान्ति बन पाता है, न ही चीख, न ही नया सिद्धांत। बनता है तो सिर्फ़ शाम की चाए के साथ दो घंटे की गपशप का सामान। कुछ नहीं हो सकता , शायद इस देश का सचमुच कुछ भी नहीं हो सकता। गालियाँ निकालने में सबको मज़ा आता है और जिम्मेदारी उठाने के समय सब कदम थाम कर घर लौट जाते हैं। बंद कमरे में घुटकर जीवन के ६०-७० साल निकाल देते हैं। सबको बेबसी और लाचारी सहने की आदत पड़ चुकी है। हिम्मत है, जोश है, कदम मज़बूत हैं, हाथों में शक्ति है, मन में साँस लेती एक सोच भी है, पर इन सबको क्रान्ति बनाने से सब डरते हैं। चलता है सब चलता है। कुछ नहीं बदलेगा। जैसा चलता है चलता रहेगा। आवाज़ उठायेंगे तो मार दिए जायेंगे। GEORGE ORWELL के उपन्यास 1984 का BIG BROTHER देख रहा है , हरपल ताक में है। हर नई सोच को कुचलने और बचे हुए शब्दों को लाश बनने के प्रयास में। हर भावना, हर क्रान्ति को असफल बनाने के प्रयास में। हर सच को झूठ और हर इतिहास को मिटाता जा रहा है और उसके प्रयासों को सफल बनाने में ज़िम्मेदार हैं तो हम सब। अपनी लाचारी के लिए जिम्मेदार हैं तो हम और सर्फ हम।

जलते हुए हाथों से टूटी हुई कलम को बिखरी हुई सिहाई में डाल कर सफ़ेद कागज़ पर अंकित अधूरे शब्द अब भी पूरे किए जा सकते हैं। ज़ख्मी पैरों से मंजिलें अब भी तय की जा सकती हैं। बचे हुए शब्दों से अब भी एक नए साहित्य की रचना की जा सकती है। ज़रूरत है तो बस अपने गुस्से को क्रान्ति में परिवर्तित करने की। ज़रूरत है तो बस ज़िम्मेदारी उठाने की।

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

this is the end...

the words stare at me
the thoughts wait for freedom

white pages lie ruffled on
the road;
dead corpses get crampled
and cold.

the sense is burning
in the fire of more;
the race has long started
with a purpose to explore .

the vision is scarred
the inspiration too marred;
yet a desire to conquer
survives the war.

we don't know our enemies
nor the reason to be so sore;
we don't see the light
that shines through the door.

the throats don't creak
as the swords touch the bone;
the blood doesn't gush
when the ego gets a stone.

the clock stands still
with hour hand at thirteen;
the ink has dried up and
the words have lost their sheen.

the mud is dark
and the light too dim;
the trench is deep
and the hope so thin.

morrison says that this is the end
but the story ended long ago;
the sun always shines for us
but the truth remains
that we died long before...


लहरों पे चलने की कोशिश करती एक कश्ती
और दो किनारों का अंतर्द्वंद्व l
हर पल हरदम हिम्मत जुटाता अकेला माझी
कश्ती पार लगाने को
और अभिमान में जलते दो किनारों का अंतर्द्वंद्व l
कभी कश्ती को डुबाता एक किनारा तो
कभी सहारा देता दूसरे का हाथ l
एक पल ठोकरें खाता माझी तो
दूसरे पल हवा के साथ बातें करता उसका होंसला l
कभी लहरों के ऊफान की विजय तो
कभी शांत पानी में डूबते सूरज का सौन्दर्य l
उसी तरह
मन में हर पल हरदम चलता एक संघर्ष
और मुश्किल से साँस लेती
उभरती हुई कविता की कश्मकश l
कभी कुछ शब्दों की तलाश तो
कभी लुप्त होता कविता का सार l
चाहता हूँ समेटना अगर स्वछन्द बचपन तो
दिखाई देता है हर पल अस्त होता जीवन भी l
एक ओर बुझता हुआ आस्था का दीपक तो
दूसरी ओर रोशन होती क्रांति की मशाल l
कभी झुंड में खो जाने का डर तो
कभी चोटी पर दिखाई देता अकेला खड़ा मेरा प्रतिबिम्ब l
इस कौतुहल में बनती हुई कविता ढूंढ रही है
अपना लक्ष्य
पर कविता अभी भी फंसी हुई है ...

Monday, July 7, 2008

web of memories

I close my eyes. I saw her standing near the gate waiting for me with utmost desperation. Her eyes are full of hope. Her lips are silently moving in prayer for my well being. I try hard to wake up since it cannot be a reality anymore. The more I try the more it’s difficult. Suddenly I see myself in the scene. I am dressed as a school boy. Lost in my world of fantasies being totally innocent about her affection. She embraces me in her arms. Her face lightens up and lips utter words of adoration. The rest is nothing but a sweet lullaby. Everything seems to be like a lost world. I wake up from my sleep and get occupied within no time. No time to think no time to cherish the dream. A mad race in a mad struggle. It’s hard to imagine how it happened so fast. I cannot even think about the precise moment when the innocence gave way to materialism and vanished from my life like it was never there to begin with. I have no idea when I took a turn and got on a different road. Not even the slightest hint at all. But the realty is, it happened. I remember, as a child, I used to stare at the clock for hours together just to catch the moment when minute hand of the clock changed its direction. But I could never seize that moment. The world changes in a blink. Thousands of moments get lost in a blink and you keep staring at the dichotomy of time.

I close my eyes again. I see my friends. I see my brothers and sisters. I smile how they used to be so stupid and illogical as a child. Those little pranks lie buried in the garden somewhere. I remember when I departed from my friends after 10th class. We promised to write letters to each other every week. It seemed to be so easy at that time. I still remember the promise but have no time to make it true. Moreover who the hell write letters in 2008? Everybody has a crush in his school life on a teacher. I too had. I used to like my biology teacher a lot. These little and innocent memories lie hidden in some part of my head. Sometimes they seem to be like a web. Already its impossible to live and they make the life even more difficult.

But I do want to live the life of my memories once again. I want to stare at the clock with the same innocence once again to catch hold of the moment lost in the blink. I want to dig those pranks from the garden in the backyard. I want to say goodbye to my friends once again with a promise to write letters every week. I want to wear my school uniform and get received with same hope and affection. I want to yell I want to cry as a child. I want my innocence back. But I know I can’t go back. I also know that it’s not possible because the woman in the dream is no more…


Sometimes honesty gives you big surprises. I saw a wonderful movie today. An honest movie by an honest team of filmmakers and actors called ‘idiots’. The movie, I would say, is not only an eye opener but an insight into the inside of the people which is full of filth and hypocrisy. This is the first film made under the label of Dogma, a Scandinavian film group inspired by the Danish director ‘Lars von Trier’, which insists that their new manifesto on how to make films, be adhered to by those who make films under their label.

This dogma consists of improvised acting and hand-held camera work, among other dogmas the film must adhere to. There are several rules which have to be followed for making ‘dogma’ film. The film is made by a hand held camera using natural light and sound effects. The use of artificial light and sound amplifications is strictly prohibited throughout the film. All this gives the film a realistic look. In short these films promise to stay away from all the clichés of commercial Hollywood cinema. And in a way the films made under this category are anti-film films.

‘Idiots’ has a bunch of middle-class cult groupies living together in a rich private house that one of their relatives gave them, as the group members seem to be either in their late teens or their 20s, whose repulsive purpose is to freak out in public and display a show of insanity and sometimes do it when together in the privacy of their house. The purpose is to bring out the inner idiot out of them. To spasse, is a Danish term, which refers to those who act like idiots even though they are not. These episodes of spassing give this film an odd look that is guaranteed to turn off a lot people and anger many, especially those who expect more conventional ways of looking at the problems young people face in society.

This blog should not be considered a film review or something like that because I am definitely in not that mood. Rather the article is a confession and declaration that I am nothing but a fucking hypocritic poser and a pseudo intellectual kind of a personality. The movie distinguishes between two kinds of people; those who pose to be different or insane or idiots but can’t do so in real crisis and life time situations and those who really are insane or different but don’t pose for the sake of proving it. And I am certainly the former one. Since I have realized what sort of a person I am, I want to apologize to all those who have been generous enough in reading my articles and give me a moral boost through their honest comments, for being fake in trying to establish my insanity when in reality I don’t have the courage to bring it out as and when the need arises. I have written a lot about insanity and at one point of time I started believing myself to be the master of this concept. But after watching the movie I feel that I am merely a beginner to this concept. There are several aspects which have to be dealt with thoroughly and viewed from a different perspective. To feel like insane and being one are two different issues which need to be considered. And the latter is more difficult. Insanity, in my view, is a weapon which has the potential to change the things and revolutionize the fucking strangulating systems; be it our fucking strangulating family systems or the ever existing demeaning political systems. To write about insanity and hope for a change would not necessarily solve the issue. It needs a hell lot of courage to be insane and fuck the society or the systems at the point where it hurts a lot. Insanity needs to be brought in everyday practice of being a human being and being among those who want to bring about a change. Only then we can hope for a generation which is not only free in its thought process but also in converting it’s thought into a viable expression.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

transitory existence

It’s hard to give meaning to the thoughts which come for a moment and leave an everlasting impression.
It’s hard to pen down the images which flash for a second but remain etched in the memory forever.
It’s hard to find words when everything seems so blank.
And it’s really not easy to do justice with the words when their meaning won’t ever find a refuge.
I know that everything is transitory.
Realizing this makes it even more difficult.
It seems worthless to try when I see my transitory existence surrounded by the vultures all around.
They won’t leave me no matter how hard I try.
They won’t ever let the things change for once and for all.
But how can I be deceitful to the immortal soul?
How can I pretend knowing that I am a human being?
My thoughts define my existence.
My words stare at me for expression.
They don’t really know about my being helpless and all alone.
I try hard to hide.
But it’s really getting too complicated.
The pigs are growing day by day.
And the dogs have all always been too faithful to their masters.
And then there is always a flock of sheep to suffer and whimper.
There is no place for me in this farm.
I am merely a spectator at my own funeral.

Hypocrisy – an epidemic / insanity - a crime

During the most intimate moments of my day in the quietest of surroundings, at the height of explosion I masturbated in my room. This time I raped the girl living in the house next to me and had the most satisfying orgasm of my life. She was distracting my thought since morning and making me feel restless. I was postponing the act for a long time but then it became simply impossible to manage and at last I had to do it. I don’t feel guilty because it was inevitable and necessary for the satisfaction of my hidden yet ever existing and omnipotent desire. I don’t think it would be difficult to face her the next time. On the contrary it would be much easier considering the psychological turmoil I used to come across on meeting her before. I may be guilty and criminal from inside but according to the society I am innocent. Somebody may call me a hypocrite but its better than to be labeled as a rapist. I would continue living my life in a similar way as I have been living before. Same old work same old food same old frustration but a new girl every day on my bed during the most intimate moments of the day. This is how I have existed till now. This is how I will continue for the rest of my life. And I am sure this is how millions of other boys or girls of my age exist in the world today and have existed before.

He was a friend of mine. We used to have a very good time. Then he betrayed me for no reason and made my life a living hell. I don’t want to see his face again. I wish a miserable life for him everyday in my prayers. I have killed him a thousand times in my dreams. But he is still there to remind me of those days and the worse he has done to my life. It’s illegal to kill and it’s too humiliating to be labeled as a murderer. I am a very respectable person of my society. Everybody pay respect to my position and my personality. I can’t take law in my hands. Only thing I can continue to do is to continue killing him in my dreams for the rest of my life and try to make life as miserable as I can for my friend. This way I can continue living my life as before and still be respected and admired without wearing the badge of a criminal.

It’s too easy to be a hypocrite and still be sane and loved by the society. But it’s too difficult to break the law and be called as an insane or a criminal. A very thin line exists between hypocrisy and insanity. If we visualize closely it would not be difficult to find rapists or murderers in our own family or friend circle. But still we love them because they haven’t done crime according to the prescribed definitions of law and society. In other words hypocrisy is a widely accepted phenomenon. We may look at hypocrisy in a negative way but in reality we all are hypocrites to a certain extent. We all live in this veil of hypocrisy. Those who come out of it are called insane; those who continue are called civilized citizens of the society. It will not be wrong to say that hypocrisy is an epidemic. But nobody is really interested in curing it. On the other hand society has defined punishments for those who cross the line. Emotions distinguish man from animals but also have made him the most hypocrite being existing in the world. In other words animals are not hypocrites. Sometimes it’s difficult to decide what is right and what exactly is not. If rape is a crime then is it right to rape a girl in thoughts and masturbate? Sex is a taboo in the Indian context. The young boys and girls are literally starved for sex for a very long time. It will not be wrong to say that millions of girls are living a life of mental prostitution in India and outside. Then why does society consider prostitution a crime when prostitution is so rampant in the minds of the youth in reality? Is there a space for this kind of promiscuity if the society is so moral and religious? Society has made everything to its advantage. It has defined everything so intelligently so that the ones who question it would always be proved out rightly wrong and be readily eliminated from the system without even their traces left behind.

Do we need to revise our definitions and prescribe new ones which would be as controversial and at the same time as wrong as the existing ones? Is it necessary to distinguish right and wrong when one can be proved the other in some other or the same context or the difference in reality is actually very superficial? Isn’t it right to say that we being the most intelligent beings are also the ones who are spiritually the poorest and the weakest?

It’s not possible to be insane and at the same time hope for a stable system everywhere. In other words some amount of hypocrisy is required for survival. But it’s also necessary to define our zone of insanity and work on it extensively to fill the loopholes in the systems around us. All we can do is to be a less hypocrite and try to view the things from a different perspective.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

मेरी आज़ादी का अनुभव

मैं पिंजरे की बंद चिडिया हूँ
आजाद होना चाहती हूँ
उड़ना चाहती हूँ
एक दिन पिंजरे का मालिक पिंजरा
खोल देता है
अब आजाद हूँ
उड़ना सीख रही हूँ
पंख फैला रही हूँ
पर अब बहुत हुआ
मैंने अपने पंख काट दिए
वापस पिंजरे में बंद हूँ
सपने बहुत जी चुकी
आज़ादी बहुत जी चुकी
अब आराम करना चाहती हूँ
अब भी खुश हूँ
क्या बुरा है पिंजरे की ज़िंदगी में?

Thursday, May 1, 2008

the silence speaks...

There’s silence that exits
Within the walls,
Tormented and petrified
Howling secretly in the dark
Caverns of laughter,
It burns in the fire
So profound,
Yet it survives the nights
Of frustration
Sighing gently for its freedom
Every second,
It feeds on the crumbs
Of everlasting desires,
It dreams for the day
That seems far away from
Its boundary,
It longs for the sun
That shines for its enemy.
Hiding the tears
Of disaster
Waiting for the rains
To surrender,
It craves for the high
That exists beyond the
Rigmaroles of reason,
Parched lips cry for water
Words roll from the door
Too often
Hopes get crumpled in the search
For a corner
Echoes wander
Far and wide
Waves reach the lines
So dry
A story waiting to be told
A secret about to unfold
An innocent confession
Of seasons
Whimper in the winds
To shatter
The day seems to be closer
A puff of change will
Make a difference
A splash of colors and
The roar of a thunder
It’s a transformation
That happened never before
The truth is here
It’s not a secret anymore
There’s no more silence
There’re no more walls…

Friday, March 21, 2008


distant lands

walking through the desert
crying over the sand
i saw the similar faces
laughing on the distant land.
tattered and shattered
i manage to see the shore
through the holes in my wounded hands.
they're calling me every minute
shining the broken pieces
of my colors of dreams,
they're talking to one another
about the stones
in my babel of screams,
distorted visions and the beads of red
glittering on the highway
storming my head,
i am trying to keep pace
with the vanishing lights
dying to survive
in the clatter of trivial delights.
i know i can
decipher the code of horizon
embrace the darkness
and laugh at the shining crimson.
crossin the dividing lines
i have come much closer
i can now stand
to spit at the victorious losers.
coming so far
from the abondoned sands
i see them disappearing
from their conquered lands.
no matter how hard you try
to break my legs and make me cry
my insanity will always beat the flock of sheep
kick them in their graves and soak their spirits dry.

my wall...

thought i had something more to say...

it was 2 o' clock in the night when i thought of giving new colors to this painting which i painted an year ago. the result is before you.

the colors in the sky speak of the storm in my head and the darkness my story...

my wall...

the words glare at me every moment
the thoughts provoke me now and then
they want me to fight
the time has come
its time to win
its time to kill...

Thursday, February 14, 2008

the end by doors (apocalypse now)

This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end
Of our elaborate plans, the end
of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
I'll never look into your eyes...again
Can you picture what will be
So limitless and free
Desperately in need...of some...stranger's hand
In a...desperate land
Lost in a Roman...wilderness of pain
And all the children are insane
All the children are insane
Waiting for the summer rain, yeah
There's danger on the edge of town
Ride the King's highway, baby
Weird scenes inside the gold mine
Ride the highway west, baby
Ride the snake, ride the snake
To the lake, the ancient lake, baby
The snake is long, seven miles
Ride the snake...he's old, and his skin is cold
The west is the best
The west is the best
Get here, and we'll do the rest
The blue bus is callin' us
The blue bus is callin' us
Driver, where you taken' us
The killer awoke before dawn, he put his boots on
He took a face from the ancient gallery
And he walked on down the hall
He went into the room where his sister lived, and...then he
Paid a visit to his brother, and then he
He walked on down the hall, and
And he came to a door...and he looked inside
Father, yes son, I want to kill you
Mother...I want to...fuck you
C'mon baby, take a chance with us
C'mon baby, take a chance with us
C'mon baby, take a chance with us
And meet me at the back of the blue bus
Doin' a blue rock
On a blue bus
Doin' a blue rock
C'mon, yeah
Kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill
This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end
It hurts to set you free
But you'll never follow me
The end of laughter and soft lies
The end of nights we tried to die
This is the end

its all dark

yes it's dark its really dark. and this is the only reality left in my life now. it takes time to assimilate this harsh truth of life but when it gets absorbed u feel weaker . a loneliness never felt before, a kind of helplessness never experienced before surrounds and breaks you from inside. i was in a dilemma when he told me about this fact whether to believe it or not. but he was sure that i would experience it one day and feel as helpless as the people in the past had been or the people present feel when they encounter the ultimate. the most difficult part i would say had not been the realization but life with this realization. in my case the realization came in stages. the first time i felt like dancing when i saw the reflection of darkness in the figure of krishna. i felt like seeing krishna for the first time in my life. it was nothing less than an enlightenment. i wanted to dance like a child dances naked in the rain. i wanted to smile as a mother smiles when she looks at her baby the first time after delivery. it made me stunned as a boy who discovers his sexuality for the first time in the act of masturbation. i felt like reaching the peaks of mount everest standing there infront of the idol of krishna. i felt like discovering something never ever discovered before. the second time pink floyd made me realize what it really means to be dark and alone. i would have listened to those chords of the guitar a hundred times before but what they wanted to tell me i could never ever imagine. i felt as if pink floyd was formed not to create music but to make me realize the intensity of the dark canvass on which our lives have been painted. i felt like vomiting. i felt choked and wanted to suicide. that realization has made me quiet as i had never been. i feel lonely in the company of friends. the celebrations have lost their meaning for me. everything seems to be artificial and false. nobody is a friend. there is war going on everywhere and everyone wants to weaken and defeat me. i don't have the strength to fight. i don't have the means to save my life. it becomes difficult to find words now. my writings seem to have lost their effectiveness. i fear to write. i fear to express. i feel i am writing my experience on a black piece of paper with a black pen and nothing is visible when i try to read it. things will change one day. i still believe it. the time may be about to come. i waited for a long time. the wait is going to over. perhaps i am out of place now. i am exausted, burnt, may be lost. it's over now. i don't want it anymore. for the first time in my life i can feel the void inside me. it may have been there from the beginning but only now i can feel its existence. its growing every minute. just about to burst. just about to extinguish. just about to engulf every inch of my survival. its laughing. i am made to hear its cry. my ears are about to explode. eyes getting blind. everybody is happy. everybody was good. they were behaving just the way they should. only i was ignorant. i was stupid. i was wrong. all seem to be meaningless now. its all bullshit. the point has come when i am able to touch the horizon that seemed to be invincible once. the things really merge here or should i say they cease to exist at all. the party is going on. friends are enjoying, dancing, getting high. music is in the air. the smoke all around. they say its a different world. i used to be a part of it few days back. but things have turned up in a different way. i am not a member now. i have been thrown out or should i say i chose it. its all same. the void has outgrown and surrounded me all over. a vaccuum has formed. i wanted to get out. but its over now. who the fuck wants to get out? i can feel no pain no thirst no hunger. just a final desire to burn into ashes. i want to end up everything. life is just a formality now. the chain is long and i am just a small and insignificant part of it. i am no different. just another brick in the wall. all the ambiguities seem to be over. who the fuck i am roaming here purposelessly? it doesn't belong to me or should i say i am an alien. lost in the world of big people. i am a tiny speck or a worthless piece of shit. i am waiting. waiting for the things to show up fast. just want the ultimate. the end seems to be approaching every time i close my eyes. i believe in a saying that if a thing happens twice it happens for the third time also.
i am waiting, waiting for the third time...