Gulzar

“O Dastaañgo, aik panna aur kholo, aur kaho…” And we all saw, more than 1500 of us, how a relationship so fragile, so precious, so battered by an unforgettable sense of wrong, as that between Draupadi and Yudhishtira, was revived by a simple act of friendship. An eponymous long poem by Pavan K Verma, adapted…

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लफ़्ज़ों के बाहिर Or لفظوں کے باہر

सोचा कि तुम्हें कभी लफ़्ज़ों के बाहिर भी ला कर देखूँ, लफ़्ज़ों की भीतर, तुम बे-उम्र से हो गए हो जैसे। वक़्त का, मौसमों का, कोई असर दिखता ही नहीं तुम्हारे चहरे पर । क्या कोई टोना-तंतर है लफ़्ज़ों में ? न तुम्हारे बाल ही ज़्यादा सुफ़ैद हुए, न आँखों से शरारत गुम हुई –…

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Chhupta Chaand

Agli baar chaand se keheingay, Humari jaagti aankhon ko yun dhokha na de, Unn baadalon kee aad mein nahin, Inn intezaar karti aankhon ke saamnay chhupay Saari shaam aasmaan koraa sa phaila tha Aur chaand yun khushi se jagmagaata raha – Aaj toh woh chhupega, phir aur khoobsoorat lagega. Grahan aaya, aur aa kar jaa…

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Cinders and Ashes, Ashes and Cinders

Khaaq mein mil jaana hai sab kuchh Phir uss khaaq ki mitti mein, Kya dhoondhogay tum, un vaadon ko, Jo na jal kar raakh huay? In jalti-bujhti aankhon kay toh Saaray sapnay hi khaak huay. Dekhna mujhay yun sotay huay Itna sukoon, jo tumhari aankhon mein bhi na mil paaya, Us shithil kaaya mein na…

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Remembering John Keats in Hindi

Bech aaye hum neend, Ki chaen ki roti khaa sakein woh. Bech aaye woh sapnay, Ki zindagi humari ko saans aaye. Kuchh baaki hai shayad ab bhi Jo humara tha Jeenay ke liyay in jaagtay sapnon ki rotiyaan kya kam hain? Socha tha inn phakeeri kay dinon mein Rotiyaan, neend aur sapnay, Sabhi ko aadha-aahda…

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Besharam Din

Kaisay besharam dinn thay woh Jab raaton ko bhi jaaga kartay thay, Tum say baaton ke intezaar mein Harr shaam guzara kartay thay Na dinn mein hi neend aati thi, Jab khayalon ko tum baandhaa kartay thay. Tum nay toh kabhi ‘Faiz’ ko padha bhi nahin, Phir bhi keh diya – “Mujh se pehli si…

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