क्यों आग बुझा नहीं देते

रचनाकार – ऋतेश मिश्रा 

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                    क्यों आग बुझा नहीं देते

                    क्यों आग बुझा नहीं देते?
                    नफरत से प्रचंड कर, विसंगति से विपुल कर
                    क्यों चिनगारियों को मशालों मॆं धधका देते?
                    क्यों आग बुझा नहीं देते? Continue reading

Three Takes On ‘No Change!’

28384452797_7d56d2df63_nToday I’m feeling very light. In fact, very very light. Today I was finally able to take  off that burden from me. Let me be specific. A huge pile of coins had accumulated and it was indeed getting more and more difficult to store them. Of course, I couldn’t keep them in my wallet nor in the pocket of my trousers. For some time I kept them in my bag, but the load kept increasing. Have you seen the calendars sold during Dussera and Diwali? You remember that pile of gold coins in front of Lakshmi ji? Same thing here. I segregated them into smaller piles of Rs 5, Rs 10 and Rs 2 coins and put them in different boxes. Once I discussed this problem with a local shopkeeper and he happily agreed to change them with notes. So today I got rid of all the coins. Continue reading

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ख्वाइशें कुछ ऐसी

रचनाकार – हेमा जोशी

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ख्वाइशें कुछ ऐसी

ख्वाइशें कुछ ऐसी, नन्हे जुगनू जैसी
अंधेरे में उस उजाले की तरह, जिसे उंगलियाँ छूना चाहती हैं
हैं अनगिनत तारों की तरह,
जिन्हें मैं हर रात निहारती हूँ, बातें करती हूँ
और छू लेना चाहती हूँ
हैं प्यारी, अनगिनत ओस की बूंदों की तरह
ये ख्वाइशें कुछ ऐसी,
जो उड़ जाना चाहती हैं पंख लगाकर Continue reading

My Favourite Stories From Contemporary Bengali Literature : The Lone Tree

28317470829_8e99126b55_nI moved to this new accommodation in January this year. The design and construction of this residential complex is quite strange. None of the residents seems to have any clue about what came to the architect’s mind to have designed such a stupid tower. No ventilation, no windows, no outside view. Everything is closed with glass panes, shutters, walls. We don’t even know what colour the sky is at any time of the day or whether it is raining outside or is it sunny. Continue reading

इंद्रासन प्राप्त करो तुम

रचनाकार – गौरव मिश्र

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इंद्रासन प्राप्त करो तुम

अस्थिर अशांत इस जग में
क्यों मूक बना सोता है,
यह रत्नविभूषित जीवन

क्यों इसे व्यर्थ खोता है ?

तू नहीं जानता पागल
यह समय कभी नहीं रुकता,
यह काल अमिट अविनाशी

पद चिह्न छोडता चलता । Continue reading

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Syed Akbaruddin photo source: The Indian Express, M J Akbar photo source: India Today.

Reference:

Akbar wasn’t great, Maharana was, says Yogi Adityanath, Hindustan Times, 15 June 2018.

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