September 22, 2017

Back to my safe haven!

"Back to my safe haven...the home sweet home...at last!" [sigh]  Safe from all that traffic coughing out clouds upon clouds of choking pollutants now.
Let's get on ahead with the evening. A quick shower and a spray of the favorite body deodorant...feeling oh so fresh!
Hmm...it is the turn to appease the taste buds next...let's see...health eating of course! Stir fried mixed vegetables and....Ahh! Now that was some meal....burp! Sorry!
TV time...must know what's going on the world over. How about creating the right atmosphere to uplift the mind and body? Some room spray and afew drops of the aroma oil in the t-light dispenser, and let's do away with the last of the fatigue into the thin air...Wow!
In the favorite recliner...in the folds of the soft soft comforter, hugging the favourite cushion TV remote in the hand...let's change this nailpaint. Mmmm look at those pretty hands and toes!
Yawn...it's 2AM! Must have dozed off. Time to hit the bed. Zzzzz...snore.
Rinnggg! Ah! Ahh! God! This headache. Must have some coffee...Oh! Can't seem to get up...the body feels oh so bashed up...10 AM! Must have dozed off again. So late for office! Office...if only the aching body would move and the head didn't feel so heavy! Trinngggg...someone's phone's ringing somewhere. Trinngggg...Trrinngggg...Oh! Why don't the take the call! Trinngggg...Trrinngggg..it is somewhere near...my phone!

"Hello."
"Where are you? Have not come to office, not been taking calls all day!"
All day! What time is it? 5 PM! Oh! Slept all day!

"I'm feeling so exhausted...bashed up...my head is pounding and feels leaden. Donno where the day went!"
"You seem to be down with flu."
Let me get the doctor to you.

"Flu it is."
"Flu?! But doctor she eats so healthy...how can it be!"
Well...let's go around this house, shall we?

Here's your must do and don'ts list...add on to it as and when.
Daily:
1 Take out the garbage at night.
2. Rinse out the dishes before leaving them in the sink and wipe the slab and floor.
3. Keep all mops in the open (dried in the sun/fresh air).
4. No aerosol spray (deo) cans...if unavoidable, use. CFC free cans.
5. Remove and apply nailpaint in the balcony (open air).
6. Use natural substances to repel insects. (No commercial cockroach etc killers/repellents.)
7. Keep flowering plants in the balcony.
8. Keep windows/doors open while lighting candles/insence etc.

 For the weekend:
1. Remember to sun up the extra linen, clothes and all room curtains... and air out the closets, the bathroom and the rooms.
 2. Avoid cooking gas leakage by cleaning gas stove burners regularly and using well functioning gas lighter.

"But doctor..."

"These are some ways to keep your home air free of pollution. Many of us feel/think we keeps our home clean, but little do we realise that some of these cleaners pollute the air in our home in their own way....through smoke, carbon residue, mould, fungus, pollen, clorofloro carbon to name a few. And, you will be surprised to know that the air inside our homes can be as much as five times more polluted than the polluted outdoors air."
Dazed!

"Need a silver line on this grey cloud? Paint your walls with miracle called 'asianpaints rõyale Atmos' and make your home your real safe haven.

"A paint, doctor! How can a paint help?" Puzzled.

"Not 'a' paint. It is THE one of its kind paint with the magic of keeping your home air, pollution free. Low VOC rõyale Atmos from Asianpaints with its Active Carbon technology improves air quality by absorbing harmful pollutants such as formaldehide. Being malodours, it absorbs select foul smells. And as a bonus, releases pleasant fragrance for weeks after your walls are painted.
It even helps your green footprint be bigger with its promise of Green Assure. There is so much more to it. What more could you possibly ask for!

August 1, 2015

A history buried unrecorded.

Our Moon Has Blood Clots: A Memoir of a Lost Home in Kashmir - A Review

The Memoir by Rahul Pandita, is a tale less told, that deserves much telling!

It needs much telling, in fact, to complete a picture, one aspect of which we have all (well, most of us) missed, or sought for and not found. The aspect none in the valley lets you in on...the tale there's none in the valley to tell - The tale of the mass exodus and genocide of the Pandits from Kashmir valley. One million Kashmiri Pandits!

The story as told by a boy in a refugee camp, brings forth glimpses of how the race that left its homes and hearths and riches all behind, fends for its daily sustenance, in the paucity, rather absence even of the basic necessities of cleanliness and cover. His 'sharing of half a tomato with another boy, from their share of vegetable distribution for the day for these 'refugees' to bring home and cook for the family is heart breaking!
Pandita's deeply personal observation and unforgettable accounts of the scattered dreams and families, of lost identities and homes...and families; and the still alive slivers of hopes of rehabilitation and being reconciled to the homeland and the identities, are no less heart wrenching than the brutal murders and rapes and kidnappings and treachery meted out to this race for its 'brethren' of yore sought ethnic cleansing. Their hearts icier than the snow they colored in gore!

25 years since, and this receding of an entire 'people' into oblivion in the name of Jihad, still seeks to come out into the light of the day, garbed as is with its faran (robe) still reeking fresh of the communal stain that has oft been blanketed under mantles ranging from ignorance to complacence (deliberate or unconscious) to conspiracy theories, on the part of the intellectuals, the media, the intelligentsia...the country!

Rahul Pandita's was one among thousands of Kashmiri Pandit families forced to leave their homes in Srinagar, in 1990, when he was 14 years old. His first hand account of the travails of his family and his kin is a window into the annals of the history of Kashmiri Pandits.

November 27, 2014

बेवफ़ा उसे न कहो


ये और बात है, के लगता आज बेपरवाह  है वो,
के हवा दी थी उसी ने, इन मुहब्बत के जज़्बों को।

आज उसके किये वादे की कीमत कुछ नहीं है तो,
दिलबर था वो मेरा, अब बुरा उसे न कहो।

के याद मुझे करके, रोता है तन्हाई में वो,
यकीन नहीं है ग़र, तो चलो फ़र्ज़ ही कर लो।

के अपनी किन्हीं मजबूरियों का क़ैदी है वो,
साथ छोड़ गया है मेरा, तो बेवफ़ा उसे न कहो।

बहुत मुश्किल है मिटाना दाग़, दिल हो या दमन हो,
न दाग़ बेवफाई का, दो उसके दमन को।

November 12, 2014

जो छू कर गुज़रती है मुझे


जो छू कर गुज़रती है मुझे, हवा,
आँचल तेरा भी छू जाती तो होगी।
के याद करता है तुझे हर घड़ी कोई,
कानों में तेरे कह जाती तो होगी।

सिहर उठता हूँ बारिश की जिन चंद बूँदों से मैं,
तेरे दामन में भी मोती यादों  के भर जाती तो होंगी।
जो तड़प के बरस उठती हैं आँगन में मेरे, घटा,
आँगन तेरा भी अश्को से भिगो जाती तो होंगी।

काँप उठती है जिनके छूने से कायनाथ मेरी,
होठों को तेरे भी यादें वो थरथराती तो होंगी।
जो सिसकती, मचलती हैं मेरे आसमाँ में बिजलियाँ,
रोशन तेरे घर को कहीं कर जाती तो होंगी।

जो जलाती, है चिराग निगाहों में उम्मीद के मेरी, चांदनी,
तेरे दिल को भी सुकूँ दे जाती तो होगी।
जिनसे रौशन है हर घड़ी दुनिया मेरी, यादें ,
चिराग दिल में तेरे भी जला जाती तो होंगी।

September 20, 2014

दाग़ दिल पे लिया है मैंने


ग़म तेरे न आने के मिला, तो;
शिक़वा तुझसे नहीं ज़िन्दगी से किया मैंने।
दिलो-दायर और के हुए तेरे;
ये भी ख़ामोश खड़े सहा है मैंने।

के तू रुस्वा न हो ज़माने में आह से भी मेरी;
यूं दर्द बेवफ़ाई का तेरी जज़्ब किया है मैंने।
अश्क़ आँख से न एक भी गिरने पाए;
रस्म-ए-उल्फ़त को इस तरह जिया है मैंने।

न  हैराँ उसके जाने से, न परेशाँ तू;
दिल पे फ़ौलाद तेरे रख दिया है मैंने।
के पाक रूहो-कफ़न रहे तेरा, शीन;
दाग़ दामन पे नहीं दिल पे लिया है मैंने।

September 15, 2014

भरोसा कर लिया मैंने...


चला कुछ सिलसिला ऐसा, उन बिछड़ों को पाने का,
भरोसा कर लिया मैंने तुम्हारे लौट आने का।
आये चार दिन को तुम, बहाना था मनाने का,
तुम्हें हक़ दे दिया मैंने, मेरा फिर दिल दुखाने का।

देकर वास्ता मुझको उन रूठे ज़मानों का,
पता फिर ले लिया मुझसे मेरे दिल के ठिकानों का।
भरोसा फिर किया मैंने, न देखा थे वही, तुम तो,
मौका फिर दिया तुमने तो खुद को आज़माने का।

शुरू फिर सिलसिला है अब, नयी यादें भूलाने का,
तुम्हें न याद करने को, भुलाना उन फ़सानों का
कहा माना नहीं मैंने, कहा दिल ने, "संभल जा" तो,
सज़ा ख़ुदको है दी मैंने, तुम्हें बस नाम बहाने का।

भरोसा फिर किया मैंने, न देखा थे वही, तुम तो,
मौका फिर दिया तुमने तो खुद को आज़माने का।
टूटा दिल मेरा फिर से, भरोसा भी मेरा ही तो;
कुसूर इसमें तुम्हारा क्या, मैं मारा हूँ ज़माने का।

Ah! Train

Sounds travel from such distances,
As you wouldn't travel again.
"You never come to see us now.
So we bring you back some train."

He hugged you tight, kissed your head,
And he boarded his train.
"My love, I'll see you soon."
And he never came again.

Sounds travel from such distances,
As you wouldn't travel again.
"You bring him back to my life!
Now I can't sleep, Ah! Train!"

Sounds traveled from such distances,
As you wouldn't travel again.
"You never come to see us now...
So we brought you back that train."

September 14, 2014

रोक ले आज...

रोक ले अश्क़ मेरे, के न
बाह जाए साथ इनके, आँखों से मेरी।
रोक ले आज इन्हें, के
रह पाये उम्रभर निगाहों में मेरी।
थाम दामन में इन्हें, के
है इनमें ही तू।

रह पायेगा उम्रभर डूबकर इनमें,
होगी ग़र इन आँखों में वही झील सी नमी।
थाम ले आज इन्हें, के
न बह जायें अश्क़ आँखों से सभी।
रोक ले आज इन्हें, के
रह पाये निगाहों में मेरी तू ।

लौटता नहीं बह जाए सैलाबों में जो,
लौट भी आयें ग़र सैलाब वही।
रोक ले आज…
थाम बढ़के इन्हें, के
चल निकला है साथ इन सैलाबों के ही तू।