शाम ढले एक बात चली है…

शाम  ढले  एक  बात  चली  है। 
कागज़  पर  कलम, फिर  एक  बार  चली  है। 

ज़िन्दगी  तो  ज़िन्दगी  है , वो  चल  रही  है। 
सुख  हो  या  दुःख , आगे  बढ़  ही  रही  है। 
गिरते  गिरते  संभालना , उठ कर  फिर  चलना। 
मुसीबत  को  दफना  कर  युहीं  चलना। 
यही कोशिश  हर  वक़्त  हो  रही  है। 
राह  में  कांटो  की  आंधी  हो  चली  है। 
इस  आंधी  में  धूप, फिर  एक  बार  खिली  है। 
शाम  ढले  एक  बात  चली  है।  
कागज़  पर  कलम , फिर  एक  बार  चली  है। 

अंतर्मन  की  शक्ति  पहचान  कर। 
मौसम  का  बदले  मिज़ाज़  को  भांप  कर। 
कारवां  बढ़  रही  है। 
कभी  आसमान  तो  कभी  आँखों  से  बारिश  हो  रही  है। 
और  ज़िन्दगी  यूँ  ही  चल  रही  है। 
लाख  दुआ  लाख  कोशिश  शायद  ही  काम  आती  है। 
जब  इरादे  नेक  हो  तो  मंज़िल  मिल  ही  जाती  है। 
इस  मंज़िल  को  पाने  की  ललक  ज़रूरी  है। 
हर  सुबह  एक  नयी  किरण  लाती  है। 
आँखों  की  बारिश  को  मिटाती  है। 
यही  बात  तो  समझनी  है। 
ज़िन्दगी  है  और  इसमें , 
उम्मीद  की  कलि  फिर  एक  बार  खिलनी  है। 
शाम  ढले  एक  बात  चली  है। 
कागज़  पर  कलम , फिर  एक  बार  चली  है। 
कागज़  पर  कलम , फिर  एक  बार  चली  है।  

- Ashish Kumar
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Book Review – Eclectic Verses – Radhika Puttige

Life is a mix of many things, particularly thoughts and emotions which we feel in our day to day life. Good, bad, happy, sad, peace, nervous, jealous etc. we all have encountered with these feelings in life. In fact, life is broad and diverge in terms of our journey and our feelings. These broadness and divergence are beautifully captured poetically in a book titled “Eclectic Verses”, written by Radhika Puttige. The book gives a beautiful poetic presentation of various thoughts of life which is a mix of various emotions.

About the Author

Radhika Puttige had spent a decade as a teacher and now utilizing her time in creative work including writing. Eclectic Verses is her debut book as an author. She has presented the aspects of life in the form of haiku and poems in her debut book.

It is of paramount importance to mention that the author is a well-known blogger. Yes, she is the blogger at https://radhikasreflection.wordpress.com/  She is a brilliant writer and the master of writing haikus and poems. Many congratulations for publishing her collections of haikus and poems. 😊  Do visit her blog for amazing writings.

About the Book

Eclectic Verses is a collection of haikus and poems, 125 in total. The author had segregated various aspects of life in this book like emotions, present world, silence etc. Various emotional ripples which one experiences in life are presented in well crafted haikus and poems. So is the case with others. She had touched all the genre in this book. Anger, betrayal, motivational, nature loving, resilience, success, failure, karma, solitude etc. are presented beautifully in the form of haikus and poems.

My body breathes
But my soul is buried deep.

The book is full of such powerful excerpts which makes it an interesting and pleasant read. The author had brilliantly raised the present-day problem of addiction to social media in one of the poems titled “Disconnect”. An extract from that poem need a worth mention.

Thousands of friends on social media
Yet, not a single real one
Toxic social media eroded deep into lives
Today, humanity is tangled by wires of technology
Connected virtually, but disconnected in person.

The above excerpt is self-explanatory and such kind of verses in the book makes it a wonderful read. The best part of the book is the haikus and poems can be easily related to the readers. This is one of the most important reason to give it a read.

In one of the haikus, the author had described brilliantly the irony of life.

Irony of life
Battle of past and future
Present forgotten

Read the book for such beautiful verses and enjoy. Being a poetess, the author had dedicated a poem on poetry. She writes various phases of writing a poem, from thought generation to crafting words, editing and finalizing it. One should read the book to get a glimpse of such kind of literary pieces.

Eclectic Verses

The author had smartly raised few of the social issues including women empowerment and terrorism in poetic manner. She had also touched the issue of true and fake people or better to say, people masking their face to appear true. There are many haikus and poems describing natures beauty and the pleasant feeling of experiencing the same.

The author had also provided the sense of spirituality in her debut book. Prayer, meditation, nirvana, karma etc. she presents all such aspects in lucid manner. A haiku on solitude is a worth mention.

Solitary self
Under the blue parasol
Feels blissful moments

In a nutshell, Radhika Puttige had given a very ‘”good read” book on poems and haikus which should be considered to have a read, for all poems and haikus lover. Easily related poem, touching various emotions, natural beauty, spirituality, present world, and the problems etc. all are provided poetically. A very good book to read with various genre in one go.

-Ashish Kumar

Food is being prepared…

Online food delivery has become part of life, particularly in urban areas and amongst youngsters. This post is about online food delivery wherein Mr X throws few interesting questions. 😊 😛 Let us see what Mr X wants to convey.

Mr X was to meet one of his relatives. He thought of taking some sweets as he was meeting them after one year due to lockdown. He ordered some sweets online. After placing the order, the status on app was showing “Your order has been received”. Mr X checked the status after few minutes, and it showed “Food is being prepared”.… Mr X thought for a while and he recalled what he ordered. He ordered Gulab Jamun, Kaju Katli, Moti Choor Laddoo, Rasmalai and Rasgullas. Mr X was wondering how is it possible to prepare all these sweets after placing the order? Also, the status on app was showing “Your order will be delivered tentatively in 30 minutes”. Mr X mind was full of few questions as below:

  • How come Gulab Jamun, Rasgullas, Kaju Katli, Moti Choor Laddoo and Rasmalai can be prepared after I placed the order?
  • Preparation of these sweets started after I placed the order?
  • It takes hours to prepare sweets and few sweets even take more than 24 hours to get into the final touch. Then how is it possible that these sweets are prepared in so less time?
  • “Food is being prepared” should not be the status as sweets are already prepared in advance and not after placing the order…

Logically, Mr X is right as sweets preparation takes time, in general. Try to answer the above questions raised by Mr X. 😊 😛 His logic seems to be correct. Share your thoughts on Mr X observations and thinking. Have you ever thought of such questions? 😛   

Stay happy. Stay safe… Keep smiling… 😊 😛 And yeah, don’t do overthinking after reading this post… 😛

Ashish Kumar