Book Review – An Ode to Life – Tajammul Kothari



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Poetry is an art and when you pen down your emotions, feelings and experience with words which can be related to the readers, you become an artist. Writers write in different genre and each has its own style and taste. This blog post is about one of my blogger friend who gave me a chance to go through his debut book titled, “An Ode to Life” containing his collection of poems. My friend Tajammul Kothari is the author of this book and it takes me immense pleasure to write the review for his debut book. I would also like to express my apologies to him as I am writing this book review post after one half years of publication as I was quite involved with my studies and other aspects. Apologies for the same Tajammul. The writer is available at his blog titled Worldly Realization. Kindly visit his blog for his beautiful work.

For all poem lovers including me, this book, An Ode to Life is a gem and is a collection of poems that highlights the different stages in the journey of life. Life has many layers and this book contains several poems depicting different stages of life. The writer has even written a thank you poem titled “A Big Thank you” to all the readers which is a lovely read and I really liked this. The book contains beautiful literary pieces with simple words and in a lucid manner. I firmly believe the one who read will definitely find it worth. The book contains poems of various genres like inspirational, romantic, sad etc. The writer in depth can be seen from an extract of his poem ,“The Road” which says:

 A long winding road called life

In each and every turn there is a surprise

Bright paths to guide you aright or

Dark alleys that hinder your sight

The book also contains romantic poems. I became really impressed the way he has expressed love in one of his poem titled “Love is to Stay” which says:

You can pierce a dagger deep inside

And break this feeble heart of mine

You can kill me with your words unkind

But you can’t murder the love

The sentence “You can’t murder love” is more than enough to say what love is. This is amazing and you will find many such kind of poems with beautiful stanzas in his book and I am sure you will love it. Poetry has its own taste and this book is really worth to read.

The book is available at following:

I would like to congratulate him for getting his work published and also like to thank him for giving me an opportunity to go through his literary pieces and I hope he will continue to offer the readers with his beautiful work in future as well in the form of his writing.

Ashish Kumar

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Perception about writers…


Hello  to all my bloggers and writers and to all who are reading this post. There is a question which often comes in my mind that why people think writer’s are unconventional and not normal. Most of the times I have seen people commenting about the writers ability to write and convey their thoughts. Or better to say they simply conclude that “writers are mad”. 😦 Are we really ???

Being myself a writer I can feel this kind of thoughts coming from those group of people who are non-writers. The question is how and why they perceive like this? I think if I am able to write something apart from academics work , it is an extra talent which I posses. This perception can be easily observed and I think you might have felt the same at some point in life. It is a kind of startling perception.

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One reason can be they are jealous that how he/she is able to write while doing other task as well. 🙂 Those who write they only know how much effort and dedication is required in writing which include fiction, short stories, poems, articles etc. What to include and what not to include in the posr? Is the post can be related to those who are reading ? Also those criticize writers they forget that they too are reading something either in books, internet or newspapers, novels  etc which are also being composed by non other than writers itself. I have been also criticized by many like “Kya likhte rehta hai… koi kaam nahi hai kya? (What you are always writng… Don’t have any other work?) ” 

I tell you the reason why I write. I write because I love to do so and I hope most of the writers write because of the same. It is the passion which keeps on growing  which results into creation of new posts.  I have written a poem summarizing about why people write. You can read that poem titled Why do I write?  So whats your take on perception about writer’s? Share your views in the form of comments…

– Ashish Kumar

अपना हिन्दुस्तान |


As Independence day is coming closer i.e on 15th August. So here is my first take on a poem which is of patriotic theme. I hope it will be liked by you all… 🙂 Happy Independence day… 🙂

ये धरती है बहुत पावन |
यहाँ का हर रंग है मन भावन  |
जिसके सिर पे हिमालय का है ताज |
जो है हम सबका सरटाज़ |
शान से सदियों पे जिस पर हमे है गर्व |
हर रोज़ होता हैं यहाँ कोई पर्व |
है जिसका हमें अभिमान |
कोई और नहीं …
वो है अपना हिन्दुस्तान |

खून से सींचा है जिसे शहीदों ने |
जिसके लिए सर कटा दिया वीरों ने |
ये माटी है बहुत ही अनमोल |
जो बोलती है हमेशा मीठे बोल |
गोद मे संजोया है जिसने हमे |
माँ की तरह पाला है जिसने हमे |
होता है जिसपे हमें गुमान |
कोई और नहीं …
वो है अपना हिन्दुस्तान |

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देश है एक पर भाषा अनेक |
जहाँ के लोग हैं सॉफ और नेक |
है कौन जो इस से प्यार नहीं करेगा |
ढूँदने पर भी ब्रह्मांड में ऐसा देश नहीं मिलेगा |
इसकी वातावरण मे एक अनोखी खुशबू है |
जो कहीं और मिलती नहीं है |
है जहाँ पर सबका मान और सम्मान |
कोई और नहीं …
वो है अपना हिन्दुस्तान |

जिसने किया है संसार पर अनेकों उपकार |
क्यूँ न करे हम उस धरती से प्यार |
यही वो जगह है जहाँ स्वर्ग है बस्ता |
हर दिल मे हिन्दुस्तान है रहता |
इसकी तारीफ कोई लिख नहीं पाएगा |
लिखने भी लगे तो स्याही कम पर जाएगा |
जिसके हर एक कन मे अनोखी ताक़त है |
वो तो अपना भारत है |
नहीं होता है जहाँ किसी का अपमान |
कोई और नहीं …
वो तो है सिर्फ़ अपना हिन्दुस्तान |
अपना हिन्दुस्तान …

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  – Ashish Kumar

…LOVE/HATE CHALLENGE…


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Two of my blogosphere friends namely Karuna and Deb Villines have nominated for the Love/hate challenge. This is first time that I am taking up the challenge. I would like to thank both of them for nominating me for the challenge. 🙂   Do check their blogs. I hope you will like it for sure… 🙂

Rules

# List 10 things that you love.
# List 10 things that you hate.
# Nominate fellow bloggers to take the challenge.

10 things I love

  1. Myself, love my parents and my family… 🙂
  2. Music.
  3. To help others if it falls in my domain.
  4. To spend time with friends and make the environment enjoyable.
  5. To do the work with commitment and dedication.
  6. Writing poems, quotes and articles.
  7. Simplicity without show case.
  8. To fulfil my need , not my greed.
  9. Sleep. I never lose this opportunity to sleep whenever I get. 🙂
  10. I love my country.

10 things I hate

  1. People who speak something else and do something else.
  2. Liars.
  3. Giving fake smile and doing something else from back.
  4. I am an optimistic person so I hate negative comments and giving up attitude.
  5. Crowd… 😦
  6. Eating more than required.
  7. Giving suggestions without being asked for the same.
  8. Show casing yourself unnecessary.
  9. Traffic on roads. 😦
  10. Extreme hot climate… 😦

I would like to nominate following wonderful bloggers for this challenge.

All the best to all the nominees. I will be eagerly waiting to know your love/hate… 🙂

 –  Ashish Kumar

…YOU CONTINUED TO LIE…


In the deep of your heart.
There is a presence of mine.
You never accepted the truth.
And continued to lie.

Even your soul knows your situation.
You always avoid to have the attention.
Giving always the fake smile.
And…
From the mouth.
You continued to lie.

You know I know.
What else do we need to know.
Have nothing to hide.
Come, we will walk side by side.
Invited you for that walk and talk.
You said yes from soul and heart.
But…
From the mouth.
You still continued to lie…

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– Ashish Kumar

… मैं तो चलता गया |…


सब कुछ सवारते हुए |
खुद को सँभालते हुए |
मैं तो चलता गया |
पर मैं न रहा |

राहों में मुश्किलों को झेलते |
आँखों से आंसूं पीते |
होठों पे मुस्कराहट बनाये हुए |
मैं तो चलता गया |
पर मैं न रहा |
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कभी सुख को देख के |
कभी दुःख को झेल के |
अपने आप को भूल के |
मैं तो चलता गया |
पर मैं न रहा |

आवाज़ों के बाज़ारों में |
शोर के भवसागर में |
मेरी ख़ामोशी शांत हो गयी |
बोलूं तो बोलू क्या |
मेरी आवाज़ भी मुझसे नाराज़ हो गयी |
दुनिया की परछाई में |
खुद की परछाई भूल गया |
परन्तु …
मैं तो चलता गया |
पर मैं न रहा |

एक राह पकड़ी ऐसी |
जिस पर इंसान ने कदम ही न रखे थे |
उस अंजानी और अजनबी राह में |
मंज़िल तलाश लिया |
औरो की क्या बात करे |
खुद को ही अपना शागिर्द बना लिया |
अकेले ही रहकर |
अकेलेपन को मार डाला |
पर …
मैं तो चलता गया |
पर मैं “मैं” न रहा |

अँधेरा आया और गया |
पर सवेरा नहीं हुआ |
आने और जाने का चक्र चलता रहेगा |
मैं था , मैं हूँ |
राह कठिन है बहुत |
अंगारों पर चलना होगा |
मुश्किलों को मारने के लिए |
खुद से जीतना होगा |
सवेरा लाने के लिए |
खुद को सूरज की तरह जलना होगा |
डगर मुश्किल है नामुमकिन नहीं |
इसलिए …
मैं तो चलूँगा |
और चलता रहूँगा | 

walk1  – Ashish kumar