Remember

Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land.
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more, day by day,
You tell me of our future that you planned,
Only remember me, you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve,
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.

~ written by Christina Rossetti

शब्द

कभी ये शब्द बातों को उलझा देते है, कभी यही शब्द ही बातों को सुलझा देते है। पर जहाँ भावनाओं का प्रभाव गहरा हो तो ये भी काम नहीं आते।

Carnival

He looked at her and lost in musing, everything about her is changed except her smile. Last time when they met at carnival, she was 9 and he was 11. It was a fun memory. She was annoyingly mischievous and tease him with the name “Roly-poly”

After all these years, now she become more mature and calm. Their parents want them to get married. He always liked her but unsure about her feelings. When he asked her whether she said “yes” under parental pressure. She smiled shyly and said looking into his eyes, “No roly-poly, I suggested your name to them.”

PHOTO PROMPT © Brenda Cox

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माँ दुर्गा की मूर्तियां #नवरात्रि

बहुत सालो के बाद, मुझे अपने शहर मे नवरात्रि मनाने का मौका मिला। यूँ तो हर एक जगह इसे मानने का अपना ही एक अलग तरीका होता है, जैसे मेरे शहर में इन दिनों गलियों में हुई सजावट देखते ही बनती है। लोग अपनी श्रद्धा अनुसार मूर्ति स्थापना करते है। यह मूर्तियां ना सिर्फ काफी विशालकाय होती है बल्कि कारीगरों ने इन पर इतनी बारीकी से काम किया होता है कि कुछ मूर्तियां तो सजीव सी प्रतीत होती है। इन कारीगरों को मेरा दिल से प्रणाम। मैं यहाँ कुछ मूर्तियों की फ़ोटो शेयर कर रही हूँ उम्मीद है आपको पसंद आयेगी।

9 Forms of Goddess Durga

As a Indian we don’t need any introduction to Navratri. It is celebrated across India. Every state has a different style of celebrating Navratri like Gujaratis love to do Dadiya (a dance form) during Navratri, we all know the importance of Durga pooja for Bengalis. In my state M.P. people do the nine days fasting and on 8th or 9th day after Kanya Bhojan they break the fast.

Nine days are dedicated to nine forms of goddess Durga.

  1. Shailaputri – Shail means mountain and putri means daughter. As per Indian mythology, she is the daughter of king of mountain Himalaya so named as shailaputri. Sati, Parvati, Bhavani are other names of Shailputri. She is wife of Lord Shiva and mother of Lord Kartik and Ganesh.
वन्दे वांच्छितलाभाय चंद्रार्धकृतशेखराम्‌ ।
वृषारूढ़ां शूलधरां शैलपुत्रीं यशस्विनीम्‌ ॥
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2. BrahmaCharini – She is unmarried form of Parvati. She want to get married to Lord Shiva but got rejection. So she decided to perform hard austerity. She has done fasting for 1000 years and slept on the floor.
दधाना करपद्माभ्यामक्षमालाकमण्डलू।
देवी प्रसीदतु मयि ब्रह्मचारिण्यनुत्तमा॥

3. Chandraghanta – She is married form of Parvati. She wears the half moon lie lord Shiva. She is symbol of bravery.
पिण्डजप्रवरारूढ़ा चण्डकोपास्त्रकेर्युता।
प्रसादं तनुते मह्यं चंद्रघण्टेति विश्रुता॥
4. Kushmunda – It is believed that goddess Kushmunda created the universe with her smile. Her name formed accordingly Ku means “a little”, Ushma means “warmth” or “energy” and Anda means “cosmic egg”.
सुरासम्पूर्णकलशं रुधिराप्लुतमेव च।
दधाना हस्तपद्माभ्यां कुष्मांडा शुभदास्तु मे।
5. Skand Mata – Skand mata means mother of lord Skanda. Skanda is the another name of Lord Kartik. In this form she holds infant lord Kartikeya in her hand. Kartikeya save humankind from Raksha Tarakasur.
सिंहासनगता नित्यं पद्माश्रितकरद्वया।
शुभदास्तु सदा देवी स्कंदमाता यशस्विनी॥
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6. Katyayani – She is born to Rishi Katyayan so name as “Katyayani”. She is known as Warrior goddess. Raksha Mahishasur take a boon from Lord Brahma that no man can kill him. Goddess challenged Mahishasur for duel and she killed him.
चंद्रहासोज्ज्वलकरा शार्दूलवरवाहना।
कात्यायनी शुभं दद्याद्देवी दानवघातिनी॥
7. Kalratri – She is the most violent form of Goddess Durga. Also known as “Kaali”. She has black appearance and represents that there is also other side of mother Goddess which create fear among Rakshas or ill doers. Worshipping her make a person fearless.
एकवेणी जपाकर्णपूरा नग्ना खरास्थिता।
लम्बोष्ठी कर्णिकाकर्णी तैलाभ्यक्तशरीरिणी॥
वामपादोल्लसल्लोहलताकण्टकभूषणा।
वर्धनमूर्धध्वजा कृष्णा कालरात्रिर्भयंकरी॥
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8. Maha Gauri – Maha means “great” Gauri means “white or fair”. Maha Gauri means extremely beautiful. As per Indian mythology because of some effects Goddess Parvati skin color become dark. As a effect of boon she turned fair after bathing in Mansorvar river in Himalaya. Eighth day color is Pink, which also represents beauty.
श्वेते वृषे समारूढ़ा श्वेताम्बरधरा शुचिः।
महागौरी शुभं दद्यान्महादेवप्रमोदया॥
9. Siddhi Datri – She is the 9th Form of Goddess Durga. Siddhi means supernatural or meditative power, datri means giver. Worshiping her will help in getting blissful mind, meditative power.
या देवी सर्वभू‍तेषु मां सिद्धिदात्री रूपेण संस्थिता।
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नम:।।
This concludes my post on 9 Forms of Maa Durga. Happy Navratri, Happy Dusshera. May Goddess Durga bless you.
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Shopping

“When you said, let’s go to the shopping, I had imagined something different. Usually people go to mall and shop for clothes and shoes.” She said

“Aww… I am so sorry dear, I should have clarified myself earlier. But I am sure you will like something here. May be you will find anything for Halloween” He said

“It’s all old and boring.”

“how about this?”

“It is okay but I like this one.”

“Oh! it’s scary.. but it’s price is more scary. You were right this place is boring. Let’s go to the mall and buy a pretty dress for you.”

Photo prompt © Roger Bultot

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Paper Boats

Day by day I float my paper boats one by one down the running stream.
In big black letters I write my name on them and the name of the village where I live.
I hope that someone in some strange land will find them and know who I am.
I load my little boats with shiuli flowers from our garden, and hope that these blooms of the dawn will be carried safely to land in the night.
I launch my paper boats and look up into the sky and see the little clouds setting their white bulging sails.
I know not what playmate of mine in the sky sends them down the air to race with my boats.
When night comes I bury my face in my arms and dream that my paper boats float on and on under the midnight stars.
The fairies of sleep are sailing in them, and the lading is their baskets full of dreams.

It’s a famous poem written by Rabindranath Tagore. This poem is simple and easy to understand but it’s so effective. When I read it first time, all the childhood memories came back to me.

Song of Myself

I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.

I loafe and invite my soul,
I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass.

My tongue, every atom of my blood, form’d from this soil, this air,
Born here of parents born here from parents the same, and their parents the same,
I, now thirty-seven years old in perfect health begin,
Hoping to cease not till death.

Creeds and schools in abeyance,
Retiring back a while sufficed at what they are, but never forgotten,
I harbor for good or bad, I permit to speak at every hazard,
Nature without check with original energy.

This poem written by Walt Whitman. It is divided in 52 sections. This is the first section of poem.