प्रार्थना

ॐ सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः
सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः ।
सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु
मा कश्चिद्दुःखभाग्भवेत् ।
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥ 🙏🙏

हिंदी –

सभी को सुख की प्राप्ति हो। सभी रोगमुक्त रहे। सभी मंगलमय कार्यों के साक्षी बने। किसी को दुख का भागी ना बनना पड़े।

Farewell my friend

Recently, I lost a close friend due to COVID. This was first time someone so close to me, lost life to this virus. It was sudden and I was not prepared for it.  From past few days, I have resisted myself to write anything about her because I don’t want to add more negativity in this atmosphere but today I want to share my feelings with you all.

This friend was once so close to me.  She kind of reintroduced me to the books. I never met a person like her, she was always cool and calm (although you couldn’t win from her in any argument).

Once, I even asked her, “I never saw you taking stress about friends, roommates, marriage, relationships, work or anything else. I know you are facing problems in few aspect of your life. I am kind of feeling swamped here and can’t take it anymore. How you are able to do that?”

She replied, “Vartika, people ditched me all the time. The more you care about them, more they ignore you. Movie jaana akeli chali ja, lunch karna hai akele kar le, kuch farak nahi padta, matlab to movie dekhe ya lunch karne se hai na. Don’t feel fear of being alone, it will make you miserable. Jinko teri parwah nahi hai  unke saath rehne se to acha hai.”

It was the best advice I have ever got.I don’t know about others but for me she was coolest person I have ever met. I want to remember her like that only.

Last time we had a real chat more than a year ago. In Recent months, we have few casual whatsapp exchanges like Happy Birthday, Happy Diwali etc. Par uske aage koi baat nahi. Why can’t we admire people when they are alive? I never said to her how much she means to me.  She was there for me during my tough time like pillar of strength but at the end we lost touch.

A word of advice, “don’t let that silly ego come between you and your true friends, connect with them more often, let them know their true worth in your life.”

Parineeta – Book

About Author

The author of Parineeta was Sarat Chandra chattopadhyay. He was author of Devdas, Charitraheen, Srikanta and many more famous books. He was known for the bold portrayal of women in his books but men from his book were not ideal, some of them were weak, egoistic and can’t take stand against society norms. He is famous for writing Devdas but he himself not fond of the book. As per few sites, Devdas was loosely based on his life.

Story

Parineeta is the story of Lalita. Lalita was a orphan girl raised by his father’s friend Gurucharan. Shekhar neighbour’s son was very close to her. There were no boundaries in their relationship. Lalita can enter in his room anytime she wants and she can take anything from his room including money, she didn’t have to ask him. Then the entry of Girin changed everything between them.

My views about book

This book is beautifully written. It’s simple but effective. I don’t know about old movies based on this book, but Parineeta (2005) made by Vidhu Vinod Chopra was not able to capture essence of it. I love the movie but this book is far much better than the movie.

In book, I love the sequence where shekhar realises that he is in love with Lalita and Lalita also do not take a step against his will, although she is not bound to it. Like other Sharat Chandra’s male protagonist, this guy Shekhar have also huge male ego. He is in love but do not want to give any commitment. He is also weak, don’t want to go against his father’s will and leave the Lalita alone. eventually Girin took all the responsibility and saved the family.

I highly recommend this book to all Indian literature fans who haven’t read this book yet.

My favourite lines from the book (these are translated hindi lines from Bengali):

  • जिस प्रकार मनुष्य अपनी बुद्धि से सोचकर कोई धारणा निर्धारित कर लेता है, उसी प्रकार उसने अपनी स्वाभाविक बुद्धि से उसकी आज्ञा मानना स्वीकार कर लिया था। उसके हृदय में यह बात धंस गई थी कि और लोग अपनी इच्छा से जैसा चाहे कर सकते हैं, कहीं भी जाना चाहें, जा सकते हैं; परंतु मैं उन लोगों की नकल करने में असमर्थ हूँ।
  • आज के पहले उसने कभी खयाल भी न किया था कि पुरुषों की प्रेमपूर्ण निगाहें भी इतनी गहरी लज्जा का सृजन कर सकती हैं।
  • यदि घबराकर लोग अपने धर्म को छोड़ने पर तुल जाएँ तो हजारों लोग अपना समाज, धर्म छोड़ बैठें। भगवान ने पैदा किया है तो वही पालते हैं और सब कार्य पूरा करते हैं।
  • संसार के सारे पुरुष सभी दोष नारी के ऊपर अभिमानपूर्वक मढ़कर एकतरफा फैसला करते हैं। बेचारी नारी को सबकुछ सहन करना पड़ता है। पुरुष अपने हृदय की ज्वाला में उसे भी जलाकर खाक कर देते हैं। साथ-ही-साथ वे स्वयं भी जला करते हैं।

Words of the wise #PauloCoelho

As everyone knows, Paulo Coelho is a famous author. His book the Alchemist is one of my favourite book. I have read this book multiple times. In this tough time, his words of wisdom will give some relief.

  • Blessed are those who do not fear solitude, who are not afraid of their own company, who are not always desperately looking for something to do, something to amuse themselves with, something to judge. If you are never alone, you cannot know yourself.
  • When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too – The Alchemist
  • The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them – The Alchemist
  • Love is an untamed force. When we try to control it, it destroys us. When we try to imprison it, it enslaves us. When we try to understand it, it leaves us feeling lost and confused.
  • A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.
  • There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there – The fifth mountain
  • When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it – The Alchemist

World Book Day

The world book day celebrated every year on 23rd April. As per Wikipedia and other sites, this date of specifically selected because few great writers are either died or born on this date. Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega was died and Manuel Mejia Vallejo and Maurice Druon were born on this date. This day is celebrated to encourage people to read. Even few events are also conducted to spread awareness about benefit of reading.

The Bookish world fascinates me since childhood. I was one of those kids whose mother never scold them to study, in short a perfect “nerd”. My brother always hates me for this. But few years back, I stopped reading because of work pressure, although I have tried few other “new hobbies” but it didn’t work out, may be my motivation was not right. The professional issues that I was facing in combination with other problems leaded me to the depression. When I took sometime to think where things went wrong? answer came automatically I stopped doing things that I really care about like reading. I got the lesson, “Never stop doing things that make you happy. ”

I think picking up right book to read is must because if we are spending time and energy on right direction, the outcome will be fruitful. The things which we read or watch somewhere left mark on our memory so it’s necessary to provide quality content to our brain to process. Plus good books also broaden our perspective.

Duvidha

About Author

Duvidha is a book written by Vijaydan Detha. Vijaydan was a Rajasthani author. He had written stories in his native language only. Later his son Kailash Kabeer translated most of his stories. His stories are different from his contemporaries or in other words his stories was ahead of his time. He won many awards including “Padma Shri”. He was even nominated for Nobel Prize.

Story

It’s a love story. A ghost fall in love with a newly wed woman. The Groom was more interested in money than his beautiful wife and left city for 5 years in order to start new business in other city.  When ghost came to know about this, he took the disguise of groom and started living with the groom’s family. On the first day, he confessed the truth to the bride and ask her to make a decision.

Movie

The movie “Paheli” (2005) was based on this story. I like the movie, although movie was not a big hit. Actually, I watched the movie in 2012 only because of the song “Dheere Jalna”. I love this song and used to hear 10 times a day at that time. A guy from my music class told me Shreya Ghosal got National award for this song just for singing 3 lines in the song.  

My views

I applaud writer for unusual thinking of a ghost falling in love with a woman. In a way, writer created two versions of bride’s husband. One is virtual, the ghost, whose whole perceptive towards world was changed after falling in love, now he don’t want to harm anyone. Even thinking about his beloved’s pain would made him uneasy. His feelings was so pure that bride can’t say no to him.

Other version is human, the brutal reality. He didn’t think twice before leaving his wife alone for five years because earning money was more necessary than anything else. I think we human should learn love from the ghost. 

Although I have read from the translated version but these beautiful lines would have take essence from original one  :

  • दुनिया की सारी दौलत के बदले भी बीता हुआ पल वापस नहीं लौटाया जा सकता। इनसान दौलत की खातिर है कि दौलत इनसान की खातिर, फकत इसी हिसाब को अच्छी तरह समझना है। फिर कौन सा हिसाब बाकी रह जाता है! सोने का माहात्म्य बड़ा है या काया का? साँस का माहात्म्य बड़ा है या माया का?
  • प्रीत करने के बाद तो भूतों का मन भी धुल जाता है। कोई बराबरी का हो तो छल-बल की ताकत भी आजमाए, पर नींद में सोये हुए का गला चाक करने पर तो तलवार भी कलंकित होती है।
  • पति ने उसे इस तरह मझदार में छोड़ दिया। भूत होते हुए भी इसने प्रीत जताई, तो कैसे इनकार करे? अगर स्वप्न वश में हो तो प्रीत वश में हो!
  • बस्ती की उपेक्षा नहीं की जा सकती। चाहे कितना ही दौलत का जोर क्यों न हो, कंधा देनेवाले किराए पर नहीं आएँगे।
  • ‘फकत विवाह से क्या होता है! विवाह की दुहाई उम्र भर नहीं चल सकती। व्यापार वस्तुओं का होता है, प्रीत का नहीं। तुम तो प्रीत का भी व्यापार करने लगे! इस व्यापार में ऐसी ही बरकत हुआ करती है!’

मत कहो, आकाश में कोहरा घना है

मत कहो, आकाश में कोहरा घना है,
यह किसी की व्यक्तिगत आलोचना है ।

सूर्य हमने भी नहीं देखा सुबह से,
क्या करोगे, सूर्य का क्या देखना है ।

इस सड़क पर इस क़दर कीचड़ बिछी है,
हर किसी का पाँव घुटनों तक सना है ।

पक्ष औ’ प्रतिपक्ष संसद में मुखर हैं,
बात इतनी है कि कोई पुल बना है

रक्त वर्षों से नसों में खौलता है,
आप कहते हैं क्षणिक उत्तेजना है ।

हो गई हर घाट पर पूरी व्यवस्था,
शौक से डूबे जिसे भी डूबना है ।

दोस्तों ! अब मंच पर सुविधा नहीं है,
आजकल नेपथ्य में संभावना है

यह कविता दुष्यंत कुमार द्वारा रचित है। यह कविता नेताओ पर एक व्यंग है। कवि का कहना यह है कि आजकल सच कहने का ज़माना नही है। अगर कोई व्यक्ति निश्छल भाव से कह दे कि आकाश में कोहरा घना तो कुछ नेता बुरा मान जाए और उस व्यक्ति को परेशान कर दे। उस नेता के चम्मचे हमें ही समझा दे कि सूर्य के ना होने से क्या फर्क पड़ता है।जनता की बुनायादी जरूरत की किसी को नही पड़ी बस किसी कागजी पुल की बहस छिड़ी हुई है। हालत ऐसे है की अगर किसी को सच बोलने की अभिलाषा है तो मंच पर नहीं चुपके से परदे के पीछे बोले।

नोट – मैं किसी राजनैतिक दल के ना पक्ष में हु ना खिलाफ, पर यह सच है की सत्ता में बैठे लोग को अपनी आलोचनाएं ज्यादा पसंद नही आती, फिर चाहे वह कोई भी पार्टी का हो। दुख की बात तो यह की जब यह कविता लिखी गई तब की और आज की स्तिथि में ज्यादा अंतर नही है। इसकी कविता कि व्याख्या में हुई त्रुटियों को नजर अंदाज कीजिएगा।

Nirmala

The author of Nirmala is Premchand.

Story –

Nirmala was about to get married in a week. Suddenly, the news of her father’s death changed the scenario. The groom’s family said no to marriage as they will not get any dowry. Resulting, she was forced to get married to a man who was 20 years older than her. Subsequent story is about how this marriage changed everybody’s life (including Nirmala ex- fiancee)?

My observation –

  • The characters of story do not have  positive or a negative trait, they are real life based characters. May be we can’t relate to story or characters now because this story was written in pre- independence era and people back then used to think and behave like these characters.
  • The problems like dowry and mismatched marriage were more common in that period. Writer emphasized on the fact how these malpractices can ruin the well established family.
  • Premchand’s ability to understand a women’s psychology was uncanny. He carved the character of Nirmala so well. He captured her every emotion closely during her 6 years of life span in the book . The change in her behaviour after the death of second stepson was so close to reality. We don’t expect protagonist to behave negatively in virtual world but in book Nirmala started behaving like a bad stepmother, cruel and uncaring. Her emotions was justified as all bad things happened to her made her stone hearted.

If you are reading Premchand’s novel be prepared for tragedies. At one point, I feel like “Can somebody please stop people from dying?” Whenever I feel like things are getting better, someone dies but I think people from that time period were that emotionally intense or may be it’s writer’s way to present his point. Normally, I avoid reading or watching melancholy stuff but this time I didn’t want to deprived myself with Premchand’s work.

I liked this book very much and will sure recommend it to all the readers interested in Indian literature.

नव वर्ष की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं

कुछ बातों का महत्व हम बचपन में नहीं समझ पाते जैसे की यह चै‌त्र प्रतिपदा पर्व का सही महत्व। जब मैं छोटी थी तब मेरे नानाजी कहा करते थे कि इस दिन से हमारे नये वर्ष की शुरुआत होती है ना कि १ जनवरी से। हमने यह बात सुनी तो पर समझने की कोशिश कभी नहीं की। अब हमें इसका महत्व समझ आता है।

कमाल की बात यह है कि देश के अलग-अलग हिस्सों में यह त्यौहार अलग-अलग तरीके से मनाया जाता है महाराष्ट्र में गुडी पड़वा, दक्षिण भारत में उगादि, केरला में विशु के नाम से मनाया जाता है। हम सब अलग होते हुए भी एक जैसे हैं।

कहते हैं इस दिन ब्रह्माजी ने सृष्टि की रचना की थी इसलिए इस दिन को नये साल का आरंभ माना जाता है। इस समयकाल में काफी प्राकृतिक बदलाव भी देखने को मिलते हैं। प्राकृतिक सौंदर्य अपने चरम सीमा पर होता है हर जगह नये फूल और पत्तियों आ रही होती है जो मन को प्रफुल्लित करती है। फसलें पक चुकी होती है तो किसान उन्हें काट कर बेचने ले जाते है ।

आप सभी को भी इस पावन पर्व की और नव वर्ष की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं।