Friday, May 11, 2007

Here you go

hum ne maana ke tagaaful na karoge lekin
Khaak ho jaayenge hum tumako Khabar hone tak
Aah ko chaahiye ik umr asar hone tak

You won't ignore me, I do know/
But I'd be dust till you discern/
A sigh often takes a lifetime to soar

Thus scribbled Ghalib* in ‘Joy of the drop’ around circa 1852. Nearly 155 years later, I listened almost reverentially to it in my car. Perhaps no one other than -- the inimitable -- Jagjit Singh could have done more justice to the timeless, mystic poetry of Asadullah Khan Ghalib. You can almost relate to the poet’s lament. The fervor of his soul. The myriad tempests that our own hearts hold. Last night, I could hear woodwinds from the Kingdom of God mildly tapping at my car pane. I looked straight ahead. The glower in the leaden sky that I first noticed in the little restaurant had turned into a drift. It poured buckets. The stop lights gave off. Traffic came to a standstill. My eyes went tenderly moist. I must admit I know not why!

Life is so unpredictable. You look for support, camaraderie, comfort, love. There are times when you aren’t looking for something in particular and suddenly you meet a friend. Such sudden, magnificent relations often offer you the confidence to walk on the defenses of your own heart. The matchless moments you think you might spend playing pranks. The circumlocutory silly philosophizing that you would like to spray on each other's nose. The unmooned darkness you reckon – foolishly – we can decipher together. Such is the nature of good-hearted friendship. But in a fast-paced world, things have to keep trundling on -- at ferocious speeds. So…people move on, wittingly and unwittingly. But innocence lives on. Remembrance grows on yew trees. It lives in some hearts!

The rain won’t stop. Summer rain is often an agreeably bracing occasion. I thought about the quickening rain falling on a hamlet, so utterly charming that you would see blue fairies in its distant windows. They seemed to wade at me. It so felt. Mellifluous music continued to cascade in my car. The soft rain continued to fall. Did I again miss on moments of private joy? The invisible Excalibur poked my heart. We part to meet again, the astray heart suggested after a while. I drove on into vol de nuit.

*Ghalib died in 1869 and is reportedly still dead. His stunning poetry is held in high stead -- even to this day.


Joyeta, 21, Calcutta said...

Hey sameer

Good you finally activated the comments again. I am happy I am going to be the first one to give my feedback here. BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL thoughts dude. You SURE ROCK!

Manak Thakur, 32, New Delhi said...

wow, what beautiful imagination yar. You possess a poetic language and you so stylish with words. I agree with most of what you say here but more than anything else I am floored by your sense of flow. Just amazing.

Manak T,
32, Janpath

Anjali, Zee Business said...

One hell of a guy you are. You write like no one esle, love like no one else. Through these lovely posts, you so prove that u express like none else.

Dr Anil K Jha, Ranchi said...

While it is entirely your descretion to activate or de-activate your comments but I strongly object to the no-comments policy you adopt from time to time. let us know how loved or reviled you are.

Splendid write-up.


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Harsh, Chandigarh said...

There is a sweet, almost forbidden take, on life in your pieces, which you manage, so effortlessly. Kudos for keeping a very interesting blog. Plz blog more often.


Sunandna, 35 Chennai said...

Ah ko chahiye kya....

And nobody could translate it more romantically than you. Without once loosing the touch, you write fucking well

jinnu-in said...

such noble emotions. rare.