As #MeToo reaches home

Most don’t seem shocked

We have known over years

How these industries operate

Some of the facts were known

But few names were still admired

As I see Twitter, I am left wandering

I know its just the tip of an iceberg

They have just begun to say

What about the silent sufferers

Has there been a single woman;

Who felt safe all these years?

It reminds me of her words

It doesn’t matter where you are

Taking precautions is a must

Not expecting from men is a given

People believe we seek attention

These days we prefer ignorance

I know not everyone is the same

But how many are different I wander

Women fought battles to dream

Now a war awaits before we achieve

Predators await in the workplace

But abuse might start at home

If fathers cannot be trusted

Where should a daughter go

Navratri are again approaching

Please don’t bother for Kanjaka

Learn to treat her with respect

She can do without your Pooja

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Guiding Stars

When your life is messed up

Its all chaos and confusion

Just having the right people

Can make all the difference

I don’t know where my life is heading

But I guess I will be ok in the end

Sometimes having their guidance

Might not show you the entire path

But the guiding light is enough

To atleast take your next few steps

Being unsure of destiny is scary

But I draw courage from your faith

Its still a long way to go

But, I must prove my metal

Being your student was luck

Being your pride is a dream

तेरे होने न होने से अब फ़र्क़ नहीं

तेरे दीदार के लिए तरसती रही ये निगाहें

तुम आये भी तो बस उन्हें नम कर गए

बस जिन उम्मीदों का खुद घोंटा था गला

उस शाम उस उम्मीद को देख दंग रह गई

एक पल के लिए समां तुझ में बंधा

दो पल को लगा वक्त रुक सा गया

फिर लगा गुरुर इतना कम भी नहीं

बेकद्री के आगे झुक जाने से न मिलना सही

तेरे होने से फ़र्क़ न पड़े इतने पत्थर दिल तो नहीं

पर सपनों से जीत जाये ये मज़ाल किसी की नहीं

Atalji Amar hain

एक राजनेता जो विपक्षी दल के नेताओं के भी प्रिय थे, एक वक्ता जो अपने भाषण से सबका दिल जीत लेते थे, एक कवि जो अपनी कविताओं से जोश और देश प्रेम की भावना का संचार करते थे, वे एक ऐसे भारतीय प्रधानमंत्री थे जो पाकिस्तान तक में लोकप्रिय थे।

अटलजी आज चाहे आपका शरीर पञ्च तत्वों में विलीन हो गया हो पर आपकी छवि हमारे दिलों में सदैव अमर रहेगी, आपके कमी हमें हमेशा खलेगी पर आपके सिद्धांत हमेशा हमारा मार्गदर्शन करते रहेंगे!

आप को अगर हम शरधांजलि देना चाहे तो शायद आपकी कविताओं के इलावा कोई भी शब्द आपके व्यक्तित्व के साथ इन्साफ नहीं कर पा रहे।

जब भी आपका जिक्र होगा हमें सदैव इस बात पर गर्व होगा की हम उस लोकतंत्र के नागरिक हैं जिस में आप जैसे शाषक हुए! आपने भारत को परमाणु शक्ति का तौफा दिया, भारत-पाक रिश्तों को नया मोड़ दिया । आप ही ने तो हमें ये बतलाया की मतभेद रखो पर मनभेद नहीं। आज देश उस व्यक्ति को सलाम कर रहा है जिसने अपना सर्वस्व देश पर न्योछावर कर दिया।

मैं सिर्फ 6 साल की थी जब आपने राजनीती से संन्यास ले लिया था पर आप इकलौते राजनेता थे जिन्हें के लिए मेरे दिल में सदैव इतना प्रेम और सम्मान रहा। आपका और कलाम साहब का सफ़र हमेशा मेरे लिए एक प्रेरणास्त्रोत रहेगा और यकीन है मुझे आपका जीवन आने वाली अनेकों पीडियों का मार्गदर्शन करता रहेगा।

May your soul rest in peace and may we get the courage to walk on your footsteps. #RIPAtalji

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A girl lost in her thoughts!

I walked a million steps towards you
But it could never really count
I walked just a step away
You disappeared in a flash

I thought you would never walk away
But I guess you never promised to stay
I want to tell you a zillion things
But you don’t have time for a single text

You could have simply said
You really don’t care
I would have walked away
Moved on back then

My hundred texts
Not your single reply
My thousand tears
Not a single effort from your side

Maybe you were busy
Maybe you didn’t care enough
I cann’t really guess
For all I know

My heart was filled with memories
My mind was entangled in confusions
Then suddenly reason took over
It all became clear as day

We both cared and were friends
In the truest sense of the word
But just priortised differently
Which diverted our roads

You were mature but busy
I cared for you but even then
Patience wasn’t my cup of tea
Yes, I walked away one fine day

I can never let go of our memories
I cannot forget the times we spent
But, I am tired of these thoughts
My pen is bored with your name

Hopefully it shall be our last
One last time I wish to pour my heart
After all the efforts I have made
I don’t want to write for you ever again.

Image Courtesy – Pixabay