The Thought Leakage

Writings of Expressions and Experiences

आग लगी

अहो क्या बात हुई
कि घर लड़की ना आई
कहीं दिवानी फिरती वो
नाम डुबा ना आई|
बरसाती आधी रात गई
ना ख़बर करी
कई परवाने हुआ होंगे
जो बला बुलाती कहीं
उन्हीं में उसकी रात कटी?
लगे पड़ोसी बात बनाने
कि क्या बात हुई,
कि रात गई पर
घर लड़की ना आई?
पिता आँख फिर अनल भरी
जो आई ना भीतर एक घड़ी
तो मुहँ फेरे उल्टे लौट चले
जो आ गई नज़र, गर हाथ पड़ी
तो ख़ुदा ख़ैर करे उसकी
वो दोज़ख की आग जले |
आग जले, आग जले|
गला कलम ना किया अगर,
तो मैं भी उसका बाप नहीं|


Secularism Sleeps Sound

Secular is a word that has fallen off its sense and often finds itself used at instances where it isn’t meant. And thus, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes the graveyard remark in Fatehpur, many hail it as a secular statement.
The statement may sound implying no bias to many in the approach by politicians, but definitely the appeal wasn’t so. Here is where the meaning of secularism goes amiss. I would have believed it be a secular statement if the malice of garnering the support of targeted religious groups wasn’t inflicted upon it. The Prime Minister never gave such a statement during any rally in any other state. The counter view might say that it is Uttar Pradesh where it is needed the most, to which the response can be simple—yes it is UP where Bhartiya Janata Party needs to play the communal card and win over. The statement definitely doesn’t appeal equally to all the religions. Bhartiya Janata Party has a repute, reliance and relation associated with RSS that it cannot refute. The implication highlighting Samajwadi Party’s inclination towards Muslims (considering a group as a vote bank) could have been delivered better if secularism was the concern.

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Jolly wins, not Akshay Kumar

(Originally published on Chits and Chetters: Read it here)

A satire well written on Indian judiciary seldom fails, and Jolly LLB 2 gets the unanimous applause for the theme. Walking on almost identical lines of its predecessor Jolly LLB starring Arshad Warsi, it continues the legacy with an extra pinch of lampoon and hilarity. Obvious it may sound, because the setting this time is not Delhi, but something closer home to conviviality-Uttar Pradesh.

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Losing self on the tunes of Sarinda

There are not many hands playing Sarinda, a three string traditional musical instrument of Tripura. Ranjan Debbarma, 60, is one of six people in the state with finesse over the instrument. At Natya Gram, it was one-of-its-kind attempt to bring the soulful music of this instrument in theatre. Sarinda music paired with that of flute and dholak was extensively used in the first play of the 20th People’s Theatre Festival, ‘Roop’.

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I do not know theatre, says Ratan Thiyam, the master

Tradition is like a waterfall, a stream that has flowed through time for over hundreds of years, affected by socio-economical, historical, cultural factors, and hitting various rocks in its way and thus reaching a form. It has grown in this process. In villages, the culture and tradition is still preserved. If we have to enhance the traditional theatre forms, then that culture and their literature needs to be studied extensively and then with knowledge, the art form needs to be polished and worked upon.
The pioneer in focusing theatre to the roots and bringing the importance of traditionalism in the art form, eminent playwright and Chairperson of National School of Drama, Padma Shri Ratan Thiyam summed up his thoughts on enhancing and polishing traditional theatre forms in these words.

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कालीजाई का ढ़लता सूरज,
मखमली लहरों पर
बिछी लालिमा के आमुख
पँखों की छटा बिखेरे बैठा मोर|
आह! अद्भुत दृश्य,
किसी प्रियसी की याद दिलाता|
सबने सब देखा,
बस जंगल की ओर
उठते केकारव में घुली
उस प्रियसी से मिलन की
पुकार न सुनी|

A holiday less expected: From outpouring emotions to encountering reality

A few hours after returning from a memorable trip, I write this with my heart going back to the moments of peace and glee. So much so, that I prefer to write about this trip to Puri rather than any other trip taken in the holidays two months back.

Evening 7:30, plan confirmed for the trip, for the celebration of one of our friend’s birthday. Morning 5:00am, we were all lost at how unprecedented a day can be.

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आज फिर आँखों के सामने वो सौम्य रूप बार याद आ रहा है| शांत, गंभीर पर उतना ही हँसमुख| एक हल्की सी मुस्कान भी बाकियों के खुश दिखने की सौ चेष्टाओं से ज़्यादा सच्ची लग रही थी| वो गौरव है–सुदृढ़ शरीर, गहरी आँखे, उसके अभिन्न से कद को भिन्न बनाते वो कंधे| व्यंग्य या विरोध की चोट करने से पहले, उन होठो का हल्का मुस्कुराना…आह!

क्यों, क्या हुआ? हूँ मैं महेश की विवाहिता, है मेरा समाज के अबरब के चश्मे में दिखता दो बच्चों और सास-ससुर सहित एक भरा-पूरा परिवार| मेरे जीवन में रिवाज़ों का अंकुश लगाया जा सकता है, मेरी सोच इस बंधन से मुक्त है, स्वच्छंद है| मेरी शर्म मेरे कमरे के पर्दे के पीछे ख़त्म हो जाती है| यहाँ मेरा संसार बसता है–कुचली इच्छाओं का, त्रस्त भावनाओं का, असम्मानित अधिकारों का|

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Crisis of leadership in battle of the ballots

On January 25th India observes National Voters’ Day and this year it is more special with four states bound to see the battle of winning the confidence of the voters. Parties have gone out and out to win over this trust, with the unwavering confidence that they can be successful even after presenting leaders already holding other important positions as the de facto power holders. Bhartiya Janata Party’s persued the voters in Goa presenting to them Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar, who also happens to be the former chief minister of the state, as their de facto chief minister and cashing in on his presence and importance in New Delhi.


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