Monday, 24 December 2012

Be a part of the Change


"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind" - MK Gandhi


"Anger at this crime is justified but violence will serve no purpose. ", said the Prime Minister of the country in a speech which was badly written, had little relevance in terms of making impact, offered no solutions, assured none and showed school level oratory skills. At the end of it all Dr. Singh messed it up by asking "Theek Hai?" while still on camera. Public speaking and handling the press conferences better are surely two things which he can ask tips on from Mr. Narendra Modi. While it is not a good approach to judge and have so many adjectives to offer to some one as learned as our Prime Minister, but the instinctive reaction can not always be contained.

 My instinctive reaction after watching the conference was "Kuch Theek nahi hai PM saab" which came out spontaneously of my mouth. Further the reaction was to switch off the TV and focus on my work. It worked for the short term. It made an immediate impact and I was able to work. 


In the evening, the same press conference flashed again but I wasn't as impulsive as I was in the morning. Don't know why but I gave my attention to it for the second time in the day. This time my instinct was quieter and my reaction was "Everything ain't alright.". This time my brain, may be not as genius as smart people's was looking for reasons. It wasn't impulsive. It was not looking for immediate action.

The criminal act of violence which happened in Delhi last week should be condemned in every possible manner. Unfortunately, the case is not the only incident of its kind. There are so many which have been reported and are awaiting some kind of justice. There are many more which have never been reported. Few even took place after the highlighted case in Delhi. Hearing to people on news channels and in our social circles it seems women are more unsafe than they ever were. Yes, they are. Eve teasing, lewd comments, harassment at work place, etc. are only a few examples but the list keeps going on. Security thus being a major issue which needs to acted upon.

It is heartening to see so many young people coming out collectively for a cause. In spite of police retaliation and breakdown, struggle continues to support the cause for not the justice alone but for the future too. The demands of capital punishment like death penalties, castration are personal point of views. It is obvious that there is a lot of anger in the people who are out there protesting and millions who can not be there for some reason. While demanding a quick response and punishment they have put enormous pressure on the government, police and judiciary which is commendable. This will not go in vain and I am sure with the right help from media, the victim will get justice in getting the culprits punished. The police, government and judiciary all have acted much faster in this case than in other similar cases. This has been the direct result of anger which brought the people out. 

The issues today are romanticized and made too excited by today's TRP driven media. Showing half truth helps media to keep the excitement up. The people have to be smart enough not to be just driven by rage but keep their rationale in these times of 24 x 7 news channels and paid news era. Media, some political groups and other hooligans have also played a role in inciting people.

Agreeing to what people are speaking on the TV and whatever kind of impact they have been able to make, I dare to differ to the manner they have spoken things in. It is the verbal and mental violence which is visible. Just like the gloomiest of weather have a ray of hope in it, the poor speech of our Prime Minister had a valid point which is anger is justified but violence isn't. Where are we heading to this way? Violence for violence, just of different kind will bring what change? There is an old saying, "there are no shortcuts to success and no alternative for hard work." It goes in pretty well in this situation as it does in  most. 

Understandably, there is a need of very swift action from the government and police. That is something which this movement has been able to trigger. But in long term will  castration, death penalty, fast track courts and super fine policing alone be able to prevent rapes, molestation, violence and harassment of women. I strictly do not think these alone will be enough. 

It has to be a decent mix of system, governance, policing, judiciary reforms along with major cultural and social reforms which will help us give our selves a better place to live. We need to give government and others some time to bring in new policy and reforms. There is a need to setting up institutions which will help in these matters. There have to be some sort of independence given to police with accountability. Institutions which can conduct study and research on why violence (including violence on women and men ) happens and how can it be prevented. Fast track courts and sensitizing the police towards the general public may be another suggestion added to that list.  These will surely take time if things move at the pace they have been moving in our system. Even if the speed of work is raised by the government, it will take time to prepare various policies. 

Though it seems very easy to say that bring in the new law that will safe guard women, it is essential in today's age to make it in a way that the law itself doesn't become a weapon of aggression and misuse and become its own very enemy. The very example is the dowry act's IPC Section 498a which  has been largely misused by women. Again it is very easy and exciting to think that public prosecution, castration will curb the crime but I do not think so. The demand of capital punishments and harsher penalties rests on the concept of fear. Fear in my view is something which can only bare superstition and can not be a pillar for some permanent change. I agree that initially something on this line may help reduce the number of cases but if people start losing the fear of punishment which I am sure will happen with some the reasoning fails here. We youth are looking for fear to solve the problem for us because that is the way most of us have learned to do things in our childhood. Our parents, teachers and elders taught us to be afraid of so many things, God being the prime of them. How many of us were taught to love God? Or to love our school work? Remember all those days when you felt now you are not with your parents you will do things which they couldn't convince you not to do but for your fear you did them. Though it is needed for stringent punishment but it may not be a preventive solution.

There are so many things which the government needs to do and we can only put pressure on them with the protests. It is applaudable the amount of energy people have spent in this protest. The pressure they have created on the government. The distance they have walked in the marches. But also they have wasted an opportunity where they could have aware themselves and many others. When people talk of being Gandhian, thus peaceful protest marches and gatherings, it inspires me more to bring the change in myself. "Be the change that you wish to see in the world", resonates in my brain.The protest marches solved two purposes in the times of Gandhi. One they were marches to spread awareness and ask people to change themselves. Second, to join hands together unitedly in walking and reach a venue where the activists gathered to meet and discuss. There was never a pressure strategy in it as it is today. I am in agreement with the pressure strategy today with the protests that take place. On the other hand I am saddened to see the more important part of it missing. Purification and asking self to change was the soul of the protest marches. Saluting, the spirits of so many protestors who  hail Gandhi and want to to do it his way, I appeal them to do it more Gandhi way. The pressure they create this way will help in bringing system reforms but more importantly an opportunity which may help trigger the much needed social and cultural change should be used.

The state of women at their homes is the worst. We move out in  protests and cry out loud but is women really happy at home. Does she feel safe? A general answer will be Yes. I may be in minority here but no, the women are most harassed at their homes. I am sure in some way or the other every one of us have contributed in it. There is a discrimination between daughters and sons. It is not abuse which starts here. It is the basic discrimination which everyone of us has witnessed. The major things like not sending girl child to school and so on are apparent. There are many things though which are less apparent, happen more often and perhaps make the most impact of them all. One example may be not letting a girl child pursue out door sports.

There are many more small little ways a girl child is treated differently than a boy. Sometimes the girl child is more pampered than the boy. In our Indian society its not uncommon to beat up a child. In the higher middle class families a sorts of discrimination is not to beat a girl but a son may get the bashing. Though it looks good at sight that girl is being respected but the depth of brain clearly says that there is a discrimination in mind. These are just few examples. This kind of discrimination needs to be done away with. A government can never bring this but it is us who will bring this change. Though it will be gradual and slow, yet it will make a big impact.

Similarly education plays a big role. It is not only uneducated people who rape but education is much more than what is taught in school. It is the parents who can teach an adolescent teenager to differentiate between good and bad touch. The way the father treats his mother can play a major role in the thinking of both a son or a daughter. Parents need to realize and make their children understand that do not just go to school to get good grades. Do not just learn to get good jobs in future but learn to be educated.

Education systems it self needs a big change. In the times when technology is so close to us, the rise of it has helped in reducing the moral values. It is simpler, easier and more 'comfortable' to say that put on cctv cameras etc and track rather than tackle with the various factors inside the human mind that initiate the crime. Technology has brought us to a time when we want to live more comfortable life. But there is no comfort in not facing reality and escaping hard work.There has to be more emphasis on moral and civic values when the learning makes the most impact.
 
I know every one can not be an activist or a saint, but every one I am sure strives to improve his skills or life. Adding a bit of moral values to it should not be very difficult. If one can strive for skills why not to become a better person.  One of the best teachings that my father gave me when I was a kid was the pledge. Do not look too far away in future and life when you pledge. It will seem difficult and sometimes impossible to keep up the promise. Just do a simple thing, every morning pledge for the day about what you want to achieve and not to do something wrong. And every night think if you were successful in your pledge. That is the most important thing.

Social and cultural change, with a mix of governance, policy, police, judiciary and institutional reforms together can only be the long term solution. We along with the government need to bring the change. Stricter punishment and harsh decisions are the need of the hour for immediate needs but fear can never have the permanence that love can.

This is on the philosophical note but true in all sense backed with few of my favorite lines -

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.
 -- Rabindranath Tagore

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

सहमा सा दिल ये मेरा

कदम कदम पे घबरा रहा है सहमा सा दिल ये मेरा
हर मुलाक़ात में पूछता है कि नकाब है या चेहरा ।।

शहर शहर सुनसान सा लगता है भीड़ में क्यूँ
दबा दबा सा सच है  या अनजाने डर का पहरा ।।
कदम कदम पे घबरा रहा है सहमा सा दिल ये मेरा

गुज़र बसर ये ज़िन्दगी यूँ भी कट ही जाएगी
रूह मह्फूस हो जिधर कोई बताये वो बसेरा ।।
कदम कदम पे घबरा रहा है सहमा सा दिल ये मेरा

क्या कहीं है ऐसा कोई टुकड़ा इस ज़मीन पर
न बेआबरू कर सके कोई, हो बेख़ौफ़ जहाँ मेरा ।।
कदम कदम पे घबरा रहा है सहमा सा दिल ये मेरा

छुपी छुपी उम्मीद 'राही' नाउम्मीद हो न जाये
कब तलक जलेगी रात यूँ, क्या होगा कभी सवेरा ।।
कदम कदम पे घबरा रहा है सहमा सा दिल ये मेरा

Monday, 8 October 2012

ऐब

आँखों के समंदर से आंसू बेईम्तिहान निकले
उसके साथ भी निकले, उसके बाद भी निकले ||

यूँ तो कुछ नहीं है खास मुझ में 'राही' लेकिन
जल जाये ज़माना भी, जो मेरे साथ वो निकले ||

बाकी रह गए अब कोई अरमान नहीं मगर
दिल में उठती है लहर अब भी, उसका ज़िक्र जो निकले ||

हर मोड़ पे रुकते रहे, कदम कदम संभले
तौबा ही करनी थी तो , जाने घर से क्यूँ निकले ||

अपनी फितरत - ओ - करम पर, मुझको था एक गुमान
गिन ना सका मैं भी, की मेरे ऐब यूँ निकले ||

आँखों के समंदर से आंसू बेईम्तिहान निकले
उसके साथ भी निकले, उसके बाद भी निकले ||

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

प्यार

Courtesy : Neha Dubey
वो  क्या है जो आग को पानी से मिला दे
बुझने ना दे तपिश उसकी, पर प्यास को बुझा दे
महासागर में पिघल रहे सूरज को देखो
जैसे सोने का दीपक कोई बुझने को हो
रात गहराने लगी हो
लहरें शोर मचाने लगीं हों
और नींद सागर को आने लगी हो
तो वो ख़ुद को मिटा रहा है
अस्तित्व अपना छोड़ कर
सोने की चादर सागर को ओढ़ा रहा है
वो तो सागर को सुला रहा है
वो तो ख़ुद को मिटा रहा है
प्यार है उसे. वो प्यार निभा रहा है
पिघल रहा है सूरज, सागर को सजा रहा है
वो तो सागर को सुला रहा है
प्यार है उसे. वो प्यार निभा रहा है |
वो प्यार है, हाँ वो प्यार ही है
जो आग को पानी से मिला दे
बुझने ना दे तपिश उसकी, पर प्यास को बुझा दे ||

Monday, 27 August 2012

अंतर्द्वंद

इस छोर से, उस छोर से
हर ओर ने किसी डोर से
बाँध लिया है चंचल मन
इधर जाऊं की उधर जाऊं
जाने ये कैसा मकडजाल है
जाने ये कैसा अंतर्द्वंद ||

है राम की या इस्लाम की
जाने किसके नाम की
है धरा और किसके हम
मंदिर जाऊं या मस्जिद जाऊं
जाने ये कैसा धरमजाल है
जाने ये कैसा अंतर्द्वंद ||

विज्ञानं में और ध्यान में
स्वाभिमान में और अपमान में
है अंतर क्या बड़ी उलझन
ये क्यूँ वो क्यूँ नहीं
जाने ये कैसा बवाल है
जाने ये कैसा अंतर्द्वंद ||

है भूत क्या और भविष्य क्या
परोक्ष क्या, प्रत्यक्ष क्या
है नियति क्या, क्या जीवन
कल हो चूका या कल होगा
जाने काल की कैसी चाल है
जाने ये कैसा अंतर्द्वंद ||

क्यूँ ख़ुशी और अश्रु में
जीवन में और म्रत्यु में
भेद करते हैं अपन
क्यूँ जियूं, क्यूँ ना मरुँ
जाने ये कैसा सवाल है
जाने ये कैसा अंतर्द्वंद ||

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

तमाशा - dedicated to the victims of Assam riots


Violence of any kind- physical, mental, communal , ethnic , regional and so on Only brings pain and more pain. Dedicated to the victims of Assam riots. May Good sense prevail. Hope you like it.

आवारा उड़ता हुआ, एक परिंदा मुझको मिला
हमने की कुछ गुफ्तगू , फ़िर बंजारा वो उड़ चला ||

चुपके से उसने कहा , दुनिया का हाल बुरा
ऐ मौला क्यूँ ये बेरुखी, ये तमाशा क्या है भला ||

चार कच्ची दीवारों का , घर था कुछ लोगों का
खुश थे उसमें सभी, वो पंच्छी  और कहता गया  ||

फ़िर एक दिन ऐसा हुआ, नफरत के शोले जले,
गलियों से धुआं उठा, वो मेरा घर भी जल गया ||

बेघर सब होने लगे, अपनों को खोने लगे
जाने क्यूँ थमता नहीं , नफरत का ये सिलसिला ||

चुपके से उसने कहा , दुनिया का हाल बुरा
ऐ मौला क्यूँ ये बेरुखी, ये तमाशा क्या है भला ||

आवारा उड़ता हुआ, एक परिंदा मुझको मिला
हमने की कुछ गुफ्तगू , फ़िर बंजारा वो उड़ चला ||

क्या मंदिर या मस्जिद कोई, जाने क्या उसका पता
हाथ आये तो बस है बुत, ना आये तो है ख़ुदा ||

बहनों को कर बेआबरू, अपनों का पीके लहू
कोई भी ना था सुकून, वो दीवाना रोने लगा ||

क्या तेरी या मेरी ज़मीं, क्या तेरा या मेरा ख़ुदा
जाऊं तो जाऊं कहाँ, वो जाने को होने लगा ||

आँखों से आंसू बहे, अब दिल ये बस ये कहे
आजा तू अब आ भी जा, तू ही कर कुछ फैसला ||

चुपके से उसने कहा , दुनिया का हाल बुरा
ऐ मौला क्यूँ ये बेरुखी, ये तमाशा क्या है भला ||

आवारा उड़ता हुआ, एक परिंदा मुझको मिला
हमने की कुछ गुफ्तगू , फ़िर बंजारा वो उड़ चला ||

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

दीवाना

मेरे दिल का जो आलम है, वही अफसाना पुराना है
मेरा कातिल कोई और नहीं है , खुद मेरा दीवाना है ||

जो सीने में चुभते रहते थे, अब धीरे धीरे बहते हैं
ये मेरे आंसू नए नहीं हैं, एक एक दर्द पुराना है ||

आँखों में हर पल बसने वाले, अब वो ख्वाब नहीं आते
सबसे अपने लगते थे जो, अब हर सपना बेगाना है ||

ज़र्रे ज़र्रे से थी पहचान, घर वो ना मुझको जाने है
आईने में अब जो अक्स मेरा , वो 'राही' भी अनजाना है ||

दैर-ओ-हरम में जाने वाले, साकी कैसे ये जानें,
जिसके अरमान कतल हुए हों, उसके लिए मयखाना है ||

मेरे दिल का जो आलम है, वही अफसाना पुराना है
मेरा कातिल कोई और नहीं है , खुद मेरा दीवाना है ||

Thursday, 26 July 2012

The Grand Soap Opera that runs till 2014

Being a sports fan I am not a great fan of daily soaps. In fact I have always hated the way they have plagued the televisions in India and have been constantly in arguments with lovely ladies in my life. They have ruined  my hours, days and happy moments when I have missed the balls on which Tendulkar reaches his hundred or the infuriating moments when he was wrongly given out in Australia, all because of them. Just when it seemed I was nearing to convince the respectable pretty ladies and hoping that they let me watch sports, the thing called twenty four by seven NEWS channels happened to the television in India. Whatever may have been the objective they have just delivered what I did not want. After years of NEWS channel industry in India when they have bored me out by showing the soaps on the TV and bites from the reality shows. Lately, they were able to generate some sort of interest in me for the soaps. This isn't just any other series of boring episodes but a refreshingly new long series which began in April last year and makes me happy that it will go on till the year of importance 2014. 

This Grand Soap Opera is a production of India Against Corruption and the lead role of solo hero is being played by none other than Anna Hazare. There are many side roles which are not  less important and the cast in order of importance as I perceive is Arvind Kejrival, Kiran Bedi, Prashant Bhushan and Manish Sisodia. Lets come to the villains a little later though. Initially I was interested in the event as I thought it was as real as sports. I was curious for the results and the novelty of anshan and crowds gathering in large numbers meant the attraction was always there for a young guy who readily finds a fault or other with the governance and current system. The feeling of part of being something great also propelled me to be attracted towards the fight, the Match of the Life kind of situation. 

I guess many youths like me came out on streets and did something to the best of their abilities to make the  movement successful. Then came a moment which compels me to tell you about the villains. The Congress led UPA-2's government are playing the role of mail villain in this drama. Hazare was picked up and put into jail and some blah blah IPC were told as a reason. As it happens in the Indian television soaps, there was a twist and this back fired on the government. The movement which was shown on national news channelds as  a national rage was getting more interesting. And just when I thought the match was nearer to an end and victory would be ours. The government was looking as if it will pass the Lokpal Bill and after a hefty debate there came another twist. Just like it happens in the soaps, the villain managed to get away. The day this happened I knew its not a match, its a soap. Nonetheless, my interest prevailed. 

Coming forward in time, today the series goes on and now I am convinced this will go on till 2014 General Elections. The soap's nature perfectly fits the Anna Hazare's campaign in which you have a girl or a lady who is pavitra like Sita and what ever she says affects the viewers in a positive way. And then you have a villain who's only motive seems to be bad to the heroin and everybody. The government today looks exactly the same. The heroin of the soap gets the sympathy and symbolizes love, righteous virtue and truth. Whatever they say may be wrong logically or practically but is perceived to be right because the golden words were said by the apparent sufferer. 

Similar is the case with Hazare and his team where it seems only Kejriwal knows what is right and what is wrong. Even the Supreme Court is belittled in front of the knowledge that this new angry young man of India has. I have decided to put his image in bollywood ishtyle in my study and ask it before making any decision whether I am wrong or right. And agar phool gir gaya then I will know it is right or if the diya isn't blown off may be. I think the latter sounds better. Besides it I will put an image of Kiran Bedi so that I can always go to it and know my future. Apart from telling the future it will also help me know who thinks what and kiske dil mein kya hai. It will be so much of help.

All these things show a lot of support for team Anna but has it been stretched too much. Yes, just like a soap it is going on and on and same things are being said thrice or may be more number of times. Ekta Kapoor will be really proud of it. The same dialogues and speeches have been repeatedly been shouted by Hazare. Now that the soap has been stretched and extended so much that it has lost a bit of interest of the viewers but the loyal viewers still continue to be attracted to it. Such were the results of the Mumbai Anshan and the most recent one at Jantar Mantar in Delhi. Jantar Mantar and Ramlila maidan have become like the devi ka mandir in most of the soaps where you can find the heroin whenever she needs to gain sympathy and power. Her demands are from God and team Anna's demand are from the Government. No wonder both have 'G' as the starting letters. 

Finally the question arises is when will this end. When will be the day when I will not sit in front to see a 24x7 News channel to know whats next? From the recent announcements made by team Anna apart from abuses for the government  it is clear that they may contest or support candidates in the next general election. So I think that should be the end. Its not bad to contest the elections. It rather makes me happy that some people like the sati savitra types will come and make our country heavenly but the fact that creating problem in current governments work and wanting them to focus totally on Lokpal or Jan Lokpal Bill is not going to help the country. I not being over whelmed by government's work and don't want to say that they have done a good job but can clearly say that a lot of hindrances have been created just before every parliament session. In 2014, people will remember the government for not bringing the Lokpal bill and because it will never be passed just like in any soap on TV because some usool of sorts will always come in front of Hazare's team. I am sure even if government agrees  to pass the Lokpal as it is in IAC's JanLokpal Bill they will object to the quality of paper and ink used. They want to be in the limelight and be heard till the 2014 elections and then the soap will end.

 The only difference being this will be decided by the public, the people of this nation and not by the producers. It will be interesting to know if Team Anna will contest in General Elections or not. Next a thriller may be ?

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

"WOW.. It really works" -a 'Wow' story.

Samarth was getting irritated sitting in his car outside a big glass building in the city of Mumbai. He was waiting for his friend. They had a planned a party tonight. Some drinks, dance and food. It was a routine for them. Every Friday Samarth will drive to outside Aman's office and they would drive to the pubs near by. Usually Aman would come by the time Samarth has already been waiting. He waited for fifteen more minutes and finally got out of his car to smoke a cigarette. With the smoke rising up the sky puff after puff he had finished two cigarettes and there was no sign of Aman. Aman was not taking the calls from Samarth during the time he has been smoking.
Samarth had never been as desperate as he was today to have his best friend with him.
It was too much time for him to be patient now and he got back into the car and moved further towards the office building. He could see a lot of rush there just outside the building. He had no choice but to wait. The window glass started to slide down and hid into the slit as he pressed the button to get some breeze. He lit another of his favourite cigarettes. As a person with the neck strap of Aman's company passed by he asked what is the crowd about? Many people have been fired, he got back the reply from the gentleman who looked sad and walked away quietly. Samarth couldn't ask any more questions to him. He was worried about Aman though.
After ten  more minutes and one more cigarette Aman arrived with a smile on his face. They shook hands and the car moved. After some cliché Samarth got a bit serious and was more sad than frustrated.
"How could the company move me to this small project? ", he said with anguish in voice and eyes. "Which project?",  Aman asked for some more details. "The project with Bhalla in it as my co leader. How can I work with such scum? He is so negative and knows nothing. I even don't know how he managed to survive 12 years in the industry, that son of a bitch.", abused Samarth. A few more adjectives were added to Mr. Bhalla and about the project which he has been managing while Aman listened calmly.
"Now they are not giving me any salary increment but only a designation promotion after so much hard work." , carried on Samarth frustratingly. After a bit of silence inside the car amidst the noise outside it as they stuck up in traffic Aman cheerfully shouted, "Wow!". "You have an opportunity to change your beliefs in about Bhalla and even make him a better professional working with him. And you can cover up the increment by earning some good profits in the sales. Wow! what an opportunity!", said Aman instilling some belief in his best foe. 
"Are you mad? Am I here to change Bhalla. He is like a dog's tail jise 12 saal bhi nali mein daal ke rakhoge na saab, to nali tedi ho jayengi par wo nahi.", they spoke together mimicking the dialogue from the film Amitabh Bachchan's Laawaris followed with some laughter.
"How can you even think that people like Bhalla can change?", asked Samarth. After all he was much smarter, intelligent and better off than his friend. Samarth had always been a topper and top performer where ever he had been. On the other hand his friend was a lazy, languid person who would just pass the exams. He even got the job a long time back with Samarth's help as Samarth took an interview for him over the phone. 
There was a small boundary of ego which sometimes came between the two friends but Aman was at too much peace with himself and he will never let anything be blown out of proposition. 
After a little break, he chose to answer Samarth's question. "Yes.", he stamped with real self belief.
"You need to let me complete before you say anything.", he requested in an way as he was giving an order. Meanwhile they were reaching the pub. He waited until Samarth parked the car and they went in. They carried the beers from the counter and found a place in a corner. 
"Any one in the world can change for better. There is positive energy which is needed to be passed to any person you feel has negative energy.
I am not as good in maths as you are. I never scored great numbers but I will use maths to prove this to you. The simplest of maths which I understand.", continued Aman. 
"Take simple addition in mathematics. if you add two negative numbers the result is negative with a bigger number." and he paused. 
"If you add two positive numbers you get a bigger number on the positive side of the zero", he added after gulping two sips of beer. 
"I know this much mathematics yaar.", interrupted Samarth as if he was getting bored. 
"Now, if you add a negative number and a positive number the side of the zero you end depends on the size of the numbers.", Aman carried on ignoring Samarth's comments. 
"So the logic is to turn Bhalla into a positive number you have to more positive than Bhalla's negative number and you will see the impact.", completed Aman. "I know you know more of mathematics than what I do but you have the meaning of it in life apart from business mate.", he answered the unanswered questions he left behind. 
"May be.", said Samarth not agreeing totally with Aman.  "Even if I accept your theory I can't be so positive with a guy so stupid and sheepish. Its impossible. No body can be positive when he works with people like Bhallas and see him earning more money and better position after so much hard work. No way.", he laid down the thoughts.
Few beers having been gone down the throats of the two lads there,  the conversation was bound to be more philosophical obviously. After some time and lighter talks about the girls at the pub and few jokes, Aman started again, " I will give you a Mantra." "Oh. Really panditji", said Samarth laughingly. "Yes, but you don't dare disturb me until I say I am done else the effect is ended then.", joked Aman.
"OK, the Socrates of India", assured Samarth and they took two shots of strong cocktails each and a lemon suck after it. 
"The mantra is called the Wow mantra", spoke Aman in breaking voice which seemed to be dancing now. 
"Any situation in life has two sides. One is positive and the other is negative.  Any situation in life. Any action of a person and any result of the action perfomed.", started Aman seriously. He sipped in some more whiskey.
"Focus and pay real attention to the mantra which comes now. It is simple and effective.", Aman marketed his ideas.
"Irshaad, Irshaad.", asked Samarth, with a smile on his face.

"In any situation in life before you take any decision about it and make any perception of the situation you just need to do one thing. 
You need to talk about the situation to yourself and speak in your mind to yourself to define exactly what the situation is. Almost everyone does this but they miss the most important thing which I will tell you now.
The mantra to keep happy and positive. ", he gulped down more whiskey. Samarth was worried as Aman never used to drink so much. 
"Wow!", shouted Aman loudly enough to gather attention from every one around him. "Wow! is the keyword which will keep you all positive and happy in every phase of you life.", he started a speech. He managed to get on the table with a glass of whiskey half full in his hand and he was shaking. He was out but he continued speaking. 
"In any situation in your life, just add a Wow when you define the situation. How ever worse the situation seem you will never be able to define situation negatively if you start the definition with Wow!", he spoke as everybody listened to him. Some with amusing smiles and some drunk guys looked to him as a great speaker. 
"Look around you for the positive and successful people. The problem solvers in your office and around you in any sphere of life. When a worse situation comes they start with Wow! interesting problem. The situation is eased out. How can a negative mind add positive to a situation which is negative?", he asked the crowd who was now seriously listening to him. 
"Try framing a sentence starting with Wow and the sentence ought to be negative. You may be able to add the negative words but wow gives you a feeling which is not so negative. ", carried on Aman with a smile. 
"Just make it a habit to add a Wow in every situation and you will be blessed with positive energy says the great great Guru Aman", he laughed. 
There were people making fun of him and Samarth was kind of embarrassed but Aman was out of his control. 
"You find it difficult to get up in the morning and can't feel fresh, just say to yourself Wow! what a morning?. 
You don't like to go to office and have no choice, just remind yourself of the wonderful no choice experience which many people like sons of Mallayas and Ambanis don't have. Just say - Wow! I have no choice experience. Wow!  I have to go to office. Without Wow these sentences are so negative, but 'wow' factor makes the situation feel easy on you. 
In office you are caught in a big problem, you have cliché like problem is opportunity. Just use it like 'Wow!, what a problem' and the chances to find better and faster solution increased many folds.", boasted Aman.
"If you use Wow so much then why do you sound so frustrated shouting here?", asked a gentleman politely but cynically. 
"Wow! what a question?", laughed Aman before answering. "I am not frustrated. I lost my job today and I am not sad but I told my self 'Wow! what a chance to be free for sometime and explore new things.' I told to myself 'Wow! new experience of being thrown out of job.' and the situation doesn't seem as bad as everyone else felt it. The wow gives me enough positive to ask my friend who is cribbing for increment to think positive in-spite of losing the job. ", paused Aman after half answering the question. 
".. and the most important it solves my purpose of life, it doesn't let me give in at any time. It keeps me going. 
This is what it will do for you.", he completed and with some help managed to get back on his seat. 
Half of the people listening to him were stunned and silenced.
Most of it all was Samarth, who had been talking about is office things and never worried about Aman. He felt guilty. Finally they reached their respective homes.

After two days which Aman had spent mostly sleeping and thinking of going back to his place to live peacefully with some small work, he received a letter. He opened the letter and it said, 
"WOW! YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION AND WE OFFER YOU TO JOIN OUR SELF HELP GROUP TO GIVE SEMINARS AND WRITE A BOOK."- after hearing you at the Pub.

"Wow! It really works.", thought Aman.

PS: Be positive and make world a more positive place. Wow! I am half asleep. Never mind grammar and spelling mistakes. 

Sunday, 19 February 2012

तमाशा

ये दुनिया की बातों में जो आ गया मैं
खो के अपनी हकीक़त भटक सा गया मैं ।

मैं निकला था घर से जिस जुसतजू में
वो तो नामुकम्मल ख़ुद खो गया मैं ।
ये दुनिया की बातों में जो आ गया मैं..

मुझे क्या पता था मुझे क्या खबर थी
हासिल की कोशिशों में लुटता रहा मैं ।
ये दुनिया की बातों में जो आ गया मैं..

थे तूफ़ान हजारों मेरी ख्वाहिशों में
पर ये मेरा मुक़द्दर साहिल पा गया मैं ।
ये दुनिया की बातों में जो आ गया मैं..

कुछ शौहरत की खातिर, दौलत की चमक में
अपने ख्वाबों का सौदा करता रहा मैं ।
ये दुनिया की बातों में जो आ गया मैं..

कहते हैं की सच आइना बोलता है
अपनी ही नज़र में गिरता रहा मैं ।
ये दुनिया की बातों में जो आ गया मैं..

ये तमाशाई दुनिया तमाशाई 'राही'
देखते देखते ही तमाशा बन गया मैं ।
ये दुनिया की बातों में जो आ गया मैं..

इस ज़िन्दगी का मुसाफिर मैं 'राही'
ज़िन्दगी के सफ़र में जीता मरता रहा मैं ।
ये दुनिया की बातों में जो आ गया मैं..


ये दुनिया की बातों में जो आ गया मैं
खो के अपनी हकीक़त भटक सा गया मैं ।



Tuesday, 7 February 2012

नादान ख़ामोशी

जहाँ शोर है वहां तू ही तू 
तू मिले तो हो शुरू गुफ्तगू
तेरा घर कहाँ, क्या तेरा पता
सच सच बता, सच सच बता
कभी आके तू मुझसे भी मिल
ये आरज़ू करे मेरा दिल
की मुझको बता दे राज़ वो 
जो दबी सी है इक बात वो
तू चुप है मगर ये शोर क्यूँ
खीचें मुझे सब ओर क्यूँ 
सब ओर क्यूँ सब ओर क्यूँ
अब कैसे हो 'राही' बेखयाल 
ज़िन्दगी कई सवालों का जाल
सीने में है तूफ़ान सा
हर पल लगे बेईमान सा
सब मिट गया सब मिट गया
धोखा हुआ मैं लुट गया 
ये भाग दौड़ ये जुस्तजू 
कामयाबी का जूनून 
हार जीत की आरजू 
मुझको नहीं, मैं क्या करूँ
मैं क्या करूँ मैं क्या करूँ
बस हुआ मैं थक गया
तू नहीं मिली मैं जहाँ गया
जवाब भी मुझको बता
अपने दिए सवालों का
क्यूँ चुप है इस तरह
असली क्या है चेहरा तेरा
मुझे यूँ तनहा न कर
ढूँढता तुझे फिर रहा
आ भी जा अब आ भी जा 
ऐ नादान ख़ामोशी 
ऐ नादान ख़ामोशी 

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

कि तू होती .... एक खयाल



अकेला घूमता हूँ, आसमान को देखता हूँ, सोचता हूँ मैं
कि तू होती साथ तो ये जहाँ रंगों से भर जाता

कोरे कोरे कागजों पे अब  कलम बस फेरता हूँ मैं
कि तू होती साथ तो हर लम्हा ग़ज़ल ही बन जाता

काली रातें हैं, फ़ीकी सुबह भी देखता हूँ मैं
कि तू होती साथ तो हर रात-ओ-दिन सूफियाना हो जाता

है काफिर मगर माना कि 'राही' दुनिया की नज़रों में
की तू होती साथ तो ख़ुदा मुझको भी मिल जाता