Wednesday, May 28, 2008

tab aur ab/ then and now


bachpan mein jab
ikatthe kiya karta tha
patthar, pille, machis ke dibbe sadak se
khush hoke badhata tha sampatti apni
aaj daudta-bhagta hoon jab
naam ke, samman ke, daam ke peeche
kyon nahi pata ab
woh pehli si khushi main


as a child, when
i used to collect
pebbles, puppies, match boxes from the road
and felt joyous at my increasing wealth
today, when i run after
name, fame and money
why don't i get now
the same happiness as before

11 comments:

dharmabum said...

kya har khushi sirf paaney mein hotee hain?

kaise ho bhai? :)

Divesh said...

I guess the answer is there in the question itself. Try collecting "stones", "match boxes" again .. at least some times .. it will be fun :)

adi said...

dharma: u continue to ask questions in reply of questions :)

divesh: i do. but only sometimes now.

Ash said...

Achingly beautiful!

pink dogwood said...

Just happened upon your blog - I really like your 'tab aur ab' creation.

Can you explain the two lines in your blog header, I am really curious.

thanks,
Bhavana

How do we know said...

u always put things so well!!

adi said...

ash, howdy: thanks. i really wish i cud do better than this.

pink: thanks bhavna. the header words are taken from a gazhal by rajendra tiwari, and the couplet basically means, "rulers are aching to capture the world, while we beggars/poets just want to be rulers of hearts"

DeLi said...

i love collecting peebles too. taht was one best momeoirs of my childhood

pink dogwood said...

Adi - Thanks for the explanation - I love the meaning of that couplet - I must be a beggar/poet at heart :) btw, I still collect pebbles and stones when I am out and about.

human being said...

touching...

then
we did what we did
just for our 'id'

now
all we plant and sow
is just for our 'ego'

adi said...

deli: :) nostalgic

pink: yes, a mother is always a poet at heart :)

human: ah! wonderful :)

dreamt before

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