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भारत ……

August 15, 2009

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भारत …

कभी कहता सा लगता है …कि बस अब और नहीं!
अब एक जीवन जी लिया…अब तो मुझे जाने दो…
बहुत से कर्ज उतार लिए , कुछ वायदे भी पूरे किए…
युगों से मूक साक्षी ही तो हूँ…
अब और क्या -क्या दिखाओगे?

तो कभी इठलाता सा ,एक अल्हड़ बच्चे सा कहता है
कि चलो अभी तो बहुत दूर जाना है ..
बस ? अभी थक गए ?
अभी तो कितनें सपनें बाकी हैं ,कितनें ख्वाब संजोनें हैं
कुछ आशाएँ जगानीं हैं ,कुछ बीज नए भी बोने हैं…

कभी पलटकर कहता है
यशस्वी होने का वरदान देकर स्वयं ही अयशस्वी बनाते हो?
यह कैसा वरदान? यह कैसी कामना?

भारतीय जन्में हो तो कुछ कर भी दिखाओगे?
या बस यूँ ही ॐघते ॐघते जीवन बिताओगे?

कहतें तो बहुत हैं ,कहने में क्या जाता है ?
शब्दों का मोल रद्दी के भाव बिक जाता है..

यदि सच में ज्वाला जागी है और कुछ करने की ठानी है
तो व्यर्थ शब्दों के बाण न छोड़ो ,यह तो बहता पानी हैं…

यूँ स्तंभित सा खड़ा भारत ,अपनी किस्मत को कोसता है
उस दिन जन्म क्यों दिया ?बस यही मन मे सोचता है

कहता है मुझसे पूछ कर तो देखो ,मैं सत्य ही बताॐगा
कभी किसी से भेद किया हो, तो अभी प्राण त्याग चला जाॐगा

मेरी बाँहें तो सदियों से खुलीं हैं ,
फिर तुम्हारी आँखें क्यों शक में धुलीं हैं..?

शत्रु ,बागी ,मित्र सभी को दामन में सँभाला है ,
तुमको भी तो ,यहीं ,इसी आँचल में पाला है…

मुझे माता ,पिता ,संत की व्यर्थ उपाधि न दो
मैं जो भी हूँ ,परन्तु तुम्हें जरा सी ग्लानि तो हो..

जिनके साथ कभी खाया था ,उन्हीं के घर जलाते हो ?
अब यूँ घूम घूम किस मानवता पर इठलाते हो ?

कर सको तो बस इतना करो कि मुझे चैन से जीने दो ..
जो घाव तुमने दिए ,उन्हें भी तो सीने दो …

नहीं चाहिए धन ,न चाहिए ‘शक्तिशाली’ की उपाधि
ऐसा करते करते ही तो न बना दोगे मेरी समाधि?

मुसलमान ,हिंदु ,सिख ,ईसाई तो मुझ से क्या काम?
जो बेनाम हो ,वही अधिकारी कि ले मेरा नाम….

भविष्य के सपने देखते ,अतीत की बातें करते हो
इतनी शर्म क्यों ? क्या सच्चाई से डरते हो?

भ्रष्टाचार,हिंसा,गरीबी क्या ये तुम्हारा हिस्सा नहीं ?
या घर से निकलते हुए सोचते हो ,”चलो कोई और सही”?

गरीबी मिटानी है तो पहले दलदल में उतरना सीखो…

परंपरा की चादर ओढ़े कभी चल न पाओगे
सब पीछे छोड़ जाएँगे और देखते रह जाओगे…

पर परंपरा को ऐसे मत फेकना कि कभी मिल न पाए
तुम जैसे कितने परंपरावादी आए और चले गये…

न बनो परंपरा के आलोचक ,न बनो परंपरा के पेहरेदार,
जी सकते हो तो जीओ ,जीवन और सदाचार…

देवियों की उपासना ..और बेटियों को तुच्छ समझते हो
इस बेटा बेटी की उहापोह में व्यर्थ क्यों उलझते हो?

बेटे तो बहुत देखे ‘किरन’ सा दिखाओ तो जानूँ ,
कोई बेटा हो उससे साहसी ,तो मै भी मानूँ…

बेटा बेटी दोनों ही है प्रकृति का वर्दान्
मारनेवाले तुम कौन ? क्या हो भगवान्?

बेटी को तुच्छ न समझो ,न समझो बेटे को राजकुमार…
दोनो के है समान हक दोनो पर न करो अत्याचार….

लूट ,खसोट ,तोड़ फोड़ ,हत्या ..क्या यही है स्वतन्त्रता की परिभाषा?
मै भारत हूँ ,क्या न होगी मुझे ज़ऱा भी हताशा?

गान्धी , नेहरु ,पटेल ने क्या यही सपने सन्जोए थे?
और इसीलिए सैंकड़ों ने प्राण दे, आज़ादी के बीज् बोए थे?

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62 years back, a man stood in the central hall of the Indian Parliament (the same parliament that has been made a mockery of ) and gave us words . Not just any words . But words that were to become immortal. Words that still have the power to move more than any other.
But only if you understand the significance of THAT day and THIS one .

Today.

One where you and I are able to ……. FREE to celebrate this day. Independence Day.
Have you seen animals in zoos? In captivity?
We were like that .And I can only say this based on the same accounts that all of us have read.
We didnt know what freedom was like.
What did it taste like? We must have surely wondered. Or rather our ancestors must have.

Many say that it is ironic that a nation’s leader spoke that independent nation’s first address in English . A language that was not even understood by her countrymen.
I beg to differ today . I say look at this nation’s state today! Just look at it! Look at the pathetic chauvinism running rampant in the veins of her children and then tell me if it was right or wrong.
No better decision could have been made by Jawaharlal Nehru I now think in hindsight.
At least no claims of superiority can be made by any of this nation’s chauvinistic language groups.

All the cribbing that we do today? All the criticism that comes from all sides? The very breath of a democracy? That was NOT possible THEN.
It is NOW.
We were a country where GENERATIONS had been born into the same mind-numbing slavery. Gulami they called it in Hindi.

THEY celebrated it for the first time 62 years back.
Can you even begin to imagine their joy? The sheer exhilaration they must have felt?

I know I cannot. Try as I might I fail. I can only wonder. In awe of all that they were. In awe of all that they have given us.
Thank you says this Indian standing 62 years in the future to her countrymen 62 years in the past. Thank you. And that’s a small word that doesn’t even begin to describe our gratitude.

Watch. Just watch the expressions on the faces of India’s LEADERS in this video.(men and women who could be called one in EVERY sense of the word)

Listen. Listen to the pin drop silence that exists as a new born nation takes a step into history.

EXCERPTS FROM THE SPEECH
”Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.

A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance. It is fitting that at this solemn moment we take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity.

The future beckons to us. Whither do we go and what shall be our endeavour? To bring freedom and opportunity to the common man, to the peasants and workers of India; to fight and end poverty and ignorance and disease; to build up a prosperous, democratic and progressive nation, and to create social, economic and political institutions which will ensure justice and fullness of life to every man and woman.

We have hard work ahead. There is no resting for any one of us till we redeem our pledge in full, till we make all the people of India what destiny intended them to be. We are citizens of a great country on the verge of bold advance, and we have to live up to that high standard.

All of us, to whatever religion we may belong, are equally the children of India with equal rights, privileges and obligations. We cannot encourage communalism or narrow-mindedness, for no nation can be great whose people are narrow in thought or in action.

To the nations and peoples of the world we send greetings and pledge ourselves to cooperate with them in furthering peace, freedom and democracy.
And to India, our much-loved motherland, the ancient, the eternal and the ever-new, we pay our reverent homage and we bind ourselves afresh to her service.
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And here.in the video below, this is the new India. Not always shining. Certainly not. Not even the India yet of Nehru’s dreams. But we are getting there. Step by step. We have a long way to go yet.
The chants of ‘कर्मण्ये वाधिकारस्ते म फलेषु कदाचना
कर्मफलेह्तुर भुरमा ते संगोस्त्वकर्मानी
॥’ play in the background reminding us perhaps of the meaning. And the wheel of life featured in almost each frame? That says enough by itself.

मेरा भारत क्या है ?

एक खूबसूरत ख्वाब..
बोलने की आजादी..
भाषाऒ का मेल…
परंपराऒ का मिलन…
संघर्ष करने की प्रेरणा….
आजादी का बिगुल….
अनेकता में एकता….
मनुष्य की कल्पना..
बहुत से उसूल ….
ढेर सारे सिद्दांत….
अन्याय से मुक्ति…
धर्मो का संगम..
कई वतनों की खुशबू…
एक गीत सुरीला…
एक मनमोहक धुन…
युगों का मेल ….
अपनेआप में कई संसार समेटे हुए….
अनूठा भारत ,अलबेला भारत….
इठलाता भारत….
तिरंगा भारत….


भारत ,हिन्दुस्तान् ,India ……….
आजादी की शुभकामनाएँ….

Here’s to a never ending string of such beautiful days for this country of ours. Amen.

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The lines in Hindi are a re-post from my old blog. A post that had been written for the same occasion earlier.
Edited to add:- Regarding some confusion earlier… ALL the lines in Hindi are very much my own.🙂

108 Comments leave one →
  1. August 15, 2009 12:42 am

    Jai Ho India! Jai Ho!

  2. August 15, 2009 12:54 am

    The last poem is so crisp, concise and makes a point.

    Thanks for sharing so many things as always! Wish you a very happy Independence day!

  3. August 15, 2009 1:10 am

    in office now😛 will come back and comment later😛 yes the tryst speech is one of my fav!!!!!!!!!!

    yo😛

  4. August 15, 2009 3:51 am

    Happy Independence Day, Gillu! Also remember me when you eat those yum goodies from Janmashtami.

    Will come back and comment in leisure. You know me busy today😉

    Till then,

    XOXOXOXOXOXOXOX lots of it.

  5. August 15, 2009 4:04 am

    Though my Hindi is not very good (certainly not enough to write anything as moving as you did), I loved your poems. And Nehruji’s speech never fails to rouse me.

    Let’s work together to bring back the ‘shine’ in India.

  6. August 15, 2009 7:57 am

    beautiful last poem Indy !!!!

    beautiful !!! words like poonam says.. crisp and makes a point !!

    Havent seen the video’s !! will see and comment later… !!

    happy independence day to you !!!😀😀

  7. August 15, 2009 8:44 am

    beautiful post indyeah!!!!!!!!! loved the videos…… the second one is very very good and the first one still gives me goosebumps………………..

    yes, we have come a long way forward but the way ahead is equally difficult!!!!!!

    jai hind!!!!!!!
    I loved the poems…… what I understood that is…………..😛

  8. August 15, 2009 9:03 am

    Thanks for sharing – the tryst with destiny speech always brings tears to my eyes…Happy independence day!

  9. August 15, 2009 9:13 am

    Indyeah… you have lived up to your name…

    Brilliant poems there!

    “jahaan dal dal par sone ki chiriya karti hai basera, woh bharat desh hai mera….”

    Jaya he!

  10. August 15, 2009 9:56 am

    The freedom that we got from British reminds me how an outsider like them always looked at us as one nation, but sometimes we don’t do ourselves! Like great power comes with great responsibility, Freedom also comes with responsibility. I hope we become more responsible citizens in future.

    Destination Infinity

    • August 17, 2009 6:31 pm

      Agree with you 100% on your both your observations. Happy independence day.

  11. shraddha@theselfloveproject permalink
    August 15, 2009 10:14 am

    happy independence day…

  12. August 15, 2009 10:21 am

    Happy BirdDay to India… Have to read two of your long posts…

    I’ll be back!

    • August 15, 2009 2:38 pm

      Wow, read it now. Brilliant lines Indy. And as always love the fact that children have got you as a teacher.

      नहीं चाहिए धन ,न चाहिए ‘शक्तिशाली’ की उपाधि

      Exactly, I mean why do we want to be called powerful. Seems such a waste when we’ve other pertinent issues to solve.

      And about the speech, I wonder what were his thoughts when he wrote that speech. That speech which has become a symbol of India inclusive policy, the speech which was also referred to by the Delhi High Court, I sometimes wonder whether he thought at that time that this speech would be uploaded on youtube and be seen by millions of children and people even years after he spoke those words… But yet, everytime I hear it, it just sounds so relevant, just so… perfect.

      • August 20, 2009 9:01 pm

        Where are you Indy? Are you in Shimla at the party meeting?

  13. Dev permalink
    August 15, 2009 10:22 am

    Oh boy, you are one hell of a true Indian. I salute your passion and love for country.
    Happy Independence day to you and everybody else.
    To quote Mahatama Gandhi:
    “Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes”

  14. August 15, 2009 10:27 am

    Indi translate the poems in hindi(tried using google translator and it doesn’t make sense🙂 )

  15. August 15, 2009 10:30 am

    A new nation was not born…a existing one was released from bondage-yes we were not united through out history , but then that is the case with most countries. A country is one which is formed because of the common interest and ours lies in the fact that we have been the land , this side of the Indus.

    • August 15, 2009 10:58 am

      yes the address was in English , for though it might be alien , it is the easiest language to communicate..I was quite dis pleased at the fact that the address today was in Hindi(more personal I guess , because when I switched on the T.V. i was left to watch the translation given by the news channels) ..no I am not questioning if such and such a language should be our national language etc(we have what 15 of them right? ) but we do need to find a way where in we don’t intermedieries to do the work(ya I could have asked any one in my house ,e excepting my sis and they might have told me what the PM was saying , me and my sis are the only ones who cannot speak hindi)

  16. August 15, 2009 10:31 am

    the last line made such a difference🙂 i was thinking ‘great compilation’ but you having written it !!!!! what a way to say thank you ..

    i am full of admiration for you Abhi..
    Happy Independence day to you too.

  17. August 15, 2009 10:47 am

    Happy Independence Day. Hope the promised “tryst with destiny” becomes a reality. Did Nehru actually mean something else? Or has he been lost in translation? Because instead of moving towards that tryst, our leaders have been working overtime to “twist the destiny”.

    Cheer up. All is not so bad. Take these guys and their henchmen out and India emerges shining still as “saare jahaan se achha”

  18. monikamanchanda permalink
    August 15, 2009 11:10 am

    hey first of all thanks for that alert girl🙂

    hugs and muah….

    will come back and read the post in detail🙂

    (((hugs)))

  19. August 15, 2009 1:26 pm

    Loved ‘Mera Bharat Kyaa Hai’ … like a Poonam above said, it’s crisp and concise! You have amazing command over Hindi!

    “Tryst with Destiny” speech and how we reached that moment is something I feel eternally grateful for… whenever I see what Pakistan has done to itself, I feel we were so fortunate to have had such forefathers. Thanks for sharing! (but I couldn’t open any of the videos)

    Happy Independence Day Indyeah🙂

  20. August 15, 2009 2:04 pm

    Happy Independence day to you too!!!!!!!

  21. August 15, 2009 2:36 pm

    Lovely Post, Indyeah, lovely lovely words! That tryst with destiny speech is one of my forever favourites too! We had such amazing founders of our Nation, didn’t we?

    We have come a long long way.. and have a long long way to go..

    Happy Independence Day

  22. August 15, 2009 4:06 pm

    I knew you can write amazingly amazingly great poems. Thanks for sharing such wonderful words! I loved it.🙂

    Wish you a very very Happy Independence Day! You are an absolute true Indian. Hats off to you lady!

  23. August 15, 2009 4:49 pm

    Happy Independence Day my dear!
    Hugs!!

    The post is indeed heart warming! And yes, we are getting there – step by step.
    The Hindi poems are indeed a delight and I used Google translator of course to translate some of the words!!🙂🙂

    beautiful post!

  24. August 15, 2009 5:18 pm

    Jai Hind !

    Vande Mataram !

    Bharat Maata Ki Jay !

  25. August 15, 2009 5:24 pm

    Happy Independence Day, Abhi!

  26. August 15, 2009 6:12 pm

    My hindi is really not so good but I did understand the poem and the meaning.Very well said.
    Incidentally, haven’t seen you on my posts for quite sometime.

  27. August 15, 2009 6:17 pm

    Happy 15th August and Happy Janmashtami. Very moving words, Abhilasha, you must be one of Maa Saraswati’s favorite children.

  28. August 15, 2009 7:30 pm

    Brilliant post as always🙂

  29. August 15, 2009 8:29 pm

    sigh!!!!

    u just leave me speechless at the start KRS, and then words flow like a river going to meet the sea….always…every time……

    NOT A COMPALINT!!!!😀

    after reading that clarification that those poems are by u……. i have read them again….u know na how it is….when u know, like personally know the person who’s given the touch of genius…and then u are KRS! i am so so proud….u wrote all that!

    INDY!!!! Stop me will ya? make me get on to the real comment!!!😛

    wait…..ek zaroori baat kehna toh bhool hi gayi….
    {{{{{{{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

    Meri baahe toh sadiyon se khuli hain,
    phir tumhari aakhen kyun shakh mein dhuli hain?

    I loved this Indy! Really! That’s how we’ve become….. hesitant, confused…. Do we even belong with all our heart or is there a bit left that isn’t sure if this is where we want to belong … if we will get back all that we want…. a sad, one-way relationship!

    This poem Indy, is just so! *speechless*

    U covered it all here, and in such beauty n simplicity! Politics, moral policing, poverty, indifference as citizens, illogical blind traditions, degrading the female child….
    Everything….u just said, or rather asked, everything that must be a question India asks us. And that end was just a brilliant touch.

    How we take it all for granted…those lives, those times when our forefathers and this entire country was a slave, an imprisoned bird. And all came together to free it, and they succeeded.

    And now what? They are remembered when the flag is unfurled, or are parroted about in history books….

    U know, I have RK Lakshman’s book Common Man..his collection of cartoons he did over the years. There’s one that made me smile, snort, smirk and angry all at the same time..

    It’s a scene of in a huge gallery, with art and paintings exhibited. A minister is bent over the labeling at the bottom of the a portrait of Gandhiji…..squinting to read, and the man next to him , his aid, is telling him – “Gandhiji, Sir…..”

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It’s come to that. It really has. We know more about Obama than we ever decided to learn about our leaders from the past. A kid will know Abe Lincoln looks like, but show Netaji or Patelji….. draws a blank….
    😦

    Look at the pathetic chauvinism running rampant in the veins of her children and then tell me if it was right or wrong.

    SO TRUE!!!! U tell me Indy, this is so the case na? HA! I always have smirked on that..all this bhartiya sankriti raag ppl sing, but god forbid if they come across anyone who doesn’t speak fluent English! That’s like low class….and speaking in Hindi.. that’s worse than low class! That’s downright “vernacular”! my blood boils at that word!!!!
    I did a post on this few years ago on a previous blog I had…will mail u…not this topic exactly, it was on this dubbing of cartoon channels in hindi…. What hypocrisy….u want ur kids to be sooper cool in English, but also want their entertainment shows in Hindi!
    No objections on regional really….but in a city where English is like almost an aspirational language….what sense does it make???? Sigh! Am veering from topic!

    *crafty gets back on track*

    Haan, this word “Vernacular” OOOH BOY!!!!!! I can’t remember a single person who escaped my onslaught when that word is used. Esp this guy I was working with in college on a project…..we had another friend in the group assigned on the project, he was from Surat and had come to mumbai for his graduation. One day this dude tells me, “He makes a lot of sense when he talks, but what a pity na he’s got that gujrati accent when he talks? He sounds so vernacular!” 👿

    It’s tough for a tan colour face like mine to go red…but it did. I asked him to gimme a few lines in Hindi, which I knew he cud not. Neither cud he speak his mother tongue….
    (I am not fluent in mine either, but that is something I regret, not flaunt as “cool”)
    I told him that out here, he can’t speak in his national language to save his life! and if he were to be in a country where English is the national language, he’s most likely gonna be termed “vernacular English speaking” coz it’s not gonna match how they speak! So he is basically… dhobhi ka doggie….. bow wow wow….

    “Vernacular” does not define what it used to anymore…the meaning has contorted…it now means “low profile”. It’s a stamp…. What has dialect and pronunciation got to do with the beauty of words? Words are so strong, they can support and express thoughts so effortlessly….. what’s the accent got to do with it all?

    *since crafty is KRS, she will not blush and be embarrased at the rant she’s typed out* yeh Indy ka blog…it’s my janmsidd adhikaar……I will dance n rant as I like…

    Indy is rolling eyes, like she always does when her KRS goes into cinematic mode…

    Muahs!

    That speech by Nehru, yes, u said it right! It’s a blessing…or most of us wudn’t even hear it out or read it if in national language.😐
    It’s a hell of a speech…..

    I’ve had ppl asking, “Oh? U didn’t read Obama’s speech online?” and I’ve told them that “I am yet not over the one made by Nehru…did u catch that one yet? It was 62 yrs ago….”
    I’m sadistically sarcastic Indy… I like the cringe, the change in color of face, the little mumble….and the meek consent when I say I will mail them the link….:mrgreen:

    With all respect to Obama, whose speech too I have read….and absolutely been in awe of. But all this judging and questioning and acting like we never had anyone here who was as “charming, determined and enigmatic” ….. Condescending demeanor must be shred to bits, no KRS?👿

    for no nation can be great whose people are narrow in thought or in action.

    This is where we stand. And it’s painful! We’re bringing this speech into reality in a whole opposite direction….

    We have a long way to go yet

    Yeah Indy, we do!!!

    Tiranga Bharat! Loved it!!!!!

    Ur last poem is so simple! U now my love for simplicity! It’s coz, more often Indy, I can’t express in simplicity! I am very elaborate (u got this comment n quite a few more as proof😛 ) but really, simplicity is the key to profoundness…and that gives it the quality of being timeless, eternal…connects to every generation! And this poem is exactly that!
    Coz it’s so simple!

    Simplicity is underrated!!!!😀

    *grandma crafty folds her specs and rests back in her rocking chair*
    😆

    Happy Independence Day! Jai Hind!
    Love u KRS….. even if the fact is known, I’m the one to repeat myself, just to make sure that u are told….. Soooper Post!!!!!!!!!!!

    • monikamanchanda permalink
      August 17, 2009 11:14 pm

      crafty is this a comment???

      • August 25, 2009 12:40 am

        yes yes monu…
        why do u ask? 🙄:mrgreen:

        monu, let me tell u what i had told Indy loooong time back

        Lamba nahin likha toh kya likha!!!!
        😆

        {{{{{{{{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}}}}]

    • August 27, 2009 8:56 pm

      All that is written on vernacular should be bolded ..

  30. August 15, 2009 10:39 pm

    Beautiful poem Indy and this time I really read it inspite of my difficulty to comprehend poetry😀😀

    I always wanted to ask someone… if Bombay became Mumbai, Madras became Chennai, and Calcutta became Kolkatta, would India one day become ‘Bharat’ ??? I mean, why not , even that could happen in the future, rt? and who came up with the name ‘India’ ? history says that people all over the world were trying to reach ‘India’ once upon a time. Now, in those days, how were they referring to our country ? I mean, with what name?? Ok, may be, there are answers to all those and I must be too ignorant to know them (my G.K. is horrible) but if you know the answers to them, please enlighten me !!😀😀

  31. Pal permalink
    August 15, 2009 11:32 pm

    It would take me ages to read your poem Indygirl. But I am sure they are profound and thought-provoking, as your posts normally are. Pliss to translate it for me🙂 Sometimes I wish we lived 62 years back in time. Those were the days! When people had a worthwhile cause to live for. not just a ‘eat-sleep-reproduce’ kind of life. But something more worthy!! And sometimes, I also feel, those guys should not have sacrificed themselves for a bunch of unruly, selfish and corrupt gang of descendents.

  32. August 16, 2009 12:19 am

    awesome and thanks for putting lines here from old blogs…lovely writing yar🙂
    aapki hindi ka kayal ho gaya hoon..aapki bhasha pe pakad kaafi achi hai
    bahut kam hindi padhne ko milti hai..jitni padh raha hoo usi me khush hoo

  33. August 16, 2009 1:40 am

    Here’s to a never ending string of such beautiful days for this country of ours. Amen.
    Amen indeed. i really cant think anything more beautiful to say… u have said it all… happy independence day.. indyeah (india)!!!🙂🙂

  34. August 16, 2009 12:30 pm

    Beautifully written abhi,i love hindi.

    Will make a note of this poem,hugs and kiss to your hands🙂

  35. August 16, 2009 12:56 pm

    क्या हुआ जो मुहँ में घास है
    अरे कम-से-कम देश तो आजाद है…..!!
    क्या हुआ जो चोरों के सर पर ताज है
    अरे कम-से-कम देश तो आजाद है…..!!
    क्या हुआ जो गरीबों के हिस्से में कोढ़ ओर खाज है
    अरे कम-से-कम देश तो आजाद है…..!!
    क्या हुआ जो अब हमें देशद्रोहियों पर नाज है
    अरे कम-से-कम देश तो आजाद है…..!!
    क्या हुआ जो सोने के दामों में बिक रहा अनाज है
    अरे कम-से-कम देश तो आजाद है…..!!
    क्या हुआ जो आधे देश में आतंकवादियों का राज है
    अरे कम-से-कम देश तो आजाद है…..!!
    क्या जो कदम-कदम पे स्त्री की लुट रही लाज है
    अरे कम-से-कम देश तो आजाद है…..!!
    क्या हुआ जो हर आम आदमी हो रहा बर्बाद है
    अरे कम-से-कम देश तो आजाद है…..!!
    क्या हुआ जो हर शासन से सारी जनता नाराज है
    अरे कम-से-कम देश तो आजाद है…..!!
    क्या हुआ जो देश के अंजाम का बहुत बुरा आगाज है
    अरे कम-से-कम देश तो आजाद है…..!!
    इस लोकतंत्र में हर तरफ से आ रही गालियों की आवाज़ है
    बस इसी तरह से मेरा यह देश आजाद है….!!!!

    • August 17, 2009 7:12 pm

      loved the poem…

      इस लोकतंत्र में हर तरफ से आ रही गालियों की आवाज़ है
      arre.. kam se kam gaaliyan dene ki to aazaadi hai..
      varna kahin pehnave par rok, toh kahin bolne par tok
      kam se kam humen sar utha kar jeene ki toh azaadi hai…

  36. August 16, 2009 8:43 pm

    This was the most inspiring speech made by an Indian leader in last century…Nehru was a true statesman

  37. August 16, 2009 9:41 pm

    Belated wishes Indy🙂

    Will come bk when I am wide awake n read the post🙂

    Just bk from vacation n tea leaves r floating in front of my eyes😛

  38. August 17, 2009 12:52 am

    अनेकता में एकता….

    Beautiful lines! I don’t know which line to pick because each line touches a chord.

    One of the best posts on India.

  39. August 17, 2009 5:30 am

    Ah a beauty honey! Every one of your posts! Gem!

  40. August 17, 2009 5:48 am

    Happy Independence Day. Had watched the video some years ago. Wish someone would release an updated video of all the new projects that have completed since then.

  41. August 17, 2009 6:52 am

    This year i made 2 attempts on a single draft to express my views about mother India and lost it all together. Was actually wondering what makes you poepel compose awesome thoughts.

    Being patriotic is one, but to express it as well is such a great feel.

    Awesome post!

  42. August 17, 2009 10:16 am

    wow!

  43. August 17, 2009 10:57 am

    beautiful poem,Abhi…so moving and so from the heart as always!
    Once I post this comment I’m going to be scrolling up to read it again.

    At the stroke of the midnight hour,when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.

    the words give me goose-bumps each time I hear!

    Yes,we’ve a long way to go,but we’re getting there,slowly but surely!

  44. August 17, 2009 12:13 pm

    Wonderfully written Indyeah..
    I feel sorry as i dint read it on the Independence day.
    The speech of Nehru and the poems you have written are really heart touching.
    I am glad i met you here Indyeah. For you are one person who enlightens your readers with such wonderful posts..
    Belated Independence day wishes to you.. Hope our country reaches great heights and we would witness it in this lifetime.

  45. August 17, 2009 3:12 pm

    Indyeah……..i am back….and hmmmmmmmmmmm……beautifully said in Hindi…strikes a chord which I guess if spelled out in English never would…beautiful are your thoughts expressed so well in words.
    I finally resurfaced to two beautiful posts.
    Just the other day had read this On India…and the words stayed with me……

    India is not Just a Place
    India is not just people.
    India is the celestial music,
    And inside that music
    Anybody from any corner of the globe
    Can find the real significance of life.

    – Sri Chinmoy

    As always a thought provoking and profound post.

  46. August 17, 2009 4:35 pm

    I feel like standing up and saluting our great nation…

    and more so to the great leaders that helped make this the nation it is today…not the current crop of jokers but the real forefathers!!!

    Brilliantly written Indy. Why don’t you translate the poem as well?

    And as IHM said above…looking at what Pakistan has done with itself, I am proud to see where we stand today. Yes, we may have our problems but which country doesn’t? Even the great (ya whatever!) USA has it fair load of shit. But I don’t see too many Americans criticizing their country like we Indians do. Heck, we even criticize America!

    Awesome post. Jai Hind🙂

  47. chewmysambhar permalink
    August 17, 2009 5:58 pm

    I ve seen the videos before Indy🙂 And everytime I watch it, its like a responsibility reminder🙂
    And your verses in Hindi, Do we get a translation?🙂🙂

  48. August 17, 2009 6:54 pm

    Thank you for sharing such beautiful thoughts and sentiments about our India. You are very gifted and are really a boon to the teaching profession – I have no doubts that your students would gain a very deep understanding of what nationhood and freedom is all about – beyond the written word; and that is very important. We need many more role models like you in that profession – Indians who live and breathe India, to inspire our next generation.

    Happy Independence Day, and like you said, may we have a “never ending string of such beautiful days for this country of ours. Amen.” I would like to add though that may we also take our responsibilities as seriously as our rights, despite what our elected representatives do. When we change they will HAVE to change. They will have no choice in the matter, because they represent US.

  49. August 17, 2009 7:01 pm

    the poems are just great..

    Yes independence day just make me stop and ponder sometimes what this country means to me ..

    great post

  50. August 17, 2009 7:06 pm

    Beautiful lines….
    It was a long post, had to read it in leisure
    And you amazed me yet again with your words and thoughts..

    The first poem left me full of thoughts and imaginations but at a loss of words…I mean there couldn’t be a more perfect description than what you have given..
    The first para…
    “कभी कहता सा लगता है …कि बस अब और नहीं!
    अब एक जीवन जी लिया…अब तो मुझे जाने दो…
    and my head went down in shame, yeh kitna dard diya hai humne apne Bharat ko
    but the second para brought a smile…and hope
    “तो कभी इठलाता सा ,एक अल्हड़ बच्चे सा कहता है
    कि चलो अभी तो बहुत दूर जाना है
    अभी तो कितनें सपनें बाकी हैं ,कितनें ख्वाब संजोनें हैं
    कुछ आशाएँ जगानीं हैं ,कुछ बीज नए भी बोने हैं…”

    Abhi itna gam no karo, yeh manzil to nahin
    manzil abhi door hai
    us tak pahunchte-pahunchte
    Hum apne ko sambhaal zaroor lenge
    Apni buraiyaan dheere-dheere tyaag zaroor denge
    Sabki ek aas to hai
    Kahin toh raah mein chalte-chalte
    ek doosre ka haath thaam toh lenge

    Also loved both the videos..one- so full of the future as they who struggled for us saw it…And the other a yardstick of where we have reached…

    Certain things may bring tears to the souls who sacrificed so much for the freedom..
    But then atleast there are ‘some’-things that would bring a smile too, and that is a hope for us.

  51. August 17, 2009 9:13 pm

    Hi i read your post its very nice and wonderful…
    so i add u in my bolg list and can u add me in your blog list…

  52. August 17, 2009 11:18 pm

    Happy Independence Day …😀 ….

    Our country is 62 years old now …. a world superpower in making …. a lovely country ….🙂 ….

    Vande mataram !!!!!

  53. August 17, 2009 11:34 pm

    Nice compositions, very very apt. Happy Independence Day!

  54. August 18, 2009 12:58 am

    Happy Independence is what I’ll say🙂

    And that was fantastic poem!!! Thanks for sharing it here🙂

  55. August 18, 2009 1:12 am

    Absolutely gorgeous piece of work, Indy! Both the poems. And I love the tryst with destiny speech. I sometimes wonder, seeing all the chaos/bloodshed in the name of religion/caste/creed or even sex, whether the so-called leaders of the nation today have ever read and understood this speech ever.
    Yes, we have gained independence. And its been 62 years. BUt when shall we ever be free?

  56. August 18, 2009 2:39 pm

    bahut hi sundar kavita ha, tum to bahut acchi kaviyatri ho aur lekhak bhi.
    I am very proud to read your posts..of a true Indian.

    Happy Independence Day !!!

  57. August 18, 2009 6:05 pm

    जिनके साथ कभी खाया था ,उन्हीं के घर जलाते हो ?
    अब यूँ घूम घूम किस मानवता पर इठलाते हो ?

    कर सको तो बस इतना करो कि मुझे चैन से जीने दो ..
    जो घाव तुमने दिए ,उन्हें भी तो सीने दो …

    Hugs Indy🙂

  58. August 18, 2009 6:08 pm

    The second poem – Brilliant! So nicely expressed in so few a lines! Only u cud hv done this Indy! Hats Off!

    Hope we all work towards n get to see the India of our dreams soon🙂

  59. kanagu permalink
    August 18, 2009 9:20 pm

    I protest this, I couldn’t understand this beautiful poem… everybody were enjoying and I am not… no translation in the language our first PM addressed nation…😛😛😛

    translation please… grandma..

    And India is developing.. and but lot of things needs to be done to see it as developed.. its been fighting and raising in between the corrupt politicians..

    and its a real meaningful post on this special day Indyeah..🙂 Happy Independence day to you😀

    where are you????? not able to see you anywhere online…
    come back soon🙂 take care..

  60. August 19, 2009 9:08 pm

    where are you indy madam?

  61. August 19, 2009 9:45 pm

    wonderful poem!!

  62. craftyshines permalink
    August 20, 2009 12:45 am

    😥

    where u to be Indy???? miss u.. all okie??

  63. August 20, 2009 11:54 am

    kaha gayab ho gayi ho ??

  64. masood permalink
    August 20, 2009 12:58 pm

    Hey, I left a comment back but can’t see it now😦

  65. August 21, 2009 12:08 am

    good article
    like the poems.

  66. August 21, 2009 6:18 pm

    Lovely post Abhilasha, yes one can only imagine what the countrymen would have felt on that day when we got independence after many years of slavery. But today we are free, we breath free corruption , free violence, free malnurishment, free sychophacy and free so may evils which the freedom fighters would never have imagined.

  67. August 22, 2009 2:19 pm

    There is an award for you on my blog🙂

  68. August 23, 2009 1:26 am

    your blog is very interesting.I like to add you in my blog roll
    I welcome you to my blog,leave your valuable comments and your link back is welcomed……….

  69. August 23, 2009 9:43 am

    Brillient..

    Dil se re dil se re ..

  70. August 24, 2009 2:12 pm

    am back !! and happy to be so😀
    missed all of you like anything😦😦

    apologies for the sudden disappearance ..apparently guilt free blogging is not for me coz I kept feeling guilty for doing the vanishing act …

    personal and other commitments taken care of🙂

    blog world here I come!😀
    after catching a few zzzz lemme surface in the evening😀

    PS:- yeah I entered the home and the first thing I did was log in😀😀
    yes!yes! the time is right to put that blog addict sash on yours truly😀
    till evening then😀

    PPS:- yeah Rakesh I was in Shimla attending the party meeting😆😆 How in the world did you guess?🙄

    • August 24, 2009 6:58 pm

      good to see you back indy..
      we all missed ur looong comments🙂

    • kanagu permalink
      August 24, 2009 10:05 pm

      wow.. welcome back Indyeah🙂

    • August 25, 2009 12:01 am

      great to have you back indy madam😛😛

    • August 25, 2009 12:38 am

      OMG!!!!!!!!!! have u any clue how relieved and happy and jubilious and senti i am seeing that profile pic of urs??????????????????
      😥

      DON”T GO AWAY LIKE THAT INDY

      *crafty calls up blog police to cancel report of missing Indy*

      sigh, so many ppl i have reported indy, and then cancelled…🙄

      sheeeeeeeeeesh

      i missed u!!!!!!!

      right now i feel
      😯 +🙄 +😀 +😆 +👿 +😥

      welcome back KRS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      u are in time…..
      me almost done with cross border terrorism tag!:mrgreen:

      {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{CUDDLE HUGS}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

    • August 25, 2009 12:40 pm

      welcome back Indy.

    • August 26, 2009 12:42 pm

      So is that report that came out actually true??? Most of it does sound true though… But not sure if the BJP is ready to accept their problems yet!

    • August 31, 2009 2:27 pm

      Yippee! Indy is back🙂

      But me nt cn u on my blog😦 Pls to come n mark present atleast Indy ma’am😛

  71. badz permalink
    August 24, 2009 8:00 pm

    Hey! Glad to see that you are back.🙂

    Sorry I didn’t get a chance to comment earlier.
    Got my dad to read the poems to me last week.😀
    And also ended up bringing tears to his eyes. Bless him!🙂

    Happy (belated) Independence Day Dear!🙂

  72. August 25, 2009 5:16 am

    You back yet? Where on earth are you? :0

  73. August 26, 2009 1:17 am

    You have been awarded and tagged on the topic ‘Fast Furious and Danceable songs’.

    Destination Infinity

  74. August 26, 2009 1:40 am

    New post kya agle saal aayega??

  75. August 26, 2009 2:02 pm

    Hey Abhi..where are you?! Hope things are fine and good.

    Acha listen..you have been awarded with a very creative and an amazing award. Please visit my blog and kindly accept the award. Its waiting!🙂

  76. August 27, 2009 3:40 pm

    Phir gayab??😕

    Sweet dear old Abhi, We’re missing you.😦

  77. August 28, 2009 10:54 am

    long time since I read ur looooooooooooooooooooooooooong posts……..?
    kahan hain aap ??

  78. August 28, 2009 10:07 pm

    Hi nice blog….i add u in my bolg and can u add me in your blogroll

  79. August 29, 2009 5:32 pm

    Where are you ? :O

  80. August 30, 2009 11:47 am

    Lady with the extremely long post which I won’t end up reading ………. Happy happy belated birthday. I was in hibernation and you grew another year older🙂. What did you do? Had lots and lots of fun I hope. See ya around

  81. September 1, 2009 2:05 am

    hey where have you been my friend? Long time…hope all`s well with you.

  82. September 2, 2009 3:04 pm

    U said u r back and here u have disappeared again!
    what’s going on Indi? missing u and ur loong posts and comments🙂

  83. September 6, 2009 11:19 pm

    Miss you – all okay?

    C

  84. September 7, 2009 1:25 am

    aren’t u tired of hiccups??? eh???

    come back KRS!!!!
    😥

  85. September 7, 2009 12:14 pm

    Happy Teacher’s Day Indy! Was watching Swades and was wondering when will a scientist come from Nasa for you😀
    me- thanks Rakesh🙂
    mine hasn’t come from NASA but has come from the skies😉😉

  86. September 7, 2009 1:46 pm

    A great post…..as always:-D

    Where r u….its been almost a month & no new post😮

  87. September 9, 2009 9:24 am

    where are you??? i got back from my blog break and now you’re missing….come back..i promise to read all your longgggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg post😀

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