Thursday, December 14, 2017

मेरी साइकिल


धूल की चादर ओढ़े  मेरी पुरानी साइकिल 
यूँ तांक रही थी मेरी राह 
जैसे गांव में बैठे बूढ़े बाबा 
सी रहे थे अपने परदेसी बेटे के आने की राह   

मेरे कदमों की आहट पहचान 
बिजली सी दौड़ी उसके ज़ेहन में 
फिर भी बूत बनी खड़ी रही  
धूल से चुप्पी ढ़की रही 

दुबक के बैठी थी कोने में 
मन मार रहा था झूम के हिलोरें
बरसों बाद लौटी थी उसकी सवारी 
लेकर साथ अपने एक मोटर गाड़ी 

डाली जब उसने एक नज़र अपने ऊपर
पाया खुद को बिलकुल धूल ग्रस्त 
पंक्चर टायर, उखड़ा पेंट, फटी सीट 
रुआंसी सी हो गयी बेचारी 
अब कौन करना चाहेगा उसकी सवारी ?

थक कर जब मैं लेटी खटिया पर
नज़र टिकी उस धूल भरे ढांचे पर
कौतुहल में देखा पास जाके
सकुचाई सी खड़ी थी मेरी साइकिल 

बल्लियों उछल रहे थे हम दोनों
अरसों बाद आज फिर मिल रहे थे 
लगा ली आज फिर गिलहरी से रेस 
छोड़ के पीछे मोटर - भैंस  J

                                                                         --- सुरभि बाफना 
 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Book Review : Kuch Woh Pal



About the Book


Title: Kuch Woh Pal
Author: Subrat Saurabh
Publisher: Notion Press
ISBN: 978-1-947752-25-2
No. of Pages: 73
Price: 125 INR
Genre: Hindi Poetry

About the Author


Subrat Saurabh, a writer, poet and blogger, is popularly known by his pen name ChickenBiryanii on social media sites. He is proficient in writing witty one-liners, a skill he employs liberally on Twitter using his pen name. His tweets and witty liners were telecast and appreciated over television channels and it frequently gets picked up and published in leading newspapers or online news portals and go viral on WhatsApp. His poetry and short stories have been published in various magazines.
He completed his schooling from DAV JVM Shayamli, Ranchi, and pursued his Engineering from KLESCET, Belgaum. He is currently working as a Senior Consultant in Wipro Ltd. and lives in Bangalore. In his own words, he is a small-town boy born in Muzaffarpur, Bihar; who is a keen observer of different moods and phases of people around him, which gives the inspiration to pen them down as words of Hindi poetry. Subrat Saurabh can be contacted on TwitterFacebook or via his Website.

The Cover Speaks


The black dustcover holds the picture of author holding his pen and reminiscing about his old memories and a diary to scribble his thoughts. A shayari is written at the top which gives the reader an idea about his thoughts and successive poems inside the book.


 वो हजारों में एक है,

मेरी मोहब्बत का वो ईनाम है।
वो इम्तिहान है मेरे सब्र का,
इसीलिए चर्चा सरेआम है।

Synopsis

You may have read many love stories but have you ever read any in the form of sequences of Hindi poetry that have the power to make you blissful and divine?

Kuch Woh Pal is a collection of Hindi poems through which the writer takes you on a journey blended with ecstatic and painful experiences of a young boy taking on the struggles of life where he is away from his home for studies, makes new friends, finds love, break up with her and finally going through a tumult of emotions like anger, depression, apathy, romance, frustration, loneliness, separation, abandonment, etc.


Read this book and you’ll be taken down memory lane to sense emotions that were once considered dead, which are now touching your soul. Plan a date with yourself, partner or your friends and read it over a cup of tea or coffee; catch up with your friends over a beer at the beach or during a get-together or to propose to the love of your life. This book will surely leave your mind and heart in a tangle of romance, sympathy and self-revelation.

Book Review

This book carries 51 poems mostly based on romance and friendship. I was very excited to start off but as I progressed I found them more of whatsapp type. I was expecting some good Hindi verses but they appeared like the ones which a new poet writes in his initial days. I think if a poem is published in a book, the expectations of the reader are set high. I am not at all discouraging the author from writing more poems. He has got quite good skills to give shape to his thoughts into words. The only thing, as a reader, I would expect is some thoughtful, intriguing poems written with a splash of lost Hindi words. The book is quite an easy read for the beginners.

Happy Reading!


My Rating
4/5




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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

रे मन



रे मन ! तू कितना चपल , कितना चंचल    
कभी इधर भागे , कभी उधर भागे 
एक जगह बैठ न तू पावै

रे मन ! तू कितना चपल , कितना चंचल
क्षण - प्रतिक्षण छलांग लगाए 
हर पल यूँ हिलोरे खाए 
तृष्णा की नैया में बस तू तैरता ही जावै

रे मन ! तू कितना चपल , कितना चंचल
अभी यह चाहे, कल वो चाहे 
हर पल चाह की सूचि तू बनता ही जावै

रे मन ! तू कितना चपल , कितना चंचल
रमता रहे तू भूत - भविष्य 
आज में तू कभी स्थिर न हो पावै 

रे मन ! तू कितना चपल , कितना चंचल
पूरी - पकवान चाहे तू कितना ही खावै
भोग - विलास से तू उभर न पावै 

रे मन ! तू कितना चपल , कितना चंचल
तू कितना अधीर , ज़रा भी धीर न धरे 
बस चाहे पूरी होवै तेरी हर इच्छा 

रे मन ! तू कितना चपल , कितना चंचल
देख परायी ख़ुशी , चाहे तू भी वही ख़ुशी 
और इसी ख़ुशी की होड़ में 
बंधता तू चला जाये दुःख की डोर में 

रे मन ! तू कितना चपल , कितना चंचल
काहै न तू  धीर धरे ?
काहै  न तू पीर हरे ?

--- सुरभि बाफना 
 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The light from a burning bridge

The quietly staring midnight moon 
From behind the turquoise drapes 
Sends the sneaking silver ray 
Reminding me of the last May

From the hamlet across the bridge 
You drew a perfect narrow ridge
To see the waning moon
Lying with the stars
Whilst sitting on the grass

Oh so beautiful the bridge it was
With the locks chained till far
The padlocks on both the sides
Made it a scene so blithe


The bridge couldn't carry the fetters
It burnt to burn the shackles
The padlocks jibbed wildly
With the fire engulfing wholly

The intense light from the burning bridge
Lit up the hamlet across the bridge
With the shimmering narrow ridge
The locks shrieked a clinking pitch

It's the best light cried the hamlet
Only to find the bridge burnt half
The padlocks clinkered half
The light rendered from the half

Half it burnt to burn again
For the best light?
Or half it burnt to level again
To mount the best light?

Gracias!
 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Book Review : Think With Me



About the Book

Title: Think With Me
Author: Subrata Roy Sahara
Publisher: Rupa Publications
ISBN: 978-81-291-4225-2
No. of Pages: 111
Price: 150 INR
Genre: Non-Fiction

About the Author

Subrata Roy Sahara (born 1948) popularly known as 'Saharasri', is one of the most successful and talked about figures of corporate India. When he laid the foundation of Sahara India Pariwar in 1978 with a capital of INR 2K and 3 workers, who would have imagined his company's meteoric rise to an asset base worth INR 1,73,000 crore within a span of just thirty -eight years.

This is his second book in the 'Thoughts from Tihar' trilogy. the first book 'Life Mantras', was a National Bestseller after its launch in February 2016. the book secured the No.1 position twice in the non-fiction genre and also remained in the top 5 best-selling books across India for 7 continuous weeks.

A teacher, guide and a proud guardian to his over 1.2 million fellow workers, he ascribes his success to his philosophy of 'Collective Materialism' which means continuous collective growth for collective sharing and caring.

The Cover Speaks

The cover of the book has a silhouette of a man sitting on a mould in a pondering state. The pale yellow cover of the book with the embossed title gives it a plain sober look. 

Synopsis

There is no doubt that India has made rapid progress and achieved prosperity too, yet the goals that we set for ourselves are still unfulfilled or underachieved. It is a harsh reality that we have bigger problems today than we had at the time of Independence. These problems are not good signs for the future of India.

"When we see the problems related to political leadership, population growth, education, the media and religion going from bad to worse, a natural question comes up in our minds. Where, after all, did we go wrong? What happened during our democratic journey of independent India that we are faced with nasty problems on all these fronts? Why couldn't we teach people occupying places of responsibility that rights are given to perform your genuine duties, not to serve your personal whims, false ego and greed?"

It is the author's firm belief that if the problems related to the above five fundamentals issues continue to be as they are, the nation will be hit by a crisis of unimaginable proportions, our national edifice would crumble and everything that our leaders had valued and held sacred for the love of the country before independence, would be lost forever. So, the author, through a deep-seated and thought provoking commentary on these issues invites you to think along with him and ponder over them honestly and sincerely. While going through the book, you may come across points where you differ with the author but in the end, you will be convinced that to make our country ideal, the need is for wider awakening on the issues as discussed in the book.


Book Review

This book encompasses over five sections discussing five major problems of India.
1. Electoral system and leadership
2. Population
3. Education system
4. Media
5. Religion

The author discusses the problems in each of these areas faced by the independent India and suggest his ways to mitigate the problems. I personally didnt find the suggestions put forward by the author as something unheard of. It sounded like an essay which we used to read in schools every now and then. Many-a-times, author has mocked at the present situation and his solutions seems to aggravate the condition instead of being a feasible solution. You can read the book to know about the author's perspective of the problems faced by young India.

Happy Reading!


My Rating
2/5

Gracias! 
  
'I received a copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.'

Friday, April 7, 2017

Book Review : GYAAN



About the Book

Title: Gyaan
Author: Bhaumik Shah
Publisher: Blue Rose Publishers 
ISBN: 978-93-86126-72-6
No. of Pages: 95
Price: 150 INR
Genre: Self-help guide/Motivational 

About the Author

Bhaumik Shah enjoys pondering over life bewilderments. Although a pensive person by nature, he has been trying to learn meditation, without much success since last 4 years. He is unmarried and the proud owner of the web domain nashaadi.com and that doesn't mean he won't get married). This is his first attempt at writing a book.

The Cover Speaks

The cover of the book has a word cloud of all human emotions highlighted here and there. And in the middle of the word cloud is GYAAN, the baba with a modern look, wearing western outfit and carrying a spectacle over eyes with a tuft of hair lock in front, interestingly not at the back which most of the baba carries. The tag line - Love Life, Live Life completes the cover of the book.

Synopsis

This book is simply a package of 30 months of life musings, countless conversations and exchange of life experiences. It's not to give you continuous motivation. It's not to keep you happy every time. It's not to make your life perfect. It's not to solve your life problems. This is an effort to make you realize that life is  not perfect. To tell you to accept your life as it is, with problems. to make you realize that in this journey, you are not alone; we all are on the same boat.

Book Review

This book has an interesting story behind its evolution. The author thought of adding some flavours to his life and he decided to pen down his life lessons over a Facebook page . Hence, GYAAN was born and love of the readers and friends forced Bhaumik to compile the best of his posts into this book. 


This book is a perfect read to understand the life and its mysteries without putting stress on your brain. Author has tried to put forward his take on most of the possible scenarios. Most of us look for an answer for every WHY life throws at us. But author has expressed his answer ina different manner. Grab the book and enjoy it. It's a very enlightening and light read. I completed the book straight in an hour. Here are some of the excerpts which I liked the most - 

"There is a reason- you are you. He is he. She is she. I am me. There is a reason- we all are different."

"Be gentle with your life. With yourself. How much good or bad it is, it's yours!"

"Believe it or not, fortunately or unfortunately, happily or sadly, Love can happen multiple times! It's a feeling- can't be controlled."

"Relationship survives when we share emotions- not Emoticons!"

"Things aren't always going to be okay! and that's OKAY."

"A cup of favourite drink, a book or a nice movie, sitting in balcony or on your bed, and spending time with self- can be the most beautiful holiday."

Kudos Bhaumik for sharing your wonderful thoughts with us and making us see life through a different angle.



Happy Reading!


My Rating
4/5

Gracias! 
 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Book review : Kissing the Demon



About the Book

Title: Kissing the Demon
Author: Amrita Kumar
Publisher: HaperCollins Publishers India
ISBN: 978-93-5264-303-5
No. of Pages: 245
Price: 350 INR
Genre: Self-help guide

About the Author

Amrita Kumar is an anthologist, novelist, writing-mentor and creative writing teacher. She began her career in the godowns of Daryaganj to select books for a chain of bookshops, moving on as research writer for the Department of Culture, Government of India, then on to publishing as associate editor, Penguin India; editor-in-chief, Roli Books; managing editor, Encyclopedia Britannica; editor, Indian Design & Interiors magazine; and vice-president, Osian’s Literary Agency. In addition, she has freelanced for Rupa & Co., HarperCollins India and Oxford University Press. She lives in New Delhi.

The Cover Speaks

The white cover with the embossed title gives makes it elegant to hold. It is a handbook written for creative writer to help him/her in his/her writing sojourn.

Synopsis

Do you have a great story to tell but don’t know where to begin or how to give it shape? 

Whether you’re an aspiring writer or a seasoned one, a writer of fiction or narrative non-fiction, Kissing the Demon will help you navigate the maze of plot construction, narrative viewpoint, character development, dialogue creation and description even while allowing your imagination to flow. 

Written by an editor and publisher who has for over four decades nurtured some of India’s finest writers, it also tackles the insular world of publishers, agents, contracts and editors. It tells you how to find a publisher or agent, what gets a publisher’s attention and what turns it off – all the stuff writers take years to learn. 

Finally, it offers solutions to the vexing issue of balancing everyday life with writing, a problem every writer faces and the reason why so many books remain unwritten. 

George Orwell once described writing as a horrible, exhausting experience, and that he wouldn’t have written a single book were he not driven by some demon he could neither resist nor understand. Kissing the Demon will make your journey as a writer a little less painful, make you look upon that demon with a little more love.

Book Review

This book is written for writers, be it a neophyte or a pro, to help him handle the demon of writing in a more placating manner. Every writer when makes an advent to his writing journey often comes across several problems, from procrastination to writer's block, from struggling with the story plot to penning down the climax, from publishing to marketing. All these problems have a solution and author Amrita Kumar with her wide experience in the writing field helps in finding the solution. She has diligently explained how can one approach in making the story plot more interesting. She hasn't limited herself to fiction but non-fiction writers will also get to learn strategies devised by her to make their drafts more appealing. She has well explained the nuances of character building. Amrita has written a self-help guide to show the correct path to every writer. The book also tells you how to get your book published and make your new write-up reach to a wider audience. This is a must book for every writer of you are stuck in your plot or write-up, struggling with the dialogue creation or confronting with the editors. A gist of her experience in the world of writing and publishing is bound to help the budding writer.

Happy Reading!


My Rating
3.5/5

Gracias! 
  


'I received a copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.'