Wednesday, August 26, 2015

लुका छिपी

लुका छिपी का खेल बहुत पुराना
आज फिर याद आया बीता वो जमाना 
कैसे हम पकड़ लेते थे छिपने के लिए एक कोना
और गिनती खत्म होने से पहले पकड़ लेते थे किसी दूसरे का कोना
एक, दो, तीन  .... आ जाऊँ ???
नहीं ! नहीं ! अभी नहीं
मै तो आ रहा हूँ !

यह सुनते ही छोटा सा कोना बन जाता एक कुआँ
समां लेता अपने अंदर एक के ऊपर एक सन्नाटा 

श s श s श ....
हू.... हाउ.... हू....
पता चल गया... कहाँ छिपे हो 
श s श s श ....
पकड़ लिया !

और सन्नाटा बन जाता तू - तू मै - मै का अखाड़ा

तेरी वजह से पकड़े गए...
जा अब तेरी बारी ...
एक, दो, तीन ... आ रहा हूँ
दस तक गिन पूरा .. आती एक आवाज़ 

पसर जाता फिर सन्नाटा और आती भूतिया आवाज़ 
चलती रहती यह लुका छिपी 
जाने कितने कोनो में
फिर सुनी आज यह दबी कहानी 
धूल चाटते कोनों की ज़ुबानी 

 --- सुरभि बाफना


Friday, August 14, 2015

Book Review - S.O.A.R

About the Book
Title: S.O.A.R Success Over Adversity Reigns
Author: Abir Mukherjee
Publisher: Frog Books 
ISBN: 978-93-52013-24-1
No. of Pages: 161
Price: 125 INR
Genre: Fiction
About the Author
Abir Mukherjee was born and brought up in Bardhaman, a small town of West Bengal. He is currently based in USA having completed more than 8 years as an IT professional. He has completed B.E. in computer science and engineering in 2005 and started working in different software MNCs. ‘S.O.A.R’ is his second novel. Blackbuck Publication has published his first novel, ‘As Life Has No Undo’.

He loves to sketch and write in spare time. He writes to entertain people, not to teach them how to live life, how to be successful in life or any other philosophical lessons. 

The Cover Speaks
The blue-green cover of the book with three male silhouettes sitting under the sky with twinkling stars depicts of their inner selves  pondering over their dreams. The upside down angel-like shadows of each of them try to say 'SOAR'. Fly high ,when you have wings. Afterall wings of dreams gives you the strength to soar high as you wish to.

“Frustrated with their current jobs, Uday, Adhyayan, and Rajasekaran team up to start an innovative business, non-existent in India until then. Ignoring all pragmatic aspects of life, they chase their dreams with immense pleasure. However, their journey is no cakewalk, as they confront financial crisis and rejections soon. Uday plays a business trick to triumph over that uninfluenced market; it works initially, but soon boomerangs, blowing the team apart. The police arrests Uday accusing him of illegal activity by his organization.

Were there any blemishes in their plan or was it just a typical Indian market, reluctant to accept an un-experimented concept? Will they be successful in implementing their innovation, staking their hard earned money, stable jobs, relationships, and life?

‘S.O.A.R is the story of chasing a dream, quandary between desire and responsibility, friendship and love.

Join the gutsy journey of three young entrepreneurs. ”

Book Review
The author being an IT professional has set the beginning of the story amidst an unsatisfactory job life which pays you hefty but keeps you aloof from your life.  The story starts from Newark, US ( yes, that's the name of a city, don't confuse it with New York) and finds its roots rooted back in Bangalore, India. An abrupt phone call,rather say voice message, on a hectic day urges Adhyayan to immediately fly back to his very own city, Bangalore. The things have changed a lot after he went but have they really changed? 

SOAR is a story of three colleagues Adhyayan, Uday and Rajasekaran who wish to jump into the trending startups world. They have an idea and a plan to execute it but nothing is so apparent. They take baby steps, stumble at first but hold each others' hand to launch their dream site. Besides, sinking day and night into their dream project, they start veering away from their personal life. Shrishti, Adhyayan's wife foresees their relationship shrinking to office only. She tries to make a balance but things don't fall in place and she takes a stern step. Other fellow Rajasekaran falls in love with an outrageous spoilt rich girl, Sneha and fears of their caste difference. While the mastermind Uday keeps himself away from all the woos to nurture his dream project.

Amidst all the success, an expansion to their dream site causes the team to break apart. Uday gets under the net of legal proceedings against him because of false charges. Will his two partners come to his rescue spitting out the bitter animosity. What will happen to their dream project. Will it too end or will thrive? Will Shrishti and Sneha proceed for a happy life with the young strivers? And how Uday will come clear of all the charges against him? Find the answers to all these questions with a light read of SOAR. 

The story can ignite young entrepreneurs who strive to flourish their idea. The familiar places of Bangalore keeps one engaged and the plot at the end to search for the traitor keeps the reader engrossed. So carry a copy of the book in your flight/bus/train and soar with the S.O.A.R.

My Rating