AYODHYA RAM ‘MANDIR’ KATHA – DOWN MEMORY LANE (1528 – 2020)

August 5, 2020: Ram Mandir – Bhoomi Poojan, an occasion for all Hindus, not only in Ayodhya, but world over has come “after 500 years”. It would be celebrated with Deepostsav and continuous recitation of the Akhand Ramayan in all local temples.

Bhoomi Poojan

All eyes are set on Ayodhya for Bhoomi Poojan at the site for the proposed Ram Mandir in Ayodhya on August 5, 2020, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation with Silver brick. Indeed, it is going to be a watched out event by all Hindus world over. People have been waiting for years, some have gone old, some have passed away with the dream of Ram Mandir in their eyes. Many from the generation were not sure whether they will see Ram Mandir built but now their dream is nearing fruition.

After a decades-long wait, the day has arrived when construction would commence of the most documented and litigated structure in the world. Even for me, the wait would be nearly 30 years long, when I will visit Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, maybe four years down the line.

Sharing details of the Bhoomi pooja, the Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra, the Trust constituted to oversee the temple construction, shared on social media: “The day PM @narendramodi Ji will be in Ayodhya to inaugurate the construction of Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Mandir, it will be the most historic moment in the history of independent India.”

Prime Minister in Ayodhya on August 5, will be “worshipping with revered saints, scholars, trustees and other dignitaries for the grand Janmabhoomi temple of Bhagwan Shri Ram”.

Time Capsule

A time capsule made of Tamra Patra, enlisting the history and facts related to the Ram Janmabhoomi, will be placed thousands of feet below the construction site to ensure that there are no disputes in the future, So, that in future anyone who wishes to study the history of the temple will get the facts related to Ram Janmabhoomi so that no new controversy can arise, according to the Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust.

Ram Mandir, the past, present & future

As far as I am concerned, I have been closely following Ram Janmabhoomi developments from the early nineties. Though I don’t recollect, how and why got so attached to it but yes, this has been the case. Politics is in my DNA, it has been an integral part of my growing up years and has stayed on…though political scenario then and now has taken a 360-degree spin.

Being a Hindu by birth, the पूजा, हवन, आरती, माता की चौकी, जागरण, नवरात्री, राम लीला, दिवाली, संक्रांत have been part of my day- to- day life. But being in a progressive family, all religions were respected well, it was like सर्व धर्म समभाव ! I viewed no one different based on his religion. Yea, one striking part: I looked like a Christian Baby and studied in a convent. So, people used to ask my mom – ये क्रिस्चियन बेबी किसकी है? (Whose Christian baby is this). The church in school was my favourite place…

Though as a child I was not in-doctrined for any particular religion I watched my mummy reading Ramayana every day and I proud to say that she knows Ramayan by heart – प्रथम चौपाई से अंतिम चौपाई तक. In summer vacation, the curious cat I was, I started reading Ramayana in Awadhi with Hindi translation. I made it a practice to complete till vacations ended. Though I started reluctantly, my interest grew as time passed. I told my mother: अरे ये तो राम लीला वाली कहानी है जो हम देखने जाते हैं

So, Ram transcended in me through my mother’s unwavering faith in Ram – ख़ुशी में राम, परेशानी में राम!   Mummy was lucky to have visited Ayodhya a few years ago and shared her experience at length with me, still does. Now it looks difficult if she can visit Ram Mandir with her failing health, Let Ramji do some magic so that she too can visit Ram Mandir, her lifelong wish!

When I got posted in Lucknow in the early 90s, I was in a hotbed of politics. I was amidst thicker action, as I Class I officer in UP Govt.’s undertaking having good access to first-hand information from the press.

Finally, the day which changed the course of history in the life of Ram Janma Bhoomi – Babri Masjid dispute, December 6, 1992, I became a silent witness to that. Lucknow was very tense with police patrolling all over because of the rally in Ayodhya.  We lived quite close to Ayodhya road, so we were worried and anxious both. It was a dark, chilly, winter night, which we passed sitting in the drawing-room, thinking about Ayodhya developments. The night passed and dawn happened.

Though some filtered news were coming, I chose to call my trusted friend in Times of India at around 6 AM – Navneet Bansal, who broke the news about the happenings in Ayodhya. His detailed account made me an important person amidst family and friends as everybody wanted to know from me – privy to first rather second-hand account. Thankfully, those were not the times of social media. (After that I lost touch with him for over 25 years but I am glad to have him around since 2019). I did not know how to react then (shock, awe, happiness, sadness) but yes media, office, colony, friends, colleagues all were talking about it with their own interpretations.

After that what happened is known to all us, which took the whole nation by storm, Lucknow became a hotbed of political activity and I was in thick of all that action. Once, it subsided and court proceeding started, I started following up those keenly. All through we hoped against hope – judgement comes in favour of Ram Mandir & that day also came when 5 Judges bench gave the historic verdict on November 9, 2019. All Hindus rejoiced, their wish was granted – Ram Mandir and a 5-acre plot for Mosque for our Muslim brethren. I think this made everyone happy, but it remained wishful thinking only till I switched on the TV again…

I would like to share the timeline of the world’s most disputed site for the new generation as a witness to that part of history:

Ayodhya Verdict – The timeline

1528: A mosque is built on the site by Mughal emperor Babar which according to Hindus is the birthplace of Lord Ram and site of an earlier temple.

1859: British officials erect a fence to separate the places of worships, allowing the inner court to be used by Muslims and the outer court by Hindus.

 1885: Mahant Raghubir Das files a suit seeking permission to build a temple on Ram chabootra but his plea was rejected a year after by the Faizabad district court.

 23 December 1949: An idol of Lord Ram surfaces inside the mosque. Muslims claim that it was kept there by the Hindus on the intervening night of 22-23 December. Muslims protest and both parties file civil suits. The government terms the premises a disputed area and locks the gates.

 16 January 1950: First title suit is filed by Gopal Singh Visharad asking for the right to worship the idols installed at ‘Asthan Janmabhoomi’.

 1959: Nirmohi Akhara enters the fray and files the third suit, seeking possession of the site, doing away with the court-appointed receiver. It claims itself to be the custodian of the spot at which Ram was supposedly born.

 18 December 1961: UP Sunni Central Board of Waqf moves in to claim possession of the mosque and adjoining land.

 1983: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) starts a nationwide movement for the construction of the temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya.

1 February 1986: On a plea of Hari Shanker Dubey, a district judge directs Masjid gates to be unlocked to allow ‘darshan’. Muslims set up Babri Masjid Action Committee.

1989: A fresh suit is filed by former VHP vice-president Deoki Nandan Agarwala in the name of Lord Ram for declaration of the title and possession in its favour at the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court.

 23 October 1989: All the four suits pending before a Faizabad court transferred to a special bench of the HC.

 November 1989: VHP carries out Shilanyas ceremony in Ayodhya and the first stone of the planned Ram temple is put in place.

December 1989: VP Singh becomes Prime Minister of the country and Janata Dal-led National Front government comes to power.

 September 1990: BJP leader LK Advani starts yatra from Somnath in Gujarat to Ayodhya. Advani gets arrested in Bihar during the yatra.

 November 1990: Karsevaks under VHP leaders clash with Uttar Pradesh police in Ayodhya, police uses force to control the crowd. Scores of karsevaks are killed.

 10 November 1990: Chandra Shekhar becomes Prime Minister with the help of Congress.

 1991: BJP becomes the biggest opposition party in Lok Sabha after general elections with 120 seats.

 June, 1991: BJP comes to power in Uttar Pradesh, Kalyan Singh becomes Chief Minister.

 6 December 1992: This marks the turning point of the entire dispute when Babri mosque is razed to the ground by supporters of the VHP, the Shiv Sena and the BJP, prompting nationwide communal riots between Hindus and Muslims in which more than 2,000 people die.

May 1996: BJP becomes single largest party in Lok Sabha elections, Atal Bihari Vajpayee becomes PM for 13 days.

 March 1998: BJP returns to power with Atal Bihari Vajpayee as PM for the second time. The government last 13 months.

 October 1999: BJP again comes to power at the Centre with a coalition of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and completes full term.

 April 2002: Three Allahabad High Court judges begin hearings on determining who owns the religious site.

 30 September 2010: Allahabad High Court gives the verdict. A three-judge bench of the Allahabad high court partitions 2.77 acres 2:1 between Hindu and Muslim groups.

 9 May 2011: SC stays the verdict of the Allahabad High Court order splitting the disputed site into three parts and says that status quo will remain.

 8 March 2019: SC constitutes a mediation panel with FM Kalifulla as the chairman and comprising spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu, to mediate in the land title dispute.

 2 August 2019: SC announces that on the basis of the report submitted by the Chairman of the committee, the mediation has failed. The court orders day-to-day hearing of the case from 6 August.

6 August 2019: A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, and comprising Justices Sharad Arvind Bobde, Dhananjaya Yeshwant Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and Abdul Nazeer begins day-to-day hearing of the case.

 9 November 2019: The almost 70-year long dispute comes to an end. The five-judge bench orders setting up of a trust that will eventually pave the way for construction of a temple at Ayodhya. It also orders allotting 5 acres to Muslims in Ayodhya for building a mosque.

Ayodhya Ram Mandir – Historical, Political & Religious significance

 The Ayodhya dispute is a political, historical, and socio-religious debate in India, centred on a plot of land in the city of Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. The issues revolve around the control of a site traditionally regarded among Hindus to be the birthplace of their deity Rama, the history and location of the Babri Masjid at the site, and whether a previous Hindu temple was demolished or modified to create a mosque.

The mosque there, the Babri Masjid, was destroyed during a political rally which turned into a riot on 6 December 1992. A subsequent land title case was lodged in the Allahabad High Court, the verdict of which was pronounced on 30 September 2010. In the judgment, the three judges of the Allahabad High Court ruled that the 2.77 acres (1.12 ha) of Ayodhya land be divided into three parts, with one third going to the Ram Lalla or Infant Rama represented by the Hindu Maha Sabha, one third going to the Sunni Waqf Board, and the remaining one third going to Nirmohi Akhara, a Hindu religious denomination. While the three-judge bench was not unanimous that the disputed structure was constructed after demolition of a temple, it did agree that a temple structure predated the mosque at the same site.

The five-judge Supreme Court bench heard the title dispute cases from August to October 2019.  On 9 November 2019, the Supreme Court, headed by Ranjan Gogoi, announced their verdict; it vacated the previous decision and ruled that the land belonged to the government based on tax records. It further ordered the land to be handed over to a trust to build the Hindu temple. It also ordered the government to give an alternate five-acre tract of land to the Sunni Waqf Board to build the mosque.

On 5 February 2020, the Government of India announced the trust named as Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra.

Ayodhya is in Uttar Pradesh (UP) India

Source: Wikipedia / Mint

Man Booker recipient George Saunders to feature in 100th episode of JLF Brave New World

Teamwork Arts, the producer of the iconic Jaipur Literature Festival, launched JLF Brave New World a few months ago, as the world went into lockdown grappling with a global pandemic. JLF Brave New World celebrates the power of literature in bringing together communities, a vital need in the de-globalised world created by Covid-19. Since its inception in April, the series has come a long way in a mere four months, witnessing some of the best conversations of current times with a diverse range of speakers. The series will soon celebrate its 100th milestone episode on Wednesday, 29th July 2020, with an extended celebratory evening featuring leading contemporary authors and speakers.

In this special episode, Man Booker Prize-winning author of Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders will share insights into the mosaic of his prolific life and genre-bending body of work. In conversation with writer Amitava Kumar, Saunders, the master of modern fiction, will discuss the state of contemporary literature, its relation with power and politics, and the place held by darkness and kindness in stories.

The following episodes on Friday and Saturday will feature speakers like Stephen Fry, Bapsi Sidhwa, Urvashi Butalia, Carl Miller, Paulo Lemos Horta, etc.

Stephen Fry is one of the world’s best-known actors and comedians. But when he arrived at Cambridge, he was a convicted thief, an addict with a failed suicide attempt, and convinced that he would be expelled. Instead, university life offered him love and the chance to entertain. He befriended bright young things like Hugh Laurie and actress Emma Thompson. On Friday, Fry talks about his life and work with Mint Lounge editor Anindita Ghose as he tells the hilarious and compelling story of how he took his first step in the worlds of theatre, radio, television and film.

The next session will feature celebrated Zoroastrian novelist Bapsi Sidhwa speaking to writer and feminist publisher Urvashi Butalia about her creative journey across cultures, continents and chronicles, and what she calls her ‘Punjabi-Pakistani -Parsi’ roots. Her novels ‘Ice Candy Man’ and ‘Water: A Novel’ were adapted by Deepa Mehta for acclaimed films like ‘Earth’ and ‘Water’.  A biopic – ‘Bapsi: The Silences of My Life’ – is currently in production.

Multinational corporations are being shut overnight with a single tweet, Facebook has grown bigger than any state, robots are battling for elections, coders and hackers are writing policies, and algorithms are shaping our lives in more than unimaginable ways. On Saturday, Carl Miller, co-founder of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media and author of the Transmission Prize-winning ‘The Death of the Gods’ that analyses the trajectory of power in the digital age, delves into how this power is indeed being transformed, fought over, lost and won in the digital medium, at this timely and incisive session.

Writer and translator Paulo Lemos Horta has written on the cultural and literary history of the ‘Arabian Nights’ and of the travellers, translators and storytellers who gave the world these unforgettable tales in his ‘Marvellous Thieves: Secret Authors of the Arabian Nights’ and Aladdin: A New Translation’. In ‘Aladdin’, Horta takes us on a dazzling journey, interweaving and reinventing the dark themes and enchanting whimsy of a classic that has transfixed us for ages. In conversation with Jaipur Literature Festival & JLF producer Sanjoy K. Roy at the week’s concluding session, Horta speaks of the stories, along with the stories behind the stories, to provide a fascinating glimpse of the great cultural reservoir of Arabic, Persian and Indian narratives.

Sessions at JLF Brave New World include conversations with speakers as well as Q&A picked from social media channels where audiences can submit questions and share comments with their favorite speakers. The full archive of past sessions, as well as a list of upcoming sessions of the series, can be accessed via the #JLFLitfest social media pages on FacebookTwitterand YouTube.

Folk Songs & Music in Indian Milieu…

“Music fills the infinite between two souls. It’s a powerful medium that touches people’s heart and transports them to a world where one lets go of all inhibitions.” Rabindra Nath Tagore

Can we imagine a life without music? Can we imagine a world without music? Can we imagine a house without music? Now a day’s music has become easily accessible with various gadgets and especially with the spread of FMs. But have you ever thought about how it all started? How I thought of writing about it?

Last come first, I thought of writing about it after watching FB Live of famous folk singer Malini Awasthi di on the occasion of Teej along with her daughter Ananya, where she delighted all of us with the rendition of Savani Kajris and other folk songs…It’s not the first time that I was listening to her. I have done it for many years, watching her sing on television. (Padma Shri Malini Di is doing great service to the nation by taking Indian Folk Music across the globe. Salute!) But her storytelling about Savan and Teej set my thought process that how folk music came into Indian milieu? There are so many stories attached to it…

Today when we are homebound during these unprecedented times (Covid19), music has helped us in keeping us sane, regaled and entertained. I am having a great time singing on StarMaker. It is an experience of a lifetime and I have become self-styled lockdown singer.

Folk Songs are the social commentaries of our times (Era) and no one knows who wrote them, wrote for whom, who composed music, who passed on these? These were transcended to generations from family members, friends, relatives, community and were primarily sung in villages especially during any celebration.

I remember my first brush with folk music from my bua (Mrs. Suman Shrivastav) who in her amazing voice sang सूरज मुख न जैबो है राम, मोरी बिंदिया का रंग उड़ जाये. The song was recorded by AIR Gwalior and we were on the moon. This was for the first time I visited a radio station as a little girl.

So, if we try to even think of a world without music, it would be impossible. Music is one thing which has bridged cultures and addressed prevalent diverse issues. Created by man and often attributed to the divine, everyone in the world understands the language of music.

Whatever the occasion: weddings, births, mundan, temple rituals and social gatherings, these were incomplete with without folk songs and dances. Oh yes, when we talk of weddings in the family, I would fondly mention my maami (Mrs. Rajeshwari Shrivastav) who rendered most amazing banna bannis one after another, sometimes entire night. What a phenomenal singer she was!

The unsung singers of our times…

Earliest records of Indian folk music are found in the Vedic literature, which dates back to 1500 BC. Some scholars and experts even suggest that Indian folk music could be as old as the country itself. Folk music was also used for educating children and communities la Teejan Bai style who sings Mahabharat in her inimitable style.

Folk music & dances represent India’s rich cultural diversity, which has immensely contributed to the various forms of folk songs/ music. Almost every region in India and state has its own set of folk music, which is as different as it could be but the basic premise remains same – celebration, story-telling, life’s lessons, experiences and learnings!

I believe folk songs/music were on the scene even before the advent of paper (read: writing) and were the only means to pass on prominent information from one generation to another. Since people did not have a solid material to preserve ancient information, passing down important information in the form of songs became utmost important. Folk songs not only provided entertainment but also imparted critical information that could be used in one’s day-to-day life.

These are a true reflection of our lives and these must be preserved so that the new generation does not get lost in pop, rock, hard music.

Many of these folk songs were composed by great poets and writers belonging to different parts of the country. For instance, the Rabindra Sangeet or Tagore songs of Bengal are a collection of songs that were originally written by eminent poet Rabindranath Tagore.

Folk songs also played a crucial role in socio-religious reforms in many parts of South India, Gujarat (Falguni Pathak), Punjab, Rajasthan who have active folk music and not only Indians, foreigners also enjoy them. This proves that music has a universal language, it has no barriers but only harmonious bridges.

In these war laden times, let the music be the therapy!

 

 

Jaipur Lit Fest’s Brave New World crosses over 2 million views

Described as the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’, the Jaipur Literature Festival is a sumptuous feast of ideas. The past decade has seen it transform into a global literary phenomenon having hosted nearly 2000 speakers and welcoming over a million book lovers from across India and the globe. Their core values remain unchanged: to serve as a democratic, non-aligned platform offering free and fair access.

Unbelievable, now that we are holed up inside our homes from over 5 months, I fondly remember my trip to Jaipur for Jaipur Lit Fest from Mumbai, planned in a jiffy, which has enriched my personal experiences beyond measure.

Every year, the Festival brings together a diverse mix of the world’s greatest writers, thinkers, humanitarians, politicians, business leaders, sports people and entertainers on one stage to champion the freedom to express and engage in thoughtful debate and dialogue.

Writers and Festival Directors Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple, alongside producer Teamwork Arts, invite speakers to take part in the five-day programme set against the backdrop of Rajasthan’s stunning cultural heritage and the Diggi Palace in the state capital Jaipur.

Past speakers have ranged from Nobel Laureates J.M. Coetzee, Orhan Pamuk, and Muhammad Yunus, Man Booker Prize winners Ben Okri, Margaret Atwood and Paul Beatty, Sahitya Akademi winners Gulzar, Javed Akhtar, M.T. Vasudevan Nair as well as the late Girish Karnad, Mahasweta Devi, and U.R. Ananthamurthy along with literary superstars including Amish Tripathi, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Vikram Seth. An annual event that goes beyond literature, the Festival has also hosted Amartya Sen, Amitabh Bachchan, the late A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Oprah Winfrey, Stephen Fry, Thomas Piketty, and former president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai.

The Jaipur Literature Festival is a flagship event of Teamwork Arts, which produces it along with over 25 highly acclaimed performing arts, visual arts, and literary festivals across more than 40 cities globally.

For over 30 years, Teamwork Arts has taken India to the world and brought the world to India, presenting the finest of Indian performers, writers and visual artists in the cultural and art space in India and abroad through Jaipur Lit Fest.

Every year, they produce over 25 performing, visual arts and literary festivals in several countries including Australia, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, the UK, and USA as well as many eclectic festivals across India. They  produce the world’s largest literary gathering: the annual Jaipur Literature Festival; JLF international now travels to the US, UK, Canada, Qatar and Australia and they have recently launched a digital series – JLF Brave New World. Their musical extravaganza, Bollywood Love Story – A Musical, continues to tour the world with sold-out shows everywhere it is held.

April 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic forced a global lockdown, isolating millions, Teamwork Arts, the producer of the iconic Jaipur Literature Festival, launched “JLF Brave New World”, an online literature series to celebrate books, their power, and positivity. JLF Brave New World sought to address issues critical to our times apart from discussing poetry, fiction, environment, the writing process, geopolitics, war and conflict, art, music, food, fashion and more through conversations with renowned writers and leading experts from around the world. In just a few months JLF Brave New World has captured the attention of a loyal tranche of followers. Teamwork Arts announced that the series has reached 2 million (20,00,000) cumulative views and a reach of over 9 million (90,00,000).

The much-loved series has featured around 90 episodes so far and will be hosting a celebratory 100th episode on 29th July 2020. Sessions at JLF Brave New World has covered subjects as diverse as the political and economic impact of Covid-19, the creative process of writing, literature, climate change, psychological wellbeing and compassion in these challenging times, the art of poetry, technology, and Artificial Intelligence, etc. The series has hosted nearly 200 speakers including Abhijit V. Banerjee, Asma Khan, Benjamin Moser, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Colm Toibin, Devdutt Pattanaik, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Elizabeth Gilbert, Ira Mukhoty, Jhumpa Lahiri, Manu S. Pillai, Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, Orhan Pamuk, Paul Muldoon, Peter Frankopan, Peter Carey, Peter Morgan, Ruskin Bond, Rupi Kaur, Shubha Mudgal, Shashi Tharoor, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Sonal Mansingh, to name a few.

Sessions at JLF Brave New World include conversations with speakers as well as Q&A picked from social media channels where audiences can submit questions and share comments with their favourite speakers. The full archive of past sessions, as well as a list of upcoming sessions of the series, can be accessed via the #JLFLitfest social media pages on FacebookTwitterand YouTube.

Now that extraordinary Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted us in every way and made us distance ourselves physically from one another while finding resilience in the invaluable ties which connect us to one another.

Book-lovers are never truly alone. We’re certainly never lonely, not when we have books, and certainly not when we have each other.

We, at the Jaipur Literature Festival, has always believed in the spirit of the community. We believe that these challenging times are also the moments in which we need to interrogate and make sense of our world through books and ideas, debate and dialogue, music and philosophy, science, and the arts. The festival, which has always been a platform that celebrates the spirit of human connection, is now ready to go straight into the hearts and minds and homes.

We are privileged to present ‘JLF presents Brave New World’, an online literature series in which the sprawling grounds of Diggi Palace are replaced by the boundless possibilities of the Internet. In short, our digital platform is your virtual stage.

Reading gives us strength, inspires, and instills new hope. The iconic Jaipur Literature Festival, the “greatest literary show on Earth” embodies the power of the word and the spirit of connection. For over 13 years, the Festival has connected thousands through the universal language of literature.

We need now, more than ever before to keep alive a free-flowing exchange of thoughts and ideas, nurture and keep open partnerships and literary connections. So, let the words flow and the ideas come as you tune in from your homes and join their stellar list of speakers and authors.

 

 

Saawan ke jhoole pade …

सर्वे भवतु  सुखिना , सर्वे सन्तु निरामया

आज जुलाई ६ को सावन का पहला सोमवार है
आज के दिन का विशेष महत्व है
यह महीना भगवान शंकर को समर्पित है
व्रत और पूजन का विधान है

जिससे कष्टों की हो दूरी
बंधे पेड़ों पर झूलों की डोरी
सावन के गीतों से गूंजे घर अंगना
और बजे गोरी के हाथों में कंगना
मेहँदी का रंग और महक
महकाये और भरे जीवन में रंग

पेड़ पौधे पशु पक्षी सब खुश नज़र आते हैं
मयूर पंख फैला कर नाचता है
चारों तरफ हरियाली ही हरियाली होती है
यही चातुर्मास का आरम्भ है

शिवजी इस सुन्दर सुहानी धरती का भ्रमण
करते है, शायद इस बार उनको कोरोना का
कहर दिख जाये
और उनके तांडव से कोरोना अंत हो जाये
हम सब फिर से झूमते गाते सावन का आनंद उठाये
यही दुआ है इस बार सावन से …

हमारी भक्ति ले,  अपनी शक्ति दे

सावन का महीना पावन ही नहीं
बहुत रंगीला और सुरीला भी है
इस पर अनेकों गीत और लोकगीत हैं
यही नहीं हमारी फिल्मों ने सावन को
जन जन तक पहुँचाया
अनेकों सुन्दर, सुरीले गीत लिखे, गाये और फिल्माए गए है
यही एक ऐसा त्यौहार जब मन झूमता गाता है

हिंदी फिल्मों ने अनेकों सुन्दर गीत  दिए है
सुन्दर महीने की सुंदरता को और भी निखारा है

मेरे कुछ पसंदीदा गीत आपके साथ शेयर कर
रही हूँ, ज़रूर सुनिए और मौसम का लुत्फ़ उठाइये

१. सावन का महीना, पवन करे सोर…
२. रिम झिम गिरे सावन सुलग सुलग जाए मन
३. लगी आज सावन की फिर वो झड़ी है
४. अबके साजन सावन में
५. है है यह मजबूरी यह मौसम ौस ये दूरी
६. कोई लड़की है जब वो gaati  है
७. आज रपट जाएं तो हमें न उठाइयो
८. सावन के झूले पड़े तुम चले आओ

आशा है यह गीत आपके भी पसंदीदा होंगे.

सावन का लुत्फ़ उठाइये इस सुरीले गीत में

काश आज ऐसे सावन के लिए समय होता
जब टीवी से नहीं, नानी से पता चलता
की सावन शुरू हो गया है
पूजा और व्रत की तैयारी कर लो

और भी बहुत कुछ और काश …

Me & You – A Daughter Remembers…

Dedicated to my dear father, late Jagdish Varma who left on his eternal voyage too soon, lived too short a life but it was truly inspirational, full of enthusiasm and dynamism, The one who always thought ahead of his time. He gave me some life’s invaluable lessons which helped me immensely in my life. Forever be grateful for that and forever proud of being his daughter.

When time is aplenty, the mind wanders freely, I miss those times spent with him particularly nowadays when I see seasons changing, times changing, lives changing, people changing, boundaries changing…closely! Observing Twilight zone from a distance reminds me of him, and my mind surrounds me with so many questions: Why good lives are so short-lived? What would have been lifelike, if he was around? What all I could have achieved in his presence? Would there be so much struggle, if he was there? Would I have accomplished my dream of a foreign degree?

Maybe I would have accomplished so much more, which his untimely death restricted. Simply can’t get overtimes, when life took 180-degree spin and since then it became ‘our’ life which was ‘his’ life. But destiny has its role in everybody’s life, so was in our lives. I am proud to say that we have made him certainly proud by taking control of our lives and confidently accomplished – Small – Big – of which he must happy up there.

This is for you PAPA, presenting the scenario of 2020 so that you know what is happening below:

Picture Courtesy Kamal Mathur

Me – Standing in the twilight zone

Of light and darkness, Of hope & fear

Light encloses hope

Me & You

Setting on the voyage’s eternal

Searching life, from its sources to its destinations

Hitting new shores, inhabited

By synthetic divisions of designs, forms and smiles

Harbouring incongruity, our perennial feeling

Me & You

Sailing on the same boat

Promises of a new life, a new evolution

An enriched existence, entirely of our own

Darkness silhouettes fears

Known and unknown

Drift along the drift

Me & You

Uncontrollable

Ignorant of my source, And the destination

Amidst faces clasped, On faces

In the obligatory relationships, Even of love

Me & You

Burdensome adjustments

An incongruous existence, To be seen through

In the crowds, yet lonely

It is dusk, As it has to be

Darkness looks nearer to house

And lights receding, eluding away

Or clouded are our perceptions?

Living in darkness, A painful reality

But look at the streaks of light

Me & You

Isn’t light supreme?

An omnipresent white canvas

Reflecting even darkness

Promising hope, night shall pass away

And showing us the way, We shall reach one day

Me & You