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Lockdown & Lata Didi’s Songs…

लॉक डाउन के दौरान कुछ चीज़ों ने मेरा बड़ा साथ दिया
जिसने इस अनुभव को सरल बना दिया
मैं जोकि घूमने फिरने के शौक़ीन हूँ
इस बंद ने मुझे ज़िन्दगी का नया नज़रिया दिया

दिन की प्लानिंग कैसे की जाती जबकि कहीं जाना नहीं है
अपनी होब्बीएस को टटोलने का समय कैसे निकला जाए

बीते वर्षों में मैंने कभी गीत संगीत पर ध्यान ही नहीं दिया…

अब समय था तो मुझे याद आया की हमारे पास  भोपाल में
एक बड़ा रेडियो ग्राम था जिसमे मैं हर रात गाने सुना करती थी
होम वर्क करते वक़्त, पढाई करते वक़्त, वह शायद गानो का सबसे सुनहरा दौर था

पता ही नहीं चला कब लता दीदी के गानो से एक अजीब सा नाता जुड़ गया जो वक़्त के साथ जूनून बन गया, शायद ही दीदी का कोई गीत हो जो मैंने कभी ना सुना हो
बचपन की वह डोर अब खुले आकाश में उड़ रही है
न होम वर्क की चिंता, न ऑफिस जाने का समय

अब जब समय है तो मेरे जूनून ने जोर पकड़ा और
में रोज़ रात को लता दीदी के गाने सुनने लगी
अब में रोज़ रात १० बजने का इंतज़ार करती हूँ और
अपने मूड के अनुसार गाने सुनती हूँ, वह भी अपनी पसंद के

मूड, स्तिथि, परस्तिथि, ग़म, ख़ुशी, उदासी, हर मूड
के लिए लता दीदी के गीत सहाएक बने
अचानक मुझे लगा की गाना गाना मेरे दिल को
ख़ुशी देगा और मैंने स्टार मेकर अप्प पे
लता दीदी के गाने गाये जो कुछ लोगों को
काफी पसंद आ रहे हैं, कुछ लोग मेरे इस नए शौक
पे चकित हैं

लिखने तक तो ठीक था, पर गाना गाना
वह भी लता दीदी आशा ताई के, हिमाक़त है भाई

पर मुझे बहुत ही मज़ा आ रहा है, कुछ लोग मेरा उत्साह बढ़ा रहे है
कभी सोचा ना था मेरा सफर लता दीदी के
गानों के साथ  लॉक डाउन इतना आसान हो जायेगा

उनकी शान में कुछ लिखना सूरज को दिया दिखने जैसा होगा
उनकी आवाज़, उनका उच्चारण, उनकी संगीत, राग, सुर, ताल की
पकड़ अद्वितीय है
एक बात मुझे समझ आ गे की आप रियाज़, टेक्निक, सुर, ताल, के साथ
कितना भी अच्छा गा सकते है
पर दीदी जैसे आवाज़ इस धरती पर नहीं है

मेरा उनसे एक अटूट नाता है, जो हमेशा रहेगा

चरों तरफ कितनी भी उदासियाँ है
पर उनके गीत अपने ज़िन्दगी में उजाला भर देते हैं

मेरे कुछ पसंददीदा गीत मैं आपसे से शेयर कर रही हूँ

१. लग जा गले से फिर ये हसीं रात हो न हो
२. नैना बरसे रिमझिम रिमझिम
३. चाँद फिर निकला मगर तुम ना आये
४. यह ज़िन्दगी उसी की है जो किसी का हो गया
५. जो हमने दास्ताँ अपनी सुनाई, आप क्यों रोये
६. मैं तो भूल चली बाबुल का देस
७. जादुगर सैयां छोड़ो मोरा बैयां
८. तीर नज़र देखेंगे ज़ख्मे जिगर देखेंगे
९. मौसम है आशिक़ाना ऐ दिल कहीं से उनको
१०. ुइ माँ ुइ माँ यइ क्या हो गया उनकी गली में दिल खो गया
११. ये गलियां ये चौबारा यहाँ आना न दोबारा
१२ चन्दन सा बदन चंचल चितवन, धीरे से तेरा यह मुस्काना
१३. मेरे ख्वाबों में जो आये आके मुझे छेद जाए
१४. संसार से भागे फिरते हो
१५. जारी कारे बद्रा बालम के पास
१६. रजनीगंधा फूल तुम्हारे महके युहीं जीवन में
१७. धीरे धीरे मचल ऐ दिलइ बेक़रार
१८. सुन सबीहा सुन प्यार की धुन
१९. लिखने वाले ने लिख डाले मिलान के साथ बिछोड़े
२०. जारी जा ो हरजाई देखि तेरी दिलदारी

लता दीदी का एक बहुत ही प्यारा गीत मैंने गया जो
मेरी मम्मी का भी पसंददीदा है

 

LOCK DOWN HONEYMOON…

Lockdown – Once in a lifetime happening – a la Honeymoon!

Never witnessed anything like this before even during wars, pandemic says my nearly 80-year-old mother.

When PM Narendra Modi asked citizens to remain indoors – a self-styled lockdown for Sunday – March 22, I was one of the first ones to tweet – What will happen with just one day’s lockdown that too on a Sunday? Little I had known that was just the trailer – the film is going to be nearly 3 months long, well almost!

This is how our new life began where there was no morning rush of jogging, gymming, exercising, instructing maids, cleaning cars, managing children, cracking heads what to wear today, rushing to catch the local, bus, dancing to clock’s needle…meetings, discussions, writing, editing withstanding. It seemed life had come to a standstill.

Now the worries had acquired a different dimension – no newspaper, just e-newspaper which we were not used to. When you read the newspaper, the family thinks you are acquiring knowledge, getting informed, when you read a newspaper on mobile you are wasting your time – new revelation. Now, the cleaning, mopping, dusting rigmarole followed by making breakfast, cooking lunch, planning dinner and to top it all – office work – which no one realised it was some work. Could never imagine a life without house help, watching movies, visiting family, friends, chit-chatting with building friends, train friends and most favourite – Shopping!

Life took a 180-degree spin for many who never knew what to do at home for 24 hours with the same set of people. But as you say – The show must go on! It started moving on!!

Amidst all this and more, the travelling time saved for work was a big boon, we had nearly five hours extra every day to ourselves, which family thought was for them!

Social Media became mother, father, brother, sister, teacher, mentor…all rolled into one telling you what all you can do during the lockdown and how technology can help you in staying connected. How you can conduct and attend meetings, yoga classes, painting classes, dance classes, cooking classes, motivational speaking, self – improvement, spiritual, religious, talks, dialogues, monologues, webinars …what not to keep you occupied.

For the first time, I realised that I can learn so many things online even at this age, though there is no age to learn. So much so that how to roll chapatis, how to knead the dough, how to mop the floor, how to surf channels, how to iron clothes, how to drape saree, except how to pass time.

Now another breed started emerging on social media who would post pictures of their activities right from leaving the bed to retiring on the bed. They are posting pictures of what they cooked for breakfast, what they will make for lunch, snacks, dinner beside their paintings, throwback photos, work-out sessions, beauty sessions, saree sessions, attending webinars, video calls of friends, family, gardening, view from their window, their children activity and what & what not to do during the lockdown.

fitness, home and diet concept – smiling teenage girl doing exercise on floor at home

So as soon as you reached out to phone early morning, you saw a friend working out for that hour-glass figure, and you were like OMG! The day started with a huge inferiority complex!!

Another hour passed and you see pictures of well-garnished well laid outspread with fresh fruits, juices, oats… other so-called organic (read: healthy) dishes in the name of breakfast. And here we gorged on our makhan wale aloo, mooli, gobi parathas. The pleasure of yummy parathas evaporated in a moment and you started brooding on eating such middle-class breakfast.

Now as the day progressed you watched people singing, dancing, writing, reading or pursuing upmarket hobbies. Again, you start cursing yourself for not doing any such activity. As the day moves towards the end you are enveloped with guilt, oh GOD I am not utilising my lockdown honeymoon like other privileged mortals.

There was gyaan all over – enjoy the time you have got to spend with your family! We have always been enjoying time with our family in spite of being so busy. But this statement gave us celebrity wali feeling!

Media made the most of this time by feeding us with innumerable & useless panels discussing some godforsaken topics. We had no choice but to watch these.

Now the webinars – the new kid on the block – became a fad, every Tom, Dick and Harry was doing webinars. If you are not doing or attending the webinar, you have no right to live in this lockdown.

My advice would be: Enjoy your lockdown, keep moving at your pace, in your style, nothing will happen if don’t pursue a hobby or don’t attend a webinar, dance, sing or paint. Life would be just as beautiful. You will have the satisfaction of leading a peaceful life in your own way without being under any pressure. You couldn’t have asked for more from this lockdown.

This is how I watched the lockdown – Covid19 from the periphery!

How I am spending my lockdown would feature in my next post.

 

 

 

Lock down and some unusual revelations!

Lockdown is quite a revelation in many respects like how to stay indoors, what to do indoors, what takes how much time and what is the deadly combo of “Work from Home and Work for home”. But for the first time closely observed swift movement of day & night, the cycle of 24 hrs. Was life always like this? Were days and nights moved in the same cycle? Or was there something amiss? 

I marvel, how time was passing then, hectic mornings, rush to office, the mad rush of work, train travel back and amidst all this, we were cooking, cleaning, reading…what not! We were attending functions, visiting friends and relatives, hanging out at malls, shopping sprees…now all this has come to a grinding halt.

Life is certainly more peaceful with its leisurely mornings, lavish lunches, evening tea with snacks with tea time tales along with some business-related work and some worthwhile dinner discussions.  Aren’t we enjoying this life when there is no pressure of dressing up, rush to catch 8:20 local, board a cab to office and to follow the official rigmarole! A repeat performance in the evening. Till now we never knew when mornings started, when the day ended! Everything happened in a jiffy!

It was time when we wanted to admire this soulful number from movie Mausam – Dil Dhoondhta Hai…

But I have noticed that many people are devoting time on their long-lost hobbies, exploring hidden talents, spending time with family and children, connecting with old friends, watching the news, Ramayana, Mahabharat, playing instruments and if not all these, picking up quarrels/ arguments with spouses!!

Some are blogging like me!!

Never knew when mornings started, when the day ended!

Everything happened in a jiffy! We were wrapping so much in a day!!

We need to question ourselves, are we ready to embrace that life again? Not me certainly.

There is an aura of positivity, though this is the most overused word today. Every other person teaching others to remain positive.  Still, all of us feel that we are enveloped in some kind of negativity. What will happen to our lives post-COVID? Which way we are heading to?

Some days productive, some Uff…

The scenario is owning to spread of COVID19 which forced nations world over to force lockdown to arrest community spread of the deadly virus which has claimed lakhs of lives world over and still counting…

Corona…please have mercy on us humans!

Please gracefully exit from our lives!!!