I wrote this one last year this time around for a prompt by #blogadda recapitulating all the ups and downs of the year. I felt the same when I read it today. Although there are a lot of new and wonderful things happening around but this one can still sum it up all. Hope you like it 🙂
किसी को मंज़िल नहीं मिलती, किसी को कारवाँ नहीं मिलता |
I am glad I signed up for this amazing challenge. It opened up a whole new world of possibilities and quench my thirst to write and connect with like-minded folks. I could fly higher and higher in the mystic realms of poetry, meet amazing writers, poets and bloggers from all around the globe and dive into the immersive ocean of creative content. My blog stats shot up to record heights (also reached 1000 WordPress likes) and it reached top rank on Indiblogger. Thanks to this challenge my blog is among top 10 poetry blogs on Indiblogger. It is only unfortunate that I couldn’t finish what I started but I am glad I joined in. I will prepare well in advance for the next one for sure.
Dream big and dare to fail,
Hit the tides and you will sail,
Need help; talk to your heart,
Make it your strength, master this art,
Don’t look for inspiration in others,
You are the one; you can do it best,
Push it hard; the margin is thin,
Just keep going, the power lies within…
The inspiration lies within…
I am overwhelmed with the response I got but there is still a long way to go and I am more positive than ever.
कड़वी-खट्टी इस दुनिया में, कुछ मिठास की राहत होनी चाहिए,
के बहाने भी मिल ही जाएँगे , बस मुस्कुराने की चाहत होनी चाहिए,
के दर्द भरे इस शोर-ओ-ग़ुल में, खुशियों की आहट तो होनी चाहिए,
नगमें भी खुद ही जी उठेंगे, बस लफ़्ज़ों में इबादत होनी चाहिए…
Heartiest congratulations to the amazing A to Z team for catapulting us to new heights of creative gratifications. Thanks to all the amazing bloggers for making it a huge success and all the readers who motivated us to keep going and put the best of us on our blogs.
It is a beautiful coincidence that I get to talk about the ‘alankaar’ in my first post for this challenge. They have always intrigued me and inspired me to create beautiful effects with words in my poems. I will be sharing few of my creations during this challenge, old and new, and I hope you will keep looking for ‘alankaar’ in my posts. Each of my post will also feature a bonus word and a notable poet for the alphabet of the day.
Note: I have cited only the relevant lines from my poems as examples
to keep this post concise, you may follow the links provided to go to the original post/complete poem.
The concept: (अलंकार) Alankaar is a figure of speech which means ornaments or adornments. It is one of the basic concepts of Hindi grammar; essentially a bibelot used in Hindi language to enhance the beauty of a poem. The ‘alankaar’may create a superlative effect by way of a word itself or enhance it indirectly with its meaning.
Most common (अलंकार) Alankaar that you might find in the Hindi poetry are:
He was a Sufi musician and poet born in 1253. His enduring fame in India rests on the riddles, quibbles and songs written by him. He was one of the pioneers of Persian and Hindi poetry, including ‘qawwali’ and ‘ghazals’ in India.
Some of his celebrated creations include:
(It is not only a classic but one of my favorite poem too)
चाप तिलक सब छीनी रे मोसे नैना मिलाइके,
चाप तिलक सब छीनी रे मोसे नैना मिलाइके,
प्रेम भाटी का माधवा पिलाइके,
मतवाली कर लीनी रे मोसे नैना मिलाइके,
गोरी गोरी बैयाँ, हरी हरी चूड़ियाँ ,
बैयाँ पकड़ धर लीनी रे मोसे नैना मिलाइके,
बलि बलि जाऊं में तोरे रंग रजवा,
अपनी सी कर लीनी रे मोसे नैना मिलाइके,
ख़ुसरौ निजाम के बलि बलि जाईए ,
मोहे सुहागन कीनी रे मोसे नैना मिलाइके,
चाप तिलक सब छीनी रे मोसे नैना मिलाइके ||
You’ve taken away my looks, my identity, by just a glance. By making me drink the wine of love-potion, You’ve intoxicated me by just a glance; My fair, delicate wrists with green bangles in them, Have been held tightly by you with just a glance. I give my life to you, Oh my cloth-dyer, You’ve dyed me in yourself, by just a glance. I give my whole life to you Oh, Nijam, You’ve made me your bride, by just a glance.
Here is another famous gem from Amir Khusrow’s collection:
ख़ुसरो दरिया प्रेम का, उल्टी वा की धार,
जो उतरा सो डूब गया, जो डूबा सो पार ||
Khusrow, the river of love runs in strange directions.
One who jumps into it drowns, and one who drowns, gets across.
Meaning– A divine creative impulse or poetic inspiration.
If you are reading this, thank you for stopping by. This post is first in a series of 26 posts that I will be writing as part of the A to Z challenge for April 2016. My theme for the challenge would be A to Z of poetry. Don’t feel shy to leave your feedback and visit again:-)