Wednesday, 11 November 2015


No blood, no dispute;
Sweet   they   remain
Deewali      marzipan.

Friday, 6 November 2015


ख़ुश्क हो चले
थरथराते होंठ
किसी प्यास में

Tuesday, 3 November 2015


मेरा होना है
तुम्हारी हँसी की रौशनी,
तुम्हारा होना
मेरे अँधेरे की उदासी;
मेरा अँधेरा तुम्हारी रौशनी को
ढँक लेता है अक्सर.

Your mirth is a light caused by my presence (in your life)
Your absence (in my life) is my darkest gloom
(your) light is often overpowered by (my) darkness...

(The happy moments are mostly shadowed by sad ones)

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Tuesday, 20 October 2015


कैसे जियूँ ये
उधार की ज़िन्दगी
कब तलक

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Tuesday, 13 October 2015


क्यों ढकूँ सिर
मन्दिर या मस्जिद
रूह तो नंगी 

This post is dedicated to Geetashree Chatterjee for her ameliorated and refined version of this haiku.
She says:

बिखरे बाल
मन्दिर या मस्जिद
रूह आज़ाद

She has done an awesome job by transforming the vehicle (bailgaadii to Mercedes) without disturbing the passenger inside (the thought!)
I appreciate the fact that her version, in spite of its superiority, doesn’t make the original feel inferior in any way…both of them put together give a feeling as if you are reading Kabir and Eliot on the same pageJ

Saturday, 10 October 2015

You make me!

Dear friends,

I am pleased to bring to your knowledge that your beloved “SAFARNAAMAA” has been selected by Indian Top Blogs as one of the Best Hindi Blogs in 2014-15 again.

The credit goes to all of you, my most valued readers, who have contributed to reach it here!

I am especially grateful to my non-Hindi speaking friends who regularly read my Hindi posts and register their admiration, suggestions, enquiries and observations.

What really makes me happy is the fact that I did not have to enter a contest (you know I don’t like competitionsJ), and did not push others back to come to the forefront. I can see many of my friends’ Hindi blogs alongside mine…the delight of sharing means more to me than that of winning!

All of you lovely buddies are requested to continue with your esteemed patronage and support to “SAFARNAAMAA”.

*(at serial no.9)

With love and regards,

Friday, 9 October 2015


जी में ही दबीं
मासूम हसरतें
 हँसती रोती