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INDIA: Zindagi Kyun Na Milegi Dobaara

प्रथम कविता:
पिघले नीलम सा बहता हुआ ये समा,
नीली नीली सी खामोशियाँ
ना कहीं है ज़मीन ना कहीं आसमान,
सरसराती हुई टहनियां पत्तियाँ
कह रहीं है बस एक तुम हो यहाँ,
सिर्फ मैं हूँ, मेरी सांसें हैं और मेरी धडकनें,
ऐसी गहराइयाँ, ऐसी तनहाइयाँ, और मैं, … सिर्फ मैं,
अपने होने पर मुझको यकीन आ गया

द्वितीय कविता:
इक बात होंटों तक है जो आई नहीं,
बस आँखों से है झांकती,
तुमसे कभी, मुझसे कभी,
कुछ लव्ज़ है वो मांगती,
जिनको पहनके होंटों तक आ जाए वो
आवाज़ की बाहों में बाहें डालके इठलाये वो,
लेकिन जो ये इक बात है,
अहसास ही अहसास है

खुशबू सी है जैसे हवा में तैरती
खुशबू जो बे-आवाज़ है,
जिसका पता तुमको भी है
जिसकी खबर मुझको भी है
दुनिया से भी छुपता नहीं
ये जाने कैसा राज़ है

तृतीय कविता:
जब जब दर्द का बादल छाया
जब ग़म का साया लहराया
जब आंसू पलकों तक आया
जब ये तन्हा दिल घबराया
हमने दिल को ये समझाया
दिल आखिर तू क्यूँ रोता है
दुनिया में यूँ ही होता है
ये जो गहरे सन्नाटें हैं
वक्त ने सबको ही बाटें हैं
थोडा गम है सबका किस्सा
थोड़ी धूप है सबका हिस्सा
आग तेरी बेकार ही नम है
हर पल एक नया मौसम है
क्यूँ तू ऐसे पल खोता है
दिल आखिर तू क्यूँ रोता है

चौथी कविता:
दिलों में तुम अपनी बेताबियाँ ले के चल रहे हो तो जिंदा हो तुम
नज़र में ख्वाबों की बिजलियाँ ले के चल रहे हो तो जिंदा हो तुम
हवा के झोकों के जैसे आज़ाद रहना सीखो
तुम एक दरिया के जैसे लहरों में बहना सीखो
हर एक लम्हे से तुम मिलो खोले अपनी बाहें
हर एक पल एक नया समा देखें ये निगाहें
जो अपनी आँखों में हैरानियाँ ले के चल रहे हो तो जिंदा हो तुम
दिलों में तुम अपनी बेताबियाँ ले के चल रहे हो तो जिंदा हो तुम

Written by curious

September 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm

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INDIA: Agra Trip

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Day 1:

  1. Shatabdi Express from New Delhi Station to Agra Cantt. Good train, takes 2 hours and since starts from New Delhi, higher probability of leaving on time. Reached Agra at around 8:00 AM
  2. Pre-paid Taxi for the day: Rs 950 for 8 hours
  3. Taj Mahal: Taxi driver (Gulab works for one contractor Akbar) tries to coerce into taking a (manual) rickshaw from car parking to Taj gate. Declined. Guides try to coerce you into hiring them. Flatly declined.
  4. Handicraft farce: Taxi driver argues and desperately wants to show you “mini taj” at handicrafts showroom (on Fatehabad Road). The showroom claims to be a government run shop selling handicraft stuff made of marble, bamboo cloth etc. Got tricked into buying a Taj made of marble. Later realized it was all a sham to fleece innocent tourists. If you want to really get a handicraft piece, should go to Gokulpura near Raja ki Mandi. But that place is too dirty for upper class gentry or foreigners.
  5. Idamut-ud Daulah Tomb:
  6. Agra Fort:
  7. Hotel Crystal Inn (Fatehabad Road, Behind TDI Mall 562-4053400): Rs 2100

Day 2

  1. Fatehpur Sikri: awesome place, away from hustle bustle of Agra city. But again got tricked by the Taxi driver in to hiring a guide (Kalimuddin Master), which is like an underground world operating to fool the tourists. The guide skipped portions of the Sikri fort, wouldn’t have known if hadn’t decided to go back on my own after the guide was done. Discovered the guide doesn’t tell you much more than what is already written on the signs in the fort.
  2. Shatabdi Express back from Agra Cantt. to New Delhi. Not a good idea at all. Train was late by over 1 hour. Stuck waiting at the station.

Written by curious

August 24, 2011 at 10:27 am

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July 19, 2011 at 12:11 pm

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INDIA: Ganesh Images

Friendly Ganesha

Geeky Ganesha

Local version: Geeky Ganesha, Laying Ganesha

Written by curious

September 11, 2010 at 7:40 am

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INDIA: महा मृत्युंजय

ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगंधिम पुष्टि वर्धनम
उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनं मृत्योर मुक्षीय मा अमृतात

ॐ = Almighty God
त्र्यम्बकं = three-eyed
यजामहे = We worship, adore, honor, revere
सुगंधिम = sweet fragrance
पुष्टि = A well-nourished condition, thriving, prosperous, full, and complete
वर्धनम = One who nourishes, strengthens, causes to increase (in health, wealth, well-being); who gladdens, exhilarates, and restores health; a good gardener
उर्वारुकम = disease, attachment, obstacles in life, and resulting depression
इवा = Like, just as
बन्धनं = Stem (of the gourd); but more generally, unhealthy attachment
मृत्योर = From death
मुक्षीय = Free us, liberate us
मा = not
अमृतात = Immortality, emancipation

The great mantra dedicated to Shiva as Mrityunjaya is found in the Rig Veda. It is called the Maha Mrityunjaya mantra, the Great Death-Conquering mantra. It is a mantra that has many names and forms. It is called the Rudra mantra, referring to the furious aspect of Shiva; the Tryambakam mantra, alluding to Shiva’s three eyes; and its is sometimes known as the Mrita-Sanjivini mantra because it is a component of the “life-restoring” practice given to the primordial sage Shukra after he had completed an exhausting period of austerity. The Maha Mrityunjaya mantra is hailed by the sages as the heart of the Veda. Along with the Gayatri mantra it holds the highest place among the many mantras used for contemplation and meditation

Written by curious

July 4, 2010 at 12:05 pm

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INDIA: ॐ पूर्णमदः पूर्नामदिम

ॐ पूर्णमदः पूर्णमिदम
पूर्णात पूर्णमुदा च्यते
पूर्णस्य पूर्णम: दाया
पूर्णमे वावा शिष्यते
ॐ शांति: शांति: शांति:

Written by curious

July 4, 2010 at 11:54 am

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INDIA: ॐ सह न ववतु (शांति मंत्र)

ॐ सह ना ववतु सह नौ भुनक्तु सह वीर्यं करवावहै ।
तेजस्वि नावधीतमस्तु मा विद्विषावहै ॥
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

May the Lord protect us together.
May He nourish us together.
May we work together uniting our strength for the good of humanity.
May our learning be luminous and purposeful. May we never hate one another.
May there be peace, peace and perfect peace.

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July 4, 2010 at 11:48 am

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