Jan 19, 2012

My Vagabond Wishlist

I am finally getting a holiday, after ages.

2 friends, and a trip to Rajasthan. The golden sand, the majestic forts, the royal glow reflecting from the chandeliers, the mirage of colours around us, jingling of bells on cows, steaming chai in kulhads, cool winds and a small fire to warm us - there is so much we are looking forward to.

I want to meet new people, locals and tourists, see the cities from both their eyes. I want to dance with the folk dancers, and I want to walk the streets just observing and not saying a word.

However small the trip, the idea of going to a new place just gets the blood pumping in our systems. What will we discover there? What new experiences will we gain? Will we return wiser... or sillier?

As I tick off one from the bucketload in my Travel Wishlist, here is to hoping this year brings some more ticks and trips.

But I still seek my mountain peak
Momentary posts may refuel me
But my eyes are set on a destination I cant yet see
Till then I try to be happy with breeze that whistles by.

Jan 6, 2012


Halak mein atke hain kuch beete hue pal,
Saans le chale phir ussi kal.
Jahaan sardi ki dhoop si thi khushiyon ki garmaahat,
Jahaan koi na ho, phir bhi hamesha thi aahat.
Bas baithe baithe khud par hans lete zara,
Chaahe aasman gir jaaye, kisse thi parvaah?

Par phir aaya ek din, jab aahat na koi,
Neend mein achaanak uth padoon,
Koi hai? Lagta hai koi aawaz suni!
Har taraf dhoondha, kahin yeh meri kalpana toh nahi?
Sapnon ko pukaarte,
Khudko dhakela neend ki galli.

Subah hui aur aankhein dhoondein wohi dhoop,
Par thand ne thithur di meri rooh.
Mann se ki dua ki yeh sirf ho ek maaya,
Palak jhukaayi aur kuch mehsoos hua.
Lagta hai sirhaane aakhir koi aaya?
Kaun aaya? Kaun aaya?
Bas Khaalipan ka saaya.


6 Jan 2011.