Betiyaan toh sirf Ek Ehsaas hai :)

The best lines you will ever read on ‘Daughters’. The hardest you will struggle to bite back the tears & fight back that constricted feeling in your throat. That. Poetry. By Shailesh Lodha (Taarak Mehta fame).

Kya likhun ?…
Ki woh pariyon ka roop hoti hai…
Ya kadakti thand mein suhaani dhoop hoti hai…

Wo hoti hai udaasi ke har marz ki dawa ki tarah…
Ya os mein sheetal hawa ki tarah…
Woh chidiyon ki chehchahahat hai,
Ya ke nishchal khilkilahat hai…

Woh aangan mein faila ujaala hai..
Ya mere gusse pe laga taala hai…
Woh pahad ki choti pe suraj ki kiran hai…
Ya zindagi sahi jeene ka aacharan hai…

Hai woh takat jo chote se ghar ko mahal bana de…
Hai woh kaafiya jo kisi gazal ko mukkamal kar de…
Kya likhun ??…
Woh akshar jo na ho toh varn maala adhoori hai…
Woh, jo sabse zaada zaroori hai…

Ye nahi kahoonga ki woh har waqt saath saath hoti hai,
Betiyaan toh sirf ek ehsaas hoti hain :)

Uski aankhein, naa mujhse gudiya maangti hai na khilone,

kab aaoge, bass ek chota sa sawaal suno naa…
Apni majboori ko chupate huye deta hoon main jawaab
Taareekh batao, time batao… apni ungliyon pe karne lagti hai woh hisaab
Aur jab main nahi de pata sahi sahi jawaab…
Apne aansuon ko chupane ke liye
Chehre pe rakh leti hai kitaab

Woh mujhse australia mein chuttiyaan, mercedes to drive,
5 star mein dinner ya mehenge Ipods nahi mangti…
Na woh dher se paise piggy bank mein udhelna chahti hai
Woh bas kuch der mere saath khelna chahti hai…

Aur main kehta hoon yehi…
ki beta bahut kaam hai.. nahi karunga toh kaise chalega…
Majboori bhare duniya daari ke jawaab dene lagta hoon…

Aur woh jhuta hi sahi,
Mujhe ehsaas dilati hai..
Ki jaise sab kuch samajh gayi ho..
Lekin aankhein band kar ke roti hai…
Jaise sapne mein khelte hue mere saath soti hai..

Zindagi na jaane kyun itni ulajh jaati hai…
Aur hum samajhte hain, betiyaan sab samajh jaati hain.. :)

And, here is the video as recited my the poet himself !

Happy Birthday Papa :)

A letter for my father :) ( I know I should have sent it by post, but I found this a better medium since I quite enjoy blogging :) )

Dear Papa,

First of all, a very happy holi to you.. And of course, a very Happy Birthday :) . I am sorry I couldn’t send you a card like I do every year… Time constraints :(

I thought for a long time; what shall I write- writing being such a spontaneous art. And, thank you for this art…the writer in me traces its roots back to the writer/ literature lover in you. So, I owe my best talents to you papa :)

There is a lot that I wanted to say. But, u know me well. I am not at all good with speaking out those things. So, a few lines I dedicate to someone who has always been there; watching over and silently forgiving all my mistakes and hiding his disappointment behind an encouraging smile every time I failed to live up to his expectations.

It might not have been very often that I told that I love you…but I really do :)

For everyone upon this earth        
God made a father who
Would lovingly watch over
His family as it grew

A father to protect his child
From goblins in the night
With comforting assurances
And hugs so very tight

To teach his child what’s right and wrong
And work that must be done
To share each great adventure
With laughter, tears and fun

Yes, God in his great wisdom
Looked down from heaven above
And made a father for each child
To cherish and to love

These lines I have taken from a card I got you ages ago on the occasion of Father’s Day.

Thank you for being such a wonderful father; we found love even in your strictness and humor even in your scoldings. We found a friend when you let us share jokes with you and have fun. We found a companion when you cajoled us to share our fears and problems…

It is your dreams that we want to live up to; and we are working hard every moment… Please forgive us if some of them don’t come true. Please accept this bouquet of lesser flowers- it has the fragrance of all those flowers we meant for you.

With love,

Your children :)


Happy Father’s Day


for everyone upon this earth
god made a father who
would lovingly watch over
his family as it grew

a father to protect his child
from goblins in the night
with comforting assurances
and hugs so very tight

to teach his child what’s right and wrong
and work that must be done
to share each great adventure
with laughter, tears and fun

yes, God in his great wisdom
looked down from heaven above
and made a father for each child
to cherish and to love