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Monday, June 18, 2018

पिता

Dedicating this poem to my father. Wrote these lines some six years back, and hid them between the closed pages of my dairy. Now sitting afar from him, I miss him badly. While writing this post, many incidences from the memory of growing up are playing in front of my eyes. He has been my strength and I love him more than he knows. Here's to the father-daughter bond we share:

क्यों कमज़ोर होता है
तुम्हारा ह्रदय
तुम ही सबसे
सशक्त प्रबल
शिक्षक हो मेरे
तुम्हारा दो बाँहों का
झूला था
मेरे जीवन का

पहला उपहार
वो दो बाहें
फिर मेरी छत बनीं
उन्हीं ने
मेरी रक्षा करी
हर कष्ट, व्याकुलता में
फिर तुमने मुझे ह्रदय
से लगाया
हर बार
अपना आशीर्वाद
देने को
तुमने अपना हाथ उठाया
तुमने मुझे
चलना सिखलाया
स्वाभिमान के लिए
लड़ना सिखलाया
किस विचार से हो
तुम चिंतित
क्यों अब व्याकुल
होता है तुम्हारा ह्रदय
बेटी तुम्हारी
यहीं है
तुम्हारे पास
अब भी तुम्हें 
प्यार से
बचपन के उत्तम स्वर में
गाकर पापा बुलाती है
और आकर
यूँही सीने से
लग जाती है...
Happy father's day papa. :)

If you share the same bond with your father, I would be happy to know about it. A happy father's day to all the fathers in the world. 

Image: The picture is of me and my father some three decades before.
P.S. I am sorry to the non-Hindi readers of this blog for not being able to translate the poem in English. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

A to Z challenge reflection post, 2018

March 31st, on the eve of famous April A to Z challenge, I was busy writing out small drabbles to post in the challenge. The list was almost finished for the topics I was planning to write on. The stories were decided too, about the common issues women face like domestic violence, wage inequality, women being pestered by in laws to deliver a boy and so on. Any lawyer, social worker, marriage counselor or psychologist and women who are facing it would agree here that these issues do exist, that too commonly. The stories I planned to write initially, were not the ones I heard from somewhere. These were the real life stories from people I know. When I tried to find my name in the registration list of AtoZchallenge site, I found out it wasn’t there. Accidents happen. GK had been motivating me and waiting for me to participate in it again. When I commit to something, I put all my heart and soul to finish it. Hence this challenge was the only hope and motivation for me to get into the routine blogging. 
Shilpa, one of the old blog-mates, who participates in AtoZ each year came forward for my support like always. I decided to step into it. Sometimes you need a word of inspiration from fellow bloggers and friends to get going. 

I started with the topic Abuse. I realized many people around me didn’t know that women today still go through a lot of abuse, verbal, physical and sexual in their relationships. Thus, my journey had begun, with a thought that by writing about these things, if I could compel just one person to think rationally, it will make a lot of difference. The change in perception of one person facilitates discussions in his/her group of family and friends. And hence, a single person can bring the required change.
After writing the third post, I started feeling low, I didn’t want to write about them anymore. Women issues are depressing, and thinking and writing about them daily is even more depressing. I realized along with stories, I needed to write constructive posts, that have solutions. Hence, I removed one restriction from my theme of women issues i.e. 100 word stories based on real life. I planned to introduce humor through doodles on less relevant women issues. To my amazement, humor attracted more people. And writing about serious issues after them, maintained blog traffic. Regular visits from fellow-bloggers, friends, family and especially my mother (who commented on my posts in Hindi) kept my spirits high. Thank you to each one of you (new and old blog-mates, new and old family, new and old friends) for being there with me throughout this challenge. Again GK was a huge support who also reviewed some of my posts along with my sister. This was my third time participation in AtoZ challenge. Like always this challenge has helped me in pushing myself to write daily and write better.

What I wrote before for previous years' challenges:

Some of the blogs I read and enjoyed in this year's challenge:
- Rose is a rose is a rose, Shilpa Garg, Notes from roads (tips and stories from her travel experiences)
- Living a life of gratitude, G Angela David, Inspirational and contemplative books. 
-Scripted insanity, CRD, Humor, poems, satire
Kalpana writes Kalpana,  Tour of Delhi (also my hometown) with mesmerizing photographs.
-Shalz mojo, Shalini Baiswala, Book recommendations (many of which are in my to read list).
- Time and tide, B Pradeep Nair

A big thanks to fellow blogger, Rajan (who blogs at: Shoot the breeze) for his constant support through visits and sharing his views throughout this challenge. 

List of posts for April month on women issues

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Hindi poems on women issues...

मेरी पढाई भी उतनी,
औहदा भी उतना,

इज़्ज़त भी उतनी,
तनख्वा भी उतनी,
तुम्हारा बड़ा है
तो अहंकार,
और छोटी है
तो तुम्हारी सोच...
 #DomesticAbuse

______________

कभी पूछ ही लेते 
शाम की चाय के लिए 
 ताउम्र तरसी हूँ मैं 
किसी और ज़ायके के लिए...
#genderbiasroles

______________

कुछ कहने से पहले 
कई बार सोचती हु मैं 
बुरा लगने पर कही मुझे 
छोड़ तो ना दोगे..
#TeenTalak
______________

दिन ढलने  से पहले 
घर आ गयी हूँ  मैं
माँ कहती है 
शाम को बाहर
भेड़िए आते हैं ...
______________

कुछ कहते कहते रुक जाना
एक दूसरे के कानो में बुदबुदाना
हम औरतों की बातों में 
अमूमन दर्द भरे होते हैं... 
#womenforwomen 
______________

तुमने उसको पहले देखा
या तुम उसके सामने पड़ी क्यूँ
ग़लती कई बार उसकी होती है 
जो दबाया जा सकता है...
#womenshaming
______________

उसको हुई नहीं हुआ है
लड्डू
उसकी हुआ नहीं हुई है
मौत...
 #femaleinfanticide
I didn't know any other way to vent out my anger and rage other than writing these lines. Hopefully someday world will be a fair place, atleast for humans! 

Monday, April 30, 2018

Zipping Up: Life with a blogging spouse #Humor

Life with a blogging spouse
Doodle inspired by true story. Congratulations to all fellow bloggers who aced it!
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