Sunday, August 21, 2016

Stalker

"Remember the August when I turned 24 versus now. Everything has changed. Everything" she said and got compliments from everyone for her success. Silently, he whispered "except professional image" and caught her attention. She raised the stalker alert and many joined to shame the unknown miserable "Stalker". He had fumbled and the image carefully built over years crumbled like a pack of cards.Many of his ardent followers expressed disgust. He stood silent, apologetic and disappointed. With nowhere to go, he pulled the trigger and committed suicide. 

A tear dropped on the touchpad and he switched off his laptop.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Saans

kuredte hain zakhmon ko
to ek aah nikalti hai

tapakta hai lahoo kagaz par
to kuch lafz ubharte hain

gungunata hai koi inko
to ek ghazal thirakti hai

tumhare labon par theherti hai
to hamari saans chalti hai

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Lafz

Siyaah raat ki tanhai mein
Aksar bhatakte hue kuch lafz mil jaate hain
Kuch jaane pehchane se
Kuch ekdum paraaye, anjaan
Kuch purani daleelon ko pukhta karte
Kuch naye afsaane ki bunyaad rakh jaate hain
Kuch ghadi bhar ko baith jaate hain saath
Kuch nigaahon se salaam kar guzar jaate hain
Kuch bhooli yaadon ka sira thama jaate
Kuch aane wale waqt ka ehsaas dilaate hain
Kuch sawaal ban kar khade ho jaate
Kuch puraane sawaalon ka jawab le aate hain
Kuch shair, kuch ghazal
Kuch nazm, kuch kahaniyon mein dhal jaate hain
Kuch lalkaarte kuch pukaarte
Siyah raat mein rang bhar jaate hain
Na jaane din mein kahan rehte hain sab
Aksar yeh dost tanhai mein saath nibahte hain

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Broken Dreams

He smiled, when cool breeze brought sweet memories as he walked. He cringed, when some broken dreams pierced through his heart. Each reminding him of what could have been and what did not. Without her, walking along the boulevard was really hard. 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Khwab

Aangan mein dekh murjhaye phool
phoot phoot kar hum roye thay
Thaama tha jo haath fir tumne
Khushiyon ke fir beej boye thay
Aasmaan mein dekh sitaare
armaan kai humne piroye thay
Daaman par sar rakh ke tere
chaen ki neend hum soye thay

Aaj achanak aankh khuli to
Maala motiyon ki bikhri padi thi
Aankhon mein khwab thay ghayal
Shayad fir neend mein hum roye thay

Friday, January 22, 2016

Qaus-e-Quzah: Rainbow

woh ek aansu jo chalak pada
woh meri chahat ka khumaar tha                                                                    
woh jo ek dil mein utar gaya
woh humare rishte ka karaar tha                        

tum aaj ek kadam aage nikal gaye
maine sameta jo peechay chhoot gaya
Jo humne khwabon mein piroya tha
woh khayalon ka jahan aaj toot gaya

ek dua hai tumhari nayi shuruwaat ki
ek wada khud se naye aagaz ka

zindagi ke kisi muqaam par
mud kar jab bhi kabhi dekhunga
woh aansu dil ke kisi kone se
ban kar qaus-e-quzah chhaa jayega                            
us guzre zamaane ki yaadon par
main ek pal ko thehar jaunga
main zaroor muskuraunga

kabhi kisi mehfil mein jab tum
purane kissay sabko sunaoge
mera zikr kahin aa gaya agar
ek pal ko tum bhi thehar jaoge
aasmaan mein dekhna zaroor
ek qaus-e-quzah tum bhi paoge
tum bhi zaroor muskuraoge 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Kahani

Kuch arsey se ek kahani zehn mein uljhi hai
Kuch alfazon ki mohtaj, kuch tanhai ki muntazir

Kabhi achanak purane zakhmon ko udhedti
Soye jazbaaton ko uksaati lalkaarti
Raat ki hadein tod aansuon ka sailaab lekar
Kalam se khoon bankar kaaghaz par umadti

Kabhi kisi khauf-e-gumnaam se chhup kar
Kabhi be-parwahi ka lihaaf aud kar
Dabe paon siyaah raat ki aagosh mein
Kho jaati hai jaise kabhi thi hi nahin

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

New Beginning

He came out of the store with a new diary in hand, for he wanted to write  his new story.
Forgotten he had, the ink was the same that flowed through his veins.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Silence


Five vowels and twenty one consonants.

Hundred’s of words and thousand sentences.

A million conversations and countless arguments.

In Silence, he found the answer ultimately!

Love


Had language not created the distance

Had words not been the crutches

Souls would’ve connected and understood it all

‘I’ and ‘You’ would have ceased to exist

and ‘We’ would have triumphed

For Love doesn’t understand Singular at all

Life

The mother bird gave-in to the ghostly winds and left the nest to seek shelter in buildings. She could see the clouds thunder oceans and nest sway miles with each wave of storm. Finally the clouds exhausted and wind gave up. The little bird in the nest survived to fight another day and learnt a lesson for life!

Alone

They started hand-in-hand. He kept looking back for someone. She kept waiting for him to turn. Together, they walked into the sun. Alone!

Monday, May 25, 2015

GOD

From the corner of his eye, he could see a ray of light trying to sneak in. Annoyingly, he got up from his seat to inspect closely. A few ants had found their way through the crack, to the sweets in his room. He plugged the crack and shrugged his shoulders while walking back.
Mere mortals’ he said..

Friday, February 6, 2015

aksar sochta hoon



       ammi ne bachpan mein ek baar bataya tha
       yeh saara jahaan usne sajaya hai
       woh khuda hai jisne yeh khel banaya hai

       khizaan mein shaakh se toote hue pattey
       dekh kar main aksar sochta hoon
       kiska kasoor hai, kaun bewafa hai, khata kiski hai
              woh patte jo mausam ke saath badal gaye
              woh shaakh jisne ek baar bhi unhe roka nahin
              woh darakth jo khamosh numaaish dekhta raha
              woh hava jisne faasle bana diye
              ya woh khuda jisne yeh khel banaya hai

      is darya ko samandar mein doobte
      dekh kar main aksar sochta hoon
      kiska kasoor hai, kaun bewafa hai, khata kiski hai
            woh barf jo pighal kar pani bani
            woh pathar jo toot kar rait hue
            woh pahaad jo khamosh numaish dekhte rahe
            woh samandar jo darya ko nigal gaya
            ya woh khuda jisne yeh khel banaya

      sardiyon mein hijrat ke parindey
      dekh kar main aksar sochta hoon
      kiska kasoor hai, kaun bewafa hai, khata kiski hai
            woh mausam jo jaan-leva ban gaye
            woh ghonslay jo hifazat na kar sake
            woh aasmaan jo khamosh numaish dekhta rha
            woh bache jo abhi udna bhi na jaante thay
            ya woh khuda jisne yeh khel banaya

      shama se lipat te hua parwaanah
      dekh kar main aksar sochta hoon
      kiska kasoor hai, kaun bewafa hai, khata kiski hai
            woh andhera jo mere saaye ko kha gaya
            woh lau jo meri umeed ka sabab bani
            woh main jo khamosh numiash dekhta raha
            woh parwana jo mohabat mein jal gaya
            ya woh khuda jisne yeh khel banaya

      purani diary se dhool hata kar
      shair padta hoon, aksar sochta hoon
      kiska kasoor tha, kaun bewafa tha, khata kiski thi
            woh main jo izhaar-e-mohabat na kar saka
            woh tum jo kabhi aankhon ko na pad saki
            woh ladakpan jo kabhi sanjeeda na hua
            woh galiyan jo khamosh numaish dekhti rahi
            woh waqt jo ek pal bhi na ruka

      fir ammi ki baat par yakin ho jata hai
      yeh saara jahaan usne sajaya hai
      woh khuda hai jisne yeh khel banaya hai
            tumhe mujhse, in lafzon mein milaya hai
            aa dekh kabhi, kitna haseen sarmaya hai
            ek jahaan mohabat ka maine bhi banaya hai

Monday, January 26, 2015

zakhm-e-kuhan (old wounds)

Meetha sa dard hota hai
Kured te hain jab inhe
Yeh zakhm hijr ke hain
Bhare’n bhi to kaise 

     Jaise jhulaste pathar’on par
     Shabnam ki boond’on ki tarah
     Jaise ujaad kisi haveli mein
     Koi parinda laut aaya jaise 

Jaise siyaah raat mein
Kisi sitaare ki tarah
Jaise andhere se ladta
Koi jugnu jagmagata jaise 

     Jaise ghulami ke daur mein
     Khilafat ki shamsheer banker
     Jaise pinjray ki haddon ke paar
     Aasmaan mein kisi parwaaz jaise 

Yeh zakhm hijr ke hain
Bhare’n bhi to kaise
kured dete hain khud hi inko
Jab tanha hote hain aise

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year - 2015

Ek saal aur guzar gaya
Ek naya saal aaya hai

Ek liye umeedon ki fehrist
Ek mein yaadon ka sarmaya hai

Ek bachkana umangon mein machalta
Ek mein hizaaqat ka saya hai

Ek kisi fasaney sa dikh raha
Ek jiski thokaron ne sikhaya hai

Ek jo naye raaston se le jayega
Ek jisne chalna sikhaya hai

Ek jo kal raat kahin kho gaya
Ek jisne aaj subah jagaya hai

Aao Jeet istiqbaal to karein
Suna hai ek naya saal aaya hai

Woh zaalim to masoom bache le gaya
Poochein kya un maa’on ke liye sabr laya hai

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

daastan-e-safar

khaak ho jata main kab ka, 
agar is duniya ki sunta main,
dil ke kehne par jo main chala 
kai raaston se guzra main.. 

mile kai ghamkhawar mujh ko, 
kai farishton se baatein ki, 
fir bhi hamesha tanha lauta 
jin raaston se guzra main 

aksar dhoondta rehta tha, 
 tere sawaalon ka jawaab koi, 
girta, uthta, fir sambhalta 
jin raaston se guzra main

khaak chhan ke zamaane ki, 
fir wahin ja pahuncha main, 
nahin mila ammi sa koi 
kai raaston se guzra main

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Aayandah

Woh miti ke khilone banaana
Woh sadak pe cricket khelna

Woh ammi ke haath ka khaana
Woh doston ka tiffin churana

Woh har mod me dil lagaana
Woh haal-e-dil unse chhupana

Woh aasmaan pe tare gin na
Woh besuri bandishein gun-gunana

Aaj dekhta hoon mud karto yaadon ka ek sarmaaya hai
Doston azeezon ke saath, Kya haseen waqt bitaaya hai

Kuch saal baad mud kar dekhunga,To kya dikhega..

Yeh kashmakash-e-zindagi
Yeh mauka-parast bandagi

Yeh deewaron se baatein karna
Yeh sar-e-raah awaraah bhatakna

Yeh anjaan jagmaate shehar
Yeh sar-e-aam chalakte zeher

Yeh khauf-e-gumnaam koi
Yeh khwahish-e-benaam koi

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Uljhan

Ab shayari door ka faasilah lagti hai
Apne ki lafzon mein  kuch  ulajh sa  jata hoon

Kai baras beet gaye  koi ghazal likhe hue

Matla rakm karte hi kuch ulajh sa jata hoon

Yeh nahin ki sunane ko koi fasana nahin hai

ibtida se anjaam tak  kuch ulajh sa jaata hoon

Koi farishta hi aaye to sunaye khabar Jeet ki

Dhoondte use  galiyon mein kuch ulajh sa jata hoon

Kabhi zikr aata hai tera to saans chalti hai

Fir saanson ke khel mein kuch ulajh sa jaata hoon

Saturday, August 3, 2013

aaj fir...

ae saaqi, jaam sambhaal, kalam rakhde mere haathon mein, 
aaj fir main lafzon mein doob jaana chahataa hoon.. 

woh ghazal jo dil mein qaid hai barson se, 
aaj bhari mehfil mein gungunana chahataa hoon.. 

woh tasveer jo zehen mein dhundli ho gayi hai, 
aaj usse kagaz pe banaana chahataa hoon.. 

woh khwab jo dil mein dafn ho gaye hai kahin, 
aaj aankhon ko woh manzar dikhana chahataa hoon.. 

is shehar ki bheed main kho gaya hoon kahin, 
aaj bachpan ki galiyon ko laut jaana chahataa hoon.. 

woh dost jo zindagi se badhkar thay kabhi, 
aaj unhe senay se lagana chahataa hoon.. 

aaj fir kambakht palkein namm ho gayi hain meri, 
aaj fir apne aansu chhupana chahataa hoon, 
aaj fir lafzon mein doob jana chahataa hoon, 
aaj fir main tujhko bhool jana chahtaa hoon

Saturday, July 20, 2013

..... baadal'on ke paar kahin

Aa ud chalein baadal'on ke paar kahin,
Jahan is bazm ka koi fareb na ho..

Jahan mazhab na ibadat ko mehdood kare,
Jahan siyasat ke naam pe na koi taqseem ho..

Jahan naaz ho humko apni hasti par,
Jahan ishq karna gunaah na ho..

Jahan bachpan khilon'on ke sang guzre,
Jahan ladakpan ki masoon shararatein ho..

Jahan seher ammi ki dua'on se ho shuru,
Jahan murshid ke kadam'on par anjaam ho..

 Aa ud chalein baadal'on ke paar kahin,
Jahan har sheh pe bas tera naam ho..

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tehzeeb

Station ki seediyon par baitha tha intezaar main
Ki baarish tham jaye to main ghar ko chalu’n
Kuch door baarish se bach kar ek bacha baitha tha
Thand se joonjh raha tha ek patli si chadar aud kar
Kuch aankhon mein noor tha uski
kuch alag andaaz tha usme zaroor
Woh farsh par lakeerein kheench raha tha
Jaise tasveer bana raha ho koi
Main uth kar ja uske peeche khada hua
Dheeray dheeray kai log aa kar dekhne lage usse
Chand lamhon mein nayab sa sketch bana diya usne
Hairan thay sab uska hunar dekh kar

Ek aurat ne kuch bache hue biscuit khane ko de diye
Ek shaks ne 100 ka note nikal kar uske haath mein rakh diya
Note dekh kar woh zara sehem gaya
Fir zara muskuraya, pairon ko us shaks ke haath lagaya
Apni shawl kaandhey pe audi aur note waapis thama diya
chal pada wahan se baarish mein bheegte hue
aur jaate jaate woh mujhe tehzeeb sikha gaya


"sehma sa rehta hai, sharaarat nahin karta,
muflisi ne bache bache ko tehzeeb sikha di"

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Aks


Kuch lakeeren kheenchte kagaz par
ek tasveer numaaya hui
Laga koi apna hai, pehchaan waala
bichhda hua ghamkhawar koi

Uski aankhon mein apna maazi dikh rha tha mujhe
Uski khushboo guzre waqt ka ehsaas dila rahi thi
Uske wujood se mukamal lag rha tha jahan saara
Bohot der sochta raha, dekhta raha main usko

Achanak woh tasveer bol uthi
Suni sunai lag rahi thi aawaaz uski
Baaton mein guzre maazi ka aks dikh raha tha
Ghanton guftagoo karta raha main us se
Woh bhooley bachpan ki kahani suna rahi thi mujhe

Tera zikr aate hi aankh bhar aayi uski
Kuch aisi barsaat hui ki sab lakeeran dhundla gayi
Main khamosh bas dekhta reh gaya
Yeh soch kar ki aansu ponchh doon uske,
Main uski hasti hi mita baitha

Aaj bhi ussi kagaz ko dekhta rehta hoon,
Dhoonta rehta hoon aks koi
Shayad fir kuch numaaya ho jaye kahin
Fir koi le jaye mujhko guzre waqt mein

Fir koi haal-e-dil sun le mera..

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Aakhri Salaam

Barson baad tere sheher ko lauta
Wahi galiyan jahan ladakpan guzra tha mera
Tere intezaar mein jahan ghanton baitha karta tha
Wahi mod jahan door se teri jhalak dikh jaati thi
Wahi masjid jis ke kone mein khade hokar chand dikha karta tha mujhe
Wahi bijli ka pole jiske neeche khat liye kai baar khada rehta tha

 Kuch badla hai , bohot kuch ab bhi waisa hi hai
Woh transformer aaj bhi chingariyan ugalta hai,
maulvi saab aaj bhi tasbih ke daane palat te hain
Nazar zara dhundla gayi hai,Waqt ki kai partein bich gayi hain ab to
Par tera tasavur aaj bhi numaya hai wahan,
Aaj bhi teri mehak un galiyon mein basti hai
Wahi shokiyan, wahi masoomiyat, wahi sanjeedapan

Yeh jaante hue bhi ki kabhi nahin guzrega un raaston se koi ab
Bohot der baitha raha us park ki seediyon par umeed liye,
Fir khud se guftagoo hui der tak, dil khamosh sunta raha
Us khat ke tukde karte karte dil aakhir samajh hi gaya
Tere dar pe sajda kiya, bikhri hui yaadein batori aur laut chala
Aakhri baar, Aakhri Salaam kiye...fir milne ka waada karke...kisi doosre jahan mein

Sunday, June 9, 2013

ajeeb kashmakash mein uljha gaya woh mujko,
doobte sooraj ko dekh kar bola, fir milenge...

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Mirage

Kept scribbling on sand and sweeping it off,
Stayed silent and wore a smile for all

When there was no one to care for the screams,

Kept wiping my tears till dark it was

Whenever your memories flashed passed me,

Just kept humming the illusions of love

Dust would have settled with fading sun someday,

But something kept probing me all night long

I knew it was going to end exactly this way,

Still I kept going, fooling self and all...
Stayed silent and wore a smile for all..

Unending Pursuit


Sometimes in the faded photos hanging on the wall
Through the lines inscribed on my palms sometimes

Sometimes following the feet of wandering saints
Echoing in sermons of clerics sometimes

Sometimes with swords unleashed to revolt
In chained soul resigned to the fate sometimes

Sometimes drifting along with the crowd
Sitting silently besides compassionate friends sometimes

In kings, sometimes in Gods
Listening patiently to counsels of mom sometimes

Searching alone has JEET been for long
Sometimes in Nanak, Sometimes Budhha, through Kabeer sometimes