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Book Review – The Lonely Drummer and other poems

Title: The Lonely Drummer and Other Poems
Poet: Abhishek Goswami
Pages: 74
Published in: 2017
Publisher: Notion Press

There are 35 poems in this debut book by poet Abhishek Goswami who has decided not to make it a monotonous affair by writing poems on vivid themes and issues. Poems in his book is on life, happiness, sorrows, joy, pleasure, pain and other abstract ideas including some of the verse-tales, as critics have called it.

The very first poem in the book, which follows the signature title as well, begins with a note of gloom and we get to know that the lonely drummer has been ‘left alone’. During my reading session, when I read it further I realized that many interesting poems which were not only interesting in the terms of content but also quite relative to our day to day life and nature. At the end of the book, you will see a very long poem divided in parts – “The Blue Book” which is a very interesting story told in verse and I liked it. You will surely love this concept.

My personal experience with the book has been great because I got a meaningful collection of English poems to read. The collection of poems in the book varies from pessimism to optimism – the bright and the dark – the good and the bad and this journey was wonderful.

“When happy while doing something,
That’s the mantra which success bring.
Marching ahead with vigor new,
Joys surround us, sadness bid adieu.”

With this book, one thing that readers will like in his collection of poetry is that he keeps it simple and hence, it helps to connect the readers easily you can relate.

The journey that Abhishek has talked about in his book or he has started with his debut book will see him going a good distance. His poems are worthy to be praised and reflect the modern dilemmas and inquisitiveness in the mind of people.

These poems by the debut poet Abhishek Goswami have been wonderful to read and interesting to be enjoyed. He meets the expectations that you might have from a debut book in poetry! You can get his collection from the below Amazon India link and see which poems connect with you and in what manners… This book is also available in Kindle version.

Amazon Link – Click here

Author Interview – Neha Jindal

Neha Jindal is an author of debut book “Phases of Moon”. It was pleasure interacting with her.

Q 1 – Hello Neha, Thanks for giving time from your busy schedule. Tell us something about your background.

[Neha] : It’s my pleasure to interact with you. I hail from the land of Virangana Rani Laxmi Bai, Jhansi. I have completed my basic education from RLPS, Jhansi, that has laid the stones of courage and self-confidence in me. I am Commerce graduate from Barkatullah University, Bhopal and also a semi-qualified Chartered Accountant.

I have 10 years of corporate experience in the finance and accounts. I left my corporate job in 2015 and now I am a full time author and mother of 5 years old twins.

Q 2 – Please tell us something about your journey as a writer. Would you like to share us a source of inspiration?

[Neha] : I started writing poetry from my teenage years, had a big gap of 15years before I resumed my passion. My inspiration for writing poetry comes from my schooling days. I would thank my school English mentor, Mrs Sangeeta Suri, whose teaching style of poetry made me inclined towards English poetry. My father has also been into writing Hindi poetry and that gives me an inherited love for poetry.

Q 3 – Please tell us something about Phases of Moon”.

[Neha] : My book “Phases of Moon”, is a collection of beautiful poems that reflects emotions of a girl from teenage to adulthood. It is an outpour of small feelings that we experience in our lifetime; feelings of love, infatuation, view about life, marriage, motherhood and many more. I would say it’s a complete package emotion.

Q 4 – Are you happy with the response on your book? How are you trying to connect to your readers?

[Neha] : Yes, I am very happy to see the response for my book. During last few months I have been able to reach a respectable number of genuine readers for my book and its growing every day.

With respect to increasing the reader base, I have been promoting my book on various social media platforms i.e., Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and WhatsApp groups. In addition to that I am also trying to connect with people with the help of Poetry events organised in the city. So basically a blend of online and offline means.

Q 5 – How Long does it take you to write this book?

[Neha] : My book “Phases of Moon” is conceived over a long period of time. As I mentioned before I started writing poetry during my teens, so you can say it’s a result of my work over a period of 15 good years.

Q 6 – How was your experience in World Book Fair in Delhi and Chennai?

[Neha] : Amazing is how I would define it. Being at World Book Fair in Delhi gave me an opportunity to meet so many new authors with different genres of writing. Was able to learn how readers see your work and what they look for in a particular genre of writing.

This was the first opportunity for me to make offline sales and helped me to interact with the readers face to face. Overall it was a great experience.

Q 7 – How did you get a chance to published?

[Neha] : I would not call it a chance but would rather say that I encashed the opportunity at the right time. I was in the process of compiling my poetry work and was searching for the publisher. I came across my publisher’s site and found the same to be convincing place to put my trust in. I sent my sample work for the publisher’s approval which turned out to be positive and resulted into a beautiful book.

Q 8 – Can you please share your editing experience about your published book?

[Neha] :  I did not opt for any editing services with the publisher in particular. I went for self editing of the book, deciding about the paragraphing and second review as it’s a poetry collection. In poetry if you don’t punctuate the text well, the essence that you want to convey to the readers gets lost. So, I personally feel, self editing is best for poetry.

Q 9 – How did you react when you saw the first copy of your debut book “Phases of Moon” which is creating a buzz in the market?

[Neha] : It was a pretty heart-warming moment for me when I saw the first copy of my book. I was waiting so much for my collection to come out in the market and when I saw my book for the first time, it was like a dream come true.

Q 10 – What can we expect from your next book? Are you going to focus only on English Poetry?

[Neha] : My next ventures would give my readers a taste of diversified genres, as well as language. My upcoming book would be an engrossing collection of Hindi poetry co-authored by my father, Shri Surendra K. Gupta and the other would be a non-fiction work of words in English language.

Q 11 – Would you like to share any specific pattern or style of writing with our readers?

[Neha] : I have been more into a rhythmic style of writing where the consecutive lines sound coherent to each other giving your words a flow. Recently I am diversifying my style of writing poetry into non-rhythmic one. My recent poem “Smile in the womb” is one of this type, not a part of my book “Phases of Moon”. You can check it out on my blog nehajindalauth.wordpress.com.

Q 12 – Who is you favorite authors? What do you like about his/her work?

[Neha] : I haven’t got a chance to read a series of books by any particular author as of now, more in a habit to pick different authors every time.

Q 13 – What do you do in your leisure time? What does yours prefer timing to write?

[Neha] : For a mom of twins having leisure time is a luxury :-0. Jokes apart, whenever I get some spare time, I devote it to writing and music. Words and rhythm is soul reliever for me.

Q 14 – Have you done any course for writing?

[Neha] : I haven’t done any course for writing. I am really thankful to my education that laid the platform for me to express myself freely.

Q 15 – What advice you want to give to aspiring authors? If your readers want to connect with you, how can they do that? Tell readers about your socials to connect. If you have any blog/website, please tell.

[Neha] : For all the aspiring authors, I would like to suggest please do work on your reader base for sure before you bring out your work in print. Also I would like to say that to be a good author you need to be a good reader. Read a lot that will help you to portray your work in a much better way.

You can reach me at:

Mail – neha.nids@gmail.com

Facebook : http://nehajindal.com

Twitter : @Nehajinauthor

Instagram : neha.nids

You can grab a copy of my book at Amazon – Click here.

Author Interview – Sprith Shrivastava & Shashikant Singh

Sprith Shrivastava and Shashikant Singh are the co-author of book “Lantern”. 

Q 1 – Hello Sprith and Shashi, Glad to have you for discussion. Please tell us something about yourself.

[Sprith]: The pleasure is all mine! I am from Mumbai, where I have done my education and graduated in electronics and telecom engineering. I have worked as a telecom engineer for two years and now I am currently into content writing and aspiring for post-graduation in business management.

[Shashi]: Thank you. I too am engineering graduate. Coincidentally, we both are from the same college. I have stayed in most of India, all thanks to my military background. I have been writing since school days and have lost many compositions since then ;). The ones that are with me have been published in this book. I am shy at the same time a lazy person. For me it takes a lot to do or initiate something, let alone finishing it… 😊I like travelling and photography, apart from creating my own compositions or write-ups. Presently, I am working for a bank.

Q 2 -Congratulation, that your book “Lantern” was placed in World Book Fair of Delhi and Chennai

[S&S]: Yes, it was an exhilarating experience. World Book Fair, as the name suggests, is the largest fair that attracts a lot of book enthusiasts from all over the world. So, having our book share space with some of the renowned authors was in fact a privilege. We also got in touch with other authors and took a few tips from them. It was enriching there.

Q 3 -Why did you choose a name “Lantern” is it about a dark poetry or short stories?

[S&S]: As the tagline of the book suggests, ‘One day is enough to turn the world upside down.’ The protagonists in the stories come across moments that change the course of their lives. The poems are related with all the facets of life, and cover the entire spectrum of human emotions and experiences. The readers will get a lot of insight on the same about the unpredictability of life’s circumstances, to illuminate the readers. We have tried to cover and encircle every aspect of life, and that’s why “Lantern”.

Q 4 – Please tell us something about your journey as a writer. Please tell us something about your book “Lantern”

[Sprith]: I started writing since engineering college. However, it was mostly dormant during that time. It was only while working that I started writing again full-fledged and began developing plots for short stories and writing poems based on almost anything that I would come across. Finally after a year of scribbling, we finally had ‘Lantern’ ready! It consists of 5 fictional short stories related to sci-fi, time machine, drama, horror and poems cover a gamut of subjects.

[Shashi]: Adding to the first question of yours. I think a lot… Framing lines, rhymes, thinking of subjects to write on. At times I think in rhymes… create a stanza on the go… if not lost to my laziness, would mostly convert in to poems. As of now, I have not written any story or big write-up (yes, of course, my lethargy! ;)). I attribute my writing to my schooling and the teachers I have been with. I can actually name specifically three teachers (Mrs. Anitha, Mr. Arjun, and Mr. Vijay) who encouraged and appreciated me during my school days to write poems. If you allow me a minute, here is a small anecdote from my life, as to how I came to writing:

“In the year 2001, while I was in the eighth grade, on a Friday afternoon, my English teacher caught me looking out of the window. The Nature was gearing up for a heavy shower. Pulling my attention towards the class, she grinned, “how about Shashi bringing a new poem on Monday describing the rains outside.” However, I could not achieve writing a poem then and for my good, nobody had remembered the declaration of the teacher by Monday! But, I always had that I write one.

Recently, I have found Mrs. Anitha, the English teacher, on Facebook, but my request is still awaiting an acceptance or a refusal. Oh, God! Sometimes life is so beautiful. That’s it. Interestingly, you can also find answers in the poem ‘What is to be a Poet?’ included in this book…!

About the book: The book is actually serendipity. To be frank to you, we both didn’t know each other during the college days. It was years later that we both met in an M. Tech Competitive exam class where we discovered that we were from the same college and became friends. While in the classes we shared our compositions, however, we had not thought of a book then… it was just sort of a liking (hobby). Later, the classes were over in 2014 and we went our ways. However, two years later, in 2016, we jokingly talked about putting up a book… and now it’s here! Sometimes, sayings turn out to be true.

Our book is collection of poems and stories, for people of every age! Parents and teachers can read out or gift to their wards, for recreational reading.

Q 5 -Would you like to share the experience of being two people an author of single book? How does it help you?

[S&S]: Having two authors proved helpful for us in a number of ways. In fact, we share quite a history, we met in a coaching class and it turned out that we were from the same college! We interacted and found that we both had a knack for writing. Years later, we independently had a thought of publishing book, but neither of us really felt much serious about it. It was only when we discussed with each other that we thought of taking our writing to the next level. So, we got that push from each other to collaborate and write a book. We then met and talked about ideas for stories and poems, which helped a lot while writing. Indeed, having a co-author helps bring out the best out of each other!

Q 6 -What kind of readers should read your book? What are your target readers?

[S&S]: Actually, anyone! Anyone who knows how to read should read it. There is something in it for every reader. Poets and people who love poetry will of course like it. Apart from the stories, this book is work of thoughts in the form of poems which encompass reality, feelings, emotions… So, people c’mon, grab a copy… you can always gift it to someone else!

Q 7 – How did you get an idea to publish English poetry along with short stories? How does it help you?

[S&S]: As authors, we wanted to expand our horizons to not only poetry, which was natural to us, but also to prose, which was much more challenging and required a lot of patience. ‘Lantern’ gives a lot of variety to the readers who love to read poems as well as fiction short stories with a twist!

Q 8 – Can you please share your editing and compiling experience about your published book? 

[S&S]: Once the manuscript was ready, it was time for editing and sorting all the poems of Shashi and myself in a pattern. At the same time, we had to intertwine the short-stories as well, which is equally spaced between each other. It took some time, but the end result was fantastic and Publisher was also quick to support and everything was done within few weeks.

Q 9 -What was your reaction when you saw the first copy of your debut book “Lantern” which was placed in World Book Fair.

[S&S]: It was amazing. Initially, the world book fair seemed very overwhelming because of the huge crowd and big halls. We found our way to the hall having Publisher podium and when we saw our book in the shelf, it was surreal! We often used to go to book-stores and find our books of great authors in the shelf, and now seeing our own book in the same light was a proud moment!

Q 10 -Are you both planning to publish your next book together? When can we expect that book?

[S&S]:  For now we are basking the moments of our current book. There is still a long way to go before we decide our next book. But, of course that will be one hell of an experience once again. There is a possibility!!

Q 11 -Would you like to share any specific pattern or style of writing with our readers?

[S&S]: For the short-stories, we wanted to keep a twist at the end and keep Easter eggs in all the stories to make it more interesting for the readers. The poems are written in a lucid way for anyone to understand, and give them a rich and a thought-provoking experience!

Q 12 -Who is your source of Inspiration?

[Sprith]: My source of inspiration has been the acclaimed lyricist and poet Gulzar. His keen observation skills, depth of writing on almost every emotion and circumstances makes him inspirational. It really helps to broaden a writer’s horizons when one reads his work.

[Shashi]: For me, actually, I have never thought it that way. It’s just been a quest to write and compose – put my thoughts out.

Q 13 -How do you write? Do you write together as a team? Or you follow any specific pattern?

[S&S]: We had our own distinct write-ups that we used to share with each other. However, there is one story named ‘The Master of Time’ that we have co-written together. So, basically Shashi wrote the entire plot, after which I added more fillers, sub-plots, twists and Easter eggs in it!

Q 14 -Can you please share some memorable experience while interacting with readers in book fair?

[S&S]: We visited the Delhi Book Fair on the very last day of the event. So, we had limited time, but the time spent there with all the readers was amazing, to talk to readers, understand their preferences and tell them about our book ‘Lantern’ was an unforgettable and enriching experience.

Q 15 -What advice you want to give to aspiring authors? If your readers want to connect with you, how can they do that? Tell readers about your socials to connect.

[S&S]: To all the aspiring authors, we would say to start writing straightaway, without waiting for the perfect plot, the perfect moment or weather! Just pick a topic or genre, start researching, introspect with your own experiences and give words to your expression, and surely you will have a great story to tell!

Readers may contact us at:

Twitter: @yesshashi; @sprithauthor

Facebook: fb.com/imshashi; fb.com/sprithauthor

Instagram: instagram.com/iskant; Instagram.com/classroom.of.poetry

Email: lanternauthor@gmail.com

You can grab a copy of “Lantern” at Amazon –   Click here

Author Interview – Abhishek Goswami

Abhishek Goswami is an author of debut book “The Lonely Drummer and other poems“. It was nice interacting with him.

Q1 – Hello Abhishek, it’s nice to have a chance to interact with you. Please tell us something about yourself.

[Abhishek]: Thank you. I am born and brought up in New Delhi in a middle-class Bengali family.  I did my schooling from St. Francis De Sales School in Janakpuri, New Delhi and then did Bachelor in Science from Delhi University. I also completed my PGDBA in HR from Symbiosis, Pune. I am employed in different MNC firms in Delhi NCR for last 16 years and am currently working in Gurgaon. In my leisure time, I do love to read fiction books, especially mysteries and also watch movies.

Q2 – How was your experience as an Author in World Book Fair of Delhi and Chennai? How does it helped you to established as an author?

[Abhishek]: My experience in both the fairs was wonderful. It felt very nice when people showed interest in what I have written and were curious to know more about my book. Most of them wished me well for the future as well.

This experience helped me to understand the readers very close upfront and direct interactions with them has generated a lot of ideas and thoughts in me which I will surely leverage in my upcoming creations.

Q3 – I have read your poem which was recently published in a leading newspaper. How does it feel getting such recognition?

[Abhishek]:  It feels great when your efforts get rewarded and you get recognition. It serves as a great motivator for the future as well. When you realize that the thoughts and ideas which you grappled with in a corner of a room or while travelling and which you wrote sitting lonely in a room has finally reached thousands of people via a newspaper article, the feeling is both humbling and overwhelming.

Q4 – When did you write your first poem? Who inspired you to get it Published?

[Abhishek]: First poem, good question! Let me think, it might be for a School magazine where I was the chief editor, maybe 20 years back!

However, if you ask me about the 35 poems in this book, out of these, a handful were written around 15 years back which I then included in this collection. But the majority were written in 2016-17 only.

It was always my dream to write a book and get it published. Also, a few friends of mine have recently got their books published which has given me encouragement to go ahead and publish my own.

Q5 – Please tell us something about your journey as a writer. Please tell us something about your book “The Lonely Drummer and Other Poems”

[Abhishek]:  As I said earlier, it was always my dream to become a published author. Right from childhood, I always liked reading books across genres like Adventures, thrillers, mysteries, historical, science fictions etc. Gradually, I got interested in writing stuff like short stories etc. One day, many years back, Me and one of my friends decided to write a novel. We developed the synopsis, the main characters, the plot etc and even wrote a few pages. But then, as life is, we were slowly drawn away by our daily life routines, office jobs, family life etc. So, the novel remained unfinished and my writing process also stopped. All these years, the desire to write something worthwhile and reaching out to the wider world with it remained burning inside, but I did very little to fulfill it. I thought with ever increasing responsibilities in life, I will never be able to do it and so did not even try doing anything about it. I also realized that writing a full-length novel is indeed a very compelling task, in terms of dedication, time, mental energy involved and it requires a lot of patience to plan the whole thing out as well. Maybe I lacked the patience and determination to carry out this task. I did use to write short poems to popularize a few office fun activities like the cricket tournaments and wrote a few blogs as well about our offsite trips as well. However, something was still missing and I was not getting fully motivated to write further.

During one of the office events last year, I witnessed some wonderful stuff displayed as exhibits like paintings and photography done by some of our colleagues. I felt that I also can do what I want to do and felt encouraged and motivated. I made up my mind to capture some of the experiences I had in life in the form of short poems. I made a separate Facebook page dedicated to my poems and wrote several of them which got helpful reviews and I felt confident enough to think and plan and write more stuff.

This collection of poems in my book covers several topics like Life, Spirituality, Nature, Humor, Mystery, Science, Lives of famous personalities and even science fiction. This book is intended for all age groups and can be enjoyed by one and all.

We all are surrounded by natural objects like the Sun, moon, stars, clouds, trees, rivers etc and a few poems are dedicated towards these objects. Also, there is one poem in this collection titled “The Blue Book” which I have written in 5 parts as it is a suspense/mystery genre poem. In brief, as humans, we all have various emotions, feelings and interests, this collection of poems does reflect the true variety of all the things we are made of.

Q6 – Why did you choose a title “The Lonely Drummer and Other Poems”?

[Abhishek]: The Lonely Drummer is the title poem. It talks about the fate of a performing artist and the state of “Arts” in our modern world today.

There are 34 more poems in this collection which are of different flavor, tone and intensity.

This collection would take the reader through a gamut of human emotions and feelings and tickle the reader’s imagination and curiosity levels as well. If the “Lonely Drummer” talks about the fate of a performing artist, the “Memoir of a Currency Note” deals with a first-person account of a currency note’s life journey and how it is similar to humans as well. The “Blue Book” is a poem of the suspense/mystery genre and is sure to appeal to the curiosity level of the reader.

Q7 – How do you think a poetry can help to shape a society? In your view how does it create an impact?

[Abhishek]: Poetry by itself is a form of literary art, just like prose writing. Where it is different from prose is its ability to convey maximum thoughts and emotions in minimum words as possible.

Today we live in a world of supersonic pace and agility. We have achieved tremendous progress in almost all fields possible. Whereas we have gained in speed, we seemed to have lost in keeping our calm in different situations and be composed and retain our emotional depth. Here, I feel poetry plays a significant role in our lives. It shows us a clear picture of where we are and what we think currently in a short, sweet and subtle manner and encourages us to develop our latent emotional depth and sense the world once again, not in a hurry but in a calm and composed manner.

Q8 – How did you get a chance to published?

[Abhishek]:It was very tough to get any big publishers to even read my sample poems (Hazards of being a first-time author). Still I persisted and sent samples to around 12-13 different publishers, and with a little luck and help from one of my friends who has published one book, I could finally figure out the scheme of things and make my way forward. It was a very challenging and sometimes lonely and frustrating journey, but I kept my self-belief and went on.

Q9 – Can you please share your editing experience about your published book?

[Abhishek]:The editing experience has been good overall. The right suggestions from the experienced folks does help and it was a very smooth ride.

Q10 – What was your reaction when you saw the first copy of your debut book “The Lonely Drummer and Other Poems” which was placed in World Book Fair.

[Abhishek]: Wonderful. It was a dream come true for me!

Q11 – Are you working on your next book? What can we expect from your next book?

[Abhishek]: Yes, I am working on my next collection of poems and have already written a few of them.

The next book would also touch topics about Nature and lives of people around us. But it would be different in terms of scale and intensity, that is for sure.

Q12 – Would you like to share any specific pattern or style of writing with our readers?

[Abhishek]: So, I use all kinds or forms possible. Broadly, a poem can be either rhythmic or non-rhythmic. The non-rhythmic ones generally follow free verse and bit content heavy. So, I do not need to embellish it further with any special forms. In this book, you can find “Circles of Life”, “The Tenth One” to name a few on this pattern.

The rhythmic ones can be Alliterative (repetition of same sound in a line), Limerick (5 line in a stanza with a strict rhyme scheme – AABBA) etc. There are poems based on Alliteration (“Striking Storm”, “Butter Biscuit”), Limericks (“The Lonely Drummer”) in this book.

Connection with nature is one of the recurrent themes in this book which talks about our connection with nature (“The Floating Messenger”, “The Long Walk”). The younger readers can also expect to read and enjoy some lesser known facets about our solar system, scientific discoveries and history in a few other poems. (“Signs of Science”, “Original Nine”, “The Brightest Jewel”).

Q13 – Who is your favorite debut authors? What do you like about his/her work?

[Abhishek]: I do like the “Asura” by Anand Neelakantan and “The Emperor’s Riddles” by Satyarth Nayak. Both the books use historical and mythological references and offer a completely different take on what we know commonly with fresh perspectives on some very well-known characters.

A must-read for all fiction readers!

Q14 –How is your regular day as Abhishek Goswami? Have you experienced a situation where people have identified you in a public place? Please Share that experience.

[Abhishek]: I work for an MNC firm in Gurgaon and stay in Greater Noida (West). As such, the travel time is very high, thankfully I have got time flexibility and don’t need to travel to office every day. In between travels sometimes I get hold of an idea and quickly jot it down for later reference. And then write something out of it in my leisure time.

Still awaiting that moment when people recognize “The Lonely Drummer” in a public place!!

Q15 – What advice you want to give to aspiring authors? If your readers want to connect with you, how can they do that? Tell readers about your socials to connect.

[Abhishek]:Go all out to complete that book which you are planning for a long while.

Don’t get disappointed with delays as they are bound to happen. If you really plan and go for it, you can make it happen.

I am reachable at:

Mailabhigos@rediffmail.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/abhigos99/

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/abhigos99

Linkedinhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/abhishek-goswami-66995267/

Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/abhigos/

Best Wishes Abhishek. Hope, you achieve a great Success.

Grab a copy of “The Lonely Drummer and other Poems” from Amazon at Click here

शायरी

किस बात का डर है तुम्हें,
ये कैसा ख़ौफ़ है?
एक बार सजदे में सिर तो झुकाओ,
दिल भी मिल जाएगा, दिल लगाने का दौड़ है।❤️

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तुम इकरार तो करो इश्क़ की,
‪एक बात तो करो दिल की,
‪हम इतने भी कमज़ोर नहीं की,
‪दुनिया से लड़ न पाए।

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‪फ़ासलो ने रिश्तों को कमज़ोर होने न दिया,
‪दिल है मिले हुए,तभी तो भीड़ में हमे खोने न दिया।
‪मुद्दत्तो बाद मिले है आज और आँखें है नम,
‪तुझसे मिलने की ख़ुशी है और बिछड़ने का भी है ग़म।

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फ़ासले कभी ये कम हुए नहीं,
मुक़द्दर में कभी तुम हमे मिले नहीं।
कोसता हूँ हर पल उस विदाई के लम्हें को,
जब रोका था तुम्हें पर तुम रूके नहीं।

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ज़िंदा तोवो भी है, जो साँस ले रहे है,
ज़ुल्म के आगे सिर झुकाना, जिंदगी तो नहीं ना।

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माना की जीत आसान नहीं है,
पर हार कर बैठना तो कोई हल नहीं है।

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सब सो रहे है रात की आग़ोश में,
‪कोई हमे भी गोद में पनाह दे दे,
‪कोई थामे हाथ ज़रा मेरा इत्मिनान से,
‪हम भी किसी पर फ़ना हो ले।

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जी लेते हम भी तेरे याद के सहारे,
पर यादों के लिए एक मुलाक़ात ज़रूरी है।

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हर रिश्ते का एक नाम हो ज़रूरी तो नहीं,
‪हर इश्क़ का हसीन अंजाम हो ज़रूरी तो नहीं,
‪कुछ रिश्ते होते है भूल जाने के लिए,
‪भूलना आसान हो ऐसी मजबूरी तो नहीं।

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मैं ख़ुद को कभी अकेला महसूस नहीं करता,
जाने मैं क्यूँ ख़ुद से इतने सवाल करता हूँ?

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शहर को जाने क्या हुआ है?
शोर क्यों इतना है?
कल तक गलियों में सन्नाटा था,
आज भीड़ क्यों इतना है?

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आशिक हूँ, दिल की बात समझ आती है,
वरना दिमाग़ चलाना हमें भी आता है।
डरते है हसीनों की बेवफ़ाई से,
वरना दिल लगाना हमें भी आता है।

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ये मुलाक़ात तस्वीरों में नहीं,
क़िस्सों में कैद होनी चाहिये।
ये शाम क़िस्सों में नहीं,
तस्वीरों में क़ैद होनी चाहिये।

Missing You

क़सम से, तब तुम्हें मेरी याद आती तो होगी ना?

जब भी ख़ुद की तारीफ सुनने का दिल करता होगा,

जब भी बेवजह किसी को सुनाने का मन करता होगा,

जब भी तुम्हें गोल गप्पें खाने का जी करता होगा,

क़सम से, तब तुम्हें मेरी याद आती तो होगी ना?

 

जब तुम अकेले में खाना खाते होगे!

जब रातों में मेरी बाँहों की जगह तकिये से लिपट जाते होगे,

जब रातों में घबराकर उठ जाते होगे!

क़सम से, तब तुम्हें मेरी याद आती तो होगी ना?

 

जब बिस्तर पर तुम्हें कोई भींगा तौलिया नहीं मिलता होगा,

जब जूते भी अपनी जगह रखे मिलते होंगे,

जब हर चीज़ को अपने ठिकाने पर देखते होगे,

क़सम से, तब तुम्हें मेरी याद आती तो होगी ना?

 

जब महफ़िल में भी अकेलेपन से दिल घबड़ाता होगा,

जब अकसर यादों से दिल भर जाता होगा,

जब कोई पास होकर भी नज़रें चुराता होगा,

क़सम से, तब तो तुम्हें मेरी याद आती होगी ना?

                      ~ सुब्रत सौरभ

क्या है “कुछ वो पल” ?

“कौन पढ़ता है आजकल हिंदी में?”
“हिंदी की कविता कौन पढ़ेगा?”

ये सिर्फ़ दो वाक्य नहीं थे? ये एक कोशिश थी की कैसे मेरे हौसलों को पूर्ण विराम लग जाए?

बचपन से ही मुझे लिखने का शौक़ था। मैं बिहार के मुज़फ़्फ़रपुर शहर से हूँ और कभी सोचा नहीं था की मेरी किताब विश्व भर में उपलब्ध होगी और उसे इतना प्यार मिलेगा। अच्छा लगता है ये सोच कर की जो चीज़ें मैंने देखकर या सुनकर या फिर महसूस कर के लिखी है, वो दुनिया के सामने अंतरराष्ट्रीय तौर पर एक किताब के रूप में आई है। जब पिछले साल कुछ दोस्तों और मेरी पत्नी ने मुझे किताब छापने की सलाह दी तो मुझे हँसी आ गई थी। मगर अब मैं उनके सुझाव का आभारी हूँ।

आख़िर क्या है “कुछ वो पल” और क्या है उन ५० कविताओं का सफ़र? एक युवा लड़के की कहानी है जो कविताओं के क्रम में कही गई है। हम सबने जीवन में कभी ना कभी किसी से प्यार किया है। कभी ये प्यार एक कठिन रास्ता होता है और कभी एक सुखद एहसास, कभी प्यार से बेहद हताशा होती है और कभी गर्व होता है। ऐसे ही बहुत सारे एहसासों को महसूस कर के या देखकर या फिर सुनकर उन्हें कविताओं का रूप दिया गया है।

प्यार के अनेकों अच्छे या मुश्किल पलो को मिला के ये “कुछ वो पल” बन गया।

“वो हज़ारों में एक है, मेरी मोहब्बत का वो इनाम है,
वो इम्तिहान है मेरे सब्र का, इसीलिए चर्चा सरेआम है।”

ये पंक्ति जब लिखी थी तब सोचा नहीं था की ये इतना पसंद किया जाएगा। किताब में लिखी कविताएँ क्रम में छपी ज़रूर है मगर ये उसी क्रम में लिखी नहीं गई थी। अलग अलग माहौल और भावनाओं में गुज़रते और महसूस करते हुए एक-एक कविता को लिखा गया था। कॉलेज के हॉस्टल में बिताए गए पल कों, दोस्तों के साथ रात में बैठी महफ़िल को, ग़ुस्से में प्रेमिका से दोबारा बात न करके की धमकी को, ऑफ़िस के व्यस्त माहौल में त्यौहारों पर घर न जाने वाले ग़म को, प्यार को याद कर के अंधेरे में रोते हुए बिताए गए वक़्त को, बाँहों में बाँहें डाल कर मीठी बातें करने वाले उन लम्हों को अगर आप भूल गए है तो ये मेरी एक कोशिश है की उन पलो को मेरी कविताओं के द्वारा एक बार फिर से आप जी सके। एक बार फिर से महसूस कर के देखिए, अच्छा लगेगा।

ऐसा नहीं है की सभी लोगों ने मेरे किताब को सराहा है। कुछ लोगों को शायद पसंद नहीं आई और उन्होंने आलोचना की। ये ज़रूरी भी है। रचनात्मक आलोचना आपको बेहतर सोचने और लिखने के लिए प्रेरित करता है।

मुझे बेहद ख़ुशी होती है जब अपनी किताब को बेस्ट सेलर के लिस्ट में देखता हूँ या फिर उसे प्रकाशक के वेबसाईट में नम्बर १ पे ट्रेड करता हुआ देखता हूँ। जब पहली बार मेरी किताब Amazon पे “आउट आफ स्टाक” हुई तो लगा की मेहनत सफल हो गई।जब अंजान पाठक आपको फ़ेसबुक और ट्विटर पर ढूँढ के आपके किताब की सराहना करते है तो हौसला बुलंद हो जाता है। सभी दोस्तों और परिवार वालों का भरपूर साथ और प्यार मिला है। सभी लोगों को धन्यवाद। उन लोगो का भी धन्यवाद जिन्होंने मेरे विश्वास और इस सफ़र में अपना साथ नहीं दिया है।

“बात बस इतनी सी हैं, करनी ज़रा ग़ौर हैं,
ज़िंदगी से तू चाहता कुछ है और होता कुछ और हैं।”

ये मेरी पहली किताब है और अपनी दूसरी किताब भी लिख रहा हूँ। कविता अपने आप में एक सफ़र होती है, कभी ना ख़त्म होने वाला सफ़र।

आप मेरी किताब “कुछ वो पल” Amazon/ Flipkart/ Kindle/Notion Press इत्यादि पर ख़रीद कर पढ़ सकते है। साथ ही अपना अनुभव और समीक्षा मुझे बता सकते है।

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Notion Press का लिंक है – Click here

 

गिरे, उठे, फिर चलते चलते हमने मंज़िलें पाई।

किसी ने तंज कसा,
किसी ने पीठ थपथपाई,
यहाँ हर किसी ने अपने तरीके से प्यार दिखाई।

कभी रास्ते भटके,
कभी ठोकरें खाई,
गिरे, उठे फिर चलते चलते हमने मंज़िलें पाई।

सुकून की तलाश मे निकले थे,
तब भी न था और अब भी न है।

मंज़िल पे आके देखा,
चले थे तब तुम तो थे,
पर अब तुम भी न हो।

नये दोस्त, नये हमसफ़र मिले इस सफ़र मे,
कोई तुम सा न है,
कोई तुम सा न था।

आज सब कुछ है,
कल तेरे सिवाय कुछ भी न था,
मगर सच तो ये है की कल कोई तनहा तो न था।

कभी रास्ते भटके,
कभी ठोकरें खाई
गिरे, उठे फिर चलते चलते हमने मंज़िलें पाई

                          ~ सुब्रत सौरभ

यहाँ मजहब रिश्तों की उम्र तय कर रही है।

ये अजीब सी उलझन आ पड़ी है,
यहाँ मजहब रिश्तों की उम्र तय कर रही है।
कोई राम तो, कोई रहीम को मान रहा है,
पर नही कोई इंसान को मान रहा है।

यहाँ राह मे कोई भूखा पड़ा है,
और कोई तस्वीरों के लिए रोटी बाँट रहा है।
गरीबी यहाँ कैंसर की तरह फैली हुई है,
और नेताओं की ईमानदारी मैली हुई है।

किसी को खाना फेंकने से फुर्सत कहाँ है?
और कोई यहाँ भूखा सो रहा है।
ये लड़ाई अब खुद से लड़नी पड़ रही है,
क्योंकि अब मजहब रिश्तों की उम्र तय कर रही है।

                    ~सुब्रत सौरभ

कविताओं का सफर

कविताओं का सफर

लिखने का अगर शौक हो तो ना जाने कब ये आदत बन जाती है। कविताओं से ऐसा लगाव हो जाता है की आप ऐसे सफर पे चल पड़ते है, जिस सफर की मंजिल तय नही होती।

POETRY IS A NEVER ENDING JOURNEY.

इस सफर पे एक ख्वाहिश जरूर होती है। ख्वाहिश बेहतर लिखने की, हर रोज पिछले दिन से और भी अच्छा लिखने की। हर रोज कुछ नया सीखने की और फिर उन एक-एक शब्द को एक कविता का रूप देने का दिल करता है। इसमें मिलने वाली खुशी को बयान करना बेहद मुश्किल है।

शब्दों के साथ खेलते-खेलते कब इन कविताओं से प्यार हो जाता है, पता ही नही चलता। ऐसे ही अपने अनेको कविताओं के संग्रहालय से कुछ कविताओं को किताब का रूप कुछ इस तरह दूँगा।

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कविताओं के साथ अपने आने वाली किताब में कुछ प्रयोग कर रहा हूँ। इस सफर को पूरा करने में इस कविता का बहुत बड़ा योगदान है। इससे मुझे हौसला मिलता है।

चलो एक बार हम तक़दीर से खेलते है।

चलो जीत का एक दाँव खेलते है,
हारी हुई बाजी एक बार फिर खेलते है।
उम्मीदो का दामन कई बार छोड़ा हमने,
पर चलो एक बार हम तक़दीर से खेलते है।

खुदगर्ज दुनिया छोड़ के, चलो आगे चले,
वफादारी ढूँढ लो जरा, और आगे बढ़े।
लक्ष्य तक पहुँचने तक, हम यूँ रूके नही,
हार को हराने तक, हम कभी झुके नही।

बस यूहिं चलते रहो, मंजिल के पहुँचने तक,
साथ यूहिं बना रहे, जीत को चूमने तक।
है कठिन राह ये, और कुछ भी सरल नही,
मन मे ठान लो जरा, तो जीत से हम परे नही।

                                             ~ सुब्रत सौरभ