Festivities amid pandemic – soaking into the new normal

India is a secular country known for its rich cultural heritage and for a bouquet of festivals that add colour to our country. In our country festivals are all about family and social gatherings, enjoying holidays and relishing sweets. Festivals are meant to be special occasions where people flock together and celebrate them with all the vigour and enthusiasm.

With the current COVID 19 outbreak across the world, our social life has come to a stand still. Abiding to social distancing norms has become the new normal. With so many restrictions and norms, it has become almost impossible to celebrate the festivals the way we used to do.

With Ganesh Chaturthi and Durga Puja festival landing in the middle of global pandemic, people still need to balance their physical and mental health along with professional and personal life and safety while still observing these religious holidays. The threat of an infectious environment poses distinctive challenges.

This may be the first time in your life when you are celebrating the festival strictly with your immediate family members within your own premises.

Tips to ensure safety of your family and society :

People have this question, “How is it still possible to maintain social distance while following your tradition and faith?” So to answer that, health care staff and government are encouraging people to take advantage of alternatives to mass gatherings or social gatherings as social distancing is most important, such as:

1.     Stay connected with family and friends and celebrate the holidays over online video.

2.     Virtual and online worship services offered by various platforms.

3.     Cook traditional cuisines at home and share photos and videos via social media with friends and family.

Social communication while maintaining social distancing can help to get rid of or reduce these negative vibes. Video chat with family and friends via online platforms or apps can ease the negativity and reduce the stress. Apart from festivals, even a small birthday party within the family can help to reduce the stress and bring happiness. It’s important to find people in your life who can be a source of support during this pandemic time.Also indulge into creative activities with your family members and narrate stories to your kids about these festivals to add the charm.

Have a safe and enthusiastic festival. Spread light and positivity, your positivity can bring blessing to someone and believe me you will have your hands full too.

Stay Festive, Stay Positive.

Cheers!

Subrat Saurabh

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Why should you necessarily follow your passion?


It is a world of millennials and we must have often heard them seeking advice of experts from the previous generations, about how to build a career, branding their work, or how to be ahead in the race of being successful. Without any second thought you must have heard the stalwarts giving the same usual advice “Follow your passion”. It is important that the individuals should follow their passion as passion is not just another fancy word.

“Passion is a soulful territory where you actually belong to”.

I’m here to tell you that this is the best advice you’ll ever get, and therefore, you need to start paying attention to it.

1.      Money and Fame are synonymous to Success

Let’s accept this brutal fact and understand the meaning of success which drives everyone.

It is usually considered that Money and Fame are the parameters to define and derive the degree of success for an individual but true success is not all about money. Success should be ideally defined as an achievement of your desire. You will find some people who are happier to get recognized rather than getting financial compensation. This is particularly true when it comes to work. If someone has passion, there is a possibility that money and pride will follow because the time and effort invested is with enthusiasm and utmost dedication.

2.      Passion is important

The more enthusiastic a person is, he will be more inclined towards working hard on self-improvement increasing his chances of success. He will be open to identify and discuss his strengths and weaknesses and will always strive towards continuous self-improvement. Passion will keep the momentum going and hard-work will be paid off well.

3.      It is never too late.

Passion has nothing to do with your age. Anytime is the best time to follow your passion. The best part is that you are lucky to find your passion. Do you think every successful person started working on his or her passion from Kindergarten? Absolutely NOT. I am sure you will agree to this. There are many actors who decided to follow their passion for acting after celebrating their 50th birthday. There are some celebrities who decided to do stand-up comedy after investing lakhs of their parent’s money in earning an engineering degree and some decided to become a storyteller and later became bestsellers after quitting their banking job.  They are an inspiration and icon for today’s generation promoting the unsung fact that, “If you follow your passion religiously, then the Sky is the limit”.

4.      You will not feel like it is ever forced upon you.

There is no limit to earning money especially when you start valuing money over non-materialistic blisses of life. You do earn handsome but life ceases to be a journey and becomes more of a pain in your mind and body that forces you to get the work done.

We go to work every day with the mindset of working hard, giving our best, to get increment and promotion and you gradually begin to hate your job more and more. While others feel that they must work hard to retire and have money to enjoy, there is also no right time to retire.  What’s the point of enjoying your life in your later years when you have already spent a golden time of your life being depressed? If you start working for your passion you will never feel like it’s ever forced upon you. You will start enjoying it.

5.      You will achieve success irrespective of any hindrance.

When you start enjoying what you do, nothing will stop you because you are unstoppable and passionate about what you do. Your passion keeps the momentum going, it helps you to overcome the obstacles. Any difficulty that comes your way is acknowledged and fought off with a right solution.

Think about it. After all, it’s your life, your career, your future and your happiness.

Cheers!

Subrat.

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Why is a journey more important than destination?

The journey to any destination starts with a small step. It is always important to take the right steps and learn from the wrong steps. You should always enjoy the journey and keep learning from the process which you undergo during the journey.

You learn a lot of lessons about life from your success as well as from your failures. It helps you to understand what didn’t work well, and what went well. Failure gives you the strength to fight with the problems and Success helps you to be more confident and prepared. We all lose something during our journey, it makes us realize what matters the most in our life and what never did. A journey towards achieving success may not be a bed of roses but believe me it’s worth all the pain.

Most of us want to get success through a short cut but as they say, “There is no short cut to success”. But is it possible? Answer is NO. We cannot achieve anything in life without proper preparation. Short cuts may lead to instant gratification but it’s always short-lived.  Have we ever observed that when we think that we are prepared to live our dream, we end up realizing that somewhat more planning is required and that readiness occurs over the span of the journey?

We often need time for preparation as that is the most important aspect. It is not a great idea to wait for long to execute the tasks. We should always have a set target time to do the right thing at the right time. You can strategize well, make an appropriate plan, review, revise and execute at the right time. During the journey when it gets tougher, it makes you work harder to reach your destination.

A journey is nothing but a set of processes and you need to follow it to reach the destination. You should be sensible enough to respect and understand this process. It is always easy to reach your destination if you make all necessary moves and execute all the processes as per the expectation. However, the kind of decision you take during your journey, will decide the fate of your success and pave the path to your destination.

Journey makes you stronger. You are more wiser and experienced at the end and ready to face another challenge in your life. At the end, when you arrive at your destination, you are a whole new person, more experienced, more mature and wiser. You understand the value of achieving that goal and simply don’t let go so easily.

Cheers!

Subrat Saurabh

Book Review – Murder in Paharganj

Title: Murder In Paharganj
Author: Kulpreet Yadav
Length: 278 pages

This is my first murder mystery by an Indian author. “Murder in Paharganj” by Kulpreet Yadav sent a chill down my spine.

It is about a murder investigation of women who was murdered in a Hotel in Paharganj. Vicks Menon, a man who has lost his job recently, reaches the crime scene before the police and starts his own investigation. The search for the murderer took him to Udaipur then to Bangkok and finally to Sikkim. 

I liked and thoroughly enjoyed the way how Author Mr. Kulpreet Yadav included various international affairs. Such as the clash of Israel and Iran.

Although it is a crime thriller, it didn’t fail to express and value emotions. The pain of a father of not meeting his daughter, the guilt of not delivering the letter at right time, the impatience while your love is at the hands of death – the author succeeded in injecting emotions into words.

It is a fast paced and suspense filled book. The language of the book is equally catchy and lucid. The book is a good murder mystery with numerous numbers of surprise and definitely a page turner but with not so eye-boggling sequences.  

What I like:


1. The narration of the story is brilliant
2. The presence of mind of protagonist’s while solving the mystery

Over all, I enjoyed the book and it was worth reading.

Keep writing and best wishes to author.

My Over all Rating – 4.5/5

How to be a good storyteller

Words are a powerful medium to express. Though written words are a beauty in itself but when given a voice they become more powerful. The emotions and characters come to life when stories get a voice.

Have you ever tried to be a storyteller in a get together with your family or friends or while travelling in a train with strangers?  Being able to tell an entertaining story is a terrific way to utilise time and to create a powerful impact on your audience. Even if you have attempted to be a storyteller, it is not necessary that you end up telling an impressive story. You may have a fantastic story to tell but it seems that for most of us, the art of telling a story seems to be just beyond our capacity.

Storytelling associates us and gets us in contact with our audience which may be more profound than ourselves. It’s nothing unexpected that new talents are utilising narrating, to convey their very own vision for quite a long time and also to build a brand image out of it.

However, one of the important questions is what makes a delightful story? And how can we become good storytellers? And if we are not a good story teller then how can we become one.

Storytelling is not only about creating images for a new talent or branding of a new product in the market so that it should reach the target audience. Storytelling is also important to writers and content creators of all kinds, communicating fiction and nonfiction stories.

However, storytelling is something which we are altogether inclined towards to some extent. Everybody has a fantasy of publishing their own book, and everybody has stories which are fantastic and unique in their own way, that characterizes their lives. Believe it or not but it’s true, everyone has a story.

One must consider the following points while venturing into the art of storytelling:

·         Identify your audience:

We must identify the appropriate audience for whom we have created the story. This is important in light of the fact that it will decide the impact of your story. It’s no point providing water to the person who is not thirsty as he won’t realise it’s worth. In the same way, if you identify the wrong audience your storytelling would be a futile effort. If you identify your audience well, then it will be much easier to reach out to them with your stories and messages.

·         Identify the context and elaborate:

Being a storyteller, we are aware about the story, we know where our story is heading towards and how it’s going to end. It’s very important for us to set the context and elaborate more about the characters, its physical appearance, habits etc. Strong characterisation always helps to attract the interest of the audience.

·         Don’t lose the grip:

If you are not good at editing and filtering your thoughts real time, in your mind then it’s obvious that you will get into unwanted details which are not relevant to the story. Such mistakes will distract your audience and you will end up losing the grip of your audience.

·         Avoid adding unnecessary details while narrating real incidents:

The more frequently we narrate the same story, the little addition we will in general include. If we add unnecessary add up, those accounts float further and further far from the events that really occurred. Inevitably, you may finish up depicting something that never happened by any means.

·         Notice your audience:

Make sure to monitor your audience (by making eye contacts, if they are in front of you) and stay connected with them (by seeking feedback, if they are away). Keep the session interactive, if you are in front of an audience. If you have a sad story to narrate, be sure that you don’t go for so long that you’re putting stress on the audience. Take your audience on an emotional journey. Make them feel your story.

·         Story should have unpredictable ending:

If you want your readers or listener to spend some quality time on your story then you better come up with a most unpredictable ending, does not matter if it’s a little weird. A Story is good because it has a great ending not because it has an unexpected beginning. Give enough space to your audience to build an ending in their minds but make sure that your ending is different than what they can think of.

Cheers!

Subrat Saurabh

Author Interview – Shuchi

Shuchi is an Author of debut book Quest for Paradise. It was pleasure interacting with her

Q 1:  Hello Shuchi. Your background is in the engineering field. Can you please tell us how you came about to write your first novel titled Quest for Paradise?

Shuchi : Hi Subrat. I’m an IT professional, working for a year now. But English literature has always been my first love, which sprouted from the first novel that I read when I was in the sixth grade, ‘And Quiet Flows the Dawn’ by Mikhail Sholokhov. Since then I’ve read many novels, and have written many poems. Regarding Quest for Paradise, the idea of writing a story about a girl aspiring to be a tattoo artist struck me, and I went ahead with the flow, telling the story of achieving the unbelievable in the extraordinary of circumstances. Before Quest for Paradise got completed and published, I was in the process of writing an adventure suspense thriller, which is still in the pipeline to be completed.

Q 2:     Please tell us something about your journey as a simple girl from a small town, Ranchi to an engineer, working in a reputed IT firm of Bangalore, and now, an author. Would you like to share with us a source of inspiration?

Shuchi : Yes, I was, and still am a simple girl from a small town, and proud of my roots. The simplicity and flavour of the small town laid-back life, if infused in a person at a tender age, becomes one of the greatest gifts of life fathomable. But don’t let this deceive you that I didn’t have a fair share of adventures in my childhood! However, when it was over, I went through that clichéd phase of ‘engineering’, and then landed in an IT firm, and again, like another cliché, my heart lied somewhere else. I’m an engineer by profession, but a writer by heart!

Talking about the source of inspiration, I don’t have one as such, but I would like to mention a person whom I admire immensely. Elon Musk. Not because of Tesla. Not because of SpaceX. But because of that rare state of mind that he has, which is almost impossible for almost everyone to have. That is, huge monetary, or life failures do not bother him, as much as a failure to do something challenging, worthwhile, and exciting. “Life can’t be just about solving everyday problems, there’s got to be things that inspire and make life worth living.”

He views not doing something impactful as a much bigger risk than financial or social failure. It’s the vice versa for the general human.

Q 3:  Please tell us something about Quest for Paradise. How can we relate the character of Ishanafrom Quest for Paradise with you?

Shuchi : Well, one thing that the readers perceive is that Ishana is me, and her story is mine. Sorry to disappoint, but that’s not the case! I wish I were fortunate enough to face the kind of challenges that Ishana goes through, and achieve the kind of milestones that she is able to achieve in the story, though!

We all have some passion or the other firing up inside us. The point is, do we fire it more, and strive to achieve something in which our heart lies, or just go on with our daily lives, not aspiring for more at all?

Q 4:  Are you happy with the response to your book? How are you trying to promote your book to reach the target audience?

Shuchi : The readers love it. The response has been amazing till now, and it’s pretty heartening. Some amazing bloggers have also shared positive reviews of the book. I’m promoting the book by sharing it’s reviews and my book launch events on the social media platforms, like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, to reach the target audience – the youth.

Q 5:     How was your experience in the World Book Fair, Delhi and other events? Are you planning any book launch events in recent times?

Shuchi : The book was among the bestsellers in the niche English fiction romantic genre at the World Book Fair, Delhi. After that Quest for Paradise was also selected to feature at the Allahabad Book Fair, where the books were sold out, and the subsequent interested buyers had to be given my social contact details to buy my books. It gave a beautifully ecstatic feeling, which I had never experienced before!

The book was also featured at the World Book Fair, Agra, organized by the National Book Trust, NBT, where over 60% of the books were sold out.

I’ve two book launch events scheduled in the near future, one is at the Atta Galatta, Bangalore, and the second would be held on 14th April, 2018 at the Hotel Safari in Jaipur. Bangaloreans, and Jaipurites, gear up and come!

Q 6:  Are you working on your next book? What can we expect from your next book?

Shuchi : Yes, I am. The next book is a fiction romantic thriller, where the boy belongs to the Karnataka Royal family. The thrill sparks from Bangalore, to Maddur, all the way to Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh! Let’s see how Jeevisha, the broadcast journalist who is the protagonist’s obsession, survives this storm!

Q 7: How did you get a chance to be published? How was your experience with the publisher?

Shuchi : Well, just like the first stage of struggle that every aspiring author goes through, I faced many rejections. Some publishers outright rejected the manuscript, and some were kind enough to respond with some encouraging words, to work better the next time! I didn’t let my morale sag for long, and kept on trying, as I believed in my story and it’s worth, until finally, one publisher was interested to go ahead with it. That day was another one of those days when you get that rare ecstatic feeling!

The publisher was very supportive from the beginning to the end, helping and guiding me through the process, with patience. From the ragged manuscript in my hands-on day one, to a finished beautiful book with crisp and fresh inked pages inside at the end of the subsequent 4 months, it has been an amazing journey in itself.

Q 8:  Can you please share your editing experience about your published book? Did you use any editing tools or took any help from Literary Agent? How important is that?

Shuchi : The edits were done by me, and then the publisher. They were patient enough to incorporate some later changes in the text, and the images that I wanted to be done.

I provide editing services to authors independently too, using Scrivener and MS Word.

Well, you ask, how important is editing? If writing is forging the sword, then editing is sharpening it, using the whetstone of editing tools. Even the swords of finest make, are useless, if they are not sharpened.

Q 9:  How did you react when you saw the first copy of your debut book Quest for Paradise which is already a sensation among readers?

Shuchi : Can blood, sweat and tears make something solid, something tangible? If you say no, then you can’t be more wrong. When I saw my first copy in my hands, what I saw wasn’t a book, but something beautiful churned out by an amalgam of these three.

Q 10: Could you please share a few tips for writers who would like to get their first book published?

Shuchi : I just believe in one tip for writing. As the legend Stephen King says, ‘write.’ That’s more than enough. There are many aspiring authors, who haven’t been able to complete a book and publish yet, despite a beautiful story in them, just because they are stuck with the ‘problems’ like, ‘I can’t continue after 3 pages’, ‘I’m blank’, ‘when I sit to write, the mind goes numb, and the hand freezes’, ‘I don’t get the time’, and so on.

Just. Write. You feel that you’re writing rubbish? Write. You are thinking of what people would say about your work? Write. You think you’re not ‘worthy’ enough to write? Write.

One always finds the time to dedicate to one’s passion, no matter how hectic their schedule is. Are you really passionate about writing? If yes, then you’ll get the time.

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

Shuchi : It all begins with an idea, a theme. Surprisingly, the ideas always strike when our minds are in a relaxed state, and free to wander anywhere. They don’t come to us when we try very hard to think of an idea. It doesn’t work like that.

After this stage, comes the execution, i.e., the craft of it. I think of a character, and an event from where I think it would be good to begin the story. It acts as a bay for the ocean of the rest of the story to follow.

If you ask me the evergreen fundamental question, if I’m a plotter or a pantser? I would consider myself to be a pantser, with a hazy overall plot on my mind, going with the flow of the story, when the story begins to breathe a life of it’s own, and takes me to another journey crafted by it.

Q 12: Who is/are your favorite author(s)? What do you like about their work?

Shuchi : My favourite authors are George R.R. Martin, Dan Brown, and Stephen King.

If I begin to say that what I love about these legends, then we would need to camp for the night too, haha!

Who would have imagined to concoct a parallel of the real historical War of the Roses in such a way, that it becomes a breathtaking fantasy of the human race, fighting with each other for the one ultimate throne, in a world of magic where exist an army of zombies, headed by clever kings; the mysterious lands of Asshai, living magical dragons breathing fire, and practices of bringing the dead to life? George R.R. Martin is a magician.

It was because of Dan Brown, that I became hugely interested in symbols, both ancient and modern, and the importance of them in our lives. With his books, the world seemed like a big treasure hunt to dive into. Solving puzzles and mysteries went to a whole new level with his books like ‘The Digital Fortress’, and ‘The Inferno’.

It was because of Stephen King’s ‘It’, that the funny and jovial clowns came to be viewed as a source of horror and nightmares! Hotels came into a new light of dreadful omens, after his classic ‘The Shining’.

Their creations are unparalleled.

Q 13: How is your average day as Shuchi? Have you experienced a situation where people have identified you in a public place? Please share those moments.

Shuchi : My average day goes in writing short pieces, my next novel, and editing works of clients, marked in between by book launch events and bookstore signings.

There were a couple of moments, which felt warm and beautiful. Once, I was recognised by a group of young college students, who had read my book reviews on a blog, and they clicked a selfie. There was another time, when a young girl came to where I was dining at a restaurant to have a copy of Quest for Paradise signed, which she had with her in her bag.

Q 14: Have you done any course in writing? Or any course in editing?

Shuchi : I haven’t done any course in writing, or in editing. The formation and play of words come kind of inherently. I’ve edited seven novels for various clients.

Q 15: If your readers want to connect with you, how can they do that? Tell readers about your social platforms to connect. If you have any blog/website/social media accounts, please tell.

Shuchi : They can easily connect with me on the various social channels like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Or drop a mail!

facebook.com/shuchiauthor

twitter.com/prasad_shuchi

instagram.com/shuchi_prasad

pdshuchi@gmail.com

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

 

 

Book Review – Quest for Paradise

Title: Quest for Paradise

Author: Shuchi

Pages: 114

Published in :2017

Publisher: Notion Press

The name of first chapter ‘Of Dragons and Avatars’, itself got me hooked, and when I continued to read, the story felt even more interesting. From tattooing Avatar movie’s flying dragons, to hustling in Mumbai’s packed local trains, Ishana is your girl-next-door trying to achieve something extraordinary in ordinary circumstances. But as we all know, challenges are bound to creep up. Her parents are against her dream on the pretext of societal norms, as she is ‘meant’ to be married off. On the other hand, she finds that Vaishakh, her customer just wants to tattoo a mere ‘dot’ on himself. Strange? Well, I didn’t expect the plot to become still stranger as it thickened. With each subsequent chapter, I found myself more and more hooked, curious as to what would happen next! Then there comes a twist, which no reader would even think of happening.

The story is hugely gripping, narration is smooth, and the characters have been developed pretty well. Some parts of the story felt a little long, and a couple of scenes felt dragged up, but they don’t wither your drive much to continue reading on and on.

“This is what we are; we are all insignificant, no matter how important we feel to others around us. Why do we keep wasting our life on things, which don’t give significance to our insignificant lives? This giant universe will go on, with or without you, an insignificant speck in it. It’s up to you to decide how you live the life that you’ve been given, and how to make it more significant.” With this enthralling quote by Vaishakh in the book, I highly recommend all of you fiction readers out there, and book a roller coaster joy ride for yourselves, spotted with tidbits which would make you question the person you see in the mirror.

Quest for Paradise is for anyone, and everyone who is young by age, and young by heart, and who wants to explore beyond, and go the extra mile, as it is rightly said ‘it’s never crowded.’

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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।

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।

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