मेरी पेहचान….

31 Jul
I remember this journey. I was traveling to Mumbai in a bus and as I took my seat, I saw an old woman holding a little boy in her lap and a big suitcase in the other trying to get into the bus. I went ahead to help her get her luggage and escorted her to her seat. As she sat down, settled her son and breathed a heavy sigh, she thanked me and said (in Marathi) – “I guess I can’t do anything by myself!”
I could sense a weird concoction of helplessness and hopefulness in that statement. Probably she had desired something so badly that the failure made her crestfallen. Or probably she just had a million dreams which were never fulfilled. But what inspired me the most was her enthusiasm. As this famous quote by Winston Churchill goes –
“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm”
I found the lines that I had then scribbled in my notepad a few days ago and decided to complete the poem. A tribute to the failures and the successes hidden behind them!
ना कभी मैंने धरी इस हाथ में तलवार हैं,
ना कभी इस दिल से उमड़ी शौर्य की ललकार हैं|
भयभीत सा मेरा मुकुट, असहायता ही शान हैं,
आम से भी आम ऐसी ही मेरी पेहचान हैं|
ना कभी किसी जंग में, संघर्ष का हिस्सा बना,
ना कभी किसी जीत के जयघोष से सीना तना|
ना ही मेरे आंसुओं में मोतियों सी जान हैं,
आम से भी आम ऐसी ही मेरी पेहचान हैं|
मैंने बस जीवन में मेरे रिक्त स्थानों को भरा,
और मेरी सोच को भी बंधनों ने हैं धरा|
मेरे मन में न कोई अंगार हैं, तूफान हैं,
आम से भी आम ऐसी ही मेरी पेहचान हैं|
बंद मुट्ठी खोल दूं, या बादलों के पर बुनूं?
या क्षितिज की अंतहीन लालिमा को लांघ दूं?
खोल दो पिंजरा भी लेकिन, पंख में न जान हैं,
आम से भी आम ऐसी ही मेरी पेहचान हैं|
P.S: I apologize to those who do no understand Hindi. I will certainly try to come up with an English translation. If anyone wants to volunteer, please feel free!

6 Responses to “मेरी पेहचान….”

  1. Abhishek August 1, 2012 at 1:49 am #

    WOW! Just Wow! Loved the concepts and poem of-course!!

    • Himanshu August 1, 2012 at 10:40 am #

      Thanks for the compliment Abhishek! I am glad to know that you liked the poem. Cheers!

  2. garfield19 August 2, 2012 at 6:50 am #

    खोल दो पिंजरा भी लेकिन, पंख में न जान हैं,

    Amazing allegory!! It epitomizes the concept of the poem in a wonderful way. There couldn’t have been a better line in the concluding para. Ofcourse the poem in itself is dark and saddening. It is a paradox when you say that the poem is a tribute to the “successes” hidden behind.

    Is there a certain sadness that should be felt about being common? I may not really agree to that point, although I’ve myself loathed the monotony that life may sometime offer. The poem talks about multiple things and hence is open for interpretation in many ways. There is a sense of helplessness and despair, and it talks as though that is a part of the identity of being “common”. The “aam” word apart from being common may also signify simple. There is a lot of beauty inherent in that too, and maybe a touch on these factors would’ve made the poem uplifting to the reader too!! But if you had intended for it to be dark emotionally, it really hits it right away. Personally though, I would’ve preferred hope interlaced in these lines.

    On your poetic style and vocab…the words are so carefully chosen and put together.. it reads great and speaks a lot about your abilities! Rockin’..:)

    • Himanshu August 3, 2012 at 9:30 am #

      Wow! As always, I am really grateful to you for your true opinion without any sugar coating.

      My instigation behind writing the poem was the lack of hope (mostly, within me) and hence it is more of a eulogy. The reason I wrote the anecdote was to introduce success to the central theme of helplessness. I guess, I was not very effective in doing so 😛

      Thanks for your kind words!


  3. Cosmos November 11, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    garfiled19’s comment – //Is there a certain sadness that should be felt about being common?// – Exactly my thoughts too as I was reading the poem. But great job!

    • Himanshu November 11, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

      Thank you for the appreciation. I like your critical remarks as they present a perspective that I had probably not conceived while writing the poem.

      Thanks once again! Cheers!

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