September 16, 2014

Let There be Light


मन बावरा है 
जाने कहा भटकता फिरे 
मन सांवरा हैं 
तेरी तपिश में सुलगता फिरे 

तेरी धूप के रूख , मुँह धरे 
है पर्दो में लिपटी मेरी आँखे।
जाने किस खिड़कियों  के पट खोलकर 
है खड़ी तेरी राह में, मेरी साँसे 

मन चाह रहा है 
तेरे सुख की आस में बरसने को,
मन बह  रहा है 
तेरी बाँहो में चुपके से, लग कर गले

मन आवारा नहीं,
कि जैसे पतझड़ में गिरे पत्ते 
जो दरख़्तों के साये से 
छिटक के दूर कहीं खो जाते हैं 
मायूस हो कर बुझे पत्ते 
शाखों की फ़िराक में 
खुले आसमानों के तले। 
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The above poem is one of my "on spurr of moment" creations based on the picture prompt given by the gorgeous team of MagpieTales. This time I felt like ding the challenge in the Hindi Language. In case if you have trouble reading in Hindi, Here's the translation of above in English....

Heart is a crazy wanderer
dunno where it wanders in randomness
This dusky heart
burns sapphire in thou desire

Turning it's face towards your sunshine,
my eyes curtained in your sunshine.
Opening the panes of unknown windows
these breaths awaits your path

Heart wishes to ensconced itself 
drench in hopes of your joys
it wants to drown itself
hidden inside the ring of your arms

For all hearts that wanders, are not lost 
like those leaves of autumn, which
falls down the embrace of their trees
dull, lifeless and lost in oblivion leaves,
in search of branches
Under the open wide cerulean

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Mann Bawra hai
Jaane kaha bhatakata phire
Mann Saawra hai
Teri Tapish mein sulagata phire
Teri dhoop ke rukh, mooh karke
he pardo mein lipti meri aankhe
Jaane kis khidkiyo ke pat kholke
hai kahdi teri raah mein meri saanse

Mann Chaah raha hai
ki teri sukh ke aas mein yeh baras pade
Mann beh raha hai
tere baahon me chup se lag ke gale

Mann awara nahi
jaise patjhad se gire patte
jo darkahto ke saaye se,
chitak kahi, dur kho jaate hai
maayus ho kar boojhe  patte 
shaakho ki firaq mein
khule aasmano ke tale
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September 08, 2014

The Moths around the LightBulb



They hovered around the light
Taking Freedom O' flight
It is just natural for them to burn themselves

they looked at the source of fire
to burn in their desire
Like the cat Alice met in wonderland
Ah! she was Chessire!

They were the Moth around the light bulb
they were moth hovering the night bulb
and that's all about them.
Is that all about them?




September 05, 2014

My Poems with Dell Venue 7

When the time let me no spare,
I write my poems without a scare
Who needs stationary to pen emotions
I am a high-tech, wireless generation!

Yeah, I write poems on the move, while taking a nap, eating my meal, talking to friend and most importantly while travelling.

And how?

Well I understand carrying a laptop all the time is bulky. Pen and paper are not often available and run the risk of getting lost/damaged. And cell-phones are handy but just not that convenient to write and review.

Discover- Dell Venue 7- My first ever tablet

Phew! It did not have voice calling, that means, I can work uninterrupted and my ideas won't flow out. All you need is one Sim card with 3G activated. I have chosen Airtel, the best in telecom data service provider to be my alibi. Lo and behold! I am ready to go.

Using my Dell, I can straight away write my poem on my blog, edit, add pictures and post it on line. Not just that, my high speed data enable me to share the post to all my friends and readers via simple clicks. 

And all this, while on the move!
On the go
and on the miracle of wireless technology.

Isn't it very simple? So if you are a budding poet, you may take cue and get your Dell today. A few simple clicks and you are "move ready" and do not have to wait till you reach home/ laptop to preserve your idea and post. You can continue adding content/ pictures to your poem while on the move or waiting to meet anyone, at cafe, between breaks and carry your tablet for inspiration.

When technology is so user friendly
you can pursue your interests even passionately,
for why wait for a medium to emote
don't be the "run of mill"
simply accommodate,
A new Tablet to your life
And see it changing, bringing more delight!

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September 01, 2014

Go Fish!

Poverty and hunger
are like albatross around the neck
If you really want to feed him
Teach a man to fish
So he may never have to depend
On your might, on your wish.

Break free!
From the hands that beg food
rather becomes the hands that are made good
to fetch his own wine
and his own loaf

Who knows
He may make his own harbor
and fetch Fishes off shore
The same fishes
that you would pick from your store


Dark Harbor, 1943, N. C. Wyeth 

When #Haldiram became Jaldiram

You would have heard of Rocket Babies or pre- mature babies. But have you ever heard of "pre mature" Jalebis? And Fafdas, and Bhujiyas and other edibles?

Well savory and sweetmeat giant Haldiram has become a pioneer in this arena by selling products even before their manufacturing date. You don't know what I say? Hee he..

Picture this-


When a friend of mine forwarded me this image, I too was as clue less as you are. I asked my friend- What's this?

He said- Look closer

What I saw, is what I am sharing. It was 30th August 2014 and having seen a popular savory pack which was "packed" on 1st September 2014 [almost 2 days in advance], I could not stop marveling at the "futuristic" wonder of one of my favorite Bhujiya maker. Oh yes it is their "unhealthy bhujiya" that you see in form of fat all over my body [including other addictive food like Cheese, butter et all]

Wowsie! In enthusiasm I opened my kitchen shelf and finished 2 bowl of Haldiram bhujiya in 1 go. YUmm slurrp, who knew if food could become so "futuristic" ever :)

FDA... Awww..leave it!

August 27, 2014

Starry Night

The beautiful Canvas that nature has colored
Resplendent skies, blue cerulean tide
Moon on the brim
evergreen delight
the mountain
the meadows near by
and the sparkle of the star

Aha! Sparkle of thousands of stars
Strewn across the sky
the blue cerulean
that spread like heavenly altar

There he stood, ajar!
his canvas, his belittle canvas
in front of the one that God has painted
He stood astonished
and marveled the artistry of God,
the perfection of his blend,
the colors that dissolved,
and shone up bright.

In the vast, limitless,blue,
Starry night!


Starry Night by Alex Ruiz 

August 26, 2014

That Thing about ALS Ice Bucket Challenge & Indian Generosity

I woke up one fine morning and found about this new challenge that was doing rounds in all social media and circuits. The new bug to bite the boisterous Bombay- belly of Bollywood, Browser and Cafeteria room discussion was "Who is taking Ice water challenge"?

To my surprise, I found Miss Malini posting live videos of celebrities taking this challenge. Which included Junior Bachchan to Ritesh LaiBhari Deshmukh to even Daler "paaji" Singh Mehendi. Even our delicate "Sonakshi Sinha" could not remain un-bitten with this byte and posted her own bit on her Instagram page.

Ice Bucket challenge AKA ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a viral challenge which involves taking a bucket full of ice water and dumping it straight on your head to create awareness about a disease called ALS- amyotrophic lateral sclerosisIt also aims at raising donations towards research and rehabilitation from this disease. The perosn who takes up this challenge, post his/her act, nominates 1-2 other friend/colleague/acquaintance of their's to take this challenge within next 24 hours. And this goes on. This challenge became viral via social media.

In case, if you wonder, like I am wondering, why does this awareness campaign involved dropping ice water bucket on one's head, creating an opportunity to expose your neuro-system to something not very conducive [read Hypothermia], let me tell you, I am as clueless as you are. All I know this whole concept of dropping cold water on your head went viral since last year winter, especially after the family of baseball player- Pete Frates who was diagnosed with ALS, went ahead with their own campaign. If you are the one with clue, do comment. 

One thoery suggests that if you take this challenge- you have to donate $10 for the cause and the one who skips has to donate $100 towards the charity. Not sure if the version is right. Meantime, I am happy that none of my friend/associate has nominated the poor me me thus far. Thankfully none should waste their time [read peace of mind] nominate me either.

Here's why dropping the ice bucket [not literally but bucket with ice water can actually be dangerous and can kill you- The Forbes Report

Certainly, this campaign was received with various protests from other countries including India and China. 

Henan protest against Ice Bucket Challenge
Residents of Drought striken Henen in China protest against the ice water challenge
pic courtesy- The Guardian

It was nothing but a social media genius to create awareness about this otherwise unknown disease. And I must say that they have done a good job in doing so. The question is whether the awareness about the diesease has increased or the awareness [read publicity] about the celebs endorsing the same has gone more viral, making their fans kow-tow. I guess, it is more about the disease as well. After all, none of us here [I presume] knew about it earlier and post this social media frenzy, I found many people talking about. And few good curious went ahead and "googled" it up. 

My take on Ice Water Challenge
Why famous people are dumping it on their head? No idea. As I said the theory behind this is still ambiguous to me. And like I said earlier, would I do the same? Well, the answer is a strict No! 

Why? I am the person who refrains from wasting water in name of playing Holi. cause every time I feel wasting even a mug full of water, the face of that child, women, men, animals, come in front of my eyes, who are drought stricken and struggling for the drops of water including the village women who travels kilometers in unfriendly ways, carrying pail of waters for their family. 

I would rather found an alternative, constructive way of proceeding charity and creating awareness. A lot like "India's Rice Bucket Challenge" wherein the founder not just came up with this idea but also started executing and spreading awareness about it. Yes, I would rather go for "Rice Bucket Good deed" and if allowed "Spice Bucket Philanthropy". 

The idea behind "Spice Bucket" is not a frivolous thought to desperately create a separate notion from the one that is already around the town but it is a rather more "inclusive" attempt towards translating generosity in to actions.

Why "Spice Bucket"?
You may call it "Spice" racket, bucket, tucket, trumpet whatever you may like to but the idea is the deed per se and not the name you chose to call or mockery that one want to make.

This thought came from big legacy of "food donation" that India has been practicing since ages, wherein the households will segregate some grains [normally wheat flour & Rice] and sugar [sometimes] and give that away to the neighborhood Brahman. As the time moved, the population shifted to sky scrappers and urban jungles, the notion of "Brahmin daan" got limited. We often find ourselves fulfilling such noble deeds by giving away some left over food to our house helps or so. Off course, the people who help support a child's education [and it's not their child], deserves a big round of applause. Here's a small concept for people who have limited resources and can still make a difference.

"Donate Spice"
If you are done with donating rice, suggest you try donating some healthy spice to the needy ones. Often the people at the bottom of pyramid have to make do with their meager meals by eating boiled rice with salt [a big % is not even iodized]. This food habit is often considered harmful to body especially the "non iodized" salt. While the world has moved to kosher Salt, PInk Crystal salt, there is a "big" strata of society that do not get their subscribed dose of salt. Also, given the healing, anti septic properties of "Turmeric", it is often advisable to consume it with our food an even warm milk esp during fever, cough and cold. The "Haldi wala doodh" is very therapeutic and a great way of healing amenities.

Source: Dailymall.co.uk
I am sure the actual population at below poverty line would not be able to consume the right "iodized salt" and "turmeric" given their high price and highly adulterated availability. In such case, if we can donate a packet of any iodized salt to poor families nearby, wouldn't that be a decent help?

Now a packet of salt like Tata/Ashirwad Salt is available at mere Rs 16 to Rs 17 per KG. Should that be a big amount to donate? Even a 100 gm pouch of Turmeric would not be costing more than Rs 20. Am I asking too much? If yes, then think it this way, I call it the "Genius marketing concept of MasterCard". here we go-

Happiness idea no 1

Minimum Cost of 1 movie ticket- Rs 150 X2
Min Cost of popcorn and Soft drink at Movie-  Rs. 150
Cost of travelling to theater            Rs. 100
Minimum cost of "dinner for two"- Rs 500-1000

Total- 300+150+ 150+500= 1100

Happiness idea no 2
Cost of 1KG iodized salt= Rs 16
Total cost of donating 10 packets of "Iodized salt" to 10 households/month= 16X10= 160
Cost of leveraging "health" of 10 needy families- Rs 160 only
Blessings received in lieu of your good deed= Priceless!


Source
You can replicate this model with Turmeric or any other essential spice that you may think of. I know while some of you may think it as "half baked theory of a non economist numerounity" who is proposing an idea to possibly increase inflation in spice market. Ah! Well. By now well know how does this "basic needs" inflation theory works. You were not donating Tomatoes and Onions either but the price went inexhorbitant even when the real suppliers were selling it at mere Rs 6/kg, you bout at Rs 60/KG. No?


Think about it. And while I have nothing against Ice Bucket Challenge for Charity idea, I insist that next time when you want to blindly follow something like this, do take few minutes out from your time and think about my proposal which is still on and is ever green. It is up to that whether you want to donate- Rice, Spice or electronic mice to the needy populatio, But donate you must. Cause "Sharing is caring" and "caring is adhering" to our universal idea of "Vasudhaiv kutumbakam"

Till then Ciaos! Keep reading Numerounity and her idiosyncrasies, if you choose to call that!


August 22, 2014

Sunshine


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The above 5-7-5 Haiku is written for 3 Word Wednesday Prompt words were- Impulsive, Morose and Sparse.
To check their meanings, pl visit www.dictionary.com
Picture Credits- Here
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Have you checked these poems of mine yet? 
Framed
The Art of God
Beinteha [ a poem in Urdu]