अगर ये दुनिया ना होती…

अगर ये दुनिया ना होती तो क्या होता?

जो होता भला होता।

ना माँ को वो सङक पार वाला चिंटू मुझसे भी प्यारा होता, 

शायद मैं माँ की आँखों का तारा होता।

इस घर में हर बात पर क्यों होता है चिंटू का गुणगान?

हे भगवान अब तो कर कल्याण।


अगर ये दुनिया ना होती तो क्या होता?

जो होता भला होता।

ना याद दिला मुझे वो बारवी के नतीजे का दिन, 

ना याद दिला मुझे वो फोन की घंटिया, 

पहली से ग्यारवी तक के भी नतीजे आए थे, 

उस दिन भी प्यार जताया होता, 

उस दिन भी फोन घुमाया होता।


अगर ये दुनिया ना होती तो क्या होता?

जो होता भला होता।

जब नौकरी लगी तब घर में मिठाई बटी, 

आई पङोसियों की टोली जो बोली, 

अगर वहाँ नौकरी मिल जाती तो और अच्छा हो जाता, 

अब इनको मैं क्या बोलू, 

कभी तो मेरी खुशी में मुस्कराया करो, 

कभी तो बिना कुछ बोले जाया करो, 

जिस दिन वहाँ नौकरी लगेगी, कही और का राग तुम गाओगे,

बिना टोके नहीं रह पाओगे।


अगर ये दुनिया ना होती तो क्या होता?

जो होता भला होता।

ना वरमा जी की चिक-चिक, 

ना उनकी बीवी के ताने, 

“शादी कर ले बेटा, अब तो ना बना बहाने।”


अगर ये दुनिया ना होती तो क्या होता?

जो होता भला होता।


A story of clouded dreams.

Illustrative image of girl playing with helium balloons at park

On a cloudy day, a happy young girl is making the most of her childhood days in the park. Unaware and protected from the problems faced in this big bad world, she is running around happily with colourful balloons in her hand.

Sita, a 13 year old girl works as a maid in that colony. Today, she is late for work and thus is running as fast as she can to reach her pay master’s house in time otherwise, the lady who lives in the house with kids of Sita’s age will scold her badly.

It is rightly said that there is a different age and time at which each and every person shoulders the responsibilities that fall on him/her. On the contrary, some people due to circumstances need to stand up to the responsibilities even when they are too young and naive for them. Sita, a 13 year old school drop out was contributing to the income of her family of seven so that they don’t sleep hungry.

As she was running, she passed the park in which the girl was playing. The colorful balloons caught her sight and she stopped. Sita hadn’t heard of dreams, she didn’t know what they were. She got no time to dream. Still, at that moment when she saw the balloons, she felt the urge to fly in the sky like them. She felt the urge to touch the sky, shine like a star. She felt the urge to break the shackles of responsibilities she was caught in and live her childhood  to the fullest. All she could do was feel these thoughts. Like earlier, she could give no words to what she was feeling. She knew no words. The thundering of the clouds and the downpour brought Sita back to her reality. She rushed to reach the house on time. That day, the rain didn’t just wash away the earth’s dirt, it washed away Sita’s dreams. Dreams which were waiting to be given wings to fly and become a reality. Dreams which were burning inside her.

May be they were never dreams, they were her clouded dreams. 

– Paranjaya Mehra Continue reading “A story of clouded dreams.”

Dare to shine.

All of us can easily go with the crowd, do what others are doing, take the tried and tested roads. Human beings are so amazing that they can dream and pray to shine like a star one day and yet make no efforts for the same! 😀

All of us once in our lives have used Hindi the saying “sher akela ata hai” (the lion never comes with the crowd, it comes alone) but not many of us have dared to be the “sher”!! Going with the crowd, living your life the way others want you to, is that what it takes to shine? Yes, we can’t deny that some of us might taste success by walking on the road on which millions have walked but the true taste of success will come only when we dare to stand alone, dream big, have the courage to stand for those dreams and be the guiding light in this dark world for the millions behind us.

True success is achieved not just when you achieve what you set out for, rather it  is achieved when you raise others to their maximum potential and help them achieve what they have set out for! That feeling of satisfaction is success.

You will never go farther than you think you can, you will never shine brighter than you think you can. So think big because what you think of yourself today will one day be your reality. Make it a big one.

Dare to dream. Dare to shine.