पहली मुलाक़ात और बरसात

याद है तुमको?

हमारी पहली मुलाक़ात 

और वह एकाएक बरसात!

उस दिन बूंदों ने मुझे पहली बार छुआ था,

तर-बतर तो मैं पहले भी हुई थी,

लेकिन अहसास तब अंजाना-सा हुआ था।

तब से, हां तभी से,

शायद मुझे भी प्यार हुआ था।।

झीने हमारे अंबर से होकर,

बारिश तन में समायी थी,

सिंचित हो रहा था उर मेरा,

प्यार की पहली कली तब खिलखिलायी थी।

लाल हुए थें कपोल, आंखें झुकी,

प्यार ने हया की चुनर ओढ़ायी थी।।

हवा भी जैसे खूब हठी है,

मुझे छेड़ती; संकट में मेरी जवानी थी।

उस रात मैंने प्यार लिखा,

मेरी कलम भी तुम्हारे नाम की दिवानी थी।

कलम में स्याही उत्तेजित और 

मेरे रगों में तुम्हारे प्यार की रवानी थी।।

एक अरसा हुआ, तब से ना मिले हम,

स्याही भी सूख-सूख जाती है।

हवा चंचल, फिर याद बनकर 

तभी मुझसे खेलने आ जाती है।

गहरे अंबर को छाते देख फिर 

मेरी उनींदी आंखें शरमाती हैं।।

उस पहली मुलाक़ात के बाद,

मैं बिना छतरी, घर से निकलती हूं।

मुझे मिलना होता है तुमसे,

मैं बारिश के बहाने खुद को छलती हूं।

फिर बूंदें छुती हैं मुझको,

मैं तर-बतर होती, ऐसे तुमसे मिलती हूं।।

आज फिर बरसात हुई, मैं भीगी

और बूंदों में मुझको तू दिखा है।

तेरे-मेरे मिलन से जलकर,

कलम ने आज फिर कागज से मिलना सिखा है।

हां, तुझसे मिल लेने के बाद,

मैंने आज फिर प्यार लिखा है।।

-आरती मानेकर

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Book Review- The Highway Man : short stories

Good evening fellows!

Today after having good reviews on my post, I read a good book and all the two things really made my day. So here in gonna tell you whether you should read it or not. The book “The Highway Man” is from the pen of author J. Alchem.

Description: The book contains three Short stories. And all the three stories are written as first person, thrice of a different genre. 1. Catherine, 2.Sidzy:for a day and 3. The Highway Man are the stroies.

About the author: J. Alchem is a voracious reader and a critically acclaimed author. He is the winner of StoryMirror season 1 (a nationwide writing competition), Superhero Storyteller and NaNoWriMo-2015. He has written in several magazines and newspapers and received the appreciation for the same. His stories have been published in numerous Anthologies such as Blank Space, Love Bytes and Mighty Thoughts and on various online channels as well.

He is actively involved in writing quotes and short write-ups which are often seen being circulated among the youth in Facebook, Whatsapp and other Social networking sites. Recently he has signed a short movie contract on his award winning short story.

My view on the book: 

The book contains three short stories. The first one – “Catherine”- A story of a romance writer, who himself falls for his imaginary character and hence became insane. Catherine is a mystery tale, which has written very beautifully by the author.

The second half of the book is a part love story. “Sidzy: for a day”, I liked this part very much. The description of women’s day celebration is beautiful. I actually wish, my man would do this for me. 

And here comes the third story,  on which the writer gave the name to the book- “The Highway Man”. We all are broken, some less, some more. Some carries the pain all along the journey of life, on the other hand, having forgot one’s pain, one shows others the way of happy life. This is a story of an unknown person, who makes everyone happy with his #KuchBhi jokes, hiding his tears behind his smile.
Not a large book.

Those who don’t like outing on Sundays, can read the book for making their day. 

Great work by author.

Much appreciated!

Star rating: 5/5 *****

You can find the book here The Highway Man .
Thank you for reading.

Stay tuned…

-Arti Manekar

A Public Letter to a Secret Person

 Dear Love!💖

Though we talk to each other every day, still some untold feelings are there, which I’m going to tell you through this letter. I wanted to write this letter to you since long, even many times, I went to post office and came back without posting it, because I was feared of your parents reading it. But today my baby blog gave me the courage to write it even in public. Many thanks to it.

My dear  and near ones always doubt me and ask me if I’m in love or not, even my Mumma always scolds me, because I keep smiling all day. My lips lie, but my eyes always tell the truth to them. So, today I’m going to reveal the secret. Yes, I’m in love, I’m in love with you, my darling chocolate.
Before, I was not a believer in love, but since we started talking and knowing each other, I felt something mysterious for you, something which I never felt for anyone before. I can see the positive changes, which you brought in my life. Yes, I was happy  for no reason, when you weren’t in my life, but now, I’m happy and you are the reason. I was working just for passing time, now I work because I enjoy it. I was getting irritated by the noise, now I feel and enjoy it everytime. All these is because of you. The day we met and you told me that you feel the same for me as I feel for you, my happiness had no bounds, I was on cloud nine. When you hugged me and kissed my hand even in public, it letted me feel special. The way you were looking in my eyes, I couldn’t help but blushed. Everything was happening like “Jaisa Filmo me Hota Hai, Ho Raha Hai Hubahoo.” The gift of your love, “the time” is the most special gift for me ever. That day, with my heart full of your love, I couldn’t sleep at night.

I like your childish talks, they make me laugh everytime. I like your eyes, I can see only myself in those wide eyes. I like your tall height, I can hug you and listen your heart beating my name. I like your heart, because I found it the safest place to live. I like when you ask me to fulfill your stupid wishes, because they make me stronger everytime. I like when you tell me your favourite food and ask me to learn cooking it for you. I like when every morning and every night, you wish me with beautiful poems. I like when you call me with my name, instead of calling me with different names. I like when you tell me about your crazy dreams and ask me to be your partner in them. I like when I told you about dark sides of my life and you promised me to fill them with lights. I like when you share your pains and sorrows with me and think that I’m your strength pillar. When you told me that anger is your biggest enemy, I was frightened that time and promised myself that I will never angry you, because I don’t want to lose you.

Dear, now this is time for you as well me to build our careers, because without a career, we can’t be WE. I know you are going far from me and I promise you, neither I’ll feel low, nor I’ll let you feel low. I don’t know when are we going to meet next, but I’ll always wait for you. I’ll be waiting for the day, when we both will be ourselves and we’ll be  WE .

Rest in Love. Be mine. 

With the promise of being yours.💖

Yours and only yours 

LOVE

-Arti Manekar