2017 - Thank You - Part 3

Anonymous 4

2017 was the best year of my life!           

It gave me all the wonderful things that life has to offer and also dished out a few which will keep haunting and comforting me while lulling me to sleep in their lap at twilight (yeah, disturbed sleep cycle).
Do we really have control over things? (+) What makes things happen?
How do we gauge which situations require immediate action, and which ones time will take care of?
Do some things just have a way of happening? And other things not?
Kindly pardon me for the heaviness.

A rather thoughtful thought in the context of the last question was shared with me recently. Rephrased, it says it is futile to think if something had to happen or not, what is more important is what we do after that thing has happened. What is thoughtful here is to understand that we have a choice to mould ourselves to become better for ourselves each day, simple (and profound) as that.
On 23rd April, I had just gotten done with a project for which I had…

2017 - Thank You - Part 2

Anonymous 1

Scored decently after a few attempts and desperation. Moved out of the job on a very optimistic note and came out of a low phase.
Published a couple of books, received encouraging response.
Moved to a new city and made a fresh and awesome start. Got amazing opportunities professionally, academically and socially. Made great great great friends, partied insanely and traveled around a lot.
Things have been too perfect. All of this is like a dream I don't want to end.

Anonymous 2
This year started on an okayish note since I was in the middle of applying for my MBA in the US. I was extremely apprehensive about applying to all the colleges as my score wasn't great and the application fee for each college was too much. But somewhere I still wanted to give it a try. This year since I was at home I developed a very unique relationship with myself. I fell in love with myself. I started enjoying my own company and dependency on external factors for happiness reduced. I also…

2017 - Thank You - Part 1

Thank you, everyone, who sent in their beautiful year reviews. I say it every year but it really means a lot to me. It's only because of you, this tradition of mine has continued into the eighth year. Every year, the post name contains a phrase that's been important to me that year. As this year ends, I feel a wave of gratitude sweeping over me. I can't thank enough my parents, my friends, my university and this city.

In the last year's review, I had expressed optimism that this would be a great year and had a few wishes, primarily of becoming a better engineer. It gives me immense satisfaction that I scored on both the points. 2017 was one of the best years in the last few years.

There's so much to remember about this year - the hard-work at Columbia, the night-outs in Butler Library, the memories made in New York, travels to California and Philadelphia, the infinitely stressful job-hunting phase in the last semester - this is a forward-looking post where I write…

कैसे ना करते

जाना तोह कहीं और था
पर उनकी तरफ गीली जो ढलान थी
हम भला कैसे न फिसलते

अकेलेपन की चोट पर
मुस्कराहट का मलहम उन्होंने ऐसे लगाया
हम और घायल कैसे न होते

हर ज़र्रा उनका सच की तस्वीर था
वैसे कभी झूट बोल भी देते
तोह यकीन कैसे ना करते

यूँ तोह जानते हैं की खुदा नहीं
मगर उन्हें पाने के लिए
रोज़ इबादत कैसे ना करते

कभी कुछ जो उन्होंने माँगा नहीं
सारी क़ायनात तोहफा खरीदने को
सर फरोश कैसे ना करते

प्यास जो उन्होंने ऐसी दे दी थी
उससे बुझाते बुझाते ज़माने को
राख कैसे न करते

आदमी खराब तोह हम भी नहीं
उनके दर पर इक़रार जो किया था
वोह दाखिल कैसे ना करते


फिर कहानी अधूरी रह गयी  बात बनते बनते रह गयी 
फिर वास्तविकता समझे थे जिससे
वोह कल्पना बन कर रह गयी

फिर गरजते  कागज़ों की उम्मीद  बरसते बरसते रह गयी 
फिर मुख्य नायिका वोह  किसी और किताब में बनकर रह गयी 
फिर मलाल कैसा, दुःख किस बात का  फुव्वारे में स्याही अनन्त बाकी रह गयी

ऐ दिल

खुद में खोये हुए, क्यों तू चुप्पी साधे बैठा है
छोड़ खेल लुक्का-छुप्पी का, ऐ दिल, बाहर दौड़ कर तोह देख

पतझड़ से कैसा इतराना, वोह तेरे डर से कब रुका है
मौसम वसंत का है, ऐ दिल, कहीं खिल कर तोह देख

मन की ना सुनना, यह ख़ुशी ढूंढ़ना नहीं
बस ग़म से बचना जानता है, ऐ दिल, कहीं लग कर तोह देख

पिछली रेल गाडी माना तेरी, पटरी से उतर गयी
दिल्ली की गलियां दूर नहीं, ऐ दिल, उड़ान लेकर तोह देख

महीने काफी यूँ ही बिता दिए, क्या यह आज़ादी रास आयी
क्या पाया तूने, ऐ दिल, क़ैदी अनन्त हो कर तोह देख

Nana ka khat

Feb 25, 2017

Our dear Anant,

Wish you sound health, happiness and harmony with your friends, co-fellows and American environment. YD Ji and Savita have the knowledge and facilities to use the modern technology and talk to you on telephone daily and feel pleasure. I can not use the smartphone properly. Hence as our promise I am writing this letter on 25th Feb, birthday of Savita, which you also know. I am too late to post this letter, so you need not mind about my laziness. We hope that might be studying well in accordance with our expectations. We are confident that you have to make your mark in life due to firm determination, self-confidence, sincere studies and time management. In this age of IT the world is changing very fast. There is longer competition everywhere. So one has to be very careful for one's professional career.

You have to keep in mind the Upanishdic Udghosh(dictum), which was the main mantra of Swami Vivekanand. 'Arise, Awake and Rest not till the go…