फूटा घड़ा

•September 20, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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बहुत समय पहले की बात है, किसी गाँव में एक किसान रहता था। वह रोज़ भोर में उठकर दूर झरनों से स्वच्छ पानी लेने जाया करता था। इस काम के लिए वह अपने साथ दो बड़े घड़े ले जाता था, जिन्हें वो डंडे में बाँध कर अपने कंधे पर दोनों ओर लटका लेता था।

उनमे से एक घड़ा कहीं से फूटा हुआ था, और दूसरा एक दम सही था। इस वजह से रोज़ घर पहुँचते – पहुचते किसान के पास डेढ़ घड़ा पानी ही बच पाता था। ऐसा दो सालों से चल रहा था।

सही घड़े को इस बात का घमंड था कि वो पूरा का पूरा पानी घर पहुंचाता है और उसके अन्दर कोई कमी नहीं है, वहीँ दूसरी तरफ फूटा घड़ा इस बात से शर्मिंदा रहता था कि वो आधा पानी ही घर तक पहुँचा पाता है और किसान की मेहनत बेकार चली जाती है। फूटा घड़ा ये सब सोच कर बहुत परेशान रहने लगा और एक दिन उससे रहा नहीं गया, उसने किसान से कहा, “मैं खुद पर शर्मिंदा हूँ और आपसे क्षमा मांगना चाहता हूँ?”

“क्यों?“, किसान ने पूछा, “तुम किस बात से शर्मिंदा हो?”

“शायद आप नहीं जानतें पर मैं एक जगह से फूटा हुआ हूँ, और पिछले दो सालों से मुझे जितना पानी घर पहुँचाना चाहिए था बस उसका आधा ही पहुँचा पाया हूँ, मेरे अन्दर ये बहुत बड़ी कमी है, और इस वजह से आपकी मेहनत बर्बाद होती रही है।”, फूटे घड़े ने दुखी होते हुए कहा।

किसान को घड़े की बात सुनकर थोडा दुःख हुआ और वह बोला, “कोई बात नहीं, मैं चाहता हूँ कि आज लौटते वक़्त तुम रास्ते में पड़ने वाले सुन्दर फूलों को अवश्य देखो।”

घड़े ने वैसा ही किया, वह रास्ते भर सुन्दर फूलों को देखता आया, ऐसा करने से उसकी उदासी कुछ दूर हुई पर घर पहुँचते – पहुँचते फिर उसके अन्दर से आधा पानी गिर चुका था, वो मायूस हो गया और किसान से क्षमा मांगने लगा।

किसान बोला, “शायद तुमने ध्यान नहीं दिया पूरे रास्ते में जितने भी फूल थें वो बस तुम्हारी तरफ ही थे, सही घड़े की तरफ एक भी फूल नहीं था। ऐसा इसलिए क्योंकि मैं हमेशा से तुम्हारे अन्दर की कमी को जानता था, और मैंने उसका लाभ उठाया। मैंने तुम्हारे तरफ वाले रास्ते पर रंग – बिरंगे फूलों के बीज बो दिए थे, तुम रोज़ थोड़ा – थोड़ा कर के उन्हें सींचते रहे और पूरे रास्ते को इतना खूबसूरत बना दिया। आज तुम्हारी वजह से ही मैं इन फूलों को भगवान को अर्पित कर पाता हूँ और अपना घर सुन्दर बना पाता हूँ। तुम्ही सोचो अगर तुम जैसे हो वैसे नहीं होते तो भला क्या मैं ये सब कुछ कर पाता?”

दोस्तों, हम सभी के अन्दर कोई ना कोई कमी होती है, पर यही कमियां हमें अनोखा बनाती हैं। उस किसान की तरह हमें भी हर किसी को वो जैसा है वैसे ही स्वीकारना चाहिए और उसकी अच्छाई की तरफ ध्यान देना चाहिए, और जब हम ऐसा करेंगे तब “फूटा घड़ा” भी “अच्छे घड़े” से मूल्यवान हो जायेगा।

(यह उद्धरण मेरी रचना नही है। सिर्फ शेयर की जा रही है।)

WISH YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY & PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR 2014

•December 31, 2013 • Leave a Comment

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Awestruck & Lusting For You .. (Two Poems)

•October 17, 2011 • 3 Comments

Awe struck

Awe struck,
I was left.
Shut ..,
smut ..,
scuttlebutt ..,
hard luck,
dead duck .. !

Lusting For You ..

Your chin,
like an apple ..
waiting for the first bite .. !

Wet lips fluttering ..
but do not speak with words,
Index finger to it, shhhhhhh .. !

Tongues thrusting
probing inside ..,
tasting the passion .. !

A sumptuous dessert,
Can’t wait for another bite just,
lusting for you .. !

The Unconditional Love … !

•October 17, 2011 • 1 Comment

I read this story somewhere, I don’t know … just posting it here … for it touches the heart so easily!

Once upon a time, a man punished his five-year-old daughter for using up the families only roll of expensive gold wrapping paper before Christmas.

Money was tight, so he became even more upset when on Christmas eve, he saw that the child had used the expensive gold paper to decorate a large shoe-box she had put under the Christmas tree.

nevertheless, the next morning the little girl, filled with excitement, brought the gift box to her father and said, ” This is for you, Daddy!”

As he opened the box, the father was embarrassed by his earlier over-reaction, now regretting how he had punished her.

But when he opened the shoe-box, he found it was empty and again his anger flared up. “Don’t you know young lady …,” He said harshly, “when you give someone a present there is supposed to be something inside the package!”

The little girl looked up at him with sad tears rolling down the cheeks and whispered with emotionally choked voice, “Daddy, it is not empty … I blew kisses into it until it was all full.”

The father was crushed. He fell on his knees and put his arms around his precious little one. he begged her to forgive him for his unnecessary anger.

It is said, an accident took away the life of the child only a short time later. The father kept this little gold box by his bed for all the years of his life. Whenever he was discouraged or faced difficult problems, he would open the box take out an imaginary kiss and remember the love of this beautiful child who had put it there.

In a very real sense, each of us human beings have been given this invisible golden box filled with unconditional love, affection and kisses from our children, families, friends and God.

So, you too just open your golden box and feel the love … because, there is no more precious possession anyone could hold!

When money talks … !

•September 23, 2011 • Leave a Comment
A crusty old man walks into a bank & says to clerk, “I wanna open a f**king savings account.”

The astonished woman replies, “I beg your pardon sir, but that kind of language is not tolerated here.”
She goes to the bank manager to complain.
Manager agrees such foul language can’t be accepted.
They both return to the window & ask the old geezer, “Sir, what seems to be the problem here?”
Old man: “There is no f**king problem, I just won $200 million bucks in the f**king lottery & I want to put my f**king money in this f**king bank of yours.”
Manager: “I see, And is this bitch giving u a f**king hard time sir?
Moral of the story:When money talks, nobody checks the Language or Grammar…!
How amazing is this word “F**K” … it has even replaced the word “GOD” as the most used from the day-to-day vocabulary.
Let us see Osho the great trying to unravel some of its mysteries…!

Don’t get hanged for a Comma…!

•August 20, 2011 • 1 Comment

That freedom fighter was about to be hanged inside jail. The hangman was about to remove the thin plank of wood that was the difference between life and death for the convict. The convict was Indian, hangman was Indian but the order to hang was British government’s… yeah, this story pertains to the Indian freedom struggle era. With heavy heart the hangman went up to the lever that would have removed that plank of wood. Suddenly there was mild commotion from the entrance side.

“Wait, an important message is to be received through wire … Don’t hang him till we receive it.”

It was the British jailor. Hangman’s hands froze where they were. Everybody turned towards the jailor with an expectation… a hope that the convict might get freed… he might not get hanged at all! A moment later, an orderly came running with the wire just received. But, what was that…?! It contained just three words… “HANG NOT SPARE” Communication facility was not, what it is these days and after much deliberation jailor decided to go ahead with hanging as the meaning that he had deciphered from wire was “HANG, NOT SPARE” … off course he came to know about his folly afterwards! What to do… a freedom fighter that would have been set free lost his life just because of a ‘COMMA’!

The second story is from late Mughal period. Badshah Salamat had noticed that his Naib Wazir (Deputy Minister) was absent from his court. He asked his spies to find out the whereabouts of said Wazir. By evening the reply came. It was in Persian that used to be the script of day-to-day work those days. It said,

“او مرد امروز”

(Who Aaj Mar Gaya => He died today).” Badshah Salamat was shocked to hear that but a bigger shock was awaiting him when he came to know that the spy forgot to put “Pesh” (the accented hyphen that puts in the sound “E” at “Mar” and he actually meant to say (Woh Aajmer Gaya => He went to Aajmer).

So, you see, what a misplaced stoppage (Punctuation) can do to the meaning!

In late 17th century, people started placing a common “Shiro-Rekha” (शिरो-रेखा) on all words in a sentence in Hindi. Now, try and make meaning out of following sentence from a letter written in that period:-

“कागदहीकेकारणजानगवायो।

“KAGADHIKEKAARANJAANGAWAAYO”

What do you decipher? This question was put to a “Dhobi” (A Washer man) and he deciphered the meaning as:-

“का गदही के कारण जान गवायो।”

That is, somebody (Probably a washer man) lost his Donkey (गदही) and died due to loss to his income.

Not satisfied, people wanted to consult a “Munshi” (A Clerk, or a person with literary bent of mind) as they were approaching his house, his Milkman happened to come across. Curious, he too wanted to see the letter and after seeing he couldn’t but ridicule them for not understanding a line that was very simple and obvious. It meant, according to him:-

काग दही के कारण जान गवायो।

A crow lost life for curd… (After being hit by the stone thrown by milk-woman to scare him away from the pitcher full of curd, probably …!)

People were aghast at the explanation. Suddenly, somebody noticed the Munshi coming their way. They just ran up to him with the problem at hand. The bespectacled Munshi, adjusting his specs, announced to the crowd, “Meaning is quite obvious… Someone lost very important paper and lost his life because of the urgency associated! You see…

कागद ही के कारण जान गवायो।

Till date it is not clear why someone lost his life or, what the meaning of that sentence is…! Everybody explains it according to his wisdom, his profession, his familiarity with one or other situation. So, you too don’t lose a life (Your or someone else’s) just for a silly punctuation… A Comma!

Now something deeply philosophical: -

“A Punctuation or A Stoppage, as in literature, is very important in life too, for it gives you to time to stop for a while, look around, look back, rejuvenate yourself… and then go ahead.” Think about this.

I know what you are thinking…!

“So much for your philosophies… Huuh!”

Ok, forget it!

Are Online Relationships Superficial .. ?

•June 18, 2011 • 1 Comment

I am feeling a bit down these days .. may be because I have been posted to a new place of duty that does not have good connectivity with outside world and joining this new place was bit of a shock for me for my last duty station had broadband internet and 3G phone facilities available. Pertinent to mention here, folks, I am working with defence force of the country and the job profile includes a three-yearly transfer to a new location. But , wait a minute .. why am I sulking now? I joined this service with full knowledge of this fact! May be, I just am a bit confused right now.

One of the reason may also be being away from my ‘net-friends.’ No, I am not a very net-savvy person and large part of initial few years of my Facebook membership I was actually dormant there. I still don’t have close to 5000 friends there .. most of the people there are known to me personally also. I am not able to regularly comment on their postings or do one of my own there. Why only FB, let’s take this blog site itself. I created this site back in 2008, then remained dormant here for about six months then started writing on diverse topics .. irregularly!

It happens most of the time .. whenever I start writing I either get drifted into areas that are not related to my main topic or, loose interest midway. One may take refuse behind some fancy words like ‘writer’s block’ but, deep inside the guilt of letting your readers down remains. That reminds me I am yet to post an article here and it is June already! Sooo Soorry ..! I know most of you have been through this situation and have come out triumphant so, if you can share your magic formula with me … I’ll be indebted.

Again .., drifting away from the topic!

Coming back to the question .. “Are online relationships superficial?”

A word though .., Online Relationships don’t necessarily mean dating or matrimonial kind of relationships only. I mean purely social kind of relationships .. like those in your friend list on FB. This question came to my mind after I saw a lot of people doing regular trimming of their friend list on Facebook. Isn’t it insensitive on our part ..? We are able to remove them because we don’t really know them well and the relationship does not affect us because it does not have deep roots. I wonder if we could remove them had they been known to us in ‘Off- Net Life’. then why do we include them in our friend list at all? Attractive face ..? A mutual friend in your friend list ..?? Opposite gender ..???

Think about it ..

[to be continued]

 
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