Posted in September 2016

Attributing Life

झांकती इमारतों के बीचे से…
निकलती ये उदास गलि..
ऐसे बेचैन रहती है सारे दिन..
जैसे मानो इंतज़ार में डूबी पलकें…

धोबी चाचा कपड़ो की लकीरें को सुकून देते सारा दिन…
सब्जी वाला आवाज़ लगा जाता रोज़ शाम को..
बच्चों के खेलने की आवाज़ भी गूंजती है कई बार…
गली मगर उदास ही रहती….

गली के चौथे मकान की दूसरी मंजिल पर..
मौलवी साहब रहते हैं…
पुराने बहुत,
तीस साल का रिश्ता है उनका इस गली से…
पूछा उनसे एक रोज़ इस गली की कहानी….

तो मालूम हुआ, यह गली भी कभी खुश थी…
गुनगुनाता था एक नीम का पेड़ भी यहाँ…
और फिर कुछ इमारतों ने छीन ली इससे इसकी धूप ….
उस बात को अब सत्रह साल हो गए..
गली अबतक क़ैद है उदास कमरे में….


Ashirbad S Raha

Communication for Development (C4D) Practitioner

International Committee of the Red Cross, Asia and the Pacific Policy Society, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU.

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A sensitive human being and a sensitive poet. The above poem is based on his experience in east Delhi.

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