Friday, October 31, 2008

Fancy a Hindi poem?


I have been trying to write poems in Hindi for a proposed collection. I need to have at least one hundred poems. By now, I have managed about thirty. I like some of them. I have destroyed some of them after finding them ridiculous. May be a few others also meet the same fate.

All these poems are about love and longing, and are dedicated to my muse, the ultimate seductress, Maya. I intend to call the collection: Laut aao, Maya (Come back, Maya).

Actually, there is one small poem, which ends like this:

Tum bhi to kabhi
dil pe
chot khao, Maya
Laut aao, Maya


Most of the poems have been written in trains and in Delhi’s auto rickshaws. And in pubs across India with names like Flames, Bistro, 4S, Beach Bar, Arabian Nights, Gomti. I cannot write, or for that matter, do anything else during air travel – I suffer from a terrible flight phobia. My legs turn numb and cold sweat oozes out of my palms. Put me in a conflict zone, and I am the most courageous person you’d have ever seen. But an aircraft – that scares me.

But this poetry collection is not what is keeping me busy. I am giving finishing touches to a book on insurgency, which I am writing along with my dear friend, Neelesh. Once that is done, I would like to go back to my novel, The Last Man from Kashmir. It is half done. Recently, I showed some parts of it to another friend, who also happens to be a writer. He liked it very much.

But the question, my dear readers, is: will you like it?

Thank you for stopping by. And ah, one more news. Recently, one of my Hindi stories got published in a magazine called Lamhi. It is edited by Mr. Vijai Rai, the grandson of legendary Hindi writer, Munshi Premchand.(Lamhi is a village near Varanasi where the great writer was born). In Delhi, it is available at the bookshop of the Sri Ram Centre.

PS: Do you want me to post one of my Hindi poems here? I don’t know whether Mac supports Hindi font. But if I get more than ten readers to say, YES, they want to read it, I will post the poem.

19 comments:

Karan said...

I would love to read the Hindi poem and the book on Insurgency and the Last Man from Kashmir and the rest of the stories that you ever even considered posting ... Rahul, I need them all.

Stone said...

Keep us informed about your upcoming book and novel.
I'm a huge fan of yours.

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Well, regarding hindi poems, please share those too or if comments section falls short of 10 yes then I'll create 9 other profiles and reply with a yes.

Neelashi said...

i luv ur blog name...and ur writing style is very nice..

Anonymous said...

i am regular visitor to your blog & would love to read your hindi poems.!
sk

Kakshi said...

नेकी और पूछ पूछ ! (Neki aur pooch pooch) If you could read that.. then Mac supports it! :)
Waiting for your poems! :)
Albeit belated.. wish you a happy diwali, hope you had a blast!

jasleen said...

can't wait !

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Anonymous said...

have been reading your blog for quite some time now ... would love to read your poems in hindi

Anonymous said...

Jaroor padhna chahenge aapki kavitayen!

Anupama said...

I am the tenth reader who says a LOUD Yes!!!

Post the hindi poems asap

Ambaree said...

Hi. Heard about you through a common friend. I too would like to read your hindi poems. The obsession with Maya though amuses me. Wonder if Gulzar was instrumental in romanticizing this name, this image!

Manish Bhatt said...

Yes.

Beji said...

बेशक!!

Aditya Raj Kaul said...

Maya, Yes.. I still remember her. She has been your companion for a long time now Rahul.. She surely deserves "Laut Aao, Maya".

The moment I click reach your blog, my words turn blank and eyes swing into distant drems of love, longing and a lot more. You give me my doze of writings to read, Rahul. Its nutritious food for a hungry writer.

Without doubt its pleasure having you as a friend and sometimes a guide too, Sir.

The sentences of your book 'Chinar...' are so fresh in me still. I remember I cried and still whenever alone I think of it and talk silently to myself. The pain of being a displaced child wasn't enough, that your writing made me realise of what I've lost - My lifetime, my home, my homeland.

Thanks Rahul, once again. :-)

I'm waiting for your Novel on 'Kashmir'; please work on it.

Hope your poems help me get into 'Hindi writings' and somewhat 'romance' & 'philosophy' too.

My close friend has become your fan too..

Good wishes my friend.

राम एन कुमार said...

achhi hai, main bhi aapko apni ek rachna bhejunga...

sujit kumar lucky said...

उत्क्रिस्ट रचना लिखते रहे

simran said...

yes

Somna said...

yes please...

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