Ek shaam tumhare naam

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Lafz toh bahut hain bolne ko,
Par kuch baatein aankhon se hi byan ho jati hain,
Waise toh bahut hasinayein dekhi hai maine,
Ek tum hi ho jisse sochkar meri shab ki subah ho jati hai.

[English translation]

So many words are there to say,
But some conversations are better expressed through eyes,
Though I have met many beautiful girls in my life,
It’s you for whom my evenings get wash away in mornings.

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Wanderlust

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What to say about wonders of travel,
Never ending mysteries are there to unravel,
No matter how much I wander around,
Something new renders me spellbound,
Varieties of culture and exotic food,
Millions of reasons to uplift my mood,
A thirst which never seems to be quenched,
That is why, it’s called wanderlust my friend,
I wish I could travel forever and ever,
Far from the materialistic world, in the lap of nature.

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Stranger. Friend. Lover. Acquaintance. – Part 1

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A thousand memories rolled down like a motion picture in his eyes when he heard her name after all those years.
“Just an acquaintance”, he whispered with a hard smile as his eyes were strong enough to hold the tears.
He always found challenging to express his feelings for her. How life could have changed if he would have dared once, had spoken those feelings ballooned inside the heart, he was wondering. He knew, somewhere she too had a soft corner for him.
Someone has rightly said, When in love, express it, keeping it to yourself doesn’t help either.
All those memories started playing like a flash motion. He was time travelling in the memory chains.
How can he forget the very first, all of a sudden, small chit chat with her. He still remembers that evening in the library, that she had turned from boring monotonous into a beautiful memory that he still cherishes.
“Hey! I am Ritika”, she said in a joyous tone and moved her hand in an amicable gesture. I am not sure if we know each other, but we are in the same section.
Well it was sort of most unexpected event one could have ever imagined. His eyes grew wide in surprise and he felt like someone has poured bucket filled ice inside his stomach.
Did she catch him looking at her from the corner of book? It was true that he visited library in evening hours just to see her, to see her smile. Her smile that always seemed to hypnotise him. There was such an enchantment she had in her sapphire blue eyes. He could feel his tongue magically glued with some invisible string.
“Hey! I am Ritika”, she chirped again. This time she was smiling. He guessed she had figured out he was not expecting her, at least not at this point of time, when there were people around, sitting in couples, reading, teaching and whispering so called romantic talks.

Somewhere on another thread in his mind was executing few poetic lines…
He kept looking at her and time flew by,
He wondered why he couldn’t take his eyes off her face,
Like the moon and its moonlight,
He kept looking at her with awe,
But never imagined he would get to see her so closely.

“Oh Hi!”, he replied briskly.
“I am Siddhartha”, he was very quick and nervous. “You can call me Sid”, he further added.
“If you don’t mind, can you please help me with few questions? Exams are near and there is so much to read and I haven’t got many friends”, she was somehow able to bind all these words in a deep single breathe. He didn’t need to be very observant to say she had prepared this in prior. She indeed knew well how to break the ice.
“Yeah! Sure”, he still couldn’t believe all this was happening in reality.
She pulled a chair and sit beside him opening the book. His senses were lulled by her ravishing perfume as she pushed herself closer to point to the problems she was finding difficulty into.
“What will he do when he is not able to solve the problem? No, it won’t be good to loose impression in the first encounter itself. She had confidence in him and what will happen if he breaks it. Won’t she think he is just a show off?”, his head was spinning with many questions. Fear seemed to wrap him under her arms.
“But he hardly faced problem in maths before. After all it was his favorite subject and he could spent hours solving equations and all as if it were his girlfriend”, another voice was overpowering the cold fear.
The problems turned out to be a cake walk. There were few instances when he felt she already knew the solution. “Is she testing his intelligence?”, He spoke to himself.
He didn’t have to think much. It was already 6 in the evening and she needed to rush for the hostel. She broke his reverie by snapping her fingers.
“It was nice to meet you Siddy. Hope to see you soon”, she said in sugar coated voice and hurried herself outside the library room before he could say anything. “And thanks”, a distant voice broke the grave silence.
That evening was different. He could feel it. And he realized it when his roomie asked, “Why are you smiling on your own?”
“Just remembered an old joke on pudding”, he replied trying to hide what had just happened.

Few moments no matter how long, give you the best smile, the best happiness.   He spent whole night awake listening to “Only you” in loop.
Looking from a window above, it’s like a story of love
Can you hear me
Came back only yesterday
I’m moving further away
Want you near me

All I need is you to stay
All I need you for another day
And all I ever knew
Only you

To be continued…
Signing off for now. Hope you enjoyed reading this. Next part coming soon. Stay tuned!
-AB

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Pursuit of love

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Your name seems to be carved on the heart since ages,
You definitely have captivated every bit of it in cages,
It is all yours forever,
Oh dear, don’t leave me ever,

I write your name sometimes on the shore,
And see it vanishing in the sand pure,
I write your name sometimes in my diary,
In the hope, someday someone would know our chemistry,
I am left alone, it’s hard to believe,
Void of love, how is it like to live?
I sometimes see you, one moment you are beside me,
The next moment you are gone in a blink, I don’t see,

With burning desires in my eyes, I searched for you like shadows,
From crowded streets to chilling snows,
No nook and corner is left untouched,
Your memories are haunting me, I am cursed,
All I see is your face on every mirror,
This distance from you is very hard to bear,
People say I look infectioned and tired,
For they don’t know the pain inside wired,

You showed me what love is, I never knew,
You showed me that dreams can come true,
Show me again that secret ingredient of happiness,
I am exhausted of all this chase,

I keep asking, where is my winsome happening girl?
It’s hard to live without her in this lonely world,
They say everything happens for a reason,
I wonder if this is why I have been writing this whole season?

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Life lessons from Nature

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Sometimes I stay awake all night,
Keeping my worries out of sight,
Wondering what I learnt all these years,
Hard work, smile and to overcome my fears,

I have learnt to live from the splendid fireflies,
Although little, their soft glow show importance in starless skies,

The flowers in blue have whispered me the secret art,
To smile and spread fragrance even if someone tears you apart,

I have learnt the value of selfishness from the sun,
To provide us heat and nutrients, it burns itself from dusk to dawn,

I have witnessed the power of union from the stars,
Alone you make no difference, but together you can’t be surpassed,

Honeybees have buzzed, only your work others can steal,
So work worry free, will lie with you your talent and skill,

Spiders have enlightened me the key to success, hard work, diligence and perseverance,
Don’t be afraid of the failures, keep trying and result would be magnificent,

God has surely created butterflies to teach us a lesson,
Outer apperance can be deceiving, don’t be too quick to judge, work is in progress, it’s yet not done,
To rise above any situation or struggle, lies within you that power,
Use it to transform into the strongest, brightest version of you ever,

Keep going and going, no matter how obstacled the path is, said the gushing river,
And face every difficulty with equal energy without any shiver,

Stand by and endure the pressure, you will shine at last,
Sparkled the precious diamond, I too was once a stone in the past,

Nature is the best teacher of all,
But only if you are willing to learn from all your heart and soul.

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The proposal

A chapter of my life, which finally closed.
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I close my eyes, I see a face,
Time has passed at a splendid pace,
It was a scorching sunny day,
With rains of happiness on the way,
A day to remember, a day to dare,
I was to promise a whole life to care,
A red rose in hand and hundred evenings of hope,
Balloons of happiness and dreams unfold,
They call it the day of romance,
Day of luck, or the day to take a chance,

And then, there she was, in ruby red attire,
Stunning, soignèe and glowing in necklace blue sapphire,
Right beside me, standing,
In a place solumn and serene,
Her raven hair tightened with a pinky velvet ribbon,
She never looked so beautiful, needless to mention,
Memories started rolling, like a flashback soon,
How I waited for hours all the way,
And her one glimpse would make my day,
Her rosy lips, her charming face,
Her eyes with an ocean depth,
Her infectious smile,
Those cute dimples little,
Raven tress, nose pointing like knife,
As if the statue of Aphrodite came to life,

With all the love I had for her,
I walked towards her,
My heart was beating like drums,
My eyes were swinging under blanket of dreams,
With some dare in eyes,
And love in heart king size,
I bent down on one knee,
Took her hand in my hand,
Oh my dear, will you be mine?
I will stand by your side till the last sunshine,
My love for you will never fade,
Be it mountains of happiness or sorrows’ shade,
Noone would love me like you do,
That’s why I wanna live forever with you,
No matter how many fights between us would happen,
We will always make it right, our world won’t be shaken,
You would always find me there,
In every moment of joy and each moment of despair,
You make me love you so easy,
It has become part of me rather than a necessity,
Being with you rejuvenate me in such a way,
Morning has brought hope in its every ray,
A little tiny world of ours, I aspire,
You are someone to me, for whom I respire,
This is a little tough decision, I know,
For we can’t predict everything now,
I promise, you would never find yourself alone,
Just say you love me, I asked in calm tone,

And then to my surprise,
I saw tears rolling out her eyes,
She was holding a heart,
Which was not mine,
She said, with a sigh,
We do not make a good pair, you and I,
All lyrics of songs, we kept on listening were unspoken,
Ah! All in vain, the heart was broken,
I heard a small crack somewhere,
I wonder if anyone would even care,
Collapsed and sunken were my eyes,
Silent and tearless were my cries,
I was left alone with shattered feelings,
For heart was punctured with iron drillings,
As moon shies from the sun,
I shared my love with noone,
Then I realized, even moon is alone,
Did it ever love someone?

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I took the road less travelled

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I walked under the woods in mist,
In a dusk of monsoon, with eyes twist,
A non ending passage in forest,
Tiny drops of rain water slipped from the leaves in haste,
Through the grass, wind whispered,
Flowers in the golden, too madly danced,
Carpet of greenery resembled the ample cushion,
Snow white waterfall flowing as molten sapphire screamed for my attention,
Gliding over the rocks, splashing its tears,
Birds chirped and sung in my peaceful ears,
Breeze so soft and gentle as mom’s kissed,
Rustling branches, too not to be missed,
Sunlight casting pink golden hue,
Over the bridge of deep shimmering lake blue,
Desperately I looked through the trees straight,
The scenery was so majestic designed great,
A pleasant soothing gift to eyes,
Spell-bound silence and void of noise,
My senses lulled by the ravishing perfumes,
As I crossed the shades of flower blooms,
I wish my soul in the forest forever stays,
Far from deceives and free of lies,
I took the road less travelled,
All I wish is to grow old in this insouciant world.

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