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…..when the blue water plays with the shore to tell something…..

मैं विद्रोही बिहारी!

Posted by Rewa Smriti on May 30, 2020

“मैं विद्रोही बिहारी” poem is written by Ashutosh Anand (विद्रोही_बिहारी) from JNV Bikram, Patna . This poem expresses his inner feelings. 

मैं #विद्रोही_बिहारी
बिहारी क्यों??
क्योंकि बिहार मेरी अस्मिता,
मेरी जन्मभूमी है।

तो विद्रोही क्यों???
कुछ और भी तो हो सकते हो,
बड़े अराजक तत्व लगते हो,
गुमनाम भी तो रह सकते हो।

गुमनामी मेरी फितरत नही,
मेरी फितरत है, एक सोच का होना,
एक सोच का होना इसीलिए की,
तुम भी उस ओर देख सको,
देख सको विचारो का कोण
समझ सको चक्रव्युह का सष्टकोण।

और विद्रोही इसीलिए की,
मन स्वतंत्र और उच्चसृंखल है,
वेग है, संवेदना है, विचार है,
सृष्टि का एक पूरा सृंगार है,
अनुभा सा तीक्ष्ण, बादल सा समृद्ध है,
प्रकृति का अनुपम संगीत है।

भेड़ो की इस दुनिया मे,
मशीनी नियंत्रण एक स्वभाव है,
आज्ञाकारी, असंदेही, और गुलाम बनाना,
यही सबका काम है।

काम इसीलिए की, खुद भी तो वही हैं,
पिंजर्बन्ध, नियंत्रित, और बिना दृष्टिकोण के,
चल रहे हैं ऐसे, जैसे कोई मानसिक विकार हो,
बिना स्वायत्तता, प्रबोधन और गरिमा के,
दौड़ रहे हैं, बेजान तमगों की लालच में।

मशीनों सी व्यवस्था, मशीनी जिंदगी हो गयी है,
पिंजरा साथ लेकर चलना आदत हो गयी है,
बेमानी लगती है, खिड़की के दूसरी तरफ देखना,
तस्वीरें अच्छी लगती है, आईनो से दुश्वारी हो गयी है।

जंग है तो मुश्किलें होंगी हीं,
चुनाव के साथ परिणाम होंगे हीं,
विद्रोह जरूरी है, विचार क्रांति के लिए,
भेड़-चाल से परे, स्वायत्तता सिद्ध करने के लिए,
बिना कीमत कोई आजाद नही होता,
विद्रोहियों से बड़ा क्रांतिकारी कोई इंसान नही होता,
खुद का मालिक होना कभी आसान नही होता

– आशुतोष आनन्द (विद्रोही_बिहारी)

 

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We will beg to eat, BUT AT HOME!

Posted by Rewa Smriti on May 13, 2020

“Ghar pe bheekh maang ke kha lenge” (We will beg to eat, BUT AT HOME). Said by a migrant worker from Bihar.

The life of the migrant labors at their destination (away from home) is not easy. Its the hardest things they are going through now. I can feel the pain. Its a long road, but we can handle it with the same grace and huge efforts both menial and intellectual. And I see this as a matter of humanity, honesty and integrity, so it’s important for me to be clear about where I stand!

On one side, our government has taken initiative and asked laborers to return home and for that the central government is running trains to transport the laborers to their hometowns. This is a very nice initiative by our government as it is an urgent need on the part of laborers. Through our interaction with the laborers, we discovered that they are not being allowed to go to railway stations from where they are living. The state police many a times is stopping them midway, denying them access to buses right away or diverting them to a different route making their life difficult.

“Tumlogo ko permission koun diya karnatak aane ka? Tumhara sararkar kuch nahi kar sakta hai?” Said by Bangalore police

This is brutal autocracy done to the laborers. They are hurt by the fact that the city police and authority “disowned” them, and they are mishandled by police which is a loss of “trust” in the government as well. One of the labors cried saying “If we have to die of hunger, better to die in our own villages than the Garden City of India that have rejected us, abused us”.  It shows that laborers feel they have more social security in their villages.

 

“Tera sarkaar mar gayaa to tu bhi mar jaa” Said by the city police.

It’s disgusting. It shows the double standard of the Karnataka government. Is it the correct way to deal with labors from the police side? They could have guided them properly instead of abusing them by saying “Bihari, tumlogo ko permission koun diya karnatak aane ka? Tumhara sararkar kuch nahi kar sakta hai?”! We request the state government to kindly cooperate with the central government so that our laborers are able to reach their destination hassle free.

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तुम्हारी यादों में अक्सर…

Posted by Rewa Smriti on May 4, 2020

It’s been more than one and a half years since you have left us for your heavenly abode. Didn’t we deserved more time with you? You were the softest soul I have ever come across. Last month on your birthday, April 9th, we missed you so much. You were always first to wish us on our birthday, and this year we felt so deprived. Yesterday, amongst many such other days, we were talking about you, and Chhotu regretted that we couldn’t even hear the last word of ‘yours’, but you did say something. We believe that you are there. I strongly believe that You haven’t gone far from us, you are living inside us.

Gun calls her ‘Tantan’ Masi!… urf Shubhra

तुम्हारी यादों में अक्सर,
रोते रोते, रातें गुजार देती हूँ,
और भूल जाती हूँ कुछ चीज़ें!
बस, नही भूल पाती हूँ,
तुम्हारी मौत!

अक्सर हम छः रोते हें,
उस सातवें की तलाश में
जिसके ढह जाने से
अपनी छत और दीवारें भी
थोड़ी कमजोर पड़ी हें
शायद, अब भी इन्हें इंतज़ार है
उस सातवें खंभे का.

घर के एक कोने में पड़ी
हल्की गुलाबी अलमारी में
रखी तेरी हर चीज़ें
यूँ ही बेजान सी पड़ी
तुम्हारी याद दिलाती है
शायद, उन कपड़ों से
तुम्हारी रूह बोल रही
सो जाओ, रात बहुत हो चुकी.

यहाँ से कोई भी रास्ता
तुम तक नही पहुँच पाता
ये सोचकर अक्सर
रोते-रोते, सो जाते हें.
फिर रात आती है,
पर नींद कहाँ से आती?
हम बैठ तुम्हारी मौत को
हर बार, हर पल जीते हें.

मौत,  बस एक सत्य है,
इसके सामने सब हारी है
कब, कहाँ इस दुनिया में,
कोई, मौत पर भारी है?

और, अक्सर पूछती हूँ –
इन भागते हुए लम्हों से
हम कौन सा यहाँ,
बार बार आने वाले हें!

 

Written on 03.05.2020

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Self-Isolation means Self-Introspection!

Posted by Rewa Smriti on April 11, 2020

Dear Friends,

The lockdown period is a good opportunity for us to take care of health, family and self-introspection. We rarely get time to sit in one place, introspect and reflect on our life. This is a rare opportunity for us and we must utilize it.  At the same time, it’s another way of reminding ourselves that we are living with so limited means, and that can be enough for us too!

Though it’s a tough time we are going through, but I feel it was actually required. What we have done with nature is far worse than the current situation we are facing. We have taken it for granted. As a result, we are receiving back. It’s “The law of Nature”!  We have played so much with nature in terms of deforestation, degraded soils, polluted air and water. The worst part is that recently the forests have been fired at terrifying speed, so many animals have died, the birds and the bees have got destroyed.  The bottom line is clear that our modern relationship with nature is “neither Natural nor Sustainable”.

From my balcony on the 6th floor, I can view the greenery of the trees on either side of the street so clearly. All the way, the bright green leaves are fresher and glossier. The blue sky is so clear and the sound of the birds chirping is simply one of the most beautiful sounds in earth. It seems these birds are getting on with their lives, celebrating this occasion with each other by singing. I observe them quietly and listen to them. I don’t think it’s something “normal” here that is catching my eyes. Not each one of us has the opportunity to hear such a sweet sound in the cities generally. The nature and wildlife is priceless. And yet we live in a world where things of value are “Simply Not Valued”!

Some people still need to learn a basic common sense. Many of us are not trying to understand. The news that comes from the media is sometimes very disturbing. We need to understand that we are all one family, foolishness by one can be havoc for own family member.

We keep complaining that we are not getting time for family. And now you have got enough time to spend for your family. You are all yourself. No matter how unpredictable the future feels, we will have to be ready for every challenge that comes to us. Now that the lockdown period is getting extended, we have even more time together now.

We are spending time fruitfully through the situation. We keep doing things which we were unable to do altogether. Starting from morning yoga to evening rope skipping, hide and seek game at night, we have banded ourselves with many activities. My lovely child was rarely getting time to spend with her father for so long, and she is enjoying the most. She is of course missing going out in the park in the evenings, but the way we are spending time together, she is enjoying it completely.

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Last but not the least, as human beings, we have the innate need to contribute to those around us. I request all my friends that let’s not deduct money of our maids, servants, helpers etc. who are not able to work due to social distancing during this tough time. I am not going to do this either. I would appreciate if you help the needy people you have nearby.

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महासमर

Posted by Rewa Smriti on April 7, 2020

Dear All,

I am posting a poem written by Vishwas Bhaiya on the current situation of pandemic which has taken lives of many.

भूखंडों के विभाजन हुये जीव जगत बाँट लिया
अमूल्य प्रकृति की दारोहर को मानव ने आंक लिया
घायल सम्पदा आहात वनपस्पति ने भरी चीत्कार
कुपित प्रकृति को भी दंडित करने का उपजा विचार,
मानवीय लोभ ने लिया जब विराट स्वरुप,
लेने बदला धरा एक सूक्षम रूप
न जीव न सजीव, बन बीच की कड़ी
पैदा हुई आमुख विपदा बहुत बड़ी
वायू का प्रवाह हो या हो श्वास क्रिया
महामारी ने भीषण आक्रमण किया
सैनिक, राजनायक, चिकित्सक या शासक
सबका बन काल आया ये विनाशक
हाहाकार करती धरा पे जब मानव की घड़ी आयी
सबने एक जुट हो एक रणनीती बनाई
आचार बदला व्यवहार बदला, बदला शिष्टाचार
परस्पर प्रेम रखा जीवित, कर नमस्कार
रण बना जब वायुमंडल घर में मोर्चा बनाया
महामारी से दो दो हाथ करने को मानव ने कदम बढ़ाया
चिकित्सालय बने शस्त्रगाह चिकतसकों ने सैनिक रूप अपनाया
दंड प्रहरियों ने भी तत्परता से कर्तव्ये निभाया
शिक्षकों ने तजके कलम प्रहरियों का रूप अपनाया
जब भी प्रहार रोग ने किया
हूंकार जोर से मनुष्य ने किया
आज शास्त्रीय मूल्यों का कवच धारित था
की संकट काल विंशकरी था
शासकों ने औषध संचार की दीवार की खड़ी
देशवासीयो ने थालों के घोष से हूंकार भी भरी
रोग के संक्रमण रोकना ही रोग पे आक्रमण होगा
सब गृहवासित रहे की अब व्यर्थ नहीं भ्रमण होगा
महामारी से ये महासमर है घड़ी ये है परीक्षा की
अब बारी है स्वयं की रक्षा की
महासंग्राम जारी है बंध है अराध्याय स्थल
स्वयं सृष्टिकर भी अवलोकन कर रहा दृश्ये सकल
अब जो भी होगा सामूहिक होगा, न होगा एकल रूप
मानव ने पारिवारिक कड़ी जोड़के धरा सामुदायिक रूप
की फिर अब धरम मूल्यों और सत्कर्म का चलन होगा
जीएगा मानव ही धरा पे, इस महामारी का शीघ्र दमन होगा

~डॉ विश्वास सक्सेना

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A lovely and meaningful birthday gift !

Posted by Rewa Smriti on June 4, 2019

—–प्रवाह!

कल मुझे कुछ पलाश के फूल दिर्ष्टिगोचर हुये और स्मृति पटल पर इन पुष्पों से जुडी एक तूलिका का धयान आया——ध्यान आया एक निर्मल सरित का जो अथक प्रवाहित हो कर वैचारिक वाटिकाओं को हरा भरा कर देती थी — उसके राह में आ रहे हेर भू अंश में स्पंदन भर जाता था ——–एक अवधि बीत गयी मुझे संपर्क करे ——–

कहते हैं की ऋतू बदलती रहती हैं और बदलता है समय ——- कभी कभी क्रूर समय का कोप थोड़े समय के लिए नदी के पानी को भी सूखा देता हे। किन्तु सुखी नदी भी नदी ही कहलाती है और जीवन आशा का स्रोत्र बनी रहती है। कुछ ऐसा ही घटित हुआ और कुछ समय के लिए तूलिका की गति ने विश्राम ले लिया। यह भी सच है कि शुष्क सरित के स्थान को खर पतवार घेर लेती हैं। और पानी के आगमन तक उनका आस्तित्व रहता है। और सरित के पहले सैलाब के आते ही उनकी उत्पत्ति नष्ठ हो जाती है।

आज रेवा तुम्हारा जन्मदिवस है, जिसके सुअवसर पर तुम्हारे अग्रज होने के नाते मैं आशीर्वाद स्वरुप तुम्हें लिख रहा हूँ कि गत कुछ माह में दुःखद घटनाएं घटी, उन्होने तुम्हारी गति कुछ समय के लिए रोक सी दी थी। ये समय कुछ लोगों को बहुत अच्छा लगा होगा, क्यूंकि ईर्ष्या से ग्रसित लोग अनहोनी पर आश्रित रहते हैं। किन्तु तुम जब वापस ऊर्जावान हो प्रवाहित होने लगी हो तो ये सब असुरक्षित होकर तुम्हारी निन्दा भी करेंगे ताकि तुम पुनः थम जाओ।

लेकिन तुम प्रबल जलधारा बन पुनः प्रवाहित हो और इस प्रचंड वेग से बहो कि इन् खर पतवारों को भी बहा के ले जाओ। अपने वैचारिक ‘प्रवाह ‘ के चक्र को पुन्हः घूमाओ और चेतना, प्रेरणा एवं उत्साह की दात्री बनो ———

मुझे लेखन की समझ नहीं है परन्तु में जो भी लिखा हूँ वो एक भाव से परिपूर्ण कथन है.

शुभ आशीष के साथ
डॉ विश्वास सक्सेना

Dear Vishwas Bhaiya,

Thank you so much for sending me such a lovely and meaningful gift on this birthday. It shows how much you love and care for me. You have always been a inspiring person to me. Thanks for being a wonderful brother and the kindest person I know.  I am lost for words at the moment and can’t find anything more to say.

Regards.

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It’s for you Situ Di!

Posted by Rewa Smriti on May 14, 2019

After a long time, I want to write something from my heart. I feel, I can hear your whispering sitting few miles away from you. I know your inner strength and you are a true fighter which I can’t see in many woman. You are an example for those who really don’t know the worth of a life. Even if you end up finding a way that isn’t the best, at least you stand out as somebody who is brave enough to try. I am writing to you today to remind you of how much I love you, No matter what people talk about you or any other strong woman. You do so many small or big things for others that go unnoticed. I want you to know how much I appreciate you. I may not tell you enough, or show it.

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Being a strong woman is hard, but necessary! People may break you down and be mean to you, but it’s a lesson to learn from. It shows us how strong we are! Nothing can knock us down. However it is notable that when a strong woman stands up for herself, she is very often judged by crooked minded people. In fact, their gossips and judgments are useless. On the other hand, in most cases, people judge others in order to feel better about themselves, because they are lacking self-acceptance, self -confidence and self-love. Their negative attitude must not kill you. I know, it’s very hard to stay positive if you are surrounded by toxic people who bring a negative energy to you. Such people just don’t fit at your shoes, so throw them out of your life!

Di, Walk your own walk. Just take a breath, and move on. There is always a choice. A choice to walk a path that was previously unwalked. We need to know our worth. We must know we can leave a place, a person or a relationship, that we hate and stay away from it just because it is uncomfortable & unsafe. You are a strong woman and “strong women stand up for themselves.” You don’t need anyone to stand for you.

जुस्तजू हो तो सफ़र ख़त्म कहाँ होता है यूँ तो हर मोड़ पे मंज़िल का ग़ुमाँ होता है” (Life is a journey it goes on. No goal or achievement is final. It’s just an illusion.)

– Ghulam Rabbani Taban

Last but not the least; I just want to tell you, with all my heart, how proud I am of you. You are a beautiful soul who stands out of the crowd. You are full of courage, love and life.

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अहं… !

Posted by Rewa Smriti on April 30, 2018

अए हवाएं
उड़ा न ले जाना
भोली रेत के टीले को

माना की तेरी रफ़्तार
बहुत तेज़ है,
ना कर तू गुरूर
अपनी रफ़्तार पर
तुझसे कहीं तेज़
समय की रफ़्तार है!

अगर देखना है
इसके अंदाज़ को,
तो अहं छोड़
इरादे बुलंद कर
बेवक़्त अपनी रुख़ ना बदल!

रेत कभी ना होती
छली, धूर्त या वाचाल
हाँ, कुछ पल के लिए
ख़त्म हो जाता इनका क्षणिक अस्तित्व
किंतु पुनः व्यवस्थ्ति हो
अपने अंतर्मन से
बना ले जाती अपना अस्तित्व!

Written on 23.04.2018

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RIP Jyoti! she has donated her eyes to the world!!

Posted by Rewa Smriti on March 18, 2018

Dear All,

Our beloved sister Jyoti (JNV Vaishali) passed away just an hour back. Its very painful to lose someone. But while leaving us, she left her everlasting impression in our hearts by donating her eyes to the world.

jyoti no more

ज्योति जाते जाते अपनी आखों की ज्योति दे गयी…

We will always remember her for her fighting spirit.  She is the first Navodayan to do this. She has set an example for all of us to live for others. She has truly followed our moto of ‘giving back to the society’.  We now feel more committed to live for our cause and upto the expectation of upcoming Navodayans.

Serving others is “our Culture”, caring for others is in “our Nerves” and living for others is “our Mission!”

Regards

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Call for Contributors: Jobs for Navodayans!

Posted by Rewa Smriti on March 11, 2018

Dear All,

I am writing to introduce you to our newest initiative – AINAA Jobs for Navodayans. The need for such a networking service has been felt for a long time. The overall objective of this service will be to regularly monitor and share job opportunities in companies/ organisations/ networks where Navodayans are working or have a strong hold. It aims to leverage the collective network capital of Navodaya’s Alumni.

To achieve this, we plan to form a core group of contributors from various sectors. We would like to call upon Alumni working in IT, electronics, engineering, management, consulting and advisory firms, e-commerce, human resource management, financial and banking sector, NBFCs, social entrepreneurs, non-profits etc. to come forward and nominate themselves as AINAA Job Contributor. We will get in touch with those who are interested in contributing towards this.

The role of contributors will be to identify job options and subsequently share the same on this group and our WhatsApp Network. An exclusive group for contributors has been formed to ensure smooth coordination and moderation of job postings.

I sincerely believe that such a service will not only strengthen our Alumni network but would also help fresh graduates from Navodaya who are looking for a new job or those who even want a job change. Therefore, let’s build on Navodaya’s collective network capital.

Thanks, and regards

Tej Prakash Yadav
AINAA Jobs Team!

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