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Our Sincere Thanks to All!

Posted by Rewa Smriti on June 14, 2017

Dear All,

We are speechless and falling short of words to express our feelings to see the overwhelming response to stand for each other. Few days back we had sought for contributions for our fellow Narasimha and we are happy to share that the contributions received by now are much more than our expectation.

Your small contribution can save life of Narasimha!

As you all know, our brother Narsimha, a fellow Navodayan from JNV Medak (1991-98), met with tragic accident two years ago which resulted in amputation of his leg and an infection in kidneys, lungs and spinal cord. He is from poor, agriculture dependent family and is father of three kids. His brother died recently in another unfortunate incident who was the sole earner and financial supporter of his family.

The minimum need for treatment of Narsimha as told to us was Rs. 5 lacs, and we had set this amount as our target for collection of contribution. But we are very happy to share that this target was achieved by May 30 only, and still the contributions kept flowing. We continued with this on the advice of some of our fellow alumni, and we kept collecting till 5th of June. Now we request not to send any more contributions.

Please find the details of contribution made till now are given below:

We are thankful from the bottom of our heart for every single contribution we received from all the corners for our brother Narasimha. We couldn’t have done it without you! Your kind spirit to help made it possible to achieve the goal within no time, which is really commendable and beyond our imagination. This moment is making us to shout out loud “Hami Navoday hon“!!!

At the end, we appreciate the dedication of all our coordinators, the credit definitely goes to their round the clock efforts to make it possible and once again it is proved that together we can make a difference!

Regards,
AINAA

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I can’t be silent to those who are searching for me…

Posted by Rewa Smriti on September 5, 2015

Dear Friends,

Its been long time since I wrote something on my blog ‘Turning the wheel’. Few of my close friends, brothers and sisters who keep reading the blog called me and told, “aapne bahut dino se kuchh nahi likha hai blog par“.  Akhand, “Di..jab se aap group se gayi hai group dull sa ho gya hai”...Some of them wrote me on FB asking that where are you my ‘universal didi’? Shubham, Ahha…I love this word which gives me an immense feeling of enthusiasm. My friend Borkar bizarre’s peculiar style  where were u madam??’ I liked it. 🙂 Umesh, I am thankful to you as you made me start writing again. Mini, your Mishti wants to meet you! Ashish Sarkar, sorry, I am back mere gulabjamun. 😉 Sudhir Teotia, You are simply awesome who kept the flag flying: ‘Hami Navodaya Hon’. I hope you understand what I mean to say.  Satyajeet, tumhara kuchh khoya tha, mila kya? Tumhare aanshu agar tham gaye hon to aage badhen? 😛

Let me start by recalling something. Today is teachers day so I picked up the phone and wished some of my loving teachers and my dear mother who had dedicated herself to this profession on this occassion. When I speak of my revered teachers I am transported back to my school days where we used to sing this sing this prayer “Lab pe aati hai dua banke tamanna meri. Zindagi shamma ki surat ho khuda ya meri….”

Honestly, I don’t know why but this prayer is coming alive to me since morning and I can’t put it to rest. I believe this is even sung during the morning assembly in various schools in India. It was written by a freedom fighter Dr. Iqbal.

I love all kinds of music but you know some days you just want to hear things you grew up listening to. It soothes the soul, calms the mind and reminds me of lost days. This soulful nasheed has been sung by melodious but a little unheard singer — Siza. And I have started humming it now…I have been sitting at my desk and gathering my thoughts. One question that is not leaving my mind is – what next? I cannot escape myself. There is no escaping, there is no explaining; your voice is unheard and you are silent to those who are searching for you…..

गुमनाम रास्ते,
गुनगुन सी आहट,
फिर साथ में लिए
एक नया अंदाज़,
यूँ ही उड़ती हुई ,
बादलों को छूती हुई,
पास मेरे आती है!

फिर अचानक,
पल भर में,
कहाँ गुम हो गयी??
मेरे कानो को छेड़कर,
वही शोख चंचल,
मीठी सी,
मदहोश करने वाली,
गुनगुनी आवाज़!

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Happy Wedding Anniversary…!!!

Posted by Rewa Smriti on May 13, 2014

It’s not always that you want to introduce somebody out of your very personal contacts, but I somehow feel that this person needs special mention and I take this pleasure to introduce one of my very dear friends. As her being different from other lot of friends, I will announce her name also differently. The contrast is very sharp when I think about her personality – she is straightforward yet knows how to put across things without hurting somebody’s feelings, however, this is surely the result of her 1 year of companionship; she is enthusiastic and a glue which sticks people together; she might not agree with you and fight for her point and you feel that there is no way this person will help you but yet she would be the first person standing by your side whenever you need her.

I know her for more than 7 years now. She is just a crazy and trigger-happy. She is a friend who makes others feel welcome, and always seem to enjoy doing so. She is always willing to lend a hand and to reach out to someone who is in trouble. She always shared good time and fun with her friends.  She never wanted to get married. And then the day came when we received:

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And this is where you come in Subirda! 🙂

Thanking the universe for this choice you both made and finally decided to get married. Turns out, you made a lot of fond memories in a year. You can relive them all over again. If you look back to the year and see your wedding day as a fantastic bon voyage, that shows how much you are in love with each other and that’s the way it should be. Wedding day was “The Beginning” and anniversary day is just “The Continuation” of the happy journey you are going to lead throughout your life.

I appreciate how you both have tremendous skills of emotional intelligence, empathy, compassion, love, and grace!

May God continue to bless your marriage, and may you enjoy your celebration today on May 13th, and have another exciting episode throughout this Golden Year. You are always the perfect host, not because everything you serve is perfect or the house is perfect but because your guests feel loved and welcomed.

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I would like to tell you that when someone says something that hurts you, think, “This is MY life!”And when somebody tries to interfere in your life by anyway, think, “This is MY life.” And If somebody tries to influence your decisions, think, “This is MY life” and throw them all in the dustbin !!!

And at last, an Extraordinary remark for you Subirda, you know very well “how and when to tune up your car and Get that tune out of her head!” 🙂 😉 😛

Thank you both for being there for me always…!!!

Happy Wedding Anniversary Once Again…!!! 🙂 🙂

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राह पकड़ तू एक चला चल…

Posted by Rewa Smriti on July 10, 2013

Sometimes, a few words can speak volumes!

Rah pakar tu.palash

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He is still “alive”…..in us!!!

Posted by Rewa Smriti on November 27, 2012

Yesterday evening, I received an e-mail from Rahul and I thought it would be better to quote here.

Hi Rewa Di,

I was not knowing Iqbal Sir and overlooked this post. But recently on my Diwali vacation, while traveling to home in a train, I came across someone who eventually told me about Iqbal sir. And now by reading this, I just could not stop myself by writing something.

Train stops at Bina station, passengers flocked into already crowded train and soon they settled some standing or some got corners of seats offered by some kind hearted. Near to me was a middle age lady with a girl. Both wearing a track suits clearly indicating that they were returning from some sport meet or something. I could not read the school name as they were facing me. Conversation fly into the air. That lady seems very intellectual and possessing all here and there knowledge of India, I assumed that she must have toured whole India.

I’ll cut short this interaction. Sooner, I came to know that she is PET teacher in our JNV and that girl is returning from basketball open national. We were discussing how good the JNVians are doing across globe and how well are we connected through web and social media. Somehow, question arises which are the top JNVs in India. In a matter of second, name of JNV Katihar came out from me. To my surprise, she was very much agreed and has same thoughts. I told her that I’m not sure about JNV, however students passing that JNVs are definitely making an impact across India and I’m well in touch with few of them. And then mam has taken the name of Honorable Late Iqbal Sir and told me about his work. She has given whole credit to Iqbal sir. She knew Iqbal sir and met him when she visited JNV Katihar fewer times.

I’m mesmerized by the poem written for Iqbal Sir. Thanks for sharing this.

Thanks,
Rahul.

First of all, thank you so much for your lovely email and for taking the time to write me! I am delighted to read your kind words which reflect your true feelings! You have no idea how happy I am, after reading it. It totally made my day. Thank you a million times over! I absolutely love it!!!

We are getting towards the end of the year and it makes us more upset because we are near to the GT@JNV Katihar and it’s so hard to imagine JNVK campus without Iqbal sir now. I can’t think how much difficult it would be for us to visit the campus this time.

Truth-be-told, we all really miss him!  Each and Every students of JNVK was so close to him. I know, Iqbal sir was emotionally attached with his students and he had helped students in so many ways, be it the subject or personal problems. He always inspired us to succeed.  I am sharing a poem written in 1932 by Mary Elizabeth Frye.

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

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I believe, Sir is guiding me with persistence.  His spirit is still “alive” and he is with all of us, to show us how to live, to teach us how to give, to guide us with the light of love. His demise doesn’t end his inspiration.

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‘Turning the Wheel’??

Posted by Rewa Smriti on March 6, 2012

Many people ask me why I have called this blog asTurning the Wheel’.

Wheel signifies progress. Life is livable only when it is progressive, and not when it is stagnant. We all are continuously active to make our life better, i.e. to keep the wheel of our life turning. I started this forum as I wanted to contribute towards making the journey of each one of us happier through the meagre thoughts that occur to me. I want to share my feelings through this blog as I keep moving in my life.

I wish each word in this blog helps us appreciate and value every moment of our life no matter what we are faced with. Life is a journey full of twists and turns. At times, you may be moving in the dark, not clear as to which way to go, and you get headed in the wrong direction. Sometimes, life can go ‘off the tracks’ as well. But, remember, time gives us new avenues and U-turns to reshape our lives. And then we have to recall our strengths, self-introspect, revitalize our energies, make our vision clear and get our life back to its tracks. In such situations, we need to learn from everything that comes our way, and this little lamp intends to be a lighthouse by the shore.

We need to remember that we all have a “free” will. Let’s acknowledge honestly and honor it. We have the will to actualize what we want from our life, and it will be done through sincere efforts. Empower yourself so that your true soul value is visible to the world. If you want to live life to the fullest, you have to realize that YOU are the driver of your life and you have to drive. So, let’s get into the driver’s seat of our life and DRIVE!

‘Turning the wheel’ lets you explore what life holds in it for you, and to feel the power in your wings to head your way amidst the turbulent winds. You are always welcome to put your thoughts on this blog. It may sometimes, disapprove of what you say, but it will defend till the last breath your right to say it!

I thank all the readers and contributors of this blog to help this small platform meet its objective.

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Your silent steps of love!

Posted by Rewa Smriti on November 30, 2011

Lost in thoughts

Swinging in the wind

A silent soul

With ‘a bag of mixed’ emotions

Searches for words

Holding a pen,

Between ‘silent’ lips

In silver light

Recalling restless spirit!

 

Before you reveal

Your unsaid feelings

Blown in the wind

Touched my silence, I felt

Deep in the heart

So close, so near

Through the passing clouds

While turning the wheel

You whispered

The words “I Love You…”

 

Yet, you say-

The world isn’t blind

Never fear, no

Just be silent, like a fish

Flow in deep river

For the river is flowing…

 

And I follow quietly

Your silent steps of love!

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Note: This poem was written on November 26, 2011. It is written for my favourite flower, the love of my life! 🙂

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अब अगर आओ तो…!

Posted by Rewa Smriti on April 12, 2010

It is truly said that “Time flies when you are having pleasurable moments in life”. There is no doubt that it’s true but it’s also true that “Time flies when you are busy”. I am facing both the situations at the same time!

Normally, when something pleasurable happens, “Emotion puts you in motion!”. Seeing moonlight from the window I just come out of my room. The sky is crystal clear. I now look at it and start smiling. Whenever I know that its your time to come, I can feel my heart singing “शाम महके तेरे तसव्वुर से, शाम के बाद फिर सहर महके, तेरे आने की जब…..!”

For the last few days, I have noticed the wind blowing smoothly every evening. Slow moving wind suddenly touches me. Touched by the softness of the cool breezing wind, there is an overflow of emotions. A slow yet pounding heart beat takes me somewhere faraway, and I begin to remember, I begin to miss my beloved that always warms my heart! Aha…all is full of love!

I know, sometimes you may be inquisitive to know “how deep is my love for you?” No, I do not have the answer to your question at all! However, I can only say to you that it is forever there, just for you! ….and right now the heart can only say “अब अगर आओ तो जाने के लिए मत आना!”

Dear Readers, don’t misunderstand it for something else, I hope you know I am talking about… 🙂

इसलिए दोस्तों किसी भ्रम जाल में ना फसना 🙂

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Living to love you!

Posted by Rewa Smriti on July 26, 2009

It was quite windy when I was walking down the street in my colony today. Lined up with Gulmohar trees on both sides, the street was soothing to my eyes and soul. Painted in red with flowers, it seemed to be all prepared to welcome my Palaash!

Sometimes you have a fear in your heart which inhibits expression in words of the feelings you have for someone, a fear that expressing your feelings openly may wear it out. I kept looking on the red flowers lying on the street, and wondering if the fear could be reasoned out.

I reached home, remembering the moments I spent with you. Those moments keep flashing in my eyes as if they have become an innate part of my being. I want to live forever all those moments that bound us together in just a few days…

…Spending my evenings with you after my office hours, going for dinner and a long walk, and the pain which I had when I left you at the railway station with tearful eyes. It was really so hard to let you go. It made me feel all-alone. Getting down from the auto, I just closed the door and all the windows of my house, lied down on the bed and cried a lot. It was so tough to eat, to sleep, and I was thinking only about you continuously.

I paused! I knew we have to walk a long way…I wiped my tears. I never knew and I still don’t know how to say, how much I love you, and all I know is our love will grow, on and on till the end of time…

Wait…there is a ring at the doorbell, probably somebody is knocking at the door.

Excuse me please…..!

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मैं चली मैं चली…!

Posted by Rewa Smriti on April 3, 2009

I was talking on phone and because of the network problem I opened the door and came out of the room. Finished my talk. I felt relaxed. I am happy, excited, completely clear with my feelings and feeling confident of the direction I have chosen. I saw in the sky. When I saw the clear sky full of bright and dim stars that I hadn’t seen for a long time, then I thought of taking a walk!

It was a new moon night. I was silently walking on the street in little moonlight. While walking on the street I was just thinking…a secret smile…a thought of love…a silent wishper that took me closer, and I felt, I am walking with…??…Aahaa…I realized that someone is listening to those silences!

It’s difficult to put in words what has happened to me?…should it happen?…will it really happen?…is it right?…am I just being stupid? No; nothing happend. Don’t worry. Trust me, I am absolutely fine! It is actually a state of my mind, and the wave of my heart is breaking the silence singing the song “मैं चली मैं चली, देखो प्यार की गली, कोई रोके न मुझे, मैं चली मैं चली….!”

Aah!! This is where my words end! You should understand in real sense…I wonder if those words could define my feelings…!

Guess it! 🙂

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