दिल ने कुछ कहा कुछ हमसे कुछ तुमसे

दिल ने कुछ कहा
कुछ हमसे कुछ तुमसे
हमने सुन कर मुस्कुराया
तुम गुमसुम बन बैठे ।।

हमारी मुस्कुराहट ने मचा दी तबाही
बिना बात के नासुर बन गए
क्या मेरी यही सजा थी मुस्कुराने की
मैंने तो अपनी बर्बादी पर मुस्कुराया
वो समझ बैठे मैंने उनकी खिल्ली उङा दी
मैंने तो सोचा था मेरी मुस्कुराहट
उनकी दुनिया को रंगनियों से सजा देगी
अंजाने में मैंने तो अपनी दुनिया ही उजाङ दी ।।

दिल ने कुछ कहा
कुछ हमसे कुछ तुमसे
इतनी तकल्लुफ से तो अच्छा था
पूछ लेते मुझ से मेरी मुस्कुराने का राज
गम को धुएें में उङा कर
कुछ कहकहे सुना देती
तो तुम भी मेरे संग मुस्कुरा देते
मैं भी कुछ क्षण के लिए
अपने गम को भूल कर
तुम्हारे साथ ठहाके लगा लेती।।

मेरी भी शिकन दूर हो जाती
और तुम भी मुस्कुरा देते
दूरियाँ नजदिकीयाँ में बदल जाती
और दिल तन्हां ना रहता
दिल ने कुछ कहा
कुछ हमसे कुछ तुमसे।।

 —– इला


Now 2014 is ready to bid adieu & 2015 is ready to arrive in…and in this one year time, there was tremendous twist & turn in my life…Dec.2013 started with terrific improvement in my health…and I was very happy &  thrilled to see myself regaining my gait & confidence, I could walk miles without a stop.I was amazed by the difference in me and I wanted to grab all good things in one go &  stormed out of the enclosure and in each month, I got the tickets booked to visit places of my choice…I wanted to see the world in my new avatar….where I didn’t need any help from anyone…I could manage my bags & baggage…so I felt like a bird soaring wings and reaching new heights…I took off from Mumbai with my bro-in-law & sister-in-law…visited Pune & Shirdi Sai Temple…waited in a queue for more than five hours but no discomfort…I was absolutely fine….my happiness knew no bounds…I didn’t want to look back just wanted to fulfill my desire to see the places which I have been longing to see but postponing due to health issues.

Last week of Dec.2013 & Jan.2014 I spent in Mumbai at my bro-in-laws place & the new year with my parents & sister, all my well wishers were very pleased to see the difference in me & I was on top of the world. It wasn’t my first trip to Mumbai…I am an independent entity & this time I had the freedom to roam freely without any inhibitions so visited the important temples of Mumbai & Haji Ali.

In Feb.2014, visited Ambala, Chandigarh & Shimla…..was mesmerized with the beauty of Shimla…nature did justice to this place, a small township though it is a capital city of Himachal Pradesh..we had been there two days after a snowfall…

snow covered mountains appeared magnificent…the tree tops covered with snow and the bright sun rays appeared like silver scattered all around…the trees of Deodar, Chir & Pine enveloped the area of Shimla and the temperature was near 2 degrees…the car top was covered with snow …due to time constraint couldn’t halt at Shimla …but the beauty of the place attracted me and I planned to visit Shimla in next winter with a plan to wander on snow & enjoy the beauty far away from the maddening crowd.

The Pinjore garden too was a lovely place…planned garden & lighting in the evening was a sight to watch.

With each month passing, I was improving & I thanked the god profusely for blessing me with good health & vigour…full of life & ready to conquer. I forgot my past health issues & I got myself engrossed in all the things which had been kept incomplete & managed the whole house on my own that too in a tidy way which paid maids can’t do.

Never knew that it was short lived & I couldn’t enjoy long….gradually weakness started developing & I looked for more support.
The year 2014 started with a bang but while ending again it has made the things difficult still looking forward to covering up in 2015 and fulfill my wishes !!!

One never knows what life has in store for you to enjoy the spring of life till you can as no one knows



After 21 years of marriage, my wife wanted me to
take another woman out to dinner and a movie. She said I love you but I know
this other woman loves you and would love to spend some time with you.
The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit
was my MOTHER, who has been a widow for 19 years, but the demands of my work
and my three children had made it possible to visit her occasionally. That
night I called to invite her to go out for dinner and a movie. ‘What’s wrong,
are you well,’ she asked?
My mother is the type of woman who suspects that a
late night call or a surprise invitation is a sign of bad news.
‘I thought that it would be pleasant to be with
you,’ I responded.
‘Just the two of us. ‘She thought about it for a
moment, and then said, ‘I would like that very much…That Friday after work, as
I drove over to pick her up I was a bit nervous.

When I arrived at her house, I noticed that she seemed to be nervous about our date. She waited in the door with her coat on… She had curled her hair and was wearing the dress that she had worn to celebrate her last wedding anniversary.
She smiled from a face that was as radiant as an angel’s.
‘I told my friends that I was going to go out with my son, and they were impressed, ‘she said, as she got into the car. ‘They can’t wait to hear about our meeting’.
We went to a restaurant although not elegant, was very nice and cozy. My mother took my arm as if she were the First Lady. After we sat down, I had to read the menu. Large print. Halfway through the entries, I lifted my eyes and saw Mom sitting there staring at me.
A nostalgic smile was on her lips.
‘It was I who used to have to read the menu when you were small,’ she said.
‘Now it’s time for you to relax and let me return the favor,’ I responded.
 During the dinner, we had an agreeable conversation – nothing extraordinary, but catching up on recent events of each other’s life.
We talked so much that we missed the movie.
As we arrived at her house later, she said, ‘I’ll go out with you again, but only if you let me invite you.’ I agreed.
‘How was your dinner date?’ asked my wife when I got home.
‘Very nice. Much more than I could have imagined,’ I answered.
A few days later, my mother died of a massive heart attack. It happened so suddenly that I didn’t have time to fulfill my pending desire to accompany her.
Sometime later, I received an envelope with a copy of a restaurant receipt from the same place where mother and I had dined.
An attached note said: ‘I paid this bill in advance. I wasn’t sure that I could be there; but nevertheless, I paid for two plates – one for you and the other for your wife. You will never know what that night meant for me, I love you, my son.’

At that moment, I understood the importance of saying in time: ‘I LOVE YOU’ and to give our loved ones the time they deserve.

Nothing in life is more important than Good
friends and your family. Give them the time they deserve, because these things
cannot be put off till some other time. Tomorrow is a hope but a uncertainty,
you never know what tomorrow holds for you, so, start from the day that you
have in hand.
It’s not what you gather, but what you scatter
that tells what kind of life you have lived!

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