To Be or Not To Be

A little kingdom I possess,
Where thoughts and feelings dwell;
And very hard the task I find
Of governing it well.
-- Louisa May Alcott.
...........hmmm....that more or less describes my situation !!

~A Wise Man Said~

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
-- Aristotle

Monday, April 28, 2003
I love Shayari. Have done so since the days of Doordarshan, when Mushairas and Shayari sessions used to be shown quite commonly on TV, late in the night. It used to be fun watching the old men recite verses in their Urdu accents, and every now and then going "Arz Hai", Irshaad"...I would pick up words and hints and though I was no good at mimickry, I loved imagining myself as one of the oldies, and would cook up my own toota-phoota sher-o-shayari...

Sadly (for some) and happily (for me), this curious infatuation stayed with me. The people who get to know me eventually get to hear my shayari, that too without warning, poor things!

One can only imagine how it must be when the Shayari enthusiast in me meets a willing victim in the form of another Shayari enthusiast (that I am subjected to the same torture, is another matter altogther!). A friend of mine, whom I fondly call King, is as besotted as me...and many are the days when we used to chat in Sher-o-Shayari lingo. I would come up with a Sher and to counter it, he would come up with a gem of his own. Let me present one of his best ones here --

"Woh ilzaam par ilzaam lagaye jaa rahe hain
Hum Majnu nahin fir bhi sau baar katl hue ja rahe hain"

After the customary Waah Waah, I had to admit to him in Anil Kapoor ishtyle, Chipkaich Daala!!

.........I would not have thought of writing about my love of Shayari, but for a funny happening. I suddenly awoke from sleep and lo! have these two lines in my head. Where they came from, I'll never know!

Kitnehi zakhm diye tune, ae parwane
Fir bhi shama bass jalti rahi...

Must be the ever ambitious shayar in me upto its old tricks!