Tu Kaun Hai

tu kaun hai? yeh rooh, yeh jism, yeh saansein tu hi haina ya phir koi aur hai… uthe ek kadam toh aur ek kadam- intezaar mein rahe tha hain take pehla walaka parchai use chu na sake… tu kaun hai? yeh haasi, yeh muskurahat, yes ansu tu hi to hai na- yeah phir naqaab, ek…

Baarish Ke Baad [Hindi]

<!–more–> <!–more–> bezubaan baton ki khamoshia, sarsarahat le rahi is pal ki imtihaan bolna chahatu kuch kisse lekin raste ghum hai. barishk bunde sukh gahi hai patte nim ke ped ki is lie shahed udas hai thodisi; bijli ki taar main bunden hai kuch hawa se tak ra kar gir raha hai sukhe hue raste…

Pyaas/Thirst [Bilingual]

Wrote after my last poem “A Monsoon Wedding Dance” receives lukewarm response… ——————————-————————- roohk pyaas baris bujha na sake… chaar alfaz bayan na kar sake bezubaan, ankaheen batein jo is tanhayi main chupa hai… ————————————————————– rain can’t quench the thirst of the soul… the words cannot speak out the unsaids, the unspokens hidden in this…