Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wild Flower in Meghalaya

Shillong & Cherapunji, Meghalaya, India, Nov 9 - 10, 2012

Cherry Blossom On the way to Shillong Point










Cherry Blossom - Close up



Flowers in Meghalaya 1


Flowers in Meghalaya 2 "Strong Rose" 

Flowers in Meghalaya 3


Flowers in Meghalaya 4

Flowers in Meghalaya 5
















Sunday, September 23, 2012

अतीत का रिश्ता


एक बिखरा रिश्ता
छोड़ आए थे उस पल
जो कभी नहीं भूला

वहाँ पर छोड़ा था
एक घर
जिसे समझते थे मकान

छोड़ा था, 
ऐसे मकान की खोज में
जिसे घर कह सके
धूप से बचाने वाला,
खुशीयाँ बरसाने वाला,
और रात में सपने देने वाला;

ऐसा घर जिससे बना सके
ऐसा रिश्ता - जो बिखराया था,
जिसे भूल नहीं पाए

उस घर को न बना पाए
 बना भी पाए तो क्या ?

                 - स्वाती Sept. 22, 2012

Monday, September 3, 2012

माया



सर्द पावसाळी हवेला
गार वाऱ्याचे उमाळे

ओल्या धुक्याची झालर
 
कडेलोटात ओघळे

गच्च रानात गुपित

रुण - झूण उलगडे

संगे सोबती शेवाळी
शांत पहाडाचे कडे

चिंब ओथंबले प्राण
श्वास - श्वास उलगडे

मेघ मल्हाराची माया

आले संगीत चहूकडे.


- स्वाती 3 Sept, 2012.
 #MarathiKavita
 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Just Photos This Time. Aurangabad.


This was my third visit to Aurangabad in June 2011. I am ready to go there ... well, whenever I can spare myself from work, home and my nonsence! 

The three places from these photographs, The Ellora's Kailas Temple, Ajantha Caves and the Daulatabad Fort - do represent 3 different religions in India. To me religion maters little. These places attract me for a very simple reason - they are human made beauties. They represent a sense of fathomless creativity, determination and collective action of the human mind. I love and respect that and care for just that and only that.


Kailas Temple, Elora( Verul), Near Aurangabad

Me an Atheist, gets a very different feeling while being in Kailas Temple. I learnt about a beautiful synchronization between human efforts, intellect and our fear for the unknown and hence the emotion of faith, a complete surrender to a belief, without any questions or doubts. Some how, this cave, the kailas temple makes me understand others being theist and not crib about it.


Sheep Shape Canon, Daulatabad Fort, Near Aurangabad


Canon at the doorway, Daulatabad Fort, Aurangabad



Massive Courtyard opposite the Temple, Daulatabad Fort, Aurangabad



Pillars in the Temple next to the massive courtyard, Daulatabad Fort, Aurangabad

The Fort at Daulatabad has a beautiful blend of Minar as well as a temple in the fort. As this fort was initially build by Yadavs, Hindu kings near Aurangabad, who called their kingdom as the kingdom of Yadav's of Devgiri. Hence, sometimes the Daulatabad Fort is refered to as the Devgiri Fort.


Chand Minaar, Daulatabad Fort, Aurangabad


One old building, Daulatabad Fort, Aurangabad

Well @ Daulatabad Fort, Aurangabad


Ajantha Caves, in the first rain of that year!!! 

View of Ajantha Caves from the top of the opposite mountain, called Ajantha Caves Point, surprised me completely, the first time I visited that place about 15 years ago. I was never fond of Historical Monuments nor Religious places till then. I had little reason to visit that place. But I went with my mother as both of us just wanted to get out of the routine and wanted to spend a lot of time only with each other. My mother liked the caves so I accepted and went along with her. 


Ajanta Caves, view while exiting



The first glimpses of the caves from the Cave Point, and these caves became a part of my love, my inner most thought and my company that moment on. These caves  make me humble, inspire me to do all that can be done, against all odds and at the same time the Ajanta Caves make me feel proud, that I am a Human Being, who is capable of creating something like 'This", given dedication, hard work and collective efforts. 


One of the Buddha paintings from Ajantha Caves

Buddha Paintings on the Pillar, Ajantha Caves
Visit to these caves, basically all these three places near Aurangabad has become an eternal longing. They are in my day dreams. They cheer me up in my nightmares. Their memories punch on my face, whenever the procrastinator in me becomes dominating! Love you dear Kailas Temple, Daulatabad Fort and Ajantha Caves.

You 've given a different dimension to my being.

Thanks.
- Swati. August 4, 2012.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Girly Moms and Man Boys

I Love being served
and being reserved.
I look for a zone 'm privy with
Adore the moment you and me be with.

But for the sentimental centers
and cobwebs in the corners
I hate to part with.

I long to pretend reading a book
Only to have a look
At you standing with a tranquil look.
I long to wait in front of the window of your nook
And to have a look
At you reading a book.
At the center of my tea pot
Lies the sunshine of your thought.

Behind every smoky circles caught
Lies the moonlight of your thought.

You are there my boy to be my man.
You are there my girl to be my mom.


Oh! I got me caught.

- Swati July 17, 2012.

Friday, May 4, 2012

नज़र

नज़र


नज़र दबी दबी
इक नकाब सी |
आँखोंके अंगार
जैसे छुपाये जाये ||

नज़र नमी नमी

एक चिराग सी |
प्यार के दर्द
जैसे दिखाए जाये ||

नज़र सूखी सूखी

इक खँडहर सी |
गम के दर्द
जैसे न सह पाये ||

नज़र खिली खिली

इक गुलदस्ते सी |
पंछीयोंके गाने
जैसे शरमाँती जाये ||

नज़र शांत, बेखयाली

इक प्यारे ख्वाब सी |
समुन्दर की गहराई
जैसे लांघे जाये ||

- स्वाती में ३, २०१२.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

छोड़

छोड़  

 

खुद को छोड़ दे खुद के हाल पर |
बेहोश हो जाए वह जो घसीट लाए
तुम्हे इस मकाम पर ||

चंद मासूम सपनोंकी आस पर |

क्यों मरे कोई हर पल,
एक ज़िंदा लाश बनकर ? ||

बेवजह ढुंडते है जमीर सड़क पर |

गाड आये थे जिसे हम
दिल औ दिमाग की दहलीज पर ||

उन लम्हों का साया सा मन पर |

बाँध रहा है हर पल
दिल के उम्मीद को कस कर ||
 

छोड़ दे खुद को खुद के हाल पर |
बन जा इक लहर
जो न मिटेगी नैय्या पार होने पर ||


- स्वाती अप्रैल २२, २०१२

Monday, March 5, 2012

आज्जी

सुकलेली बकुळ फुले
पुस्तकातून घरंगळली

जसा सुरकुतला तुझा हात
ज्याने जेवणे रांधली

जेंव्हा आला होता ताप

हवा होता फक्त मऊ-भात
डोक्यावर थोपटत
तुझे मऊशार हात

ताक घुसळते तुझे हात

लोणी काढताना अलगद
गाणे गोड गळ्यात

खेळून प्रपंचाचा खेळ

जरी विरक्ती मनात
काम करण्याची खूब
सार्या नसानसांत

आले कमरे लगत

माझे मऊशार केस
नवी वेणी हवी रोज
काही तरी खास - खास

बंद सारी दारे करून

तू तोर्यात रखवालदार
"हं, होऊ दे हिची वेणी,
नको बघायला कोणी
अस्से गळ्यातले केस."

मी मग एक दिवस
केला गुपचूप बॉब-कट
अर्धी - उघडी मान,
आले नादात मिरवत

माया भरला तळफळाट

तुझे डोळे भरून
माझी पाठ - तुझे हात
आले सुजून, सुजून

तू गेल्या पासून गं 

रोज पडते घराबाहेर
कडी - कुलूपा सोबत,
होते तुझ्या राज्यात
घर उघडे सतत


बंद घरामध्ये आता
श्वास कोंडतही नाही
तशी श्वास घेण्याची
उसंतही असत नाही.

- स्वाती March 5, 2012