Oct 24, 2008

कल और आज...

बदला न अपने आप को जो थे वही रहे,
मिलते रहे सभी से मगर अजनबी रहे.

दुनिया ना जीत पाओ तो हारों ना खुद को तुम,
थोडी बहोत तो झहन में नाराज़गी रहे.

अपनी तरह सभी को भी किसी कि तलाश थी,
हम जिसके भी करीब रहे दूर ही रहे.

गुजरो जो बाग़ से तो दुआ मांगते चलो,
जिसमे खिले हैं फूल वह डाली हरी रहे.

Oct 17, 2008

Paulo Coelho

I have recently picked up the interest to read Paulo Coelho. I searched for his blog on internet and found something beautiful. Here it goes:

Memory and Salt
Paulo Coelho (August 31, 2007)

"I arrive in Madrid at eight o’clock in the morning. I will only be here a few hours, so it’s not worth phoning friends and arranging to see them. I decide to go for a walk alone in my favourite places, and I end up sitting smoking a cigarette on a bench in the Retiro Park.

‘You look miles away,’ says an old man, joining me on the bench.

‘Oh, I’m here,’ I say, ‘but I’m sitting on this same bench with a painter friend of mine, Anastasio Ranchal, twelve years ago in 1986. We are both watching my wife, Christina, who has had a bit too much to drink and is trying to dance the flamenco.’

‘Enjoy your memories,’ says the old man. ‘But don’t forget that memory is like salt: the right amount brings out the flavour in food, too much ruins it. If you live in the past all the time, you’ll find yourself with no present to remember.’ "