My Grandfather dedicates to my grandmother..

अकेले अकेले कहाँ चल दिए

अकेले अकेले कहाँ चल दिए
सुबख्ता बिलखता दुःखी कर मुझे
तुम कहाँ चल दिए, तुम कहाँ चल दिए
कसमें वादे सभी तोड़ कर
ज़िन्दगी के इस नाज़ुक मोड़ पर
अकेले मुझे छोड़ कर, सभी अपनों से मुख मोड़ कर
तुम कहाँ चल दिए, तुम कहाँ चल दिए
अकेले अकेले कहा चल दिए

तुमने कहाँ कि पकड़ी डगर
वह कौनसा है सुन्दर नगर
जहा होकर के तुम बेफिक्र
और बचाकर हम सबसे नज़र
कहाँ चल दिए, कहाँ चल दिए
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कहीं जाना जब होता तुम्हें, पूछती थीं हमेशा हमें
वापस आने का समय जो बतातीं
उससे पहले ही तुम लौट आतीं
पर अब कुछ न कहा, मुझे शिकवा रहा
मैं पूछता ही रहा..
तुम कहाँ चल दिए, तुम कहाँ चल दिए
अकेले अकेले कहाँ चल दिए

 

मेरे परिवार का यह बगीचा
तुमने हाथों से अपने यह सींचा
यह गुलज़ार गुलशन हुआ जब
क्यूँ जाने की सोच ली तब
कलियाँ रही तिलमिला, पुष्प रहें हैं बुला
यूँ हमको खिलाकर कहाँ चल दिए
अकेले अकेले कहाँ चल दिए

तुम नया जन्म लेकर जहाँ भी रहो
खूब सुख से रहो और ख़ुशी से रहो
बस इन बच्चों को आशीष देती रहो
यह निरंतर बढ़ें ऐसा कहती रहो
होकर ग़मज़दा मैं कहूं अलविदा
कहता रहूँगा सदा की तुम क्यों चल दिए
और कहाँ चल दिए
अकेले अकेले कहाँ चल दिए

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(This poem was written by my maternal grandfather in the memory of my beautiful grandmother after her demise. My grandfather is now unable to read/write properly due to his deteriorating vision. Hence, he would think of the poem at night and dictate it to my mother in the morning.

Our grandparents always set an example for us. For a generation like ours that glorifies break ups and takes pride in calling exes ‘toxic’ , it is a wonder to witness a couple that spent 61 years of their life together!

When an innocent 16 year old girl was getting married to a mature 19 year old boy, she didn’t know what life had in store for her. She didn’t even know what the institution of marriage entailed. She simply persisted;taking one step at a time and overcoming all obstacles life brought with it. She didn’t just raise 4 successful  children; she made sure that even the cook in her house got educated enough to later on become the manager of a national bank. She was there with my grandfather in all his failures and successes, in his journey from a new joinee in a bank to his retirement as its Deputy Zonal Manager.She was his inspiration behind founding ‘Prayas’ after his retirement, which is now one of the biggest NGOs of the country.

The reason I wrote this poem here-Well,it is just too good to not be shared.)

 

 

Akele akele kaha chal diye

Akele akele kaha chal diye
Subakhta Bilakhta Dukhi kar mujhe
Tum kaha chal diye, tum kaha chal diye
Kasme waade sabhi tod kar
Zindagi ke is nazuk mod par
Akele mujhe chhod kar, sabhi apno se mukh mod kar
Tum kaha chal diye, tum kaha chal diye
Akele akele kaha chal diye

Tumne kaha ki pakdi dagar
Woh kaunsa hai sundar nagar
Jaha hokar ke tum befikar
Aur bachakar hum sabse nazar
Kaha chal diye, kaha chal diye
Akele akele kahan chal diye

Kahin jaana jab hota tumhe, puchhti thi hamesha humen
Wapas aane ka samay jo batati
Usse pehle hi tum laut aati
Par ab kuch na kaha, mujhe shikwa raha
Main puchhta hi raha..
Tum kaha chal diye, tum kaha chal diye
Akele akele kaha chal diye

Mere pariwar ka yeh bagicha
Tumne haatho se apne yeh seencha
Yeh gulzar gulshan hua jab
Kyun jane ki soch li tab
Kaliyan rahi tilmila, pushp rahen hain bula
Yun humko khilakar kaha chal diye
Akele akele kaha chal diye

Tum naya janam lekar jaha bhi raho
Khoob sukh se raho aur khushi se raho
Bas in bacchon ko aashish deti raho
Yeh nirantar badhen aisa kehti raho
Hoke ghamzada main kahun alvida
Kehta rahunga sada ki tum kyun chal diye
Aur kaha chal diye
Akele akele kaha chal diye

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