Tuesday, March 27, 2007

गरीबी ने किया गंजा नहीं तो चांद पर जाता!
तुम्हारी मांग भरने को सितारे तोडकर लाता!
बहा डाले तुम्हारी याद में आंसू कई गैलन!
अगर तुम फोन न करती तो यहां सैलाब आ जाता!
तुम्हारे नाम की चिट्ठियां तुम्हारे बाप ने खोली!
उसे उर्दू अगर आती तो वो कच्चा चबा जाता!
तुम्हारी बेवफाई से बना हूं टॉप का शायर!
तुम्हारे इश्क में पड़ता तो सीधा आगरा जाता!
कभी उनकी याद आती है कभी उनके ख्व़ाब आते हैं
मुझे सताने के सलीके तो उन्हें बेहिसाब आते हैं

कयामत देखनी हो गर चले जाना उस महफिल में
सुना है उस महफिल में वो बेनकाब आते हैं

कई सदियों में आती है कोई सूरत हसीं इतनी
हुस्न पर हर रोज कहां ऐसे श़बाब आते हैं

रौशनी के वास्ते तो उनका नूर ही काफी है
उनके दीदार को आफ़ताब और माहताब आते हैं

Mumbai Darshan


ike Chowpatty, its downtown counterpart, uptown Juhu Beach is also a bourgeois paradise, filled to the gills with screaming children, courting couples and rowdy adolescents. If you want a more fancy excursion, however, retreat behind Juhu's many five star hotels, for a steaming cup of coffee and a splendid view of the coast. The most popular of these beachfront hotels are the Sun and Sand and Holiday Inn. The government run Juhu Centaur also has a 24 hour coffee shop with a view of the sea.


If you're feeling energetic, a stroll down Marine Drive is possibly the best way to discover Mumbai. This is a windswept promenade, flanked by the sea and a row of art deco buildings. Looped between the concrete jungle of Nariman Point, Mumbai's Manhattan, and the leafy green slopes of Malabar hill, Marine Drive was once called the queen's Necklace, strung with glittering street lights like an enormous strand of imperious jewels. It is also one of Mumbai's busiest roads, an important artery for the heavy suburban traffic heading downtown. Cars whiz continually past the two mile stretch, past huddled lovers, children and babies in perambulators. Like other seafronts, this is where most of south Mumbai comes to breathe in some fresh air.


Mumbai's most famous monument, this is the starting point for most tourists who want to explore the city. It was built as a triumphal arch to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary, complete with four turrets and intricate latticework carved into the yellow basalt stone. Ironically, when the Raj ended in 1947, this colonial symbol also became a sort of epitaph: the last of the British ships that set sail for England left from the Gateway. Today this symbol of colonialism has got Indianised, drawing droves of local tourists and citizens. Behind the arch, there are steps leading down to the water. Here, you can get onto one of the bobbing little motor launches, for a short cruise through Mumbai's splendid natural harbour


Whatever you give away today
or think or say or do
will multiply about ten fold
and then return to you

It may not come immediately
nor from the obvious source
but the law applies unfailingly,
through some invisible source

Whatever you feel about another
be it love or hate or passion
will surely bounce right back to you
in some clear (or secret) fashion

If you speak about some person
a word of praise or two
soon, tens of other people
will speak kind words of you.

Our thoughts are broadcasts of the soul,
not secrets of the brain
Kind ones bring us happiness
petty ones, untold pain

Giving works as surely
as reflections in a mirror
If hate you send, hate you'll get back
but loving brings love nearer

Remember as you start this day
and duty crowds your mind
that kindness comes so quickly back
to those who first are kind

Let that thought and this one
direct us through each day
The only things we ever keep
are the things we give away.


A SMILE costs nothing, but gives much* It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give* It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever* None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and none is so poor but that he can be made rich by it*
A SMILE creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in business, and is the countersign of friendship* It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and it is nature's best antidote for trouble* Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away*
Some people are too tired to give you a SMILE* Give them one of yours, as none needs a SMILE so much as he who has no more to give.

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