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25 years of celebrating Unity

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Work and other things have been making me lazy enough not to upload stuff on this space. This piece has been long overdue.
It was a pleasant February afternoon. I had just finished my lunch and was sitting under the mess (hostel). Medhavini walked up to me with a newspaper cutting from the Hindi paper Hindustaan. She had carried this story from back home (Sitapur) and now wanted it me to post on my blog so that more people from this space get to know it. I appreciate this effort of hers. So here goes the story...

Lucknow, 23rd December 2010
At the look of it, it seemed that the Akhara at the Alambagh area of Lucknow was gearing up for some procession, some fair or some wrestling championship. That's what Akharas are used for- wrestling or Kushti. But this one had a different story. On the contrary, it was gearing up for a day to celebrate PEACE.

Lucknow is the capital of the same state which has witnessed Babri Masjid which led to riots accross the country. In a time when we are…

शौक है

गुत्थेसुलझानेका,
धुँधमेंगुमहोजानेका,
शौकहै ।

किस्सेसुनानेका,
गीतगुन-गुनाने का,
शौकहै ।

गिरकेउठजानेका,
बसचलतेजानेका,
शौकहै ।

खुशियोंमेंडूबजानेका,
मीठेआंसूबहानेका,
शौकहै ।

माटीपरनंगेपैरचलतेजानेका,
बाँएसेदाँयमुडजानेका,
शौकहै ।

लम्बीसाँसोंमेंखोजानेका,
उड़ते-उड़तेसोजानेका,
शौकहै ।

बेदखललिखतेजानेका,
लफ़्ज़ोंमेंखोजानेका,
शौकहै ।

औरशौकीनोंसंगमुस्कुरानेका,
कहींदूरपहुँचजानेका,
शौकहै ।

अँधेरेमेंदिखजानेका,
उजालेमेंछिपजानेका,
शौकहै ।

सूरजकोछूजानेका,
बेवजहथकजानेका,
शौकहै ।

औरशौक़ीनहोजानेका,
मुस्कुरातेजानेका,
बस, ज़िन्दगीजीतेजानेका,

शौकहै
शौकहै
शौकहै...