October 26, 2012

उसके हाँथ

इन्ही हाँथों ने संभाला जब जन्मा ही था, 
इन्ही हाँथों ने चलना सिखाया। 
सदा होंसला दिया इन्ही हाँथों ने,
गले से लगाया इन्ही हाँथों ने, जब आँसू बहे आँखों से।

प्यार से पुचकारा इन्ही हाँथों ने, 
बिनबोले सहलाया दर्दों को, इन्ही हाँथों ने।
इन्ही हाँथों ने मंज़िल की ओर इशारा कर, तारों तक पहोंचना सिखाया, 
तालिओं की गूँज भी फिर, इन्ही हाँथों ने की, मंज़िल पाने पर। 

आज ये हाँथ, हैं रूखे-सूखे और बेजान, 
सालों की मेहेनत ने किया है, हाल बुरा इन हाँथों का।
झूरियाँ दे रही है गवाही, इन हाँथों की लम्बी उम्र की, 
बारी है मेरी, अब प्यार से सेहेलाने की, इन हाँथों को। 

क्योंकी, यही हैं वे हाँथ जिनकी वजह से हूँ, मैं आज।

Still working on this piece, but couldn't wait to share it :)
"Hard Working, Long Lived" - 18" x 24" - Oil on Canvas
(Completed Version)
Dedicated to my mom and grand-mom.

October 22, 2012

Seasons and Life

I die… Just to be born again…
A breath, inwards,
Nourishing, green,
A bud, tender and fragile

Change in season,
Youth, like spring
Fresh and joyful
Such is the state

Come summer,
Sun shines, hot and humid
Draining long hours
Eased by the rain

Fall! Oh Fall!
The end of it all!
Colors change,
Red, yellow and orange

And the cycle ends
Only to start again,
I die, just to be born again…

Took this picture at the Pine Creek Gorge, PA this Fall. (Great place to go with family and friends!!)
And it inspired me to write about seasons! Go figure! :)

A much needed retreat!

It’s intriguing to observe the ways of nature, isn’t it? For the past few weeks I had been feeling a bit aloof and disconnected from myself. Just change in life style was the cause, I am guessing. Then, almost out of nowhere, an acquaintance calls in, to check in on me and informs me of this upcoming course in silence meditation.


Didn’t even take me 24 hours to decide and register for the course! In the past I have always dwelled over whether to do it or not to etc. This time, it was almost like a ‘calling’. This came just at the right time. So anyway, this past weekend was when I went for this Art of Silence course organized by The Art of Living Foundation. From Thursday 7pm to Sunday 4pm – remaining silent from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon – all we did was meditate, do some yoga, some breathing exercises and a few group activities.  These techniques are so powerful! Each time I get connected with it, I get rejuvenated, revitalized and re-energized! After the course I felt so much lighter and was smiling so much more than the past few weeks. Brilliant stuff! Now all I need to do is continue practicing meditation at home.

This is how I felt after the fact...

PS – I did do it today at home! Fingers crossed for the future! Haha J

October 3, 2012

"What does music mean to you?"

A friend asked me this question a few weeks back and ever since I have been thinking about it. What does music mean to me? At that time I told him it means 'energy'. Which is true, but after some thought, it means a lot more than energy to me.

is a friend when in need
be it day or night, in health or illness,
sadness and happiness,
emotions of all kind

is a source of calmness,
energy and revitalization
after a long day,
or just for relaxation

is to let go,
for a while, get lost, get immersed
feel the vibrations of sound
within you, and rejoice!

is to party
with friends, family or strangers
move to different beats
and so many moves for so many beats!

is every sound in nature!
listen! carefully...
from rustling of leaves
to falling of snow and rain or hail
the wind blowing...
angry and violent
or calm like a whisper
on a cold night or breezy beach
river flowing... over rocks or sand or over cliffs

Music... to me
is a constantly changing form
a friend, source of relaxation, medium to let go, ingredient to party and synonymous with nature!
And probably much more, which I might add when I think of more, or learn more...

Oh! Not to forget, my paintings are mostly done in one of the above mentioned state of minds, to which music is always playing in the background!

So what does music mean to YOU?!