बदलाव / Change

As we grow up, our surroundings grow up too. We spend each day barely thinking about the previous one and then one fine day, we wake up to find that everything is changed and the future we dreamt of is now our present, in ways both happy and sad.


जिन कहानियों से बचपन में सबक थे सीखे,
उन कहानियों के किरदार सारे बदल गए ।
मानते थे जिस दोस्ती को ज़िंदगी भर की रहमत,
बिना खबर उन दोस्तों के ठिकाने बदल गए ।

बड़े हो गए हम जाने कब और कैसे,
देखते देखते कामयाबी के पैमाने बदल गए ।
कभी होते थे खुश उड़ा के लूटी हुई पतंग को,
आज जिंदगी से ख़फा हम दीवाने बदल गए ।

शुरू हुई जब धुन, लगा जानते हैं गाना,
कुछ देर में पता चला शब्द सारे बदल गए ।
जिनके दिल की चाभियाँ हमारे पास रहती थी,
उन्हीं दिलों के आज ताले बदल गए ।

जिस गली में मैंने चलना था सीखा,
उसकी खिड़कियों से झाँकते चेहरे सारे बदल गए ।
इसी कशमकश में कि कोई बुरा ना मान जाए,
देखते देखते मेरे ख़्वाब सारे बदल गए ।

(English Translation)

I flip through the fables of my childhood books
and all previous characters seem misplaced.
I search for friends from my childhood playdates
but all those homes feel displaced.

I wonder how quickly time flew by
and the bars of success got raised.
Long back, won kites used to give me joy
and now, bought luxuries find me spaced.

The opening tune felt straight out of memory
but I found the lyrics all defaced.
There were hearts who trusted their keys with me
but now, their locks are replaced.

My street where I learnt how to walk
now finds me all wondering and dazed.
In this continuous battle to prove myself,
all my original dreams got erased.

 


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118 thoughts on “बदलाव / Change

  1. This is amazing!! Honestly not very comfortable with poetry in Hindi so I thought I’ll read the first two lines and skip to the English.. But you really got me hooked on and I absolutely loved the Hindi version as well! Brilliant 🙂

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  2. Wow. What a powerful piece from start to finish.
    When you look back… and you realise everything has changed. Even the keys to your heart and others too. Even sentiments associated with shows we grew up on. *shivers*

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    1. This comment makes me so happy, Sophia! It really is an enigma how we grew up in the blink of an eye. I am glad you found time to read my poem and I am glad that you visited my blog. Thank you ❤ ❤

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  3. What a truly clever piece, lingering in sweet reminiscing of a time so fleeting.
    It is clear you love writing and the reader enjoys your gift Neha! 🙏🏻😊💜

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  4. BEAUTIFUL!!!! I loved it, specially the ending, but these were my favourite lines-
    जिनके दिल की चाभियाँ हमारे पास रहती थी,
    उन्हीं दिलों के आज ताले बदल गए ।

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  5. It was beautiful, Neha, but this excerpt spoke to the musician in me:

    The opening tune felt straight out of memory
    but I found the lyrics all defaced.
    There were hearts who trusted their keys with me
    but now, their locks are replaced.

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  6. Omg this is simply brilliant!!!!!! Superb!!! Woww….you captured everything so well …the bare truth!! And in amazing way…each line tugging at heartstrings!! I have not come across such a beautifully written poem of late….

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  7. मानते थे जिस दोस्ती को ज़िंदगी भर की रहमत,
    बिना खबर उन दोस्तों के ठिकाने बदल गए ।

    love it !

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