Aaj subah ek galti ho gayi.
Galti ho gayi ki main uth gaya.
Galti ho gayi,
phir se mainey uss puraani subah mein aankhein khol daali,
jab uth-ta thaa uski aawaaz se.
"College nahin aana kya?
Class shuru honey waali hai."
Galti ho gayi.
Woh aawaaz kaan mein dobaara pad gayi.
Koi gaana dimaag mein kyun nahin aa raha saala!
"Nahin. Aaj attend karne ka mann nahin hai."
Galti ho gayi, aaj usey bolne ka mann kar gaya.
Bhakk saala, radio chalaao.
"Yeh gaana dedicate kiya hai Rahul ne Priya ko...."
Chutiya hai kya!?
Gaana barbaad kar raha hai khud ke liye!
Royega saari zindagi gaana sunkar.
Ek SMS bhejoon?
Nahin. Zor se chillaunga!
Zor se chilaunga nahin aati yaad!
Uskey paas jaake bolunga, nahin aati yaad.
"Soney de yaar aaj, nahin attend karna lecture."
Yaar koi yeh tasveer mitaao dimaag se.
Pata hai kahaan chhupaa rakhaa hai khud ko?
Ya dhoondney ka ab mann nahin karta?
Ya bech diya khud ko bharey baazaar mein?
Chhote chhote sapnon ke keemat badi bhaari,
kaudi kaudi, sikka sikka, umr beetey jaaye saari.
Bech diya re bech diya,
maine hazaar sapnon ko bech diya,
seth ne lagaayi keemat itni pyaari,
uska sapna zara jyada mehenga dikhaai padta hai.
Noton ke beech kahin ek note ban,
pada hoon bandd seth ki tijori mein,
jeb se nikloonga kabhie uska sapna poora karne ko.
Haan bhai, pata hai kahaan chhupa rakhaa hai khud ko.
Bas ab dhoondney ka mann nahin karta.
Hospital ke bed par lee aakhri saans,
aur electric shock ke baad, monitor per aati pehli tedhi lakeer ke beech...
Cinema ki koney waali seat per baithne,
aur andhera hone par uska haath thaamne ke beech...
Race track par jhuke sar,
aur pistol se nikli pehli cheekh ke beech...
Exam hall mein invigilator dekh hue sannatey,
aur pehli kaagaz ki khadkhadaahat ke beech,
Script baar baar padhne aur dohraane,
aur director ke munh se nikle pehle 'action' ke beech...
Panne par ukeri kal ki beeti yaadein,
aur syaahi se bharne ko betaab kore panne ke beech...
Manch par khade judge ke haath mein kaagaz ka tukda dekhne,
aur taaliyon ke shor mein khud ka naam sunn-ne ke beech...
Chehre par maa ke haathon se lagi pehli haldi ka sparsh,
aur haathon se chhoot-ti mehendi ke aakhri nishaan ke beech...
Airport ke darwaaze ke baahar lagi bheed,
aur usmein kisi apne ko intezaar karte paane ke beech...
Dartey hue munh se nikle dil ke woh pehle shabd,
aur uss pehle aalingan ke beech...
Karodon nazron se ghire, maidaan par pehla kadam,
aur tez aati uss pehli gend ka saamna karne ke beech...
Zindagi kisey kehte hain?
Zindagi, isey kehte hain.
Kuchh yaadein dil mein reh gayin,
kuchh yaadein kaagazon par reh gayin.
Kuchh yaadein diary ke panne reh gaye,
kuchh kaagaz meri jeb mein reh gaye.
Kal raat ek jebkatraa,
meri kuchh yaadon ko apne saath le gaya.
Sambhaal ke rakhna bhai,
thodi naazuk hain.
Vazan jyada lagey toh,
paani mein bahaa dena.
Main samandar kinaare roz miloonga,
dhaltey sooraj ke neeche,
inn yaadon mein.
Shall we declare our relation public, she asks, they'll be happy. And, he asks. They'll be happy, she says. And, he asks. Chuck it, she says. I've lost my heart to that lady, he says. Have you lost your mind, she asks, in disbelief. No, he says, I said heart. She's speechless. If you ever visit a slaughterhouse, she says, you'll turn veggie. Don't know about that, he says, I once visited a temple. I turned atheist. Years after the break up, she insisted on giving relationship another try. He refused. You ended it, he says. Can't let you end it again. Will they accept me in this dress, she asks. Who cares, he says. And you, she asks. You care about that, he questions. She buys the dress. Terrible pills, he says, I can do with some laughs. Well, she says, laughter is the best medicine. And they laugh. Till he chokes and dies. Give me a word, and I'll write you a poem on it, he says. Love, she replies. Ah, I asked you to give me a word, not a poem itself, he says. Why is Tim's house having a flag, asks Alice. His father was a brave man, says father. Aren't you brave, asks Alice, as he opens a beer can. Sitting on a wheelchair, she dreams of football & salsa. Liked it, the mother asked. Yes, she said, as she got up. Perfect chair for granny. I'm unpredictable, he says. Not at all, she says. Damn, he says and moves to kiss her. She kicks him in crotch. You're predictable, she says The professor asked about mechanism of erection. Only she raised her hand. You know a lot miss, he teased. Too many dicks around, she said. His depression is her inspiration. His failures, someone's warning. Everyday he prays, for he doesn't want his past to be someone's future. You are my world, she says. World is cruel, he says. Always been this pessimist, she asks. Don't play the half glass game with me, he says. Boss said I'm incompetent & lazy, he says, dejected. Didn't he say you are a coward, she asks. He can see her, rubbing salt, on the chicken. Always there for you, he says. You are in a different country, she says. Well, he says, that's how they say. In movies, she asks. He gulps. Someday, I'll be able to hug this smoke coming out of my lungs. Till then, let me gaze at those clouds. Forming, deforming, forming again. She left the mystery book without an end. The readers kept guessing. None closer to what was in her mind. In the end, she became the mystery The man who found her in dumps. The man who brought her from obscurity to the world of glamor, she no more finds him worthy of her standards In his eyes, she could see the world. A world without her. Who says there is no romance in the final goodbye? He ain't complaining. He only taught her how to achieve success. She broke off the deal before he could teach her about failure. He smiles. He opened his workplan. Falling in love wasn't a part of his agenda this month. Dammit, he slammed his desk hard. He is lagging behind now. Rogues all around, he rolled down his shirt's sleeve. His arm had his mother's name tattooed. He didn't want his mother to see him fighting. How about a make up sex, he asks. They proceed towards vanity van. He gets undressed. She goes inside the make up room. He knew she was dumb Turn on the radio, he said. Dedicated a song to you. Not now, she said, I'm sleeping. That night, the city heard the most romantic song ever