While its been a long while since I last had a proper update here and there are quite a few things that need/deserve to be written about, I shall keep them pending for the meanwhile, thanks to GSoC work and other stuff. What I can’t keep off and am compelled to spend a couple of minutes recording them here is the following two random musings (not mine!) which seem to be hovering around me too much 🙂

The first, courtesy a status message by Prakash, one of the institute’s stars in the KDE club  (thank you, praksh!)  is probably the most effective (for me) two-liner I have ever heard of –

” Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work – you don’t give up. ”

I like the candidness in the line. Though the essence of it is pretty common, it just seems to stand out from all those routine motivational quotes of this sort, the so-called dozen-a-penny kind – I don’t know why.

The second, a little(?) more elaborate is a beautiful work of Shri Harivanshrai Bacchan. I had heard of this one before, but this time around its just too influential. Its a simple dictum, but for some reasons becomes very difficult to follow at times 🙁

I am putting this up here since I didn’t find the full version easily – its there as comments in some places, but nowhere as a proper page. Methinks it would make a nice literary exercise to transcreate it , the challenge being to match the beauty of the original on which a mere translation just seems to throw acid.

Jo beet gayi so baat gayi ……

Jeevan mein ek sitara tha
Maana woh behad pyara tha
Woh doob gaya to doob gaya
Ambar ke aanan ko dekho
Kitne iske tare toote
Kitne iske pyare choote
Par puchho in toote taron par
Kab ambar shok manata hai

Jo beet gayi so baat gayi ….

Jeewan mein tha who ek kusum
The us pe nitya nyochawar tum
Wo sookh gaya to sookh gaya
Madhuwan ki chaati ko dekho
Sookhi kitni iski kaliyan
Jo murjhai phir kahan khili
Par bolo sookhe phoolon pe
Kab madhuvan shok manata hai ?

Jo beet gayi so baat gayi

Jeewan mein madhu ka pyala tha
Tumne tan man de daala tha
Woh toot gaya to toot gaya
Madiralay ka aangan dekho
Kitne pyaale hil jaate hain
Gir mitti mein mil jate hain
Jo girte hain kab uthte hain
Par bolo toote pyalon mein kab madiralay pachtata hai ?

Mridu mitti ke hain bane huye
Madhu ghat phoota hi kartein hain
Laghu jeewan leke aaye hain
Pyale toota hi karte hain
Phir bhi madiralay ke andar
Madhu ke ghat madhu ke pyale hain
Jo madakta ke mare hain
Wo madhu loota hi karte hain
Wo kachcha peene wala hai
Jiski mamta ghat pyalon par
Jo sachche madhu se jala hua
Kab rota hai chillata hai?

Jo beet gayi so baat gayi ……”