तुझको पुकारूँ कैसे?

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एकाकीपन के ज़ख्मों को संवारूँ कैसे,
ख़ौफ़, तम, शूल, खंजर,  इनको अब दुलारूँ कैसे?

हर गली के मोड़ पर शैतानों का बसेरा है,
सब के सब शैतान, मैं अकेला मारूँ कैसे?

ये शक्ल नहीं, यकीनन ही नकाब है,
बरसों में जो न उतरा, उसे अब उतारूँ कैसे?
दौलत, इज़्ज़त, परिवार, सब है लेकिन,
बिन मोहब्बत के ये उम्र गुज़ारूँ कैसे?
जो भी आया चुनौती लेकर, सबसे मात मैं खाता रहा
जो बचा हूँ अकेला तो, खुद ही खुद से हारूँ कैसे?
चारों तरफ बस शोर है, बस शोर है,
ऐ मौत, तुझे चाहूँ पुकारना तो पुकारूँ कैसे?
अर्चित अग्रवाल

दुर फिटे मुँह

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महान उर्दू कहानीकार सआदत हसन मंटो ने हिन्दुस्तान की आज़ादी और बंटवारे को अपने शब्दों में बेहेतरीन तरीके से संजोया है । ये कविता मंटो की प्रसिद्ध कहानी “टोबा टेक सिंह ” पर आधारित है ।

इस मुल्क़ की ख़ारदार तारों के पार
कुछ कदम दूर पर ही
चीथड़ों में लिपटा, 
एक पागल औंधे मुँह पड़ा है।

वो नहीं जानता इन तारों के माएने,
नहीं मानता कि अब से वो भी
हिन्दुस्तोड़ों के पागल खाने में रहेगा
जहाँ शायद मुरोंडे तो मिलते होंगे पर
मुलाक़ात में यार फज़लदीन नहीं आएगा।

अगर ये है आज़ादी तो वो आज़ादी नहीं चाहता
वो बस उस गाँव के पास रहना चाहता है
जहाँ उसका ‘घर’ है, जो उसकी पहचान है,
जहाँ रूप कौर उँगली दर उँगली बढ़ी थी,
जहाँ उसकी भूरी भैंस ने कट्टा जना था|

उस ही मुल्क की ख़ारदार तारों से कुछ कदम पहले,
जहाँ वो पागल औंधे मुँह पड़ा है,
आज भी आवाजें गूँज रही हैं,
“उप्पर दी गड़-गड़… हिंदुस्तान और पाकिस्तान दुर फिटे मुँह”  

अर्चित अग्रवाल

The Magic of Black

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Black symbolizes elegance and mystery. Black implies self-control and discipline, independence and a strong will. Black radiates power. For me black is the colour for the royal.

Have you ever imagined yourself in a room full of things you like? It could be books or gadgets or pets. I don’t know about you but whenever I sit alone in my hostel room, thinking about such stuff, everything which comes to my mind is always black in colour. I wish to own a lot of things and a variety of them- big and small, cheap and costly, useful and useless. This list is endless but today I wish to list out five things I desperately want and obviously, these things should be black in colour.

  1. Black shoes
    Umm… This does seem to be something very regular kind of thing, doesn’t it? But even a thought of having a pair of black heavy shoes with jet black soles brings a smile on my face. I am a lazy lazy person but I think I’ll surely hit a treadmill the day I get the kind of shoes I want.
    Black shoes
  2. Black diary
    I write poems and short stories in Hindi. I already have a lot of diaries and all are black in colour but still I want a hard bound diary with black cover and crisp white pages. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I feel that such a diary (call it ‘diary of my dreams’ ) would enable me to come up with a masterpiece. That’s funny, I know.
    diary Black Patterned 2
  3. Black iPhone
    I have lost two mobile phones in last two years and this is the reason why I am not able to fulfill my desire of getting an iPhone. Black metal body, cool and lustrous, comforting my palms. Ah! It would be so awesome.
  4. Black car
    This wish is not going to be a reality at least for the next 4 years. I don’t know how to drive a four wheeler but it doesn’t stop me from visiting the future where I drive a black Merc and people around turn to see my car.
  5. Black suit
    English TV series have sown this desire in me of owning a suit with crisp crease. Just imagine someone wearing a dull black coloured suit with a blue tie walking around in a gathering. It might seem to be too normal to you but for me it would be like ‘WOW’.

This post is a part of #WhatTheBlack activity at BlogAdda.com

The uselessness of college rankings

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Once again, during this admission season, I find students having troubles and confusions in selecting the best possible combination of discipline and college for themselves. I was in the same position two years ago and I know how difficult it is to choose one out of many. The things which students generally consider while applying for a college are discipline (branch), location of the college, college fee and even the rank at which the institute is placed by a random magazine or a national newspaper. I personally believe that choosing a college purely on the basis of its rank is as senseless as pondering over the question ‘What came first- an egg or a chicken?’.

Here are the three major reasons why relying on college ranking is useless:

No standard criteria

Every organization ranks colleges on the basis of infrastructure, personality development, academic excellence, placements, research work, selection process and many more. Though most of the rankings (there are dozens available online) are a combination of all these criteria but still what makes these lists unreliable is the fact that every organization who takes up this task gives different weightage to different parameters. Moreover, why should one believe in something in which no major university or a set of qualified professionals is involved? The ‘international’ ratings are still believable but no Indian university holds a position in the top 200 which makes them useless for us.


Show me the money

University rankings are a big and reasonably diverse business. Are we so idiot to believe that these magazines have actually surveyed our 550 universities and their 16,000 colleges before coming to the decision which they present in those colourful tables and graphs and pie charts? Through statements like ‘X institute dropped by 3 positions this year’ and ‘A has better chances of growth in next five years’, magazines not only rank universities but they rank universities against each other. Recently, a national newspaper ranked engineering colleges and it presented before nation, the best example of ‘paid’ ratings.


A of X is better than B of Y

If you are still not ready to get away from these rankings, there are things which these rankings never say. They don’t compare a specific discipline of different colleges or different disciplines of same college or all such combinations. The scores which are made public don’t say that students of XYZ discipline didn’t get placed the previous year or the labs of physics department don’t have facilities as good as those of Chemistry or Biology.


In more general way, competitive nature of university rankings reflects the weird game of snakes and ladders which our education system has become where the visibility in media is like climbing some imaginary ladder; no matter how the universities roll their die. And all this appears too insensible and wasteful because neither the status of any particular institute nor the India specific rankings can get us on the world map in the field of education and research.

After writing everything I feel, I wish to say one thing to all the organizations who waste their resources by taking up these silly jobs, these are universities not athletes.

But by doing this, they earn big bucks. Apologies!

Archit Aggarwal

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