September 23, 2011

Dad’s poetry for Mom’s birthday today morning: तुम्हें अपना बनाना चाहता हूँ (Want to make you mine)

September 23: 23:58 hours, tick tock, tick tock 00:00 hours - jumped out of the bed, picked my HTC phone on way, quickly punched 095105XXXXX and hit 'Call'! My mother picks up and I immediately start "Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday Dear Ammi, happy birthday to you!" Yes, today is my Ammi's (Urdu: Mother) birthday and this year as I was unwell I could not prepare anything creative to email her like I did for my Papa. Nevertheless, personal conversations are also priceless and she accepted my call as her gift!

I woke up in the morning and found myself unwell to go to work as I had caught a terrible cold with a running nose and high body temperature (won't forgive the kulfi guy for this!). As a habit, the first thing I have to do is to check my Gmail (I just can't live without Gmail!) and I saw a message from my Papa with the subject line "23rd September". I opened the mail and was amazed to see the content. It was creative and touched me, undoubtedly would have won my Ammi's heart and made her day. I leave you with the email transcript (also translated in English) below.

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Today is 23rd September. We have some plans for today: Mausam in City Pulse (1000PM tonight). I have also written few lines for today....

तुम्हें अपना बनाना चाहता हूँ
Want to make you mine (Translated)
अब आज फिर मैं दिल से दिल की बात तुम्हें सुनाना चाहता हूँ I 
अपने दिल की धड़कनों को तुम्हारे दिल तक पहुंचाना चाहता हूँ II
Now today once again, I want to speak out my heart's voice to yours,
I want to bring my heartbeats closer to yours.
जान गया हूँ मैं अच्छी तरह से तुम्हारी अनगिनत ख़्वाहिशों को I 
तुम्हारी ख़्वाहिशों को अपने दिल की ख़्वाहिशें बनाना चाहता हूँ II
I know very well your unlimited wishes,
I want to make your wishes my own heart's wishes.
बड़ी ही बेचैनी सी होने लगती है मुझे तुम्हें उदास सा देख कर I 
तुम्हारी उदासी दूर कर अपनी काम्याबी सबको बताना चाहता हूँ II
I feel very uncomfortable whenever I see you sad,
I want to take away your sadness to share our success.
ख़ुश रह कर ज़िदंगी के हर पल को जीना है हमें तो साथ-साथ I 
तुम्हारी ख़ुशियों को अपने ज़िदंगी की ख़ुशियां बनाना चाहता हूँ II
Staying happy, we need to live every moment together,
I want to make your happiness my own life's happiness.


My World - Ammi & Papa at Nariman Point in 2011
शायर तो नहीं हूँ लेकिन कोशिशें करता ही रहता हूँ मैं हर पल I 
तुम्हारी अदाओं से मैं कोई अच्छी सी ग़ज़ल बनाना चाहता हूँ II
I'm not a poet, yet keep trying every moment,
From your persona, I want to write some good poem.
तुम्हारी ज़िदंगी की हर बात ही एक ग़ज़ल सी लगती है मुझे I 
तुम्हारे लिए अब आज अपनी ही ग़ज़ल गुनगुनाना चाहता हूँ II
I find your life's every word as a poem's phrase,
I want to sing my own poem for you today.
याद आते ही हैं मुझको भी ज़िदंगी के उतार-चढ़ाव कभी कभी I 
आज सब-कुछ भूल कर मैं तो तुम्हें अपना बनाना चाहता हूँ II
I sometimes remember the ups and downs of our life,
Today, I want to forget everything and want to make you mine.
 - Jamal Ahmad Khan, 10:13, September 23, 2011 (via Gmail)
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The poem letter and bouquets presentation
Papa gave a print out of this poem along with two wonderful bouquets to make my Ammi's day. (Sometimes, he surprises us all with his creativity!) I hope they have some good dinner and enjoy the movie, Mausam tonight!

So, what do you think about it? Do post a comment below, I will definitely read it out to Ammi and you will auto-qualify for a yummy treat as a return gift if ever you visit the green capital of Gujarat - Gandhinagar!

My Dad writes a lot of Urdu and Hindi poetry in his free time on various topics like - life, environment, family, values, corruption, people, etc and just in case if you too share the same interest and would like to connect with him, then drop me a line by clicking here.

Meanwhile, I did put a small status update on my Facebook wall today morning and am overwhlemed with everyone's love and wishes for Ammi's birthday. I'll definitely show this to her even though she's not on the Social Network! :)



104 comments:

  1. this is so cute and touching :)
    some people buy greeting cards and quote stuff by others..but your dad came up with his own :) amazing :)
    Happy Birthday to your mom :)

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  2. @Sushmita Thank you Sushmita! Yeah, my Dad amazes us all with his reservoir of creativity! Shall convey your wishes.

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  5. This is really a heart touching poem. Please convey my wishes to her........really your dad is a wonderful poet

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  6. Ur dad's gesture was so wonderful...old school romance:)...so sweet of him yaar..ur mom is a very lucky lady :) Happy birthday aunty!!! and bhai...kuch toh seeko uncle se..hahahah:P

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  7. Arif, this is the epitome of LOVE.. sweet gestures and expressions arent done by anyone these days.. May their LOVE grow stronger every year.. Happy Birthday Aunty... will visit Gandhinagar soon... :):)
    P.S:::: Picture Perfect... :)

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  8. @Priya Haha, you summed it up in a different package! Will share with them and come back to you with a personal note from them. Glad you liked it and made you smile. And I'm learning - to be creative in my own little way! ;)

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  9. @Samantha That's very sweet of you to say and I thank you for your wonderful wishes! You are most welcome to visit our home and have some good time with us. Just let me know in advance! :)

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  10. @Seema Thank you Seemma for you kind words. Papa will be definitely happy to know that you called him a 'wonderful poet' :)

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  11. Please wish a very happy birthday to your Ammi on my behalf. That was such a wonderful poem. Call me ancient, or anti-today, but I somehow feel today's generation lacks this simplicity. we take relationships for granted. None of the relationships last long these days, people cheat on partners, disrespect and what not. but amidst all, it feels wonderful to see such a loving couple exist :)

    Sorry for all the rants :P But one thing is for sure - your Ammi will be very happy after seeing the wishes. You are saying you didn't do anything for her? This blog post is going to be one of the most special gifts for her :)

    Like father, like son.

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  12. @Neha I will definitely wish my Ammi Happy Birthday from you. I understand what you are discussing here and I believe that good values can address this issue to some extent.

    And after reading your comment, I feel 'Yeah, this will be a one-of-a-kind gift preserved here on the web forever! Thanks. :)

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  13. I wish, I had someone who could write poems for me... Your ammi is lucky to have you both. Please wish her from my side too... 'Belated'! :)

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  14. @Shruti Thank you for the wishes, will convey. Plus, you write great copies, I'm sure one day someone will write for you too!

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  15. Buddy... just for you, I read the english AND the hindi... some emotions just cannot be translated, you see. it's absolutely amazing. I love it... I bet she cried - happy tears! Two thumbs up for your dad for being such a romantic! Love does exist, after all :) I like.

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  16. Now, this was sweet. Indeed. VERY SWEET. Old school romance never dies. I hope they stay happy, always. :)

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  17. @Saloni Haha, Thank you for reading in hindi! Glad you liked it and could connect with it too.

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  18. @Arijit You said it! Thanks for your warm wishes, shall convey in person.

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  19. The poem was wonderful more so because of the feelings behind it. I will not say its great that he did this even at this age, i would like to believe that there are many people out there doing this and keeping the love alive ;-). Hope some of his romanticism is imbibed in you also :)

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