Saturday, 28 October 2017


Faasle bahut hain,
Par itna maan lijiye,
Aap khayalon me itne karib hain ki faaslon ka ehsaas hi nahin hota.

Aaina hoon main,
Mere samne aakar to dekho,
Khud nazar aaoge,
Tere harr lafz ko ibaadat banakar sambhala hai,
Dagmaga jaoge mera dard utha kar to dekho,
Yun to aasaan nazar aata hai,
Kitna mushkil hai meri raaha se jaakar to dekho.

Ajnabee toh yun hue,
Lagta hai baant ke samandar ko do dariya kiye,
Kabhi haalat se, kabhi zamane se bebas ho gaye,
Aate jaate najane kitne pal tere naam kiye,
Jhatak kar haath jab bhi chale door tujhse,
Zindagi ne tujh mein ulajhne k bahane hazaar diye.

Kayi zakhm dil ke seeye gaye,
Kayi mushkilon me jeeye,
Magar hote apne barbaad wajood ki khabar na le sake..

Faaslon ka asli ehsaas toh tab hua,
Jab maine kaha 'theek hun' aur aapne maan liya..

Darmiyan humare fasslon ko kuch aur bhi baaki rehne do,
Ek baar fir kabhi, yun hi achanak milne ki aarzo toh baaki rehne do..

Kal mile hum agar kahin,
Toh kuch ho kehne tumhare pass aur kuch sunne humare paas,
Gile shikvon ki ho agar baarish, toh bheeg sake hum sath sath,
Muh fer kar na nikal jayein, ajnabeeyon jaise,
Kuch lamho ki hi sahi,
Mulakaton se toh na katrayein..

Friday, 20 October 2017

Our ‘Almost’!

Relationships that don’t reach their destiny teach us so many things -

1. People are not possessions
Loving and then parting, shows us that, however much we care for a person, we can never own them, their thoughts and their decisions.

2. You learn how to let go gracefully
As hard as it may seem at the time, failed relationships teach you that letting go gracefully, and with your dignity intact, is far better than desperately clinging on to a sinking ship. There are certain relationships that are brought to us not as the happily ever after, but to teach you how to honorably let go and grieve the loss of a relationship.  

3. It teaches you that over-analysing a situation achieves nothing

4. It teaches us to never take anything for granted
At times, we take things we have for granted and only their loss makes us realize how important they were as a part of our own existence itself!

5. Sometimes, grieving is life time. Healing is not a linear process
The end of a relationship brings with it a spectrum of feelings where our emotions go from grief to relief, sadness to joy, and anger to excitement. As we travel along those spectrums, we may find that one day we feel like we’re on top of the world, to then feel instantly distressed when we see reminders of a past relationship. In that moment, we feel as if all of the progress we’ve made has gone down the drain Sometimes a person’s loss is forever and it will haunt you always, it is going to be a baggage you would have to carry till grave. Unfortunate, but true.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Book Review #87: Kalki

Title: Kalki

Subtitle: Avatar of Vishnu

Author: Kevin Missal

Publishers: Kalamos Literary Services LLP

ISBN-13: 9788193503300

Number of Pages: 462

Genre: Fiction, inspired by Mythology

The Plot:
Whenever there is a decline in righteousness and an upsurge in unrighteousness, at that time I take birth again – Lord Govind

Born in the quiet village of Shambala, Kalki Hari, son of Vishyunath and Sumati has no idea about his heritage until he is pitted against tragedies and battles.

Whisked into the province of Keekatpur, which is ruled by Lord Kali, Kalki sees the ignominy of death trumping life all around him. He learns that he is born to cleanse the world he lives in, for which he must travel to the North and learn the ways of Lord Vishnu’s avatar; from an immortal who wields an axe.

But trapped in the midst of betrayals, political intrigue and force that seek to decimate him will he be able to follow his destiny before Kalyug begins?

The Author:
Kevin Misal is a 21 year old graduate from St Stephens College. He has previously written 4 books so far, ranging from crime to mythology to horror. 

He wrote his 1st book at the age of 14 (wow!) and it was released by the then Chief Minister of Delhi. His 2nd book was written at the age of 16 and was published by a British-Indie press. 

Missal is also a pioneer in writing the World’s First InstaRead (which he kindly sent to me!) and is a bestseller on Amazon under the ‘Horror’ category. Kevin is also the co-founder and co-owner of Kalamos Literary Services, who publish and promote fledgling writers and help make a mark in the literary industry.

Before reading the book I was terrified by its size. There are many books that are fat and have tons of pages which can make the reader doze off to sleep, as they pick it to read. But this book is a complete page turner. Each and every page justified its reason of being a part of this book. The storyline is very addictive and keeps you glued. The author has done justice to all the characters and has described each one perfectly.

Fiction inspired by mythology is an interesting genre to read. And when you find out that it has been authored by a 21-year old, you look forward to a fun ride, as it is bound to have a touch of wildness and freshness to it.

Dharmayoddha Kalki is Part 1 of a series of books to follow. It is about the 10th and the final avatar of Vishnu known as Kalki who is said to appear after the current epoch of Kalyug ends and will usher in the next epoch called the Satayug. 

The author, Kevin Missal, has let his imagination run free to fictitious villages and kingdoms, with multiple characters and their colorful worlds. His descriptive writing is so on point, that it shapes the characters and etches out their characteristics for us, making them come alive, just like a movie.

My only little complaint is the indulgent editing. The book could have been made a tighter read with some clever editing.

This book talks about how the son of a normal couple residing in the village of Shambhala who does has no idea of his destiny. The book is divided into two chapters called the Battle of Shambhala and The rise of Kali. The battle of Shambhala part deals with Kalki’s life in Shambhala and the second chapter highlights the wrath of Lord Kali who rules the kingdom of Keekatpur and is known for his atrocities and political influence. 

Kalki realizes that he has to put an end to these atrocities, evilness and cleanse the foul world of the evil forces. He also faces many betrayals in his way and learns to use his powers to help the world become a better place. The story ended on a pessimistic note of suspense which certainly has made me look forward for the upcoming parts.

I particularly loved the character of Kali who has a strong personality and stands out as a very bold heroic character throughout the story.  Kevin has addressed many social stigmas of the society and how they are still an integral part of the modern world in different forms.

I loved this line from the book:  “Strength in a person doesn’t define a hero. But where he uses his strength is what matters the most. A hero isn’t born. He’s made. Through people, through journeys and most of all, through tragedy.”

Kevin Missal is a gifted writer. I am sure he has thoroughly enjoyed conceptualizing this book and has lived the process of writing it. The cover of the book justifies the theme of the book and gives a mythological feel. It was very easy to visualize the events while reading as if they took place before my sight, which means the narration is bang on. The way he has presented the story makes the book an addictive piece of mythological literature. The win of good over evil and how the society functions as a whole are some of the major takeaways from this book. Overall, it was a very commendable, inspirational and blockbuster read. I highly recommend this book to all those who have interest in reading mytho-fantasy thrillers. Nonetheless, I am waiting anxiously for the other parts to be out, one by one! Kudos to Kevin!

Overall Rating: 4.8/5