मेरे बेटे के नाम ..

सात समन्दर पार से                                                

दुनिया के बाज़ार से

जब मैं कल अपने घर आया

देरे रात थी सब सोये थे

तुमको भी सोता पाया

यूं तो हमेशा यूं होता है

मैं तुमको दुबका लेता हूं

पर उस पल ना जाने क्यों

लेट तुम्हारे पास लग यूं

कि मैं तुम में सिमट गया हूं

छोटे से सीने से लग कर

मेरी आंखें भीग गयीं

एक एक पल में ही जैसे

कितनी सदियां बीत गयीं

उठती गिरती सांसों का

एक अजब एहसास थे तुम

मैं ही तुम से दूर गया था

मेरे कितने पास थे तुम

वक़्त का चरखा डोलेगा

और निर्बल हो जाऊंगा मैं

पास तुम्हारे मेरे बेटे

खुद को पाने आऊंगा मैं

~ By Aahang

Lucknow Chikan Work

Chikan kari, was strongly rekindled by Moghul patronization and attained perfection as the exquisite needlework and hand work underwent further honing and refinement.The name chikanhas been derived from the Persian word Chakin or Chikeen meaning a kind of cloth wrought with needle work. Chikan is said to have originated as a court craft, during the reign of Mughal Emperor Jehangir, by his wife Noor Jahan.

Traditionally, the chikan embroidery was exclusive white items, decorations similar to the cottonjamdani, and woven traditions. The Nawab Shujaudaula of Avadh was greatly attracted by this craft. It was his keen initiative and interest, which promoted this craft in present day Lucknow. Another record of the travelers of the sixteenth century describes that during the sixteenth century, white work from Bengal, was influenced by the Portuguese traders, the residents of the port Hugli, north of Calcutta of that time. The Bengali migrants who came from Dacca in eighteenth century to settle in Lucknow brought this art of surface ornamentation to Lucknow. Chikan work came into production by the nineteenth century. During this period similar work was also produced at Calcutta and Madras. It is reported that earlier brass, bone, copper or iron needles were used, now only steel needles are used.

Originally embroidery was done on white tanjeb; the muslin from Dacca, using only white untwisted cotton or some times tussar silk for embroidery. A large number of men were practising this art of embroidery since nineteenth century. Trade is now predominantly practiced by woman in Lucknow and adjoining villages. Some of the popular motifs are: Kairi (mango motif, generally made using taipchi stitch ); dhaniya patti (corriander leaf); phanda is made and a straight stitch is done to make the base of the stem; dhum patti (leaf pattern made of cross-stitch); ghas patti (grass leaves V-shaped line of stitches worked in a graduated series); murri (grain motif – diagonal stitches are worked several times on a basic stitch to form a grain shape); kangan (bracelet-made by combination ofkeel, murri andjali stitch);joda murri (pair of grains);maharaki (close button hole is done around a hole, and finished with murri); sadi-maharaki (no hole is made, the part made in the centre is finishedwith tapichi and murri); daraz/katub (two fabrics are overlapped, stitched and extra fabric is cut, the cutting is called katub); pechani (taipchi stitch is covered by entwining the thread over it in a regular manner to provide the effect of a lever spring); tanjire (for lining the motif, looks like a chain); gitti (circle is formed with minute hole in centre); phanda (single chain is made, then on its top 3-4 similar chains); keel (first phanda is formed then the needle is inserted over and over the chain stitch to form a keel); kangira (seam allowance of fabric is folded such that triangles are formed on the wrong side of the fabric).

Below is program on Sakshi TV , a regional channel which featured Anubha explaining the Lucknow Chikan work.

Deccan Chronicle also featured Anushree Chikan Art in their Sunday Edition.If you are interested to know more about Lucknow Chikankari please post a comment and we will get back to you.

Rewarding Underperformance

Looking at the tax structure our government has it struck me that somehow it rewards under performance.

In every other scheme the incentives increase as you get closer to the target or exceed it but its reverse logic when it comes to taxes.

The more money you make the more tax you pay is logical but I do not understand the logic behind increasing the rate of taxation – It simply means that the government wants us to work less, remain unskilled, be complacent and do everything else which is demeaning and unproductive so that we enjoy the lowest rate in the tax slabs.

It defeats me completely.If I were the finance minister I would start at 30% and go down to as little as 10 % so more and more people pay up taxes honestly,more white money flows into the market and more and more people work harder and pick up the best skills so they can enjoy the fruits of labor.

May be this is the single step by which we can ensure double digit growth and foster a performance linked ,business oriented work culture in a country which thrives on honesty and hard work.



मद्धम गति से बेहती नदी

चीर देती है पहाड का सीना        

उंचाई से गिरता झरना

पत्थर मे बना देता है

सरोवर मीठे पानी का

समन्दर की छोटी लेहरें

चट्टानों से टकरा टकरा कर

उन्हें रेत में बदल देती है

नन्ही कोपलें जो कल हवा से कांपती थीं

आज विशाल व्रक्ष है जंगल के

निर्जन धरती जो सिर्फ सूर्य के पीछे भागने पर बाध्य थी

आज मोक्क्ष प्राप्त कर ईश्वर बनने वालों को पालती है

हम बंधें हैं मन और शरीर के बंधन में

आशा निराशा रात दिन जीवन मरण

पर प्रक्रुति इस चक्र के परे है

गलत है जो  केहता है कि प्रक्रुती निष्ठुर है

वो तो  धैर्यवान ,निष्पक्ष , निर्लिप्त , अडिग है

स्व्धर्म रत है, अनवरत है

~ By aahang