Ek khwaab dekha hai maine kabhi,
Jahan tum bhi hogi aur baarish bhi,
Baarish ki boondon mein hum sang bheeg rahe honge,
Unn namkeen hawaon ki mehek ko mehsus kar rahe honge,

Tanha chaand ki roshni mein safed ret ki chamak hogi,
Samundar ki lahrein phir bhi ek azeeb si khamoshi hogi,
Ek khushnuma ehsaas aur ek andheri raat,
Aur taaron ki timtimahat tale bas hamara sath,

Kuch ankahee baatein hongi,
Hontho pe muskurahat hogi,
Aankhon me shararat hogi,
Mann me sugbugaahat hogi,

Aasman ko dekh hum gunguna rahe honge,
Uss anmol pal ko taare bhi nihaar rahe honge,
Raat ki chaandni mein hum khoye honge,
EK dusre ki baahon mein soye honge,

Karke saari bandhano ko darkinaar,
Lahraate samunder ke kinare hoga apna aashiyaan,
Mohabbat hogi beshumaar,
Jo ho na sakega lafzon me bayaan,

Bas intezaar hai tumhara tasveer se nikalne ka,
Tumse do meethi baatein karne ka,
Ek nayi zindagi jeene ka,
Ek naya rasta lene ka.

English translation
I have a dream sometime,
In which you are there, so is rain,
Drenching we are together in those raindrops,
Feeling those salty smell of breeze,

There is glitter of white sand in the light of lonely moon,
There is weird sereneness in spite of waves of ocean,
A feeling of happiness and a dark night,
And our togetherness under twinkling stars,

Some words unsaid,
Blooming smile on lips,
Naughtiness in eyes,
A little hesitation in mind,

Beneath the sky, there are us, lullabying,
That precious moment being stared by stars,
We are there, lost in moonlight,
Resting in each other’s arms,

Leaving aside all bonds,
Besides rippling oceans, there is our home,
Unconditional love beyond imagination,
Which can’t be described merely in words,

All I am waiting is for you to jump out of the picture,
To have a word with you,
To live a new life with you,
To take a new path with you.

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Raat din tere khyalon mein duba rahun,
Ik pal bhi tumhe na main bhula karun,
Har dua mein tumhe hi bas pucha karun,
Inn aahton mein tumhe dhundhta firun,

Teri parchhaiyon ka main pichha karun,
Teri har zikr mein main fikr karun,
Tu anzaan hai agar mere iss pyaar se,
Aa tujhko apni chahat se rubaru karun,

Ab toh aadat hai iss kadar tere sath ki,
Tere bin yeh zindagi hai bina saans ki,
Umeed ki sau kiranein hain palkon pe mere,
Jehn mein chhapi hai dastan ishq ki tere,

Main hun shayar tera, tu meri shayari,
Tu keh de toh likh dun main ik diary,
Saare panno pe honge tere ishq ki talab,
Mujhe zamane ki parwaah nahi hai ab,

Tu mera armaan hai, tu mera aasman,
Teri jaisi haseen iss jahan mein kahan,
Main toh zinda hun tere liye hi sanam,
Tu jo sath ho, mushkilein ho jayein kam,

Shab se subah tak tumhe socha karun,
So bhi jaun phir bhi tumhe dekha karun,
Raat din tere khyalon mein duba rahun,
Ik pal bhi tumhe na main bhula karun,
Raat din tere khyalon mein duba rahun,
Ik pal bhi tumhe na main bhula karun.

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Na jaane kyun yeh dil har pal tumhe dhundhta hai,
Tumse kuch kehne ko yeh yun machalta hai,
Tu jo hai toh yeh saansein chalti hain,
Tere bin yeh zindagi adhuri lagti hai,

Har sheesha mein tera aks nazar ata hai,
Tere siva kuch aur samajh na ata hai,
Na jaane kyun yeh dil har pal tumhe dhundhta hai,
Har lamha bas tera saath chahta hai,

Khwabon mein kyun har roz tu a jati hai,
Ab raaton mein neend mujhe na ati hai,
To na ho toh yeh jahan veerana lagta hai,
Tera mera rishta sadiyon purana lagta hai,

Na jaane kyun yeh dil har pal tumhe dhundhta hai,
Tumse kuch kehne ko yeh yun machalta hai,
Tu jo hai toh yeh saansein chalti hain,
Tere bin yeh zindagi adhuri lagti hai.

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1. Travel while you are young
“To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” – Danny Kaye
Traveling changes the way you think and perceive the world. Do adventures. After all, life is all about adventures, isn’t it?

2. Lower your expectations
Don’t keep too much expectations from anyone. Expectations might hurt you

3. Don’t take life too seriously
No one has ever escaped it alive. Those with coins enjoy drenching in rains peacefully. While those with currency notes in their pockets keep looking for roof

4. Choose friends wisely
Have a small circle of friends who share your interests. They don’t need to be in the same group. If you’re interested in music, find someone who is that crazy as well. Love to shake your legs in DJ? Find a dance partner and your happiness will be doubled

5. Love finds its way
Stop chasing love and start pouring that energy in something new, something exciting. Love usually comes when it’s the right time

6. Be optimistic
A hopeless person is as good as a dead. Hope keeps you telling there are things worth fighting for

7. Keep smiling
You’ll attract good people full with positive energy around you. Noone wants to talk to sadistic people

8. Get a good tight sleep
Keep your worries out of sight when you go to bed. A good mental health is the secret ingredient of happiness. And a good mind needs a peaceful stress-free sleep

9. Don’t tie your emotions with materialistic things
Broke your car? No problem, you can always get it fixed. Sometimes, it can be difficult but not impossible. Spend money in experiences and you will cherish it for the lifetime

Bonus tip from our favorite headmaster of magic:


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In the night when clouds pass by,
Full of pain these eyes cry,
A faded picture of you appears on the wall,
Memories spent with you begins to crawl,

The beautiful spark that was between us,
Innocent blooming love that could make any soul jealous,
When everything was just going fine,
Why did our interests not align?
After all the caring for nights and days,
I still don’t know why we broke up and parted our ways,
I thought I would always make it right,
Never imagined you could ever be out of sight,

Although we argued and fought each other,
At the end of day, we were together,
Fights at dusk always dissolved with greetings of good mornings,
My days won’t be great without your morrow rings,

In the night when clouds cover the moon,
I ask myself, “Will it be all over soon?”
I don’t wanna live in this darkness,
When will moon of happiness tear down colors of sadness?

In the night when I stare at the roof,
I keep turning sides, coz sleep from eyes is unhooked,
Your sweet voice echoes from far behind,
Purpose of my life without you, where do I find?

In the dawn when sunrays brighten my face,
I check my phone accidently for your presence,
Then I realize those were the days of past,
Happy moments are ephemeral, they seldom last,

A feeling of emptiness after unheard prayer,
My life seems to crumble in despair,
With the thought of a moment spent with you, my heart dances,
I, sometimes wonder if dying love also has chances,

In the day when I smile widely outside,
There is nothing but a void inside,
If it were possible to rip heart out,
I would be the first to try it out.

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Well, this question is bugging me for the past few months.
What profession would I have chosen if each profession is equally valued and earns me equal salary?

Before I dive into thoughts and weave webs about my feelings of living life , here is something which has fuelled my desires to live and changed my perspective of life completely:
Life is not always about destination. Sometimes the journey is more important and beautiful. Sometimes, you don’t care about where you want to reach. It just takes one special person to make that journey refreshing, enjoyable and memorable.

Once I started thinking about this, I started having a gut feeling that this is not the life I always wished to have. A life which gives me enough money to survive in this inflated world. A life where everything is virtual. A life where we stalk each other on web and develop a simple perception based on what we see and read. The vast majority of my past “likes” on social sites have been given by the people, whom I never met. Even if we have got a popular profile with tons of views, it’s not the profile which gets bored and lonely, it’s just us. Social networks have penetrated our lives to such extent that instead of experiencing real life, we keep our eyes constantly glued to screen and our ears filled with earbuds, putting our energy in judging people online who show others only a fraction of who they actually are in real life. Data says, if Facebook were a country, it would have the third-highest population, behind China and India. How cool!

I wish there were some app which could notify, “Hey! you need to enjoy fresh air. It has been long when you met real people”. After acquisition of Nest by Google, we can even expect such technology in near future.

I always wanted to make money, lots and lots of money so that I could live a king size luxurious life. A big Bungalow, a good wife(really?) and a Mercedes(I didn’t know a better car that time :P) to take a drive. That long drive on the non-ending hilly roads in the dusk of monsoon, with drops of rainy water gently kissing our faces, with a no care in the world. But in this tightly packed busy-busy schedule, all those dreams are lost. Those dead sunken dreams are awoken by just one incident. That one incident happened when I chose to watch Zindagi na milegi dobara (You get to live life only once) on a boring Sunday noon, which pumped adrenaline in my veins. An adrenaline rush to fuel my desire to live. An insight that materialistic things were never meant to be the sources of real happiness.  Sometimes, we don’t need to seek happiness elsewhere. It is just within us. We only need to take a break, hold and look inside.

I have been more interested in photography, cars, traveling while being closer to nature. Nothing is more soothing than capturing moments you live in a camera so that you can relive those moments, freshen your memories when needed. Nature, beautiful nature. That wind whispering through the dry grass. Those golden flowers waltzing in the gentle breeze. Transparent water droplets splashed when a huge waterfall strikes the big stones on its way give a much more pleasant feeling, a feeling of relaxation, a feeling which is non comparable.

With all these thoughts, I realize I have never been so much wrong in my entire 25 years. But all this is only a feeling, like a fragrance floating in air, which can only be felt, which lasts only for couple of moments and then gets lost like we do in this fast moving technological world.

I have never been so lonely. I wish to explore the things around me before it’s too late, before my passion is crushed by the pressure of responsibility.

In the last 10 months, I started exploring the world. Trying out different things have been fun for me. I never thought I would ever get this much time for all these stuffs without hampering my work . They say it’s just about priorities and time management. Some people call me travel junkie, someone that crazy to save every penny for the next travel. Some call me adventure seeker, may be because I lived life to the extreme, may be because I have tried many things: Bungee jumping, Parasailing, Sea walking, Sky diving, Scuba diving.

To know and understand things better, I started picking up things one by one, dancing, piano, poem, photography. And the list goes on. Someone has said, 20 years from now, you would regret less about the things you did than the things you didn’t. I wish I would have started this earlier. Anyways, It’s better late than never.

There are things yet to explore, places yet to visit and experiences yet to garner. Who knows, while doing so, I may find my life companion. I could then someday tell, “And bwoy, this is how your mom and dad met”.

After exploring so many things, traveling seems to be just made for me. A guy who easily mingles with new people, never afraid of trying out new adventures and flexible enough to easily adapt to the new surroundings and culture. Traveling has changed me a lot. It has turned me into a writer, a poet. Someone has rightly said, “Traveling – It first leaves you speechless, and then it turns you into a storyteller”.

You know what, I have turned 25 this year. Why do I still feel like I haven’t achieved much? Why do I still feel I could have done much more? A writing from Ghalib beautifully explains my situation:

Thousands of desires each worth dying for,
Many of them I have realized…yet I yearn for more.

At this age of life, I am,
Too young to start saving for a future, too old to live carefree,
Too young for people to take you seriously, too old to speak your mind freely,
Too young to settle down, too old to switch your profession,
Too young for philosophies, too old for cartoons.

An excerpt from ZNMD which is true to its each word:

Did we ever quit our jobs, switch off our phones, leave all tensions behind and just travel? No. We’ve only been planning of this while life passed us by? This ‘my bwoy’ is a serious problem! We live just once but die everyday at the hands of our mundane lives. May be, it’s time to explore the unexplored and let the road decide our destination.

Signing off for now. Hope you enjoyed reading this. If you have something to share, I would love to hear. After all this is how we connect, by listening, by telling, by sharing, isn’t it?

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I’ll reach to your heart
Coz I’m flying like a bird
Though the road is not that fine
I’m battling for what is mine

There is bloodshed and there is burn
The whole world is short for me to run
My mind has gone blunt and my eyes are shut
The wings of love keep me up

The cloud seems to hit me like big ocean waves
I have to face this, or I’ll break

I don’t know a hush descended where we are
If it’s an ambush I have to make it far
I wish the rain could wipe out the traces from where I’ve passed
Turn up the pages and give my life a new cast
Your mere presence could wake me up once before dying
That’s why I’m knocking your door, I’m still trying
The tears of hope won’t quench the fire till the sun shines
I will battle till my last breath for what is mine.

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I’m here,
Do you know?
I’m waiting for you,
Do you know?

O oo oo oo o,

It’s been long since I heard from you,
I just wanna have a word with you,
All I wanna say,
I feel for you,
Only you and you and you,

Your silence is killing me,
Do you know?
I’m waiting for a sign,
Do you know?

Give a gesture
you are there,
Give a sign
the road is clear,
I’ll come all way
tell me where,

La la la la la la,

You feel for me,
Let me know,
Do you love me?
Yes or No?

Why don’t you say anything?
This much patience isn’t my thing,
Even a small sign will give a ring,
You’ve to believe, it’s not a fling,

I can see you
from my roof,
Give a gesture
it’s not a goof,
Call my name
I need a proof,

O oo oo oo o,

Can you see me?
Let me know,
Do you hear me?
Let me know,

I can stop at your door,
Ask for li’l love, nothing more,
But that’s not the way it’ll work,
This is why I fear,

I wanna let you know,
I just can’t let you go,
You’re a wonder,
Do you know?

O oo oo oo o,

I’m in love with you,
Do you know?
I’m waiting for you,
Do you know?

All the time
in rain and snow,
I’ve seen seasons
come and go,
I’m waiting for you,
Do you know?

O oo oo oo o

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Tere mere ishq ki katha hai kya,
Mujhe tumse kitna pyaar hai,
Bata dun kya,

Sadiyon ka pyaasa,
Tu iss jeevan ki paribhasha,
Mujhe tera nasha hai,
Bata dun kya,

Mujhe mehsoos hua hai,
Tum sa na koi duja hai,
Tu mere jeene ki wazah hai,
Bata dun kya,

Tera mera rishta hamesha,
Koi prem kahani na ho aisa,
Mujhe teri chahat hai,
Bata dun kya,

Maine khuda se tumhe puchha hai,
Har dua mein tumhe maanga hai,
Mujhe teri khwaish hai,
Bata dun kya,

Tere mere ishq ki katha hai kya,
Mujhe tumse kitna pyaar hai,
Bata dun kya,

Tu jo paas hai,
Mujhko na koi pyaas hai,
Yeh kaisa ehsaas hai,
Bata dun kya,

Main ab sota nahi hun,
Shab se subah tak tumhe sochta hun,
Mujhe tera rog hai,
Bata dun kya,

Maine dil mein chhupai hai,
Tasveer jo tumhari hai,
Yeh sath rahega hamesha,
Bata dun kya,

Yeh kaisa ehsaas hai,
Sadiyon ki pyaas hai,
Mujhe tere pyaar ki aas hai,
Bata dun kya,

Tu mere jeene ki wajah hai kya,
Har saans pe tera naam likha hai kya,
Tu mere jeene ki wajah hai kya,
Har saans pe tera naam likha hai kya,

Tere mere ishq ki katha hai kya,
Mujhe tumse kitna pyaar hai,
Bata dun kya.

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I am never gonna feel the same
I did when you were with me
I am never gonna love anyone the same
Why can’t you see?

Baby you took the breath away from me
Left me to live in this pain
I see you in my sleepless nights
Holding an umbrella for me in the rain

I am never gonna feel the same
I did when you stood by me

You cuffed me in chains of memories
Left me to live in this jail
I wanna be there with you
Be its heaven or hell

I am never gonna laugh the same
All funny moments are gone with you

You rendered me so helpless
Left me to live in this distress
Take me wherever you go
Don’t leave me feel this low

I am never gonna rock the dance floor again
Why did you leave me to live in this pain?
Baby you left in my heart a hole
Left here a body with no soul

I am never gonna feel the same
I did when you were with me
All the pain I’ve been going through
Why does it not happen with you too?

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