Sunday, June 6, 2010

With light, you steal some darkness

Recently I have read Khaled Hosseini's book “The Kite Runner”. The book is an excellent story about a boy and his boyhood friend. There are some excellent lines in this book, one of which is  When you kill a man, you steal a life.... You steal his wife’s right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness.”

Also while bloghopping a day back I came across this poem by Dr. Kanhaiyalal Nandan.

मृत्य जिजीविषा से बहुत डरती है

मरने में मरने वाला ही नहीं मरता 
उसके साथ मरते हैं
बहुत सारे लोग
जैसे रोशनी के साथ
मरता है थोड़ा अंधेरा।
जैसे बादल के साथ
मरता है थोड़ा आकाश।
जैसे जल के साथ
मरती है थोड़ी सी प्यास।
जैसे आंसुओं के साथ
मरती है थोड़ी सी आग भी।
जैसे समुद्र के साथ
मरती है थोड़ी धरती।
जैसे शून्य के साथ
मरती है थोड़ी सी हवा।
उसी तरह
जीवन के साथ
थोड़ा-बहुत मृत्यु भी
मरती है।
इसीलिये मृत्य
जिजीविषा से
बहुत डरती है।

~ डा.कन्हैयालाल नंदन

It is amazing how these two different pieces of prose and poetry so effectively express the same idea. Its amazing that these have been written at two different times, in two different languages  and with reference to two different subjects. But  I guess the philosophy of life does not change.


Anamika Sureka said...

I have read all his book and they are so touching...

I cried so much while reading the book ..and now this poem ..Sneha poems narrates thousand painfull stories of families.

Thank u so much for sharing it..

I am saving the poem

KParthasarathi said...

I could not compare the two as I do not know Hindi.But the quotes from Kite runner were thought provoking.

Mulling Over My Thoughts said...

Really nice poem that!

akanksha said...

Kite Runner is an amazing book! It made me smile, it made me cry!
And what an amzing comparison! :)
Very nice poetry...The contrast between life and death is depicted beautifully by the poet!

paramveer said...

hey i have read kite runner..sucha master piece it is! :)

btw i m not finding any follower link on ur blog. why it is so dear?

Ria said...

nice poem, and m yet to read Kite Runner.

Off the cuff said...

After seeing death with such close quarters two years ago, i keep on wondering why best of the literature revolves around sorrow and death.

It's not a thing to romanticize.

BTW, both the pieces are marvels of literature.

Aswin Ram said...

kite runner was an amazing book...and one must not forget..both the prose are much related to Gandhi's teaching...
btw..this is a wonderful blog..

Anonymous said...

The day we had first breath we had life else we add life into life or we just walk...

Harshad mehta said...

Yes, philosophy of life remains unchanged through time, space and language.

Very interesting observation.

R. Ramesh said...

Thanks danke merci danyavad nanri shukran shukriya….

Aevi said...

so true...

Gaurav Kant Goel said...

Wonderful Poem... :)