Writer's Clan

Storms And Tranquility.

Part One.

He counted the lights in the urban city down the lane while I counted his scars. I wondered how he smiled so often with those heavy stitches on his lips. He said these were the consequences of bottling up too many secrets within himself. I always felt a very strong connection with him for we shared most of the cuts, those upon the soul. These scars were only for the body but on the inside, they were wounds that would rot me to death. He made my wounds shine over its cracks and told me how I was so beautiful with them on my skin. I used to believe that the world was dark, hiding deepest secrets behind every face. He told that it was the bright glint in my eyes that was eclipsed by the darkness and negative vibes of some undeserving people. I used to believe that my past followed me only to haunt me as I kept closing all doors to keep myself away from it, but he called me from behind a closed door and asked me to learn from my mistakes. I was a mess with all broken threads of trust, he was the magic that tied all knots to one that lead me to him. I sulked over the thought that I was better off alone with the fire within me. He took me to the darkest places where I learnt to become my own source of satisfaction. I was raised with the myth that a girl and a boy could have only a love tangent with each other. Here, I am standing on the top of the world having him for a lifetime as a friend. The two minds with a set of different thoughts where I felt we met by destiny and he claimed destiny was just an illusion.
“It’s our pain that found each other.” He said.

~Simran Riyaz

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पर भारत वहीँ का वहीँ है

आज़ादी के सत्तर वर्षों बाद,
तिरंगा आज भी हर छत पर गर्व से लहरा रहा है।
अपने व्यस्त जीवन से एक दिन निकाल,
हर भारतवासी शहीदों को याद कर,
भारतमाता को शीश नवा रहा है।
कितना वक़्त गुज़र गया,
कितनी सत्ताएँ पलट गयीं,
पर उन्नीस सौ सैंतालिस से दो हज़ार सत्रह तक,
कुछ तो बदलाव आये ही होंगे न?
आज 15 अगस्त केवल स्वन्त्रता दिवस नहीं रह गया है।
कुछ के लिए यह एक छुट्टी का दिन है, national holiday.
तो कुछ के लिए झंडे बेच एक वक़्त रोटी खाने का ज़रिया।
कोई मोर्चा निकाल देशभक्ति की आड़ में अपना ही उल्लू सीधा कर रहा है,
तो कोई महज़ एक दिन के लिए उन वीर जवानों को श्रद्धांजलि दे रहा है
जिनके परिवार वालों को पहले न जाने कितनी बार ही दुत्कारा।
सोमवार को छुट्टी कर, कितने ही short trip पर निकल गए,
जो बचे कुछ देश की हालत से बेख़बर, गलियों के कोने में नशे से धुत हैं पड़े।
क्या करें ज़नाब!
देश अब modern हो गया है,
लोग busy हो गए हैं।
अब वो देश पर मर मिटने का जुनून
पागलपन कहलाता है।
पुरुषों के समान हक़ माँगती हर औरत
Feminist कहलाती है।
वो जो देर रात काम कर घर आती है न,
उसे तो क्या क्या बुलाते हैं, अब कैसे बताऊँ?
चीन सीमा लांघ कितना ही आतंक क्यों न फैला ले,
शाहरुख़ की नयी फ़िल्म ने 100 करोड़ कमाया या नहीं, युवा पीढ़ी को तो इसकी पड़ी है।
हाँ बस इतना सा ही बदला है भारत,
बाक़ी तो सब आज भी वैसा ही है।
एक टुकड़े ज़मीन पर सत्तर साल पहले भी लड़ रहे थे,
आज भी लड़ रहे हैं।
ये मेरा, वो तेरा की जंग में जवान तब भी मर रहे थे,
देश, नदी, पहाड़, सब की ख़ातिर आज भी शहीद हो रहे हैं।
हरा, केसरिया, हर रंग की राजनीति पहले भी पुरज़ोर चलती थी,
गाय, बकरी, मुर्गी तक तो आज बस इसके छींटे आ गए हैं।
हाँ, भारत वहीँ का वहीँ है,
बस अंदाज़ नए से हैं।
धुंधली पड़ती कुछ आँखों ने एक स्वतन्त्र जमीं का ख़्वाब देखा था,
छोड़ गए वो हमारे हाथों में बागडोर
कि हम एक नए दीये से नवीन उजाला लाएंगे।
पर हमने तो केवल पुराने को ही recycle किया,
संविधान हो या समस्याएं, किसी को भी सरल नहीं किया।
किसान तो आज भी मर रहा है,
औरतें अब भी रो रही हैं,
गरीब आज भी भूखा है,
अमीर आज भी बेचैन है।
वक़्त तो लम्बा गुज़र गया,
पर भारत वहीँ का वहीँ है।
पर भारत वहीँ का वहीँ है।।

All About the Lens, Writer's Clan

At Peace

 

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Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

 

Past through the maze of steels and bricks

I have come beyond the cradle of nature.

No raindrop kiss on my head,

No promise of a blissful lullaby,

Just my solitude, at peace.

Writer's Clan

Five Must Reads For All Young Adults

Reading is a pastime to some, and a passion to others. Sometimes you read a book so special that you want to carry it around for months after you’ve finished just to stay near it.

“A reader lives a thousand lives before  dies, a man who does not read lives only one.”- George RR Martin.

Here I’ve compiled a short list of must-read books, some popular, some that haven’t achieved the lofty success they would’ve hoped for, but all nonetheless, amazing.

 

  1. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)

Set against the ever-changing political backdrop of Afghanistan, the book tells the story of the son of a rich merchant, Amir, and the son of his father’s servant, Hassan.

It is a heartbreaking story of friendship and betrayal, of love and redemption that emotionally grips the reader till the very end.

 

  1. The Namesake (Jhumpa Lahiri)

The Namesake is Jhumpa Lahiri’s debut novel after having previously won the Pulitzer Prize at the age of 32.

It views the Ganguli family from their tradition-bound life in Calcutta through their fraught transformation into Americans.

Lahiri reveals not only the defining power of the names and expectations bestowed upon us by our parents but also the means by which we slowly come to define ourselves out of their shadow.

 

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

Told through the point of view of the 6-year-old Scout Finch, the story recounts a crisis that rocks her Alabama hometown when the African American Thom Robinson is accused of raping a young white woman.

Scout’s father, Atticus Finch, is the lawyer appointed to represent Robinson. Alternately humorous and brutally honest, the novel looks critically at social issues of class, race, sexual politics, and the (sometimes) ironic injustice of the American legal system.

 

  1. Wonder (R.J Palacio)

The main plotline of Wonder revolves around one thing: being different. August ‘Auggie’ Pullman is born with a facial deformity which hinders his ability to live life the way he would like to.

Wonder forces you to put yourself in Auggie’s shoes and think for one second, “What would it be like to be August?”

At its core, it’s a novel that inspires you to find and truly be yourself against all odds.

 

  1. The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

When people say this is the best book ever written, they’re not kidding.

Every scene is unforgettable- from the grandest party ever recorded to the tensest fight ever written; from the most perfect dark twisted love affair of all time to the saddest funeral imaginable.

Accomplishing all this in a few pages is really a remarkable feat by Fitzgerald.

 

 

 

All About the Lens

Manali Melody by Sagarika Debnath

Sagarika Debnath is the Head of All About The Lens which is the Photography Department of BLACK | Grey | WHITE Magazine. We are proud to have her in our Team and she has showcased the beautiful vision that she has in every picture that she takes. It takes real talent and beauty to capture something very magical in something ordinary.

Here is a video that she made. Be sure to check it out and read what some BGW members and readers have to say about her work and vision.

After releasing every Issue, people say the same thing, “You have one hell of a Photographer”.
And I say the same thing, “I know. I’m a huge fan, too. I’ve loved her vision and photography ever since I’ve known her.
– Manavi Kunwar
Founder and Editor-In-Chief

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Sagarika’s photographs show exactly how she looks at things. She takes pictures from unusual angles which give the picture meaning and an insight. They show how stunning simple reality can be.
-Saleha Siddiqui
Founder and Editor-In-Chief

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She takes me into the other world of desires, where everything seems a fantasy only to realise that all of that was real. She makes me see how beautiful the world is.
– Arzoo Siddiqui
Member, Marketing Minions

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The photographs that she captures portray the emotions and textures with such vividness, like an omnipresent soul is present however varied may the readers’ thoughts be.
– Abhishek Matthew George
Reader

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Sagarika has an eye for beauty and she has the ability to combine it with creativity. Her skills give meaning to her pictures in the best way possible.
– Ishika Marwah
Reader

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Her pictures are not only visually aesthetic, they also provide inner happiness to self as well. The way she captures ordinary faces, scenes and things in extraordinary and beautiful.
– Juvairiah Khan
Head, Illustrations and Artworks

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She has got this extremely beautiful way of capturing the things around her. You can count me in as her fan. I definitely look forward to seeing more of her photography.
 
 -Sumaiya Rizvi
Photographer, All About The Lens