ek yaad ek chae ka mag aur kuchh rakh

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ek yaad ek chae ka mag aur kuchh rakh
purani kitabon ke chand pile waraq
pital ki ashtray aur siyah mote
frame ka wo chashma
wo kala wallett
aur kalai pe bandhi bhari sunahri gardi
khaddar ki aadhe bazuon wali shirten
aur makhsus lamban wali surmai patlun
kale tasmon wale jute aur saliqe
se jami mang
sab se faraghat ke baad kalaf mein akda
safed malmal ka kurta aur latthe ki shalwar
allahabadi kale pumps, cigarette ka kash
aur chae ka ghunt roz ki wahi rakh

jab hum kuchh nahin hote to

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jab hum kuchh nahin hote to
hum thik hote hain
jab hum thik hote hain
to kuchh thik nahin hota
aur jab kuchh thik nahin hota
to sab ghalat hota hai
sahih aur ghalat ka tayyun
do log kabhi nahin kar pae
aur isi liye akasr takiye juda
kar liye jate hain
kyun ki yahi shayad thik
hota hai

barish andar bhi barsati thi

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barish andar bhi barsati thi
barish bahar bhi baras gae
umr yun bhi guzarti thi
umr yunhi guzar gae
main ne kuchh kaha us ne kuchh suna
baat apni aai si ho gai
raat kate na kati thi dost meri
shukr hai ki subh ho gai
ye jo itna kharaba hua apna logo
kahte hain mohabbat thi ho gai

megha

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jab megha aati hai
sab ko pata chul jata hai
kabhi us ki hansi se
kabhi us ki khushbu se
kabhi kanon ke jhumke
kabhi aankh ka kajal
sab ko bata dete hain
megha kahin qarib hi hai
us ki hansi ki khanak aaj-kal
badi gahri hai
aanchal bhi lahrae hain magar
koi jaanta nahin is sari raunaq se
pare ek dil hai
jo dhdakna band karne ko hai
sansen aksar ghutne lagti hain
magar megha jagti hai
phir se khud ko sanwarti hai!