राखी पर यादें…

बचपन में साथ ही पढ़ते थे, साथ ही खेला करते थे,

फिर करके हाथापाई , माता की मार भी झेला करते थे,

तुम भाई भी थे और मित्र भी थे,

हर नये साल के मानचित्र भी थे,

एक होड़ तुम्ही से रहती थी, तुमसे बेहतर बन जाने की,

तुम आगे आगे चले सदा, मेरे लिए राह बनाते आने की,

तुमने रक्षा करी नहीं कभी, मुझे समर्थ बनाया बस,

अपनी जंग आप ही जीतो, इतना समझाया बस,

स्कूल से कॉलेज तक की पढ़ाई, तुमसे सीखी कर कर लड़ाई,

घर का छूटना मेहसूस नहीं था, क्यूंकि कॉलेज में थे तुम भाई,

लगी नौकरी साथ छूटा, राह अलग हो गयी थी तब,

तुम गए अलग सहर को थे, में गयी अलग सहर थी जब,

वो प्यार रहा, वो नेह रहा , रोजाना फ़ोन पर बात रहीं ,

ऑफिस ऐसा मौसम वैसा, घर जाने की योजना कहीं ,

राखी पर मिल ही जाता था , मौका रसम निभाने का,

हक़ से अपना उपहार मिले , और खर्चा घूमने घुमाने का,

बदले तुम थोड़े जब , शादी का शुभ मुहूर्त आया,

अपने जीवन में नये रिश्तों को तुमने धीरे से अपनाया,

तुम ब्यस्त हुए फिर और भी ग्रास्थी की जिम्मेदारी में,

आपस में संकोच बढ़ा, दिन भर की मारा मारी में,

तुमसे ज्यादा बातें अब तो भाभी से हो जाती हैं,

तुम काम या आलस करते हो, बातें पीछे रह जाती हैं,

समय गया, सहर बदले, फिर सहज हम भी हो गए,

अपने जीवन के रिश्तों में, हम भी थोड़ा सा खो गए,

राखी अब भी मन जाती है, लिफाफे में हो या हाथ में,

भाई पर क्या हम अब वो मित्र नहीं जो कभी रहते थे साथ में?

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Dedicated to my big brother.

“Love you bhai.. but had to say 🙄”

Thanks for reading….!!

Happy Rakshabandhan to all !!!!

The handicapped fish…

My husband have great love for aquariums and fishes. We have 4 fishes, they live happily in their modest abode, swimming is all directions, spreading happiness.

Pets can be real stress buster, with all their innocence and basic need of love and food. Fishes are least maintenance pets. You can watch an aquarium for endless hours without getting bored.

One unfortunate day one of the red cap got caught in the filter suction. My husband rescued her from the filter but she lost her forearm (front right wing) and the injury left her weak and dis-balanced. We placed her in a separate bowl with extra medicine hoping to help her heal.

We monitored her, she was alive, breathing but not trying to move. Next few days her situation didn’t change. We had to lift her up and take to the food which she would feed on. Her wound started to heal. But she won’t move on her own.

After a week I started to think that probably she is lacking motivation to move. She still have four other wings and a long tail in more or less perfect condition. But she was not making enough effort to learn swimming with her imbalanced body.

I am no expert on fish psychology but may be she was too focused on her one broken wing or depressed from the fact that she have to stay apart from her friends. The fact was her friends would have killed her while she was not able to defend herself by moving around. So putting her back was not an option.

I tried giving her a little physiotherapy by putting her in a tub with more flat surface and chasing her around in the water. Well she did responded by swimming to avoid me, yet without registering the fact that she could do the same without me chasing her. May be she is just lazy. After all she gets her food in her mouth without lifting a wing.

She is still recovering and I am still hopeful to rehabilitate her with her friends. But unless she make some efforts of her own, it seems quite distant.

In our life we often have something that goes wrong and we tend to focus all our energies towards feeling sad and low about it. While ignoring many other aspects of life that can lift our spirits. A little effort in right direction may probably help balance the loss and put us back on track. Also there are always friends or family ready to help you bounce back. Never loose hope, never loose faith and don’t become lazy.

stay healthy, stay happy !!!