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main swati tum chatak

I wrote this sometime in 1986

All of 18, I was envisioning a future – a dream that I wanted to live.

A dream that came true for me


मैं ज्योति, तुम उजियारा
मैं नभ प्रतीक, तुम सूरज हो
मैं सौरभ, तुम हो सुवास
मैं हूँ प्रार्थना, तुम बने शिवि
मैं प्रकृित निश्चछल, तुम उज्जवल मानव
मैं पूर्ण, तुम हो संपूर्ण
मैं सरिता कलकल, तुम सागर सम
बहती बहती पवन हूँ मैं, तुम मंद हवा का झोंका हो
मैं गति, तुम हो ठहराव
मैं हूँ नभ, तुम ब्रम्हांड हो
मैं प्रेरणा, तुम कल्पना
मैं बूंद बनी प्यासे तुम
मैं स्वाति, तुम चातक


Posted in My Hindustani poems, Prose n Poetry.

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  1. anupma says

    Belated Merry Anniversary

    Revelatory, lyrical, quixotic, sensitive, ethnical, instinctive, fortunate.

    • swatisani says

      Re: Belated Merry Anniversary

      Thanks a bunch for your lovely comment and yes, I am indeed fortunate :) You have a way with words.

  2. pooja says

    Awesome. I always look forward to reading your posts :).
    Many happy returns of the day.

  3. kaustubhhere says

    Its really beautiful, I didn’t understand a couple of words though…. I guess I’m losing touch with my Hindi. :)

    Happy Anniversary! :)

    • swatisani says

      Thanks :)

      If you wish, I can help you with the words you did not understand.

      • kaustubhhere says

        Ah, wonder why i didn’t think of that earlier:)

        What do “chatak” and “tharav” mean?

        • swatisani says

          Chatak is a bird AKA Papiha AKA the common hawk cuckoo, the call of this bird in hindi is transcribed as ‘pee-kahan pee-kahan’. Legend has it that the bird drinks only when the swati nakshatra (constellation) rises during sawan, the monsoon season.

          Tharav means stillness, stability.

          • kaustubhhere says

            Thanks :) Now I competely understand this piece. Would love to see you post anything else you might have written…. This one is really beautiful.

            • swatisani says

              I actually want to put my hindi poems online, too lazy… …

  4. on9thheaven says

    wow this at 18 ! beautiful…

    just one question though – has more life experiences changed any of these sentiments ?

    • swatisani says

      Thank you :)

      And to answer your question, no life’s experiences have not changed any of these sentiments :) and I am glad it hasnt.

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  6. brainz says

    Happy Anniversary! :)

  7. shoan says

    Happy anniversary!

  8. jessyleen says

    happy anniversary!

  9. nithya says

    am already in office as usual.. was reading your lines and spilt coffee all over myself.. now you owe me a new dress :-))
    just kidding..
    sorry didnt see it yesterday … was stuck in office meetings all day…
    god bless you and have a lovely life…

    • swatisani says

      Come to Nagpur and you will get your new dress! Thanks for the blessings aunty ;)

      • nithya says

        ham cake khaane aur kapde lene kahin par bhi pahunch sakte hain…

        • swatisani says

          To phir challenge – Reach – Nagpur ka “Death by Chocolate” cake is unmatched

          • nithya says

            paise do .. ham zaroor ayenge..
            hum gareeb log hain mayee
            btw i too fell in love with Bheegey Hont from murder… i listen to it everyday .. hehehe

  10. savyasachi says

    Beautiful! Reminds me of Mahadevi Verma – Tum mujhmein priya, phir parichay kya? – read that one?

    • swatisani says

      Thanks :)

      Yes, I know Tum Mujhmein..

      Meri panktiyan Mahadevi ji jaisi gehrai bayan kar hee nahi sakti .. she is a class in herself. My favourite one from her still remains “Mein neer bhari dukh ki badri”

  11. ajaygupta says

    Excellent work ! (Not just this, but the others that you have put at as well)

    This blog is now one of my favorites.

  12. Vishwajeet kumar says

    Your poem is very good no doubt keep writing.
    I saw it first time, you are really a good poet.
    I also write poems but i don’t know how to make it public so please help me.
    How can i put it on internet so that others can also read it?
    I am Vishwajeet kumar and i hope that you will help me.
    please send me details on my e-mail id.
    My id is

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