अल्हड़ हँसी को औपचारिकता के,
दायरे में सिमटते देखा है…. 
दुःखों के पहाड़ को मुस्कान की ,
ओट में छिपाते   देखा है…
सच्चाई को सिसकते हुए, झूठ के 
बोझ तले तड़पते हुए देखा है….. 
ईर्ष्या को छलते हुऐ, प्रेम से ,
आघात करते देखा है… 
अपना कहते हैं जो, उन्हें,  
अपनों की निंदा करते देखा है… 
मित्र है या शत्रु,
भेद करना कठिन है… 
चेहरे पर मुखौटे  लगाए ,
शत्रु को मित्रता का हाथ बढ़ाते देखा है…. 
मित्र को भी कभी-कभी शत्रु से हाथ मिलाते  देखा है.… 
दुःख तो इसका है…. 
कि  मेरी गरीब सहजता को…. 
सभी को मुखौटा समझते देखा है….
और विडम्बना है कि ,
अब अपना प्रतिबिम्ब धुंधला होता दिखता  है…. 
कि खुद को भी मुखौटे लगाते देखा है….!!

“Mukhaute” is masks and the poem says that carefree laughter is hidden behind the masks of diplomacy, pain behind smiles and truth beneath the lies. Jealousy in garb of love stabs in back, people who tell you that you are the nearest to them  often are the ones who talk behind your back. It is difficult to distinguish between a friend and foe because the enemy sometimes hides behind the mask of friendship. Poem continues to say that now I cannot recognize my reflection because the society forces me to wear masks sometimes too!!


About shoma abhyankar

I like to believe that I am a creative person. I read, write, paint, sketch, rustle up some quick and some elaborate meals for friends and family, love chess, su-doku and scrabble, can hum an old Hindi song tentatively, always stand up for women rights, hate fake people, bugs, roaches, spiders and cigarette smokers!! I graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Architecture in 1998. Soon after, I married an officer in Indian Air Force and have been on move since then. For a brief time of two years when we were posted in Pune, I worked as a junior architect in a firm. Being aware of frequent movement that we would have to live with, I chose to be a homemaker and concentrated on creating a warm and welcoming home for my family. But sitting at home without any creative activity was not my cup of tea. I learnt candle making and soon put up an exhibition at Poona Club when my daughter was barely a year old. I also enjoyed a short stint as a home-based entrepreneur, supplying chocolates and cakes on demand, while we were posted in Bareilly. With an inclination towards writing, I completed a diploma in ‘Creative Writing in English’ from Symbiosis College of Distance Learning, Pune. Then I discovered the blogosphere. Now I hope to not only travel and share my experiences with the world but also to pen a book someday....
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4 Responses to Mukhaute…

  1. Anita says:

    Beautiful words & so true. The world’s a stage & people wear masks!!!
    Great, Shoma 🙂


  2. jafar says:

    कि मेरी गरीब सहजता को….
    सभी को मुखौटा समझते देखा है….
    .very nice..
    पर क्या कभी मुखोटा लगन मज़बूरी भी तो बना जाता हैं …!!!


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