September 30, 2023
कभी-कभी एक छायाचित्र किसी व्यक्ति के पूरे व्यक्तित्व को साकार कर जाता है। बैक कवर पर दिया गया यह छायाचित्र उनके मूल व्यक्तित्व का सहज दर्पण है। पर्यावरण के प्रति परिवेश को परखती यह ईमानदार दृष्टि ध्यान को आकृष्ट करती है। राजीव रंजन शुक्ला का जन्म 27 अप्रैल 1973 को पटना में हुआ। उनके पिता डॉक्टर रामनंदन शुक्ला रसायन विज्ञान के व्याख्याता थे। मां संस्कृत में स्नातकोत्तर एवं माध्यमिक विद्यालय की शिक्षिका रहीं। साहित्य और विज्ञान के प्रति एक गहरा रुझान राजीव को उनसे ही मिला। विज्ञान के विद्यार्थी होने के कारण वैज्ञानिक तथ्यों को उन्होंने अपनी कविता में खूबसूरती से उकेरा है। पर्यावरण और विज्ञान का यह मेल उनकी कविताओं को एक अनोखी सुंदरता प्रदान करता है। राजीव की पहली रचना दैनिक भास्कर में प्रकाशित हुई थी। उसके बाद उन्होंने कभी पीछे मुड़कर नहीं देखा। उनकी कविताओं में पर्यावरण के प्रति उनकी चिंता साफ झलकती है। "शून्य" हो या "मानवीय संवेदना" हर विषय को उन्होंने अपनी कविताओं में स्थान दिया है। सहज सरल भाषा उनकी कविताओं की विशेषता है। भू-जल वैज्ञानिक होने के नाते प्रकृति से उनका सहज संवाद है। यह सहजता उनकी हर कविता में परिलक्षित होती है। अपने पिता की बौद्धिक छांव से अलग होने पर राजीव को उन कठिन घड़ियों ने उनको मानव परिणीति के अनेक नए रूपों से साक्षात्कार कराया।

Hindi poetry is a type of literature that has been passed down through generations in India and is still popular even today. It is a unique form of expression that has evolved over time, and it has its own unique characteristics that make it stand out. This makes the poetry written not only beautiful but gives it an inherent meaning which becomes clear when the readers try to understand it closely. They experience the same effect when they read “Asha: Shabdo ki Abha” by Rajeev Ranjan Shukla. Through his poetry, while the author writes about different subjects at length, he also explores their relevance in life at large as he scores universal subjects and subjects having a validity that extends to human beings on the whole. The subjects he chooses are routine, part of any person’s life, and yet, they have beauty despite being ordinary.

In the initial phases of “Asha,” the poet explores his emotional connections with his parents, which later on extend to a larger level by connecting his ideas with nature as a whole. However, his poetry about nature is distinct as it expresses the other side of nature, which goes beyond praising its beauty. The author gives words to nature and shows how it has been at the receiving end of the actions of human beings in an attempt to make their lives more comfortable. The poetry here is strong, and provoking and instigates the readers to take action in order to work towards saving nature.

In other sections of the poetry collection, “Asha” talks about general subjects festivals, patriotism etc. These subjects give the poet the liberty to explore his creative side at length and experiment with his potential in writing poetry on different subjects. Based on this, his style oscillates between short and long form to extended and condensed stanzas. It is interesting to observe how, despite taking up different styles, the author still maintains the rhythmic flow and plays with words well to entertain as well as invoke different faculties of the readers. This makes “Asha” a collection of writing that will be enjoyed by people of different age groups. While for grown ups, the meaning of the poetry would be different, for younger readers it will carry an altogether different meaning. This beauty of carrying multiple meanings depending on the age groups reading gives “Asha” a distinctiveness and distinguishes it from the poetry written so far.

Reading poetry in “Asha” can be a great way to gain insight into the thoughts and feelings of others, and to understand the world around us better. Poetry in this collection offers a unique look into the inner workings of a person’s mind, often allowing the readers to connect with and better comprehend the events and emotions in the world around us. It can also provide them with a different perspective on life, helping us to see things from a different angle or to recognize the beauty in the small moments of life. Reading poetry in this collection can be a great way to gain a deeper appreciation for language and for the power of words, as well as to gain new insights into ourselves and into the greater world. Hence, recommending it to all readers would only imply giving more readers an opportunity to experience the perspectives of the author and see the world through his eyes.

“Asha” features a style of writing of Hindi poetry that is often quite lyrical and beautiful. Hindi poets often make use of clever wordplay and clever use of imagery to convey their message. The poet does the same by using a form of expression that is particularly effective in creating an atmosphere of beauty and awe in the reader. While this casts the readers in a world of wonder, it also entertains them while keeping them spellbound. This poetry collection is recommended to people who are interested in reading poetry that comes as a breath of fresh air and breathes life through the language it uses. The usage of the Hindi language in writing also gives the poetry collection a flavor of Indianness, which keeps the readers closely connected to their roots in addition to invoking the emotions of nostalgia.

Title: Asha: Shabdo Ki Abha

Author: Rajeev Ranjan Shukla

Publisher: Evincepub Publishing

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