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June 19, 2024

These heartfelt poems by celebrities is the healing touch you need in this lockdown

Twinkle Dharmani

The lockdown has taken a toll on everybody in some way or the other and all of us have our own ways to cope with it. One of these ways is to write and recite poetry and watch your favourite artists recite soulful verses. 
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Farhan Akhtar
One of the many reasons that make ZNMD (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara) our favourite film is Imran (Farhan’s) poetry. Surprisingly, Farhan rewrote the ‘toh zinda ho tum’ poem except for this time, it was the Corona version. If you haven’t already, do listen to how Akhtar uses different words to create the same impact that made us fall in love with him in the movie.


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‘Toh Zinda ho tum’ – Corona version. #laughalittle #stayhome #poemsforourtimes

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Ayushmann Khurrana
Ayushmann dons many hats and one thing that he’s been doing almost every day on his Instagram account is reciting poems. One of the poems that stood out is titled ‘Ardh Nirmit’, which describes our imperfect realities. Just like Khurrana mentioned in this video, we cannot stay positive every day and there comes a time when reality hits us hard. 



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यहाँ कोई मित्र नहीं है, कोई आश्वस्त चरित्र नहीं है, सब अर्धनिर्मित है| अर्धनिर्मित इमारतें हैं, अर्धनिर्मित बच्चों कि शरारतें हैं, अर्धनिर्मित ज़िन्दगी कि शर्ते हैं, अर्धनिर्मित जीवन पाने के लिए लोग रोज़ यहाँ मरते हैं| अर्धनिर्मित है यहाँ के प्रेमियों का प्यार, अर्धनिर्मित है यहाँ मनुष्यों के जीवन के आधार| आज का दिन अर्धनिर्मित है, न धूप है, न छाओं है, मंजिल कि डगर से विपरीत चलते पाँव है| | अर्धनिर्मित सी सेहत है, न कभी देखा निरोगी काया को, न कभी दिल से कहा अलविदा माया को, हमारी अर्धनिर्मित सी कहानी है, अर्धनिर्मित हमारे युवाओं कि जवानी है| हम रोज़ एक अर्धनिर्मित शय्या पर लेटे हुए एक अर्धनिर्मित सा सपना देखते हैं, उस सपने में हम अपनी अर्धनिर्मित आकांक्षाओं को आसमानों में फेंकते हैं| आसमान को भी इन आकांक्षाओं को समेटकर अर्धनिर्मित होने का एहसास होता होगा, क्योंकि यह आकांक्षाएं हमारी नहीं आसमान की है, बिलकुल वैसे ही जैसे यह अर्धनिर्मित गाथा तुम्हारी है और आयुष्मान की है| -आयुष्मान

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Amitabh Bachchan
The great Amitabh Bachchan recites a poem written by his father Harivanshrai Bachchan, the legendary Indian poet. 

These lines below express hope and strength and were written almost 83 years ago.

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In these times of isolation I reminisce my Father and his poem , which expresses hope and strength. The singing is exactly how Babu ji recited and sang it at Kavi Sammelans, which I attended with him .. इन अकेली घड़ियों में, मैं बाबूजी और उनकी कविता को याद करता हूँ, जो आशा भरी हैं, शक्ति सम्पूर्ण । गाने की धुन बिलकुल वैसी है जैसे बाबूजी कवि सम्मेलनों में गा के सुनाया करते थे । मैं उनके साथ होता था ।

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Zakir Khan
Anybody who knows this stand-up comedian knows of his excellent oratory skills. In these verses, he beautifully describes how being quarantined in a city away from one’s family makes one nostalgic. He talks about his longing to eat home-made food cooked by his mother and so many other memories that fill him up with a sense of sadness.


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#EkChamachSwaadKa #RishtonKaSwaadBadhaye #MotherDairyGhee #MotherDairyFreshDelights @motherdairyfreshdelights

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Swanand Kirkire
The lyricist who won many hearts with his beautiful song Tu Kisi Rail Si from the movie Masaan has once again penned down a romantic poem titled ‘Chand Awara,’ in which the moon is personified as a wanderer. 


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Rupi Kaur
Poet Rupi Kaur and poetry are inseparable. She is someone who understands very well the power of words and uses them in a way that wins over so many people’s hearts. Her poem on self-hatred is a must-read.


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