Nanaji – A Legend

“PRAYAGWASHI” aur “FATTAH SINGH” ye dono kahain phir se mere kahne per nanaji ne sunai. Ye do kahaniya mujhe sabse jyada pasand hain sab bachpan ki kahaniyo main se. Ye wo stories hain jo main ne anginat baar suni hoingi aur mujhe sirf nanaji se he ye acchi lagti hain. Wo jis tarah se characters aur scene ka description dete hain,1 wo aur koi nahi de sakta.

Kahani sunne ke baad jab main leta, phir ek karwat le kar sachne laga ki “Jaisa main ne suna hai auro se nanaji ne apni zindagi tanashaho jaisi guzri hai aur unhone wo sab kiya hai jo aaj ek powerfull, rich and most ambicous person karta hai ya karna chahata hai. Unke acche dino main, unki ek aavaj per poora gao kaa aa jana, Ghar ke pandit ko ready to hearvest phasal daan kar dena, apne dosto ko home made milk products bhejtna, Aur sabse badi cheez unki laathi. Unki laadi ek credit card ki tarah thi, koi bhi insaan unki laathi dikha kar kisi se kuch bhi la sakta tha jo ek credit ki tarah hota tha. All these shows his personality, his fame, his reputation.”

Agle din shaam ko phir se baatin suru hui. main nanaji se baat karte karte unke alag alag experiences sun raha tha. Kaise wo jail main unke dost ko milne gaye to ek bunch of bannan apne shoulder per rakh kar le gaye, ya ganga nahte waqt pandit se ladai ki ya kuch time pahle tak unko hanuman chalish, durga chalish, shiv chalish  sab kaise unko yaad tha. Ager main sochuin ki nanaji ye sab kuch kyoin karte the to koi answer nahi aata sirf ek baat dikhayi deti hai ki unke kuch rules the jo wo her haal main follow karte the aur apni baat aur dosto ke liye kuch bhi karte the. Shayad issi wajah se unke childrens ko utne asserts nahi mile jitne wo expect kar rahe the kyoin ki baccho ke bade hone tak nanaji ke paas 50% asserts he bache the aur 50% dosto and aur logo ko de diye the.  Phir main ne poocha “accha nanaji, aapki itni umer ho gayi hai kuch aisa hai abhi jo aap sochte ho ki iss life main nahi kar paye?” Unhone ne bina soche apne haath jode aur upper utthaya aur bolo “bas ek he tamanna hai ki iss akhiri waqt main bhole bhandari aaram se upper ka rasta dikhaye ediya na ragdaye mujhse.”

Like all time, Iss baar bhi main 2 weeks ke liye apne ghar leaves per aaaya tha. So 1 week apne relatives ke liye nikal kar chal diya apni jade(roots) dekhne ke liye. Bas 3 places he mujhe visit karne hote hain. Mere Grandparents, mere nanaji ka place aur mausiji ka ghar. Mera grandparents ke village name “Ataria” i like it most becaue its only the place i see which gives me ultimate peace beacuse jab bhi main villeage main ghoomta huin to yaad aane lagta hai ki  main bhi in galiyo main he bhagte, girte, utthte bada hua huin then i feel a unknown but very strong bond wih each and everything around me. Lakin cousines and uncle, aunts bahut saare hain so crowd jaisa feel hone laga hai ab. Mere nanaji ka place “Kamlapur”, a small kasbe jaisa hai. I like this place most of all. Reason ye mere nana aur nani ka ghar hai so i am most special guest for them. Jab bhi jaata huin to aur koi dhyaan de ya na de nana nani hamesh mere her aaram ka dhyaan rahte hain. 3 mama hai mere per sab just opposit nature ke. I like middle one mamaji most i dont know why but i think unki soch he sabse sahi lagti hai mujhe. Aur nanaji unki umar bahut ho gayi hai, he even cant see and recognise faces. Sometime i use to think, if somehow main nanaji ke life experiences jaan sauin aur unko apni life main use kar sakuin to my life will change and i can know many morething beyond my own life. Kuch aisi book mujhe mila jaye jisme nanaji ki poori life experiences ho aur jab bhi main kabhi kahin confuse huin i ll just go back n get my answer in that book.

And as usual, baaki sab baation ke saath wo apne teeno beto ko galiya dete rahe, batate rahe kaise unki life kati aur inki kaisi kat rahi hai. Nanaji ko aaj kal money problem bhi ho rahi hai agar kabhi kuch khane ka man karta hai to wo affort nahi kar paate hain. Mujhe aisa laga unki and aurlogo ki baatoin se. So when i was about to leave, 1000/- main ne nanaji ko dete hue kahain “nanaji ye lijiye kuch paise mummy ne dene ko bola tha mujhe” nanaji ne kaha “Guddu, ab aise bhi halat nahi aaye ki betiyo se kuch liya jaye ager dena chahate ho to apne naam se do mummy ke naam se to nahi luinga.” I was so amazed that iss insaan ke paas kuch bhi nahi hai phir bhi ego is too high. I am very big fan of nanaji, jaisi life aur personality unki thi or hai kisi ki nahi dekhi main ne.

My Nanaji died on 26, July 10.

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