Ronak Sawant is an Indian artist, dancer, poet, writer, street photographer and humanitarian. He is the life explorer & a free bird that uses his art, wisdom and life’s journey to inspire people and make a change in the world.

May 05, 2020

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Cover Photo: A Poem on Coronavirus & Lockdown by Ronak Sawant

"कोरोना हारेगा, हम जीतेंगे"

 

जीवन ठहरा-सा है

ज़माना तनहा-सा है

माहौल बिगड़ा-सा है

संसार बदला-सा है


लोग घर में कैद है

दुकान, दफ्तर, सब बंद है

सड़के सुनसान है

चारों तरफ लॉकडाउन है


पटरी पर रेलगाड़ी दौड़ रही है

ही आसमान में विमान उड़ रहा है

शहर की रफ्तार रुकी-सी है

शहर का शोर गायब-सा है


लोगों की चहल-पहल थम गयी है

यारों की महफ़िल एक गुज़री कहानी-सी है

बच्चों के खेल-कूद की गूँज चुप्पी है

जीने का मज़ा गायब-सा है


प्रकृति खिली है और पंछी चहचहा रहे है

हवा ताज़ी और नदी साफ़ हो गयी है

दिल अब तरस रहा है इसे संजोने के लिए

लेकिन क्या करे, हम है बेबसी के मारे बंद अपने घरों में


कभी सोचा न था, जीवन में ऐसे भी होगा

फुर्सत के बदले, ऐसी हकीकत देखने मिलेगी

झप्पी के बदले, दूरी रखनी होगी

जीवन की एक लड़ाई, ऐसे छिपकर लड़नी और जितनी होगी


कैसी महामारी है यह जो फैलती ही जा रही है?

कैसी बीमारी है यह जो जान लेती जा रही है?

किसका किया धरा है यह?

क्या यह सिर्फ गलती या कोई विनाश का इरादा है?


कुछ महत्वपूर्ण सवाल है जिसके अपूर्ण जवाब है

कोई भी समस्या जहाँ से निर्माण होती है

अक्सर उसका हल वहाँ पे मौजूद होता है

खैर, हमें अपना वजूद निभाना ही है


जिस वक़्त से हम गुज़र रहे है

बहुत ही संगीन और कठिन है

लेकिन मेरे दोस्त, तुझे मजबूत रहना ही होगा

तुझे इस कोरोना महामारी से लड़ना ही होगा


ये कोरोना जो है ना

बस कुछ ही दिनों का मेहमान है

जब बनेगी दवा

तब होना इसका तबाह है


आशा की किरण जगाए रखना

साहस और विश्वास को टूटने मत देना

एक सवेरा ज़रूर आएगा

जो संसार को फिर से रौनक कर देगा


सब कुछ ठीक होगा

यह वक़्त भी गुज़र जाएगा

कोरोना हारेगा, हम जीतेंगे

कोरोना हारेगा, हम जीतेंगे



कवि - रोनक सावंत

 

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"Corona Haarega, Hum Jeetenge"

 

Jeevan thahra sa hai

Zamaana tanha sa hai

Mahaul bigda sa hai

Sansaar badla sa hai


Log ghar mein kaid hai

Dukaan, daftar, sab band hai

Sadke sunsaan hai

Charon taraf lockdown hai


Na patri par railgaadi daud rahi hai

Na hi aasmaan mein vimaan udd raha hai

Shahar ki raftaar ruki si hai

Shahar ka shor gayaab sa hai


Logon ki chahal-pahal tham gayi hai

Yaaron ki mehfil ek guzri kahani si hai

Bachon ke khel-kud ki goonj chuppi hai

Jeene ka maza gaayab sa hai


Prakriti khili hai aur panchi chahchaha rahe hai

Hawa taazi aur nadi saaf ho gayi hai

Dil ab taras raha hai ise sanjone ke liye

Lekin kya kare, hum hai bebasi ke maare band apne gharon mein


Kabhi socha na tha, jeevan mein aise bhi hoga

Fursat ke badle, aisi haqeeqat dekhne milegi

Jhappi ke badle, doorie rakhni hogi

Jeevan ki ek ladai, aise chhipkar ladni aur jeetni hogi


Kaisi mahaamaari hai yeh jo failti hi jaa rahi hai?

Kaisi bimaari hai yeh jo jaan leti jaa rahi hai?

Kiska kiya dhara hai yeh?

Kya yeh sirf galti ya koi vinaash ka iraada hai?


Kuch mahatvpurn sawaal hai jiske apurn jawaab hai

Koi bhi samasya jahan se nirmaan hoti hai

Aksar uska hal wahan pe maujood hota hai

Khair, humein apna wajood nibhana hi hai


Jis waqt se hum guzar rahe hai

Bahut hi sangeen aur kathin hai

Lekin mere dost, tujhe majboot rehna hi hoga

Tujhe iss corona mahaamaari se ladna hi hoga


Yeh Corona jo hai naa

Bas kuch hi dino ka mehmaan hai

Jab banegi dava

Tab hona iska tabaah hai


Aasha ki kiran jagaye rakhna

Saahas aur vishwas ko tootne mat dena

Ek savera zaroor aayega

Jo sansaar ko phir se raunak kar dega


Sab kuch theek hoga

Yeh waqt bhi guzar jaayega

Corona haarega, Hum jeetenge

Corona haarega, Hum jeetenge



Poet - Ronak Sawant




© Artwork by Li Min | China Daily. I do not own the copyright to the image used in this poem.



Note:

A couple of days ago, I viewed lockdown pictures of my beloved city, Mumbai. Seeing those deserted streets, I felt tears in my eyes. Honestly, I couldn’t bear that sight. The city that has always been full of life is now empty. Then I saw a video of how the environment is getting better and nature is blooming. I so wanted to go out and cherish it, but it’s significant right now that we stay at home. I had also read some news in which many people committed suicide fearing the Coronavirus. So I wanted to create something as a solution highlighting all that we are going through in such trying times. That led me to write this inspiring poem.


The inspiration for this poetry was all the above moments. I penned this poem in a way that it inspires one to be healthy, have faith, keep hope alive and never give up against Covid-19 or any life situation in general.


Dear friends, be grateful for everything you have in life, especially life. Be thankful for the internet as because of it you are reading this, say thank you to those walls around you that are comforting you and keeping you safe for years, thank your family, be thankful for every little thing, be it water, food, air, oxygen, etc.


Every day I wake up with a smile on my face and gratitude in my heart and go to bed at night feeling the same. Life is beautiful no matter what the situation.


I know it’s a difficult time that we are going through in life. Because of the virus, people are losing lives; the economy is tumbling down, businesses are closed, countries are in lockdown, etc. But I also do know that it is temporary and this tough time too shall pass. As I said in the poem, “Ek savera zaroor aayega, Jo sansaar ko phir se raunak kar dega.” (One morning will surely come that will make the world shine bright again.)


So hang in there, mere dost (my friend). Have faith. Be strong. We are in this together. Together we will fight and overcome this adversity and come out more powerful than ever. Take care; stay safe!


Coronavirus ke baad mai aap sabhi ko khushi se gale lagaake milunga. (After the Coronavirus, I will meet you all with a happy hug.)


Coronavirus will lose; we will win.

Coronavirus will lose; we will win.


Love,

Ronak

March 26, 2020

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Cover Photo: "Fight against Coronavirus" - A Poem by Ronak Sawant

Don’t be afraid of this pandemic,
Be strong; this is a time to be heroic.
Together we will fight and end the Coronavirus disease,
But first, understand your responsibility towards the crisis.
It’s simple, stay at home, stay safe, and have patience!
Don’t be an enemy be a friend who cares.
Practice social distancing & isolation,
Quarantine is, for now, the only solution.
Appreciate and be grateful to those who work for our safety,
Take this opportunity to improve yourself and contribute to humanity.
Such hard times don't last forever,
As always, this too will pass, and things will get better.
The vaccine will be made,
And soon the virus will be dead.
Till then, take care of yourself and others,
And play your role to fight against Coronavirus.
Remember, if you have a life,
You have a world called paradise.


Poet - Ronak Sawant


© Artwork by Cai Meng | China Daily. I do not own the copyright to the image used in this poem.


Note:
Along with this poem, I express my heartfelt condolences to all those who lost their lives due to Coronavirus. May their soul rest in peace!

I respect and salute to all the brave hearts who are working and risking their lives to keep us safe.

Dear friend, please stay at home, stay patient, stay safe and stay healthy. We are in this together. We will together win this fight against Coronavirus.

Thank you.

Love & Prayers. Amen.

January 19, 2020

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Cover Photo: "I have moved on, but..." - A Poem by Ronak Sawant

I have moved on, but I'm still holding on to you,
With the hope that you will come anew.
And someday, you will understand the love & care I had for you.
Hug me tight, say that I will never leave and I want to be with you.

I have moved on, but I'm still waiting for you,
I have kept the door of my heart open for you.
There you will find all my love and our happy moments too.
Have a visit when you are ready, and I will be right there welcoming you.

I have moved on, but don't get me wrong,
I'm still yours, like your favourite song.
I still remember everything about us, okay!
And if you ever miss me, know that I'm just a call away.

I have moved on, but I will not stick around for long,
After all, I am a human with a heart that is strong.
So before someone else enters this beautiful place,
The choice here is all yours to make.

I have moved on, but I'm still holding on to you,
With the hope that you will come anew,
With the hope that you will come anew,
With the hope that you will come anew.


Poet - Ronak Sawant


© Artwork by Omario Brunelleschi (Omario2d). I do not own the copyright to the image used in this poem.

January 08, 2020

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Cover Photo: "लक्ष्य तेरा इंतज़ार कर रहा है" (Lakshya Tera Intezaar Kar Raha Hai) - A Poem by Ronak Sawant


क्या सोच रहा है तू?
कहाँ खोया है तू?
क्यों रो रहा है तू?
कब तक ऐसा चलता रहेगा यूँ?
चल उठ जा, ज़िंदगी तुझे बुला रही है।
तेरे सपने तुझे बुला रहे है।
यह ही है मौका, यह ही है पल।
ले कसम,
और बढ़ा अपने कदम।
लक्ष्य की ओर तू बढ़ता चल।
क्योंकि लक्ष्य तेरा इंतज़ार कर रहा है।
लक्ष्य तेरा इंतज़ार कर रहा है।


कवि - रोनक सावंत

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"Lakshya Tera Intezaar Kar Raha Hai"



Kya soch raha hai tu?
Kahan khoya hai tu?
Kyun ro raha hai tu?
Kab tak aisa chalta rahega yun?
Chal uth ja, zindagi tujhe bula rahi hai.
Tere sapne tujhe bula rahe hai.
Yeh hi hai mauka, Yeh hi hai pal.
Le kasam,
Aur badha apne kadam.
Lakshya ki ore tu badhta chal.
Kyunki lakshya tera intezaar kar raha hai.
Lakshya tera intezaar kar raha hai.


Poet - Ronak Sawant

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English Translation:

"The Goal Is Waiting For You"


What are you thinking?
Where are you lost?
Why are you crying?
How long will it continue like this?
Come on, life is calling you.
Your dreams are calling you.
This is the chance and this is the moment.
Take a promise,
And take a step forward.
Keep moving towards the goal.
Because the goal is waiting for you.
The goal is waiting for you.


Poet - Ronak Sawant

October 20, 2019

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Cover Photo: "Trees, Humans & Life" - Ronak Sawant

रात के अंधेरों में मासूम पेड़ों को मार गिराया,
अरे, आप लोगों ने आरे का क्या यह हाल कर दिया?
जिस भारतीय संस्कृति में हम पेड़ों की पूजा करते हैं,
कुछ लोग इन पेड़ों के हत्यारे बन गए हैं।
यह सब करके कहाँ जाना चाहते हो,
और ऐसा क्या है जो पाना चाहते हो?
सच में, इंसान लालच से भरे हैं।
जबकि, पेड़ अच्छे कर्मों के बीज से भरे हैं।
वक़्त निकल जाने से पहले, जाग जाओ।
पेड़ बचाओ, प्रकृति बचाओ, जीवन बचाओ।
- रोनक सावंत

I have grown up listening to this beautiful story by my grandmother - “Plants go to sleep when it gets dark, and we should not disturb them by cutting its leaves, flowers, fruits, roots or branches.”

I have learned this very same thing from our Indian culture in which we worship trees. So, I firmly believe in this story of my grandma. It’s true because I think Trees and Humans have one huge similarity that we both have been blessed with this amazing gift called life. We both also have the power of saving each other’s life. But it’s the very nature of human that we are filled with greed, while trees are filled with the seeds of good deeds.

In this pursuit of chasing the development, we are failing to realise that we are destroying the environment too. Development is important for growth, but the environment is important for life. I believe Development and Environment Protection both should go hand in hand together. A proper balance between these two is the symbolic representation of the healthy and wealthy place. But instead of making things better, we are making it worse day-by-day. Hence, the reason for the sign of climate change.

We are human beings. Our life is entirely dependent on nature. The more we will destroy nature, the more we will suffer. Destroying the environment is like destroying our own self. I hope everyone understands the importance of the environment before it’s too late.

We must take our environment seriously. We must preserve our nature. We all together can make this world a better and a beautiful place. It’s possible.

Please, save nature, nature will save you.

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Aarey Story (for those who don’t know what I’m referring to in this blog post):
On October 04, 2019 at around 9’clock at night, the authorities led by the Government started cutting (slaughtering) Trees for Mumbai Metro Car Shed at Aarey. It’s painful to see over 2000 Trees being cut in Aarey Forest. Heart-breaking to watch trees that stood for a hundred years are no more. Feeling like the part of a human body is cut off. Not only this, the police (based on the order given to them) even arrested the protesters who were protesting for saving the trees. This is probably for the first time someone might have been arrested for saving a tree. What has happened in Aarey in the last couple of days is so inhuman. People are not opposing the Metro and its shed; people are opposing the trees being cut down.

Fingers-cross on the Supreme Court's decision to come tomorrow about the Aarey case. May justice prevails for the ecosystem of Aarey!

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– Ronak Sawant