मुझे ज्ञान वैक्सीन चाहिए / I Need Knowledge Vaccine

पढ़ूं तो मैं क्या पढूं
छोडूं भी तो क्या छोडूं
छोड़ते तो कुछ बनता नहीं…
पर डर है मुझे
कही कुछ रह न जाए…

इस ज्ञान सागर में
असंख्य हैं अनमोल मोतियां,
जिन्हें आत्मसात करने में
लगेंगे कई जन्म,
जबकि मुझे मिला है सिर्फ एक…
सोचता हूं कुछ रह न जाए…

काश कुछ ऐसे टैबलेट
या कुछ कैप्सूल ही बन जातें,
जिसे पसंद अनुसार लेकर मैं
सुशोभित हो जाता उन मोतियों से…
ताकि कुछ रह न जाए…

उपन्यासों के लिए नोवलजीन,
कविताओं के लिए पोएट्रीसिल,
आलेखों के लिए एसायोल,
शब्द-कोषों के लिए डिक्सनगार्ड,
और ऐसे ही कुछ
विभिन्न विषयों के लिए भी,
चाहें भौतिकी हो या रसायन,
इतिहास हो या भूगोल…
ताकि कुछ रह न जाए…

ज्ञान सागर में समय समय पर
अद्यतीकरण हेतु आने वाले
नए मोतियों का
बूस्टर डोज भी हो,
ताकि कुछ रह न जाए..

इन्हें आत्मसात करने के पश्चात
कुछ अनहोनी ना हो,
कुछ विस्मृत न हो जाए,
ऐसा वैक्सीन भी बन जाता
तो सोने में सुहागा हो जाता
समय समय पर बूस्टर डोज भी
ताकि कुछ रह न जाए..

(English Version)

What should I read
and what should I leave
I want to leave nothing
but I’m afraid
I may miss out on something…

In this ocean of knowledge
there are precious pearls
innumerable,
it will take many births
to assimilate them,
while I’ve got only one…
I’m afraid
I may miss out on something…

I wish someone could make
some tablets or capsules
so that I can adorn myself
with those pearls
by taking whatever I wish…
so that nothing remains…

Novelgin for novels
Essayol for essays and articles,
Poetricyl for poems
Dixen Guard for dictionaries
and something like that
for different subjects,
be it physics or chemistry,
history or geography,
and add-on capsules too
for new updated pearls of wisdom
coming to the ocean of knowledge …
so that nothing remains…

I wish someone
could also make a vaccine
the icing on the cake
to ensure nothing untoward
happens after assimilation,
let nothing be forgotten anytime
with booster doses
from time to time…
so that nothing remains…

–Kaushal Kishore

25 Comments

  1. Clever and interesting presentation, brilliant poem!!
    Also, it is good to have a friend who is by profession book critic and can help if needed, but you are so well read that I think the poem is teasing only!
    Thank you.

    Joanna

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    1. You’re right, Joanna, poem is just poem. Sometimes wild ideas do come to mind. But I’m not so well read. I always look forward to my knowledgeable colleagues and excellent book critics like you to help me out. Thank you so much!

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    1. Ramayan talked of Pushpak Viman, but thousand years later, it became a reality. So who knows what will happen tomorrow. Scientists are regularly inventing one thing or the other. Thank you, Preeths for your lovely comment 😊🤗

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    1. Thank you, Siva jyothi for reading and leaving such a beautiful comment. It’s appreciation from readers like you that encourages me to write such stuff. Stay blessed 😊🤗

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  2. We have “Cliff’s Notes” summaries of books – designed to be a quick read/cheat sheet so you get the important points without having to read the whole book. (They are popular with high school and college students). Your analogy to a vitamin or supplement pill is fascinating. You get something from the shortcut, but is it really the complete experience?

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    1. I had read something like Cliff’s Notes during my college days. We used to call it “Keys”, but those were good for recapitulation, not for original reading. What I had in my mind while writing this post was not the shortcut, but chips of the whole, though it’s impracticable; but imagination may be as wild as this. Thank you JYP for sharing your beautiful reflections!!

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  3. How well I remember, as a high school student learning about the Renaissance, my burning desire to become a “Renaissance woman.” I wanted to know everything! I also remember the gradual realization of how impossible that wish was. That will not stop me from trying to learn all I can as long as I live. Learning is a joyful pursuit…as is eating cake, which I mostly appreciate from memory these days! 🙂

    Thank you, KK, for this clever and thought-provoking post! It brought back memories. ❤

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    1. As a child, reading was not a good experience, and I used to think, “How lucky the birds and animals are! They simply eat and enjoy. No reading, no class, no teacher.” But even those days were lovely ones, I think in retrospect. Thank you, Cheryl for appreciating and sharing your experience as well.

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