It was due to a ‘comedy of error’ that I got introduced to Pandit Om Vyas. Someone had shared a youtube link on FB about Arbind Kejriwal’s fiasco about some issue. When I clicked the link it took me to one of the kabi sammelan videos of Late Kavi Om Vyas ji. That time I did not know that the satirist to whom I had taken an instant liking was no more. Subsequently, after watching a number of hilarious videos, when I learnt of his tragic untimely death, it reminded me of the song: haste haste rona sikho ….. rote rote hasna……. just like his sessions.
In a congregation of poets (Kabi Sammelan) hosted in memory of Haribansh Rai Bachchan, in his inimitable style, he recited a poem whose pet phrase (takiya kalam) was ‘Maja hi kuchh aur hai. Well, Panditji, with due respect to you, here is a rejoinder that I have composed, imitating your style. It follows an English translation which may not be exact but, as close as possible to the Hindi version:
Signal se thik pehle lane change karne ka Chalti gaadi se bahar thuk-ne ka Bina matlab zor se zor horn bazane ka Gaadi khadi karke public view mein mut-ne ka Footpath mein motor cycle chalane ka No parking board ke thik samne gaadi park karne ka Beech raste mein gaadi khadi karke dooosre driver se jhagadne ka Maza hi kuchh aur hai... maza hi kuchh aur hai Bina padhe whatsapp mein message forward karne ka Bina samjhe sabhi issues mein apni rai dene ka Boss ke bhadde se bhadde joke mein pet phadke hasne ka Junior ke badhia se badhia baton ko nazar andaz karne ka Bhid ke saath kadam se kadam milaye chalne ka Karod-on ke lutere ko maaf aur do kaudi ke chor ko saza dene ka Maza hi kuchh aur hai... maza hi kuchh aur hai
It is so much fun
To change the lane just before the signal To spit out from a running vehicle To honk loudly without any need To urinate on the roadside in full public view To ride the motorcycle on the footpath To park the vehicle just below the No-parking sign To stop the vehicle on the middle of the road to pick a fight It is so much fun... it is so much fun To forward on whatsapp without reading the message To give expert advice without understanding the issue To laugh out loud at Boss's mediocre jokes To ignore a brilliant idea because it comes from a junior To march with the crowd matching step after step To forgive the looter of a million and punish the one who stole two pence It is so much fun..... It is so much fun
Panditji. I am not at all bothered whether you have gone to heaven or hell.
Because, wherever you go you will make it heaven.
May your soul rest in peace. And have the last laugh.