Gift of Blessings

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Gift Packed with Blessings

Tell me, serviceman, where you are

I want to send you a gift

Packed with my blessings

 

You do not have a regular address

One day you are in Reasi and the next in Pulwama

You spend your nights keeping vigil

Be it winter or the season of rains

Where should I send my gift with blessings?

Poonch? Rajouri? Doda? Or Paadar?

Tell me, soldier, where

I may send my gift

In your name

 

Carrying a haversack on your shoulders

You move from place to place

We sleep tucked under soft coverless and quilts

You rest with a rifle to your chest

It is the same – be it day or night

Morning and evening are the same to you

Do you ever get time to rest?

If so, where?

Tell me soldier where

I may send my blessed gift

In your name.

 

Tell my, how you live at Siachen

How you sleep on that bed of snow

You used to feel very cold

Raised a hue and cry while bathing

I have knitted a sweater with blessings in new designs

Tell me when I should send it

Tell me, soldier, where

I may send my gift full of blessings

In your name.

 

You are stationed in Jaisalmer and Uttarlai

Dust storms raging there evoke awe in the eyes

Create darkness of amavas when

You cannot figure out faces

I shall create a moon of blessings there

Tell me, serviceman, where

I may send my gift of blessings

In your name.

 

When you fly an aircraft

Remember not to stray beyond our borders

The enemy is keeping a watch

May surround you and catch you deviously

I shall send blessings to protect you

Tell me, O serviceman, where

I may send you the gift of blessings

In your name.

 

Kochi, Goa, Visakhapatnam

Andaman, Chennai, Dakshin

You run ships of the navy

Sink submarines of the enemy

Varun, the Lord of waters, is with you

The world recognizes you skill

What more should I say about you?

Tell me, serviceman, where

I may dispatch the blessed gift

In your name.

 

Your courage is lofty

Like Pir Panjal,

Kargil or Kashmir

Mahesh safeguards you

So does Gauri-Putra Ganesh

Defend the nation, do your duty

Earn the reputation of Zorawar

I want to open an account

Of blessings in your name

Tell me, serviceman, where

I may send the gift of blessings

In your name.

 

I have deep admiration for the uniform

Khaki, white and blue

May the Divine keep a benign eye on all

When you get a medal for bravery

I shall compose a lovely song

And send you congratulations by telegram

Tell me, serviceman, where

I may send the gift of my blessings

In your name.

 

Your sister quizzers me

She loves you very much

Sows seeds for Raarhe in your name

Praises you among her friends

Says she will offer a goat for your safety

“My brother should return victorious in war

And I shall give it as offering before the Devi”

Tell me, serviceman, where

I may send my gift of blessings

In your name.

 

When you return after winning the battle

We shall celebrate and throw parties

Spread mats and draw alpanas

Will go to Amritsar, Bahu, Satwari

To offer prayers and thanksgiving poojas

And shall offer Rot at th Peer’s dargaah

In your name

Tell me, serviceman, where

I may send the gift of my blessings

In your name.

 

Whenever you telephone

I feel rejuvenated

Sleep carefree

Remain active through the day

The next day passes happily

I feel good about everyone

I am inspired to write some song

In your name

Tell me, soldier, where

I may send my blessed gift

In your name.

 

Vicky, Gurdeep and Taariq

Give birthday greetings to them

Find time to go to the goshaala

Feed green grass to the cows

I am going to the temple with grandma

I shall burn incense and seek blessings

For you

Tell me, serviceman, where

I may send the gift

In your name.

 

I have set aside ghee of brown buffalo’s milk

When you come we shall offer it to the family deity

And then use it

You love sweet rice with lot of dry fruits in it

Come and ask me to cook it for you

It will give me great joy

Tell me, serviceman, where

I may send the gift packed with blessings

In your name.

 

You should write to me more often

Tell me when you are getting your annual leave

When you come, we shall arrange a special pooja

And give away the cow on Ekadashi day

She has been with us for too long

There are numerous tasks awaiting you

Come and give me some relief

Where should I go to unburden myself?

Where?

Tell me, serviceman, where

I may send the gift loaded with blessings

For you

 

When you come home on leave

There is liveliness in the air

Running around does not tire me

Seeing your fine face

I am drenched with joy

There is spring all around

And the breeze sings

Malahaar

The Koel also warbles sweet tunes

In your name

Tell me soldier, where

I may send the gift of blessings

In your name.

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