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Big B offers his poet father's verses on Thackeray's demise

Mumbai, Nov 18: Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, a close friend of Thackeray family, today quoted his father poet Harivanshrai Bachchan's verses to mourn the death of Balasaheb Thackeray. This is what he wrote in his
PTI November 18, 2012 8:49 IST
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Mumbai, Nov 18: Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, a close friend of Thackeray family, today quoted his father poet Harivanshrai Bachchan's verses to mourn the death of Balasaheb Thackeray. This is what he wrote in his blog :



I am unable to find the reason or to assuage why I remember these words today, from my Father's works :

अग्नि देश से आता हूँ मैं !

झुलस गया तन, झुलस गया मन ,

झुलस गया कवी - कोमल जीवन ,

किन्तु अग्नि वीणा पर अपने दग्ध कंठ से गाता हूँ मैं !

अग्नि देश से आता हूँ मैं !

 

स्वर्ण शुद्ध कर लाया जग में,

उसे लुटता आया मग में,

दीनों का मैं वेश किये, पर दीन नहीं हूँ, दाता हूँ मैं!

अग्नि देश से आता हूँ मैं !

 

तुमने अपने कर फैलाये ,

लेकिन देर बड़ी कर आये ,

कंचन तो लुट चुका , पथिक , अब लूटो राख लुटाता  हूँ मैं!

अग्नि देश से आता हूँ मैं !

~ HRB

I sat by his bedside for hours these past few days, a prayer in my heart, watching him struggling to breathe, but fighting … 

Each day he continued his struggle with a grit that was baffling even for the doctors on hand ..

 And just a couple of hours back, as I stand next to his still, peaceful, saffron draped body, it is difficult to imagine …

… that he has left us !

हमें छोड़ कर चली

गयी , लो दिन की मौन संगिनी साया ”  ~ HRB

Bala Saheb Thackeray finds his place today in peace in the heavens …

In condolence and prayer,

Amitabh Bachchan