झाँकी -प्रेमचंद  हिन्दी देवनागरी में पढ़ें।

Icon-edit.gif is lekh ka punarikshan evn sampadan hona avashyak hai. ap isamen sahayata kar sakate hain. "sujhav"

kee dinon se ghar men kalah macha hua tha. man alag munh phulaye baithi thi, stri alag. ghar ki vayu men jaise vish bhara hua tha. rat ko bhojan nahin bana, din ko mainne stov par khichadi dali; par khaya kisi ne nahin. bachchon ko bhi aj bhookh n thi. chhoti ladaki kabhi mere pas akar khadi ho jati, kabhi mata ke pas, kabhi dadi ke pas; par kahin usake lie pyar ki baten n thin. koee use god men n uthata tha, manon usane bhi aparadh kiya ho. ladaka sham ko skool se aya. kisi ne use kuchh khane ko n diya, n usase bola, n kuchh poochha. donon baramade men man mare baithe hue the aur shayad soch rahe the- ghar men aj kyon logon ke hriday unase itane phir gaye hain. bhaee-bahin din men kitani bar ladate hain, rona-pitana bhi kee bar ho jata hai; par aisa kabhi nahin hota ki ghar men khana n pake ya koee kisi se bole nahin. yah kaisa jhagada hai ki chaubis ghnte gujar jane par bhi shant nahin hota, yah shayad unaki samajh men n ata tha.

jhagade ki jad kuchh n thi. amman ne meri bahan ke ghar tija bhejan ke lie jin samanon ki soochi likhayi, vah patni ji ko ghar ki sthiti dekhate hue adhik maloom huee. amman khud samajhadar hain. unhonne thodi-bahut kat-chhant kar di thi; lekin patni ji ke vichar se aur kat-chhant honi chahie thi. panch sadiyon ki jagah tin rahen, to kya buraee hai. khilaune itane kya honge, itani mithaee ki kya jarurat! unaka kahana tha- jab rozagar men kuchh milata nahi; dainik karyo men khinchatan karani padati hai, doodh-ghi ke bajat men takhaliph ho gayi, to phir tije men kyon itani udarata ki jay? pahale ghar men diya jalakar tab masajid men jalate hain.yah nahin ki masajid men to diya jala den aur ghar andhera pada rahe. isi bat par sas-bahoo men takarar ho gayi, phir shakhen phoot nikalin. bat kahan se kahan ja pahunchi, gade hue murde ukhade gaye. anyoktiyon ki bari aee, vyngy ka daur shuroo hua aur maunalnkar par samapt ho gaya.

main bade snkat men tha. agar amman ki taraph se kuchh kahata hoon, to patni ji rona-dhona shuroo karati hain, apane nasibon ko kosane lagati hain; patni ki-si kahata hoon to jan-murid ki upadhi milati hai. isalie bari-bari se donon pakshon ka samarthan karata jata tha; par svarthavash meri sahanubhooti patni ke sath hi thi. khul kar amman se kuchh n kaha sakata tha; par dil men samajh raha tha ki jyadati inhin ki hai. dukan ka yah hal hai ki kabhi-kabhi bohani bhi nahin hoti. asamiyon se taka vasool nahin hota, to in purani lakiron ko pitakar kyon apani jan snkat men dali jay!

bar-bar is grihasthi ke jnjal par tabiyat jhunjhalati thi. ghar men tin to prani hain aur unamen bhi prem bhav nahin! aisi grihasthi men to ag laga deni chahie. kabhi-kabhi aisi sanak savar ho jati thi ki sabako chhod-chhadakar kahin bhag jaoon. jab apane sir padega, tab inako hosh ayega; tab maloom hoga ki grihasthi kaise chalati hai. kya janata tha ki yah vipatti jhelani padegi nahin vivah ka nam hi n leta. tarah-tarah ke kutsit bhav man men a rahe the. koee bat nahin, amman mujhe pareshan karana chahati hain. bahoo unake panv nahin dabati, unake sir men tel nahin dalati, to isamen mera kya dosh? mainne use mana to nahin kar diya hai! mujhe to sachcha annd hoga, yadi sas-bahoo men itana prem ho jay; lekin yah mere vash ki bat nahin ki donon men prem dal doon. agar amman ne apani sas ki sadi dhoyi hai, unake panv dabaye hain, unaki ghudakiyan khayi hain, to aj vah purana hisab bahoo se kyon chukana chahati hain? unhen kyon nahin dikhaee deta ki ab samay badal gaya hai? bahuen ab bhayavash sas ki gulami nahin karatin. prem se chahe unake sir ke bal noch lo, lekin jo rob dikhakar un par shasan karana chaho, to vah din lad gaye.

sare shahar men janmashtami ka utsav ho raha tha. mere ghar men sngram chhida hua tha. sndhya ho gayi thi; par ghar andhera pada tha. manahoosiyat chhayi huee thi. mujhe apani patni par krodh aya. ladati ho, lado; lekin ghar men andhera kyon rakha hai? jakar kaha- kya aj ghar men chirag n jalenge?

patni ne munh phulakar kaha- jala kyon nahin lete. tumhare hath nahin hain?

meri deh men ag lag gayi. bola- to kya jab tumhare charan nahin aye the, tab ghar men chirag n jalate the?

amman ne ag ko hava di- nahin, tab sab log andhere hi men pade rahate the.

patni ji ko amman ki is tippani ne jame ke bahar kar diya. bolin- jalate honge mitti ki kuppi! lalaten to mainne nahin dekhi. mujhe is ghar men aye das sal ho gaye.

mainne danta- achchha chup raho, bahut badho nahin.

‘oho! tum to aisa dant rahe ho, jaise mujhe mol laye ho?’

‘main kahata hoon, chup raho!’

‘kyon chup rahoon? agar ek kahoge, to do sunoge.’

‘isi ka nam pativrat hai?’

‘jaisa munh hota hai ,vaise hi bide milate hain !’

main parast hokar bahar chala aya, aur andheri kothari men baitha hua, us manahoos ghadi ko kosane laga. jab is kulachchhani se mera vivah hua tha. is andhakar men bhi das sal ka jivan sinema-chitron ki bhanti mere netron ke samane daud gaya. usamen kahin prakash ki jhalak n thi, kahin sneh ki mriduta n thi.

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sahasa mere mitr pndit jayadevaji ne dvar par pukara- are, aj yah andhera kyon kar rakha hai ji? kuchh soojhata hi nahin. kahan ho?

mainne koee javab n diya. socha, yah aj kahan se akar sir par savar ho gaye.

jayadev ne phir pukara- are, kahan ho bhaee? bolate kyon nahin? koee ghar men hai ya nahin?

kahin se koee javab n mila.

jayadev ne dvar ko itani zor se jhnjhoda ki mujhe bhay hua, kahin daravaza chaukhat-bajoo samet gir n pade. phir bhi main bola nahin. unaka ana khal raha tha.

jayadev chale gaye. mainne aram ki sans li. bare shaitan tala, nahin ghnton sir khata.

magar panch hi minat men phir kisi ke pairon ki ahat mili aur abaki tarch ke tivr prakash se mera sara kamara bhar utha. jayadev ne mujhe baithe dekhakar kutoohal se poochha- tum kahan gaye the ji? ghnton chikha, kisi ne javab tak n diya. yah aj kya mamala hai? chirag kyon nahin jale?

mainne bahana kiya- kya jane, mere sir men dard tha, dukan se akar lete, to nind a gayi

‘aur soye to ghoda bechakar, murdon se shart lagakar?’

‘han yar, nind a gayi.’

‘magar ghar men chirag to jalana chahie tha ya usaka ritrenchament kar diya?’

‘aj ghar men log vrat se hain . hath n khali hoga.’

‘khair chalo, kahin jhanki dekhane chalate ho? seth ghooremal ke mndir men aisi jhanki bani hai ki dekhate hi banata hai. aise-aise shishe aur bijali ke saman sajaye hain ki ankhen jhapak uthati hain. sinhasan ke thik samane aisa phauvara lagaya hai ki usamen se gulabajal ki phuharen nikalati hain. mera to chola mast ho gaya. sidhe tumhare pas dauda chala a raha hoon. bahut jhankiyan dekhi hongi tumane, lekin yah aur hi chiz hai. alam phata padata hai. sunate hain dilli se koee chatur karigar aya hai. usi ki yah karamat hai.’

mainne udasin bhav se kaha- meri to jane ki ichchha nahin hai bhaee! sir men zor ka dard hai.

‘tab to jarur chalo. dard bhag n jay to kahana.’

‘tum to yar, bahut dik karate ho. isi mare main chupachap pada tha ki kisi tarah yah bala tale; lekin tum sir par savar ho gaye. kah diya- main n jaoonga.

‘aur mainne kah diya- main jarur le jaoonga.’

mujh par vijay pane ka mere mitron ko bahut asan nuskha yad hai. yon hatha-payi, dhinga-mushti, dhaul-dhappe men kisi se pichhe rahane vala nahin hoon lekin kisi ne mujhe gudagudaya aur parast hua. phir meri kuchh nahin chalati. main hath jodane lagata hoon ghighiyane lagata hoon aur kabhi-kabhi rone bhi lagata hoon. jayadev ne vahi nuskha ajamaya aur usaki jit ho gayi. sndhi ki vahi shart thahari ki main chupake se jhanki dekhane chala chaloon

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seth ghoorelal un adamiyon men hain, jinaka prat: ko nam le lo, to din-bhar bhojan n mile. unake makkhichoosapane ki saikadon hi dntakathaen nagar men prachalit hain. kahate hain, ek bar maravad ka ek bhikhari unake dvar par dat gaya ki bhiksha lekar hi jaoonga. seth ji bhi ad gaye ki bhiksha n doonga, chahe kuchh ho. maravadi unhin ke desh ka tha. kuchh der to unake poorvajon ka bakhan karata raha, phir unaki ninda karane laga, ant men dvar par let raha. seth ji ne ratti-bhar paravah n ki. bhikshuk bhi apani dhun ka pakka tha. sara din dvar par be-dana-pani pada raha aur ant men vahin mar gaya. tab seth ji pasije aur usaki kriya itani dhoom-dham se ki ki bahut kam kisi ne ki hogi. bhikshuk ka satyagrah seth ji ke lie varadan ho gaya. unake ant:karan men bhakti ka jaise srot khul gaya. apani sari snpatti dharmarth arpan kar di.

ham log thakuradare men pahunche, to darshakon ki bhid lagi huee thi. kndhe se kndha chhilata tha. ane aur jane ke marg alag the, phir bhi hamen adh ghnte ke bad bhitar jane ka avasar mila. jayadev sajavat dekh-dekhakar lot-pot hue jate the, par mujhe aisa maloom hota tha ki is banavat aur sajavat ke mele men krishn ki atma kahin kho gayi hai. unaki vah ratnajatit, bijali se jagamagati moorti dekhakar mere man men glani utpann huee. is rup men bhi prem ka nivas ho sakata hai? mainne to ratnon men darp aur ahnkar hi bhara dekha hai. mujhe us vakt yahi yad n rahi, ki yah ek karodapati seth ka mndir hai aur dhani manushy dhan men lotane vale eeshvar ki hi kalpana kar sakata hai. dhani eeshvar men hi usaki shraddha ho sakati hai. jisake pas dhan nahin, vah usaki daya ka patr ho sakata hai, shraddha ka kadapi nahin.

mndir men jayadev ko sabhi janate hain. unhen to sabhi jagah sabhi janate hain. mndir ke angan men sngit-mndali baithi huee thi. kelakar ji apane gndharv-vidyalay ke shishyon ke sath tamboora liye baithe the. pakhavaj, sitar, sarod, vina aur jane kaun-kaun baje, jinake nam bhi main nahin janata, unake shishyon ke pas the. koee git bajane ki taiyari ho rahi thi. jayadev ko dekhate hi kelakar ji ne pukara! mai bhi tuphail men ja baitha. ek kshan men git shuroo hua. saman bndh gaya. jahan itana shor-gul tha ki top ki avaz bhi n sunayi deti, vahan jaise madhury ke us pravah ne sab kisi ko apane men duba liya. jo jahan tha, vahin mntr- mugdh-sa khada tha. meri kalpana kabhi itani sachitr aur sajiv n thi. mere samane n vah bijali ki chakachaundh thi, n vah ratnon ki jagamagahat, n vah bhautik vibhootiyon ka samaroh. mere samane vahi yamuna ka tat tha, gulm-lataon ka ghoonghat munh par dale hue. vahi mohini guen thin, vahi gopiyon ki jal-krida, vahin vnshi ki madhur dhvani, vahi shital chandani aur vahin pyara nndakishor! jisaki mukh-chhavi men prem aur vatsaly ki jyoti thi, jisake darshanon hi se hriday nirmal ho jate the.

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main isi annd-vismriti ki dasha men tha ki knsart bnd ho gaya aur achary kelakar ke ek kishor shishy ne dhrupad alapana shuroo kiya. kalakaron ki adat hai ki shabdon ko kuchh is tarah tod-marod dete hain ki adhikansh sunanevalon ki samajh men nahin ata ki kya ga rahe hain. is git ka ek shabd bhi meri samajh men n aya; lekin knth-svar men kuchh aisa madakata bhara lality tha ki pratyek svar mujhe romanchit kar deta tha. knth-svar men itani jadoo-bhari shakti hai, isaka mujhe aj kuchh anubhav hua. man men ek naye snsar ki srishti hone lagi, jahan annd-hi-annd hai, prem-hi-prem, tyag-hi-tyag. aisa jan pada, du:kh keval chitt ki ek vritti hai, saty hai keval annd. ek svachchh, karuna-bhari komalata, jaise man ko masosane lagi. aisi bhavana man men uthi ki vahan jitane sajjan baithe hue the, sab mere apane hain, abhinn hain. phir atit ke garbh se mere bhaee ki smriti-moorti nikal ayi.

mera chhota bhaee bahut din hue, mujhase ladakar, ghar ki jama-jatha lekar rngoon bhag gaya tha, aur vahin usaka dehant ho gaya tha. usake pashavik vyavaharon ko yad karake main unmatt ho uthata tha. use jita pa jata to shayad usaka khoon pi jata, par is samay smriti-moorti ko dekhakar mera man jaise mukharit ho utha. use alingan karane ke lie vyakul ho gaya. usane mere sath, meri stri ke sath, mata ke sath, mere bachche ke sath, jo-jo katu, nich aur ghrinaspad vyavahar kiye the, vah sab mujhe bhool gaye. man men keval yahi bhavana thi- mera bhaiya kitana du:khi hai. mujhe is bhaee ke prati kabhi itani mamata n huee thi, phir to man ki vah dasha ho gayi, jise vihvalata kah sakate hain! shatru-bhav jaise man se mit gaya tha. jin-jin praniyon se mera bair-bhav tha, jinase gali-galauj, mar-pit mukadamabaji sab kuchh ho chuki thi, vah sabhi jaise mere gale men lipat-lipatakar hns rahe the. phir vidya (patni) ki moorti mere samane a khadi huee- vah moorti jise das sal pahale mainne dekha tha- un ankhon men vahi vikal knpan tha, vahin sndigdh vishvas, kapolon par vahi lajja- lalima, jaise prem sarovar se nikala hua koee kamal pushp ho. vahi anurag, vahi avesh, vahi yachana-bhari utsukata, jisamen mainne us n bhoolane vali rat ko usaka svagat kiya tha, ek bar phir mere hriday men jag uthi. madhur smritiyon ka jaise srot-sa khul gaya. ji aisa tadapa ki isi samay jakar vidya ke charanon par sir ragadakar rooon aur rote-rote besudh ho jaoon. meri ankhen sajal ho gayin. mere munh se jo katu shabd nikale the, vah sab jaise mere hi hriday men gadane lage. isi dasha men, jaise mamatamayi mata ne akar mujhe god men utha liya. balapan men jis vatsaly ka annd uthane ki mujhamen shakti n thi, vah annd aj mainne uthaya.

gana bnd ho gaya. sab log uth-uthakar jane lage. main kalpana-sagar men hi dooba raha.

sahasa jayadev ne pukara- chalate ho, ya baithe hi rahoge?

tika tippani aur sndarbh

bahari kadiyan

snbndhit lekh

varnamala kramanusar lekh khoj

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