Ahmad Shiddiqi

A Tale Of India

(dedicated to my all poet friend from India at poemhunter)

Jaya, Jaya, Jaya, Jayahe!
Truth Alone Triumph
Satyameva Jayate
Jana Gana Mana

a graceful Namaste
an amazing diversity
welcome and respect
the most rewarding value
one of its kind experience

coastline surround by three seas
majestic Himalayan range
various festivities
colorful people
rich cultures

misty mountain
golden beaches
shimmering royal cities
magnificent historical sites
vivid kaleidoscope of landscape

warm
inviting
infinite
variety
lively

Jaya, Jaya, Jaya, Jayahe!
Truth Alone Triumph
Satyameva Jayate
Jana Gana Mana

Kolkata
River Hooghly
Imperial adifices
teeming bazaars

elegant hotels, clubs
the museums
Fort William
Raj Bhawan

Town Hall
around Maidan
the Durga Puja
St Paul's Cathedral

Darjeeling
magnificent scenery
panorama of highest peaks
a toy train climbing the hills

Guwahati
to encounter
colorful cultures
exciting trekking trails

Shillong
a scenic hill
grassy downs
special destinations

Jaya, Jaya, Jaya, Jayahe!
Truth Alone Triumph
Satyameva Jayate
Jana Gana Mana

the Andaman Islands
three hundred odd lands
the lush rain forests
the sparing shores

Orissa
the tall shikaras
splendid temples
exquisite carving

Puri
Konark
Sun temple
Bhuhaneshwar

Nalanda
Vaishali
Sarnath
Rajgir

Mumbaifinancial capital
major metropolis
the fine restaurants
marvelous shopping arcades

The Gateway of India
The Elephant Island
The Delhi Durbar
Taj Mahal Hotel
Art Galleries

Jaya, Jaya, Jaya, Jayahe!
Truth Alone Triumph
Satyameva Jayate
Jana Gana Mana

Pune
exciting town
capital of Shivaji
on the Deccan Plateau
the Great Maratha Ruler

Mahabaleshwar
a lovely hill resort
the beautiful lakes
gorgeous waterfalls
picturesque during moonsoons

Aurangabad
Ellora Caves
Somnath
Ajanta

Ahmedpur, Mandvi
Lothal, Vadodara
Diu, Ahmedabad
Palitana

Goa
scenic villages
the red tiled houses
white washed churches
amidst groves of coconut

Panaji
Velha Goa
Se Cathedral
Basilica of Bom Jesus
Church of St Francis of Assisi

Jaya, Jaya, Jaya, Jayahe!
Truth Alone Triumph
Satyameva Jayate
Jana Gana Mana

Chennai
capital of state
of Tamil Nadu
a wonderful place
created 350 years ago

Marina Beach
Fort St George
St Thomas Mount
St Marey's Church
Kapaleeswarar temple

San Thome Cathedral
Partasarathy temple
Cholamandalam
Valluvar Kottam
Dakshinchitra

Madurai
Thanjav ur
Tiruchirapulli
Kanchipuram

Kodaik anal
Rameswaram
Mamallapuram
Udhagamanda lam

Bangalore
lively cosmopolitan city
a fine climate, extensive garden
exquisite Hoysala temples
Halebid, Belur

Mysore
a charming city
the royal traditions
Chamundeswari temple
Brindavan garden

Somnathpur
Srirangapatna
Naga rhole National Park
Ranganathittoo Bird Sanctuary

Jaya, Jaya, Jaya, Jayahe!
Truth Alone Triumph
Satyameva Jayate
Jana Gana Mana

Hyderabad
capital city of
Andhra Pradesh
exquisite domes
minarets

silks, pearls
colorful palaces
bazaars, antiques
fragrances of perfumes
glittering glass bangles

Char Minar
Golconda Fort
Nagarjunakonda
Nagarjunakonda Dam

along west coast of peninsula
lush green escape
beautiful beaches
historic port town
Kerala

Kochi
St Francis Church
Chinese fishing nets
Mattancherry Palace
Old Jewish Synagogue

Lakshadweep
Coral Islands
pristine coasts
crystal lagoons

a delightful break, fine resorts
scenic back water country
serene waterways
coconut palms
Kumarakom

Thiruvananthapuram
T he Napier Museum
Chitra Art Gallery, Kovalam
Padmanabhapuram Palace
Padmanabhaswamy temple

Jaya, Jaya, Jaya, Jayahe!
Truth Alone Triumph
Satyameva Jayate
Jana Gana Mana

Delhi
capital of India
fascinating contrasts
monuments, structures
the historic buildings

Red Fort
Qutb Minar
Jama Masjid
Humayun's Tomb

Jantar Mantar
Rashtrapati Bhavan
Purana Qila, Raisina Hill
Circular Parliament House

Agra, Jaipur
Fatehpur Sikri
Taj Mahal, Hawa Mahal
Amer Fort, City Palace

Rajastham
fabulous town
magnificent heritage
a feudal spirit

Jodhpur
Jaisalmer
Bikaner
Udaipur

Kullu
Manali
Shimla
Dhara msala

Dalhousie
Naldehra
Sarahan
Kufri

Chai
Naggar
Narkanda
Manika ran
Brighu Lake

Jaya, Jaya, Jaya, Jayahe!
Truth Alone Triumph
Satyameva Jayate
Jana Gana Mana

Madhya Pradesh
the heart of India
new experiences
entire range

Gwalior
Orchha
Mandu
Khajur aho

Lucknow
fine capital city
of Uttar Pradesh
the pilgrimage trail
along holy river Gangga

Gangotri
Yamunotri
Rishikesh< br>Haridwar

Allahabad
Varanasi
Almor a
Nainital
Mussourie

Guptas
Maury as
Kushans
Shakas

Nanda, Kanha, Periyar, Gir
Ramthambore, Sariska
Kaziranga, Nagarhole
Corbett, Dudhwa

Mudumulai
Rann of Kutch
Flamingo Island
Keoladeo Ghana

Narkanda
Patnitop
Garhwal
A uli

Dhauj
Mandi
Kabini
Kinnaur

Jaya, Jaya, Jaya, Jayahe!
Truth Alone Triumph
Satyameva Jayate
Jana Gana Mana

Let's take the wise knowledge!
Ramayana, Mahabharata
Hymns of Vedic Aryans
Panchatantra tales
Jataka tales

Tamil poetry
Tirukkural epic
Sanskrit drama
Sangam literature
Let's listen to wonderful rhymes!

Classical and Folk dances
Bharat Natyam, Kathakali
Kuchipudi, Odissi
Kathak, Manipuri
Let's dance!

Let's act humbly and lovely!
Classical and Folk Theatres
Puppet show practitioners
Habib Tanvir, M.K. Raina
Girish Karnad

Carnatic
Gharanas
Hindustani< br>Sampradayasa
Let's love the others!

Jaya, Jaya, Jaya, Jayahe!
Truth Alone Triumph
Satyameva Jayate
Jana Gana Mana

Vilayat Khan
Bismillah Khan
Bhimsen Joshi
Amjad Ali Khan
M.S. Subbulakshmi
Let's face the sunrise!

Let's face the moonlight!
Lata Mangeshkar
Anoop Jalota
Zakir Hussain
Jagjit Singh
Jasraj

Dilip Kumar
Shah Rukh Khan
Amitabh Bachchan
Naseeruddin Shah
E. Alkazi, Sanjat Dutt
Let's enjoy the movie!

Kishore Kumar
Shubha Mudgal
Mohammed Rafi
Mukesh, Talat Mehmood
Let's do honor!

Gita
Vedas
Upnishads
The Ramayan
Let's dive into antiquity!

Raja Rao
R.K. Narayan
Mulk Raj Anand
Rabindranath Tagore
Let's learn from the masters!

Vikram Seth
Amitav Ghosh
Arundhati Roy
Shashi Tharoor
Let's search the beauty!

Sachin Tendulkar
Mahesh Bhupati
Leander Paes
Geet Sethi

Arjun Chatwal
Jyoti Randhawa
Jeev Milkha Singh
Viswanathan Anand
Parakash Padukone
Let's exercise more!

Anju George
Anjali Pathak
K. Malleswari
Kunjurani Devi
Abhinav Bindra
Let's appreciate!

Tabla
Zubin Mehta
Jaspal Rana
Ravi Shankar
Let's listen to the music!

Dr. M. Bala Murali Khrisna
Dr. A.P. J. Abdul Kalam
Dr. Manmohan Singh
Great Leaders
Bravery

Jaya, Jaya, Jaya, Jayahe!
Truth Alone Triumph
Satyameva Jayate
Jana Gana Mana

What The Great Pioneers!
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
Vijayalaxmi Pandit
Mahatma Gandhi
Indira Gandhi

Sita
Laxmibai
Meerabai
Razia Sultan
What The Great Women!

What The Gifted women!
Yamini Krishnamurty
Shovana Narayan
Sonal Mansingh
Uma Sharma

Ela Bhat
Rashida Bee
Mother Theresa
Champa Devi Shukla
What The Most Caring Women!

Aishwarya Rai
Sushmita Sen
Diana Hayden
Yukta Mookhey
What Inner Beauty Women!

What Talented Young Women!
Priyanka Chopra
Preity Zinta
Lara Dutta
Sri Devi

Jaya, Jaya, Jaya, Jayahe!
Truth Alone Triumph
Satyameva Jayate
Jana Gana Mana

Antiquity traditional paintings
The Murals of Ajanta and Ellora
The Buddhist palm leaf manuscripts
The Deccan, Mughal, and Kangra schools
Let's sense the creativity of humanity!

S.H. Raza
M.F. Hussain
Anjolie Ela Manon
Bikash Bhattacharjee

Holi, Pongal
Janmashtami
Gandhi Jayanti
Mahavir Jayanti
Baisakhi, Khardal Sal
Let's respect!

Onam, Dussehra
Diwali, Gurupurab
Id-ul-Fitr, Id-e-Milad
Id-ul-Zuha, Muharram
Easter, God Friday, Christmas
Let's tolerate!

Islam
Jainism
Sikhism
Judaism
Let's live together in peace!

Hinduism
Buddhism
Christianity
Z oroastrianism
Let's live together in love!

Jaya, Jaya, Jaya, Jayahe!
Truth Alone Triumph
Satyameva Jayate
Jana Gana Mana

Madhya Pradesh
Lakshadweep, Punjab
Orissa, Dadra, Nagaland
Diu, Mizaram, Nagar Haveli
Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh
Let's feel together!

Goa, Jharkand
Uttaranchal, Tripura
West Bengal, Gujarat
Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka
Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu
Let's do together!

Delhi, Maniur
Nicobar Islands
Andaman Islands
Chandigarh, Kerala
Daman, Meghalaya
Let's fly together!

Haryana, Bihar
Jammu, Kashmir
Himachal Pradesh
Pondichery, Sikkim
Assam, Chhattisgarh
Let's go together!

Jaya, Jaya, Jaya, Jayahe!
Truth Alone Triumph
Satyameva Jayate
Jana Gana Mana

lassi, falooda
kulfi, phaldaan
mutton, paneer
phulka, kulcha
let's taste together!

biryani, pulao
dhal, masala
makhanwala
bhurjee, palak
let's sense together!

jalfrazi, tikka
curry, tava, dahi
dilbahar, tandoori
tukra, kebab, raita
let's enjoy together!

Jaya, Jaya, Jaya, Jayahe!
Truth Alone Triumph
Satyameva Jayate
Jana Gana Mana

Bay of Bengal in East
Indian Ocean to South
The Arabian Sea in West
Himalaya Ranges to North

peacock
mango
lotus
tiger

Elephant of East
Horse of South
Lion of North
Bull of West

Jaya, Jaya, Jaya, Jayahe!
Truth Alone Triumph
Satyameva Jayate
Jana Gana Mana

Poem Submitted: Monday, February 23, 2009
Poem Edited: Monday, February 23, 2009

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Comments about A Tale Of India by Ahmad Shiddiqi

  • Bharati NayakBharati Nayak (3/23/2015 8:35:00 PM)

    What a great write singing the glories and beauties of the great subcontinent .Words are not enough to describe the rich diversity and magnificent Indian culture. Your writing is really marvelous attempt to depict them in a poem of few words.Thanks for sharing.

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  • Dr.subhendu KarDr.subhendu Kar (7/25/2010 3:53:00 PM)

    Jaya, Jaya, Jaya, Jayahe!
    Truth Alone Triumph
    Satyameva Jayate
    Jana Gana Mana..........................oh what a travel `s tour across the country by its art, architectures, land and culture relishing diversity in unity, songs and mountain glorifying the country, cakes and tandoori yet so coveted, thanks dear friend for blazing the glory of India yet at a glance, wonderful coverage of subcontinent to whole world,10++++, thanks for sharing

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  • Noel Horlanda (10/1/2009 10:10:00 PM)

    quite a tour, a long trip I should say, but what is written from the beginning to the end I have a good enjoyable tour of the whole of India, the land of Maharajas. Jai ho!

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  • Raj Nandy (5/24/2009 11:07:00 PM)

    A GREAT TRIBUTE AND A GREAT EFFORT!
    IT REMINDS ME OF RAHAMAN'S GREAT MUSICAL COMPOSITION -''JAI HO'' -
    WHICH WON HIM THE OSCAR THIS YEAR!
    -RAJ NANDY

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  • Supriya PrathapanSupriya Prathapan (3/11/2009 12:09:00 PM)

    I wish all the Indians who are busy aping the West should read this poem. GR8.10

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  • Dhanesh Aradhye (3/2/2009 4:46:00 AM)

    My goodness.. thts really a tale of the Great India.. nice write.

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  • Ruerd Visser (2/28/2009 5:53:00 PM)

    A wonderfull and lenghty poetic yourney trogh India!

    Thanksgreetings from Sneek

    Boomfriend Ruerd

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  • Dream Catcher (2/26/2009 10:31:00 AM)

    so wonderfully written....i had a smile on my face the whole time i read it.
    it made my day

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  • Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (2/26/2009 10:11:00 AM)

    India has so much to offer and I plan to visit someday.At this time I'm an armchair traveler but just reading your poem makes me want to travel to India more and more.Very informative piece! ! ! ! ! ! ! a 10*************

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  • Diane MontemayorDiane Montemayor (2/26/2009 9:27:00 AM)

    Hello Sir,
    I was really impressed the way you describe how wonderful India Country is.
    How i wish i could write about my country too.

    thanks a lot.

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  • Dr. Shujaat Hussain (2/26/2009 3:22:00 AM)

    The peom A Tale of India speaks volume of your love, information and reverence you have for India and its heritage. The entire comely gems from greenery field to thick forest, from fathomless sea to the apex peak of the Himalayas, from beautiful queen of the bollywood to the literary stalwarts, and...enthralls the readers. It is a hitorical testimonial that is envious for others and mesmerizing for the countrymen. A Tale of India is so carved in that should be prescribed for the students in schools so that they could learn and rememeber for their country. I hope you will be rememberd by this peom.

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  • Manjeshwari PoetManjeshwari Poet (2/26/2009 1:04:00 AM)

    nice that you asked me to read your poem, about my country, i appreciate your work, its a description -tour of my lovely country INDIA.INDIA is a great, peaceful, freindly place simply the best and we INDIANS are proud of it and even the world is proud of it.

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  • Rema Prasanna (2/25/2009 11:44:00 PM)

    Learn more about India, It is not a country of fear, you may call choicest of names to humilate or praise India, It depends on the mind set of the people who can go any level to write volumes in print. Tagore says when you don't have any one to walk along with you walk alone fearlessly... that is India.
    Good effort and I appreciate you for asking me to read your poem.
    Rema

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  • Sadiqullah KhanSadiqullah Khan (2/25/2009 11:15:00 PM)

    A great ovation to the great people produced by India. Its legend.10

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  • Pradeep Dhavakumar (2/25/2009 8:35:00 PM)

    I was kind of surprised that this was written by an non-Indian. Thank for writing a good song.

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  • Anthony Foster (2/25/2009 4:40:00 PM)

    Thanx for that Ahmed I am a little closer in understanding India and the culture that you have couched so well.

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  • Sandra MartyresSandra Martyres (2/25/2009 7:41:00 AM)

    Thanks Ahmad for drawing my attention to this great poem on India...Indeed ours is a vast country with a long history and a proud culture - wonderful depiction in poetic terms..Cheers

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  • Rangarajan Kazhiyur Mannar (2/25/2009 6:32:00 AM)

    Wow, your verse is as vast and colourful as India itself. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Indira Babbellapati (2/25/2009 2:13:00 AM)

    ahmad, thnq for inviting me to read the poem...mmm, what do i say...india is so vast that u made indians realize what the country is! thnq, once again for that wonderful thesis on india...

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  • Amy Douglass (Fifita) (2/25/2009 2:12:00 AM)

    Awesome write. Keep it up.

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