TARA CHAND ‘Tanha’ recommended ‘dhoop, deep, phool aur malaa, laung kapoor suvidhanusar, rasmalai, rabri, chaat, patni ki icchanusar’ in his 2003-creation, titled ‘Patni Chalisa’ (a ‘treatise’ on how to keep wives happy!), even he had not dreamt that his penchant for tickling the funny bone through his poetic writings and recitation, would make him a hero in his hometown, Faizabad.
Three years later his ‘Patni Chalisa’ was lapped up by housewives, across the state, Tanha has gone on to hit the big league winning Wah Wah national competition for upcoming satirists (hasya kavi) organized by SAB TV.
What’s more, it took a ‘Rasogolla’, Taj Mahal, Dukaan, Amitabh Bachchan’ and five minutes flat to take home two home theatres, a Maruti Swift on way to becoming a ‘national name’.
“Yes, life has changed dramatically ever since I won the contest,” said Tanha while speaking to HT Live ahead of his felicitation by Navonmesh in association with UP Press Club on Monday evening. After the second round of the contest in which the participants were asked to prepare a poem on the topic ‘Mouth ka karo good use’ three participants were finally short-listed for the final round.
These included Delhi’s Shambhu Shankar, Agra’s Pawan Agri and Tanha.
Here, the judges, including famous poets Dr Basheer Badr and Dr Om Prakash Aditya, Prasoon Joshi, the lyrics writer of Fanaa etc asked the participants to write a satire in five minutes using the words Amitabh Bachchan, Dukaan, Rasogolla etc. What’s more, the participants were asked to ensure that the verse must also carry a message. Tanha wrote:
“Main patni ke saath, Agra Tajmahal dekhne gaya, raste main saji mithai ki dukaan thee, socha rasogolla khakar paani pee loon, isliye ki kaafi thakaan thee, usi waqt dekha dukaan ke bagal main lagi Amitabh Bachchan ki tasveer thee, jiske neeche likha tha, do boond zindagi ki…meri patni Tajmahal dekhne ke baad hui prafullit, boli aap bhi mere liye ek Tajmahal banwao, maine kaha Tajmahal ka nirmaan toh tab hua tha jab Mumtaz Shahjahan se door hui thee, kripya aap bhi door ho jao!!”
“On that day when we were put to test, it was a Sunday and Pulse Polio drive was on. So, Do Boond Zindagi Ke was the message and the rest was poetic creation,” he explained.
Which one is his best poem so far? “Main mann main tha jiske liye shraddha liye huey, ek din mile woh haath main addha liye huey, karte rahe chori se jungle ka safaya, mantri bane, photo chapee haath main paudha liye huey!”
Tanha means alone. But, Tara Chand is ‘Tanha’ no more.
Ever since he hit nationwide recognition, he has become a celebrity of sorts in his office—Jal Nigam—where he works in Faizabad as well as the entire district where he is busy attending felicitation functions virtually every other day. All that we can say is, Wah Wah!