Friday, 21 March 2008

ghalib....


What Shakespeare is to English Language, Ghalib is to Urdu, the language of over a billion people around the world.
A literary contemporary of Khayyam, Hafiz, Rumi, Bedil, Sa'di and Mir, Ghalib is the most widely read poet of Urdu Language.

Yeh na thee hamari qismat..

Yeh na thee hamari qismat keh wisaal-e-yaar hota
Agar aur jeete rahtay yehi intezaar hota

Tere waade par jiyee ham to yeh jaan jhoot jana
Keh khushi se mar na jaate agar intezaar hota

Yeh kahaan ki dosti hai bane hain dost naaseh
Koi chaarasaaz hota koi ghamghuzar hota

Kahoon kis se main keh kya hai shab-e-gham buri balaa hai
Mujhe kya bura tha marana agar aikbaar hota

Huay mar keh ham jo ruswa huay kyun ka gharq-e-dariya
Na kabhi janaza uthata na kahin mazaar hota

Yeh masaael-e-tasavvuf yeh tera bayan ghalib
Tujhe ham wali samajhate Joh na badaakhwar hota.

T R A N S L A T I O N
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E N G L I S H

It was never in my fate to meet my beloved.
Even if more years of life was to me allocated, I would have been still awaiting the prize cherished.

If you think that I had been living on your promise, it is a lie.
For, if I had faith in you, would not of joy I would die.

Woe betide, my friendship, that the friends give pious advice and sermons they deliver.
I need someone on whose shoulders could I weep, who could allay my grief and my fears.

Whom should I tell that the night of sorrow is full of pangs.
I would not have resented the death, if it comes only once.

Disgraced, as I was after my death, why didn't I drown in a river or sea.
Neither, there would have been a funeral, nor tomb erected for me.

The marvels of ethical problems and your statements full of meanings.
I would have counted you, "Ghalib" amongst dearest friends of God; if only, you had not been a lover of drinks.

3 comments:

Sophistifly said...

beautiful!

I agree Roshni, there are many misconceptions about India. You know when I told my teacher where I was from he said "Isn't that a poor country where they have aids?". A lot of people who identify themselves as just "Americans" don't realize what they are missing. It's a shame.

I'm still undecided about what I want to do in college but I know that I want to do something with literature & composition.

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priya said...

It's a very good translation!...I like it.