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Saturday, September 09, 2006

Hazaaron Khwahishain aisi

Mirza Ghalib is undoubtedly unparalleled in his ability to reach both profound thought and feeling through his Ghazals. Here is one of my favorite ones.

HazaaroN KHwahishaiN ‘eisee ke har KHwahish pe dam nikle
bohot nikle mere armaaN lekin fir bhee kam nikle

nikalna KHuld se aadam ka sunte aayaiN haiN lekin
bohot be_aabru hokar tere kooche se ham nikle

magar likhwaaye koee usko KHat, to hamse likhawaaye
huee subah aur ghar se kaan par rakhkar qalam nikle

mohabbat meiN naheeN hai farq jeene aur marne kaa
usee ko dekh kar jeete haiN jis kaafir pe dam nikle

KHuda ke waaste parda na kaabe se uThaa zaalim
kaheeN ‘eisa na ho yaaN bhee wohee kaafir sanam nikle

kahaaN maiKHaane ka darwaaza ‘GHalib’ aur kahaaN waaiz
par itana jaante haiN kal wo jaata tha ke ham nikle

(Copied from http://audiopoetry.wordpress.com/2006/01/05/hazaaron-khwahishen-aisi/ where you can find both translation and audio for the same)

1 comment:

indscribe said...

Vivek bhai, This is my favourite also amongst many others of Ghalib. These days reading ghalib along with two 'SharaH'...one by Bekhud Dehlvi and the other by Sardar Jafri (the latter in Hindi). Bekhu has explained the difficult couplets while Jafri has just penned meanings elaborately. Sometimes the couplets hit you like a revelation when you understand the meaning or the historical perspective or something hidden...