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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Sehar

सहराँ-ए-ग़म में डूबा अंजुम-ए-हयात 
उम्मीद की एक किरण निकली तो फकत सराब 

अपने ही माजी से है ज़िन्दगी खफा
मर्ज़-ए-ग़म को कैसे हो अब शिफा 

क्या यूँ ही तन्हाई में अब दिन काटेंगे
न कोई आहट और न दस्तक सुनेंगे 

न पुकारेगा अब दरीचे से कोई हमदम 
याद-ए-माजी पर ही बस अब निकलेगा दम

थम गया वक़्त फकत एक सहर के इंतज़ार में 
अँधेरा ही पसरा है खिज़ा-ए-हयात में 

सदियाँ बीतीं एक हरफ-ए-तसल्ली के लिए 
कोई तो आये बस थोड़ी तशफ्फी के लिए 

लेकिन ये ज़िन्दगी भी एक किताब है 
हर वर्क कीमती जिसका, हर लफ्ज़ लाजवाब है 

बदल गया सबा का रुख यूँ इस तरफ 
न रह गया कीमती अब वो तसल्ली का हरफ 

दरिया-ए-शीरीं बह चला इन अश्कों के दयार से 
सब्ज़ होने लगे हैं पत्ते बिना इंतज़ार-ए-बहार के 

Here is the English transliteration of this poem 
The shining star of my life drowned in desert of pain
The only ray of hope too, turned out to be just mirage

My life feels ashamed of its own past
How will I get out of this vicious circle of grief?

Will rest of my days be spent in loneliness?
Without expecting even a single knock

No beloved will call me from the world outside
Some memories mere remain now to live by

The wait for the morning (happiness) has been endless
Only darkness prevails everywhere in life’s barren land

I spent a lifetime waiting for a word of consolation
And waiting for someone to sympathize with me

But, this life of mine is a story book in its own
Each page is wonderful and valuable and so is every word

These days the winds have started blowing the other way
These days I do not long for sympathy anymore

My eyes now brim with sweet drops of joy, not with bitter tears (of grief)
See, yellow leaves have now started turning green without even waiting for the spring!
(I am growing stronger from within, without waiting for any anyone’s sympathy or support)


PS: I wrote this poem originally in Urdu. Special thanks go to sir, Mr. Zafar Naqvi , former Editor-in-chief of the leading Urdu daily 'Sahafat' for his constant support, guidance and encouragement.


Thank you Mohan for motivating me to write something in Urdu!


Photo: me- http://www.flickr.com/photos/as_hummingwords/4894433113/in/photostream

43 comments:

  1. Man!

    I cannot understand Urdu a bit except few words which are used in Hindi. But thanks to the English translation, it is wonderful.


    Clearly it reminds me one of the brilliant songs by Chumbawamba 'I get knocked down, but I get up again'..

    Keep it up! Liked it.

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  2. Can't understand Urdu but with the transliteration got the meaning...good work...:)

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  3. Thx for the link... the pic n the words are lovely! Wow! I am impressed, wish i could read n write urdu myself.... i enjoyed readng the eng version of the poetry though.

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  4. absolutely stunning work.. in english of course...urdu was difficult to understand...keep it up ..

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  5. Awesome and so meaningful...

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  6. hii Abhinav

    thanks a lot!!

    :D

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  7. hii mOhan

    thanks a lot!

    :)

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  8. hii Ever green tree

    thanks a lot!!

    keep coming :)
    :D

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  9. hii Sankoobaba

    thanks a lot!!

    :D

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  10. hii Alka

    thanks a ton!

    :D

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  11. Wow! I mean really wow! There are a few words in Urdu that I didn't understand. But your translation solved that issue. Its just lovely and touching. I am a fan. :)

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  12. hii Juxtaposition!

    welcome here!!

    thanks ton, I am so happy that u liked the poem :)

    keep coming :D

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  13. Beautiful. I have nothing else to say. Its beautiful, both the script and its translation.

    Cheers,
    Blasphemous Aesthete

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  14. hii BA

    thanks a ton!

    thats a huge compliment indeed :)

    :D

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  15. Awesome AS...U actually took pains to write in a language which is classic but rarely used in public domain. Hats off to u. Thank god u gave the english translation else I would not have understood anything. Thanks for ur efforts to keep the language alive.

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  16. hii G3

    thanks a ton!!

    yaar urdu is such a beautiful language but the problem is that people have tagged it to be very 'outdated' and 'islamic' while it is definitely not outdated and belongs to the entire nation.

    I love the urdu calligraphy..its beautiful!

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  17. hii sm

    thanks a lot!!

    :D

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  18. First time here and I liked it.
    Every single day in life is a new day,like a new page in the book.Never knows till you open the page.
    Well written poem.

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  19. Hello Dr. Antony

    Welcome here :)

    thanks a lot sir!

    keep coming :)

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  20. सदियाँ बीतीं एक हरफ-ए-तसल्ली के लिए
    कोई तो आये बस थोड़ी तशफ्फी के लिए....
    i can very well relate my self with this one.....:))

    वैसे एक बहुत अच्छी ग़ज़ल है... अगर यह आपकी पहली कोशिश है तो पहली लगती बिलकुल नहीं है।

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  21. नमस्कार इर्फनूदीन जी

    मुझे इस बात की ख़ुशी है की आपको ये ग़ज़ल पसंद आई.
    हौसला अफजाई का भी शुक्रिया :)

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  22. Beautiful poem with heart felt words. Loved it.

    Will be back to check more.

    BTW, Appreciate your comments at NRIGirl blog. Thank you for stopping by.

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  23. hii NRI girl

    thanks a ton!

    keep coming :D

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  24. bahut din baad kuch urdu dekhi,laga bachpan laut aaya...urdu me jo najakat aur nafaasat ha woh kahin nahi...

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  25. नमस्कार रेनू जी

    शुक्रिया, इस बात से तो मैं बिलकुल सहमत हूँ!

    :)

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  26. Bahut khub :)You write so beautifully :)

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  27. Hello Kavita!

    thanks a ton :D

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  28. that is amazing stuff.. just like some of the abida ghazals i like ... no exaggeration but by far amongst the various blogs i hv read this is one of the best poems .. considering i do have a very strong affinity towards urdu ... lovely work..
    PS please change those reactions .. there is none that suits this post...

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  29. hello Siddarth (Towards Reclamation)

    oh my god! thanks a ton for this lovely compliment, m on cloud nine!!!

    ya, i love Urdu too :)

    yes, will do :)

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  31. hii anon

    thanks a ton!

    keep coming :D

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  32. hii Shakti!

    thanks a ton yaar :D

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  34. hii anon

    thanks a ton!!

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  36. hii Anon!

    thanks a ton :)

    Keep coming :)

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  40. very beautiful poem. excellent expression, touching. you are a gifted poet.

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  41. hi anon

    thanks a lot!!

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