Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Rahiye Ab Aisi Jagah - Mirza Ghalib

रहिये अब ऐसी जगह।  ( Stay At Such A Place ) - Mirza Ghalib

'Stay at such a place' is a three couplet Ghazal by Mirza Ghalib. It's a sad poem (ghazal) written while leaving his home due to non-payment of dues in his early days. He was feeling lonely,deserted and wants to go away from everything and everybody. He is expressing a tramp like feeling. The last sher ( couplet ) is added by me which is also conveying same feelings. I have tried to translate it here:

रहिये अब ऐसी जगह चलकर जहाँ कोई न हो,
हम-सुखन कोई न हो और हम-ज़ुबां कोई न हो। 
Rahiye ab aisi jagah chalkar jahan koi na ho,
Hum-sukhan koi na ho aur hum-zubaan koi na ho.

Go and stay at such a place where there is no one else,
Where no one knows our language and what we tells.

बे-दर-ओ-दिवार सा एक घर बनाया चाहिए,
कोई हमसाया न हो और पासबां कोई न हो। 
Be-dar-o-diwaar sa ek ghar banaya chahiye,
Koi humsaya na ho aur paasban koi na ho.

A house should be built without doors and walls,
Where there is no partner and not any defender at all.
पड़िये ग़र बीमार तो कोई न हो तीमारदार,
और ग़र मर जाएँ तो नोहाकवां कोई न हो। 
Padiye gar bimaar to koi na ho timaardaar,
Aur gar mar jaayein to nohakawan koi na ho.

Where there is no one to care if ever falls ill,
and no one to mourn when become still (dead).

हश्र का मेरे जब कभी हो किस्सा बयां,
ज़ेरो-ज़बर कोई न हो और सबर (सब्र) कोई न हो। - सिफ़र 
Hasr ka mere jab kabhi ho kissa bayan,
Zairo-zabar koi na ho aur sabar (sabr) koi na ho.

If ever someone recite story of my final condition,
There should be no correction, nor any patience.

Here is the video of this song from the movie : Mirza Ghalib sung by Suraiya.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Feel The Freedom

Feel The Freedom

Happy Independence Day. On 15th August 1947 we got from Britishers again to be slave of many injustices, practices and dirty politics. We are free from any foreign rule but due to these obligations of   society,religion,culture,tradition,relations,etc we are unable to feel our freedom. On this 67th year of Independence let's Feel The Freedom with this bilingual poem.

Feel the freedom, let's say मैं आज़ाद हूँ,
सारी दिशाओं से, सबकी आशाओं से,
I am free to say that I am in love,
I should definitely get what I deserve,
मैं आज़ाद हूँ, Yes I am free,free,free

Independence from binding religion,
Independence from worthless obligation,
आज़ादी जाती-पाती के बंधन से ,
आज़ादी ऊँच-नीच की अनबन से,

आज़ादी खुल्के न उड़ने से,
आज़ादी बुराई से न लड़ने से,
Feel the freedom from archaic notions,
From old male superirity portion,

From being alien in own country,
From dominance of बाबू, मंत्री,संत्री। 
मेरी मर्ज़ी में मेरा रहना,खाना हो,
देश में फैसले जो हों, I should know,

भूख,गरीबी,लाचारी से, We should be free,
भय,भ्रष्टाचार,भेदभाव से, We should be free,
नस्लवाद, आतंकवाद से, We should be free,
दंगे,हत्या,बलात्कार से, We should be free,

Feel the freedom, हमारे हाथों में ही है,
Feel the freedom, हमारे साथों में ही है,
Feel the freedom, नहीं है तो हम ही लाएंगे,
Feel the freedom, सबको एहसास कराएंगे,  

We the people of India have the power to change,
To demolish, draw,develop and to manage and rearrange.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Raw Threads

Raw Threads

The raw threads of Raksha Bandhan a festival in India in which sister tie a decorated thread on brother's hand and wishes for his long life and brother in turn promises to protect her from every evil is a strong bond of love between a brother and a sister. It is not just a thread but lifetime moments they spend together which I have tried to present in this poem. Happy Raksha Bandhan to all brothers and sisters.

Raw Threads
Of Love,of care,of protection,of prayer,
of snatching chocolates, of hiding secrets,
of breaking piggy bank,of playing prank,
of singing together, of fighting for whatever,
of signing for father, of saving from mother,
of helping in homework, for building a network,
of sweet quarrels, of fake applauds,
of unspoken understanding, of unconditional supporting,
of calling a guy, of girl's spy,
of sharing,of rearing, of bearing, of cheering,
of lifetime company, of life's symphony.