Sunday, April 20, 2014

Lagta Nahin Hai Dil Mera

लगता नहीं है दिल मेरा।(My heart finds no pleasure.) - Bahadur Shah Zafar 

This Ghazal was written by Bahadur Shah Zafar when he was in exile at Burma. His pain of being separated from his country and loved ones is clearly evident in this poem. He remained in Burma till his death and was buried there. He knew this fate of his which he brought in last two lines of this ghazal. During his lifetime he was admirer of poets and Mirza Ghalib was one of the poet of his court. Here I tried to translate this ghazal and hope that you will like my translation. 

लगता नहीं है दिल मेरा उजड़े दयार में,
किस की बनी है आलम-ए-नपायदार में। 
Lagta nahin hai dil mera ujde dayaar mein,
Kiski bani hai aalam-e-napayedaar mein.

My heart finds no pleasure in this barren land,
In this mortal world,fulfillment who has attained.

कहदो इन हसरतों से कहीं और जा बसें,
इतनी जगह कहाँ है दिल-ए-दाग़दार में।
Kehdo in hasraton se kahin aur ja basein,
Itni jagah kahan hai dil-e-daaghdaar mein.

Tell these desires to go and settle down elsewhere,
My tainted heart to them can't stand. 

उम्र-ए-दराज़ मांग कर लाए थे चार दिन,
दो आरज़ू में कट गए दो इंतज़ार में। 
Umr-e-daraaz maang kar laye the chaar din,
Do aarzu mein kat gaye do intezaar mein.

Having asked for long life,I brought back four days,
Two passed in yearning and two in waiting I spend.

कितना है बदनसीब 'ज़फर' दफ़्न के लिए,
दो गज़ ज़मीं भी ना मिली कु-ए-यार में।  
Kitna hai badnaseeb 'Zafar' dafn ke liye,
Do gaz zamin bhi na mili Ku-e-yaar mein.

How ill-fated 'Zafar' is that for his burial,
Two-yards of ground was not achieved in beloved's land.

For more on this ghazal visit : The Pain Of The Last Moghul.

Here his youtube video of this ghazal sung by Mohd. Rafi in the movie Lal Quila

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Shayari - 5

शायरी - 5 ( Couplets)

In my efforts to share shayari of famous or unknown shayars (poets) this time I am presenting two interesting shers(couplets) on political scenario along with their translation.

हुकूमत मुहं भराई के हुनर से खूब वाक़िफ़ है,
ये हर कुत्ते के आगे शाही टुकड़ा डाल देती है 
- मुनव्वर राणा 
Government is master in the art of filling mouths,
It give a royal treat to every dog.
-Munawwar Rana

Above couplet by Rana highlights our corrupt system. For money officials and bureaucrats becomes dog in front of government which hides it scams and scandals with their help. These corrupt officials only required timely feeding.

बर्बाद गुलिस्तां करने को बस एक ही उल्लू काफी था,
यहाँ …हर शाक़ पे उल्लू बेठा है अंजाम-ए-गुलिस्तां क्या होगा?
- मोहम्मद इक़बाल

Only a single owl was enough to destroy the garden,
Here...Every branch has an owl ,what would be the end of this garden?
- Mohammad Iqbal

Above couplet is by renowned poet Mohammad Iqbal ( also penned 'Saare jahan se achcha hindustan hamara'). He was so dissatisfied by the politician that he is comparing them to the owl. He said that only a single person like that was enough to ruin the country but they all are same he wonders what would happen to the nation.

Read More about Indian General Election 2014 : Festival Of India 

Sunday, March 30, 2014



We all pray to our respective goods to ask something or to just repent for our mistakes. Does God exists because we err? Does God become our fear? If the answer is yes then there is no need to pray. Read this poem and ask your self a question. Are you from those who repeat mistakes and just say sorry to solace your heart.

Like everyone I also pray,
and ask for forgiveness,
as I often goes astray,
from path of charity and kindness.
So to have the courage to stay,
without any kind of selfishness.

To make mistake is a habit,
of every men and women,
hurt others and to take credit
of someone Else's deed with fun.
In order to deceptively inherit,
we forget that we are human.

Every time we visit a religious place,
weeps and hope for remission,
by shedding tears and making grim face,
raised hands in compulsion 
of achieving heavenly solace
and to have spiritual elation.

Is it necessary to do a sin?
and then hope for pity and repent.
Repeating your mistake mean,
that your sorry is pretend.
your soul should be clean,
for your prayers to HIM extend