dil-e-nādāñ tujhe huā kyā hai
āḳhir is dard kī davā kyā hai
Oh errant heart, what ails you pray,
Finally, what is the cure for this ache?
ham haiñ mushtāq aur vo be-zār
yā ilāhī ye mājrā kyā hai
I’m ardent and he turns away,
Oh lord! what is this game you play?
maiñ bhī muñh meñ zabān rakhtā huuñ
kaash pūchho ki mudda.ā kyā hai
I am also capable of speech,
If only you could Just ask me what I want today,
jab ki tujh bin nahīñ koī maujūd
phir ye hañgāma ai ḳhudā kyā hai
If there is nothing apart from you, oh lord!
Then why is this turmoil and so much noisy fray?
ye parī-chehra log kaise haiñ
ġhamza o ishva o adā kyā hai
How are these angel-faced people?
What are these conventions of seductions and deceptions in a mid-way…
shikan-e-zulf-e-ambarīñ kyuuñ hai
nigah-e-chashm-e-surma sā kyā hai
Why this wrinkle and beauty’s intoxicating hair?
What gaze from those kohl-darkened eyes awake?
sabza o gul kahāñ se aa.e haiñ
abr kyā chiiz hai havā kyā hai
Where did verdure and flowers come from?
What are clouds? What is atmospheric ray?
ham ko un se vafā kī hai ummīd
jo nahīñ jānte vafā kyā hai
We hope for fidelity from them,
Who do not know, what fidelity may be or to my dismay?
haañ bhalā kar tirā bhalā hogā
aur darvesh kī sadā kyā hai
Yes, do well, well will come to you,
what else is the dervish say?
jaan tum par nisār kartā huuñ
maiñ nahīñ jāntā duā kyā hai
For you I do bequeath my life,
I never knew what it is to pray.
maiñ ne maanā ki kuchh nahīñ ‘ġhālib’
muft haath aa.e to burā kyā hai
I concede that Ghalib is nothing and worthless,
but if it comes free, then why delay?
Mirza Ghalib’s 220th birth anniversary: Google Doodle today pays tribute to legendary poet
Mirza Ghalib, considered to be one of the most popular and influential poets of the Urdu language, started writing poetry at the age of 11.
His verse is characterised by a lingering sadness borne of a tumultuous and often tragic life — from being orphaned at an early age, to losing all of his seven child.
He struggled financially, never holding a regular paying job but instead depending on patronage from royalty and more affluent friends.”
“But despite these hardships, Ghalib navigated his circumstances with wit, intellect, and an all-encompassing love for life.
His contributions to Urdu poetry and prose were not fully appreciated in his lifetime, but his legacy has come to be widely celebrated, most particularly for his mastery of the Urdu ghazal (amatory poem),” the post added.
In one of his letters, Ghalib describes his marriage as the second imprisonment after the initial confinement that was life itself. The idea that life is one continuous painful struggle which can end only when life itself ends.