Thursday, September 17, 2009

Of Ghalib and Bakshi

A poet and an author, A piece in are some picks.
Hum ko malum hai jannat ki haqiqat lekin
Dil ko khush rakhne ko Ghalib, yeh khayal accha hai
“Though, I do know the realness of Paradise;However, for consoling my heart, the idea is good Ghalib !”

qaasid ke aate-aate KHat ik aur likh rakhooN

maiN jaanta hooN jo woh likhenge jawaab meiN
[qaasid = messenger (who brings a ‘khat’ = letter)]
“Oh my eagerness… Before the Postman arrives, I am ready with my letter. Well, I already know what would have been written in the response though.”

Aah ko chahiye ek umra asar hone tak, Kaun jeeta hai teri zulf ke sar hone tak?
“A sigh needs a lifetime until the coming-about of an effect, who [habitually] lives until the becoming- (subdued/tamed) of your curls? “

Aata hai dag-e-hasrat-dil ka shumar yaad
Mujse mere gunah ka hisab ee khuda na maang.
“Oh Lord! The number of wounds/scars of the longing/grief of the heart comes to my mind when you ask the account of my sin. (My unfulfilled yearnings left scars in my heart. I counted these scars as long as I lived. My life was measured in the reckoning of these scars of defeat. Now that you ask me for an account of my sins (my moments of pleasure), I am reminded of my life in your world...)”

Dil he toh hai na sang-o-Khisht, Dard say bhar na aye kyun?
Royengay hum hazar baar, koi humein sataye kyun?
Qaid-e-Hayat-o-Band-e-Ghum asl mein donon ek hain,
Maut say pehlay aadmi ghum say nijaat paye kyun?
“Just a Heart it is, not a brick or stone. Why shouldn't it feel the pain? Life and grief are one actually, If I am relived from pain, won't I just die off ? (The formulas of life and bonds of sorrow, In reality are the (same) one manifestation, Before realizing the ultimate truth How can then one attain liberation?)”
~ Ghalib Mirza Asadullah Khan

-Neither he comes on open land nor does he go into deep water. Turtle. Under 2 feet water or half dried mud, anything different and it goes in the shell, Life is truly Longer and safer if you know to how to live like a Turtle.
-You need tons of logic to justify your own point.
-If you work too hard for the fun Boy, you are ill.
-Body is a house of mirrors, And a dog trapped in, keeps barking at its own reflections.
-"Get me the Cactus, with flowers, doesn't die easily and can survive without water."
-Those who expect too less from the life don't get anything at all.
~Chandrakant Bakshi.

Close up:
"Love must surely reside in the gap between desire and fulfillment, in the lack, not the contentment. Love is the ache, the anticipation, the retreat, everything around it but the emotion itself."
~Kiran Desai


  1. Turtle and tortoise are different creatures. You are alluding to tortoise in case of Chandrakant Bakshi translation, not turtle.

  2. Thanks for correction Anonymous :-)
    Pls keep the watch.