Friday, October 5, 2007

Main chahta bhi yahi tha...

Main chahta bhi yahi tha vo bewafa nikle
use samajhne ka koi to silsila nikle..

Kitaab-e-*maazi ke *auraak ulat ke dekh zara
na jaane kaun sa safha muda hua nikle..

Jo dekhne main bahut hi kareeb lagta hai
usi ke baare main socho to faasla nikle...
[Wasim Barelvi]

This was sung by Jagjit Singh (with slight changes ;) ) ...
*maazi=past, *auraak=pages

12 comments:

Siyaah said...

Hey,
Nice to see your blog, and find a ghazal aficionado...some nice posts here...keep posting.

SATYAANVESHI said...

Thanks...

neha said...

Kitaab-e-mazi

neha said...

Kitaab-e-mazi??? what does it mean,,plz do reply. thnQ

SATYAANVESHI said...

Hi!!
Maazi means past... and auraak means pages...
You can visit http://www.geocities.com/urdudict/ to get the meaning of Urdu words... Its an Urdu-English dictionary...

I hope I was of some help...
Thanks for visiting my blog... Hope you found something of interest...

kay gee said...

wah wah ..
wah wah!

SATYAANVESHI said...

@kay gee, Thanks

Ajnabhi said...

Hi friend, I love this ghazal but for years have been longing for a translation. Can you please translate it to English and post here? It would mean a lot to me! Many thanks....

SATYAANVESHI said...

Hi Ajnabhi,

The following is what I understand of the ghazal. Pardon me if there's any inaccuracy.

The author wants to sound a tad bit ironic, he actually is so terribly in love with her that he wants his lover to realize that he actually wanted that she left him for he could understand her better after they parted.

In the second couplet he says, try looking at the your life in hindsight, you will find a lot of events worth remembering. Doesn't it happen that there are many events in life which go unnoticed, for which the importance is not realised then but when we think about them afterwards.

The third couplet is also pretty straightforward. It's actually a very common thing which happens to us atleast to me it does :). The moment we start thinking about people we reckon are very close to us, understand us and then about what they think about us, we realize that they not know about us quite as much we thought they did.

Hope it helped.
PS: Do I know you?

Ajnabhi said...

Thank you very much! This is great. I will be checking here often for more of your translations.

I don't know you...I live in America :)

Anonymous said...

Dear Satyaanveshi,
I also live in the USA, not out of my choice, i was brought here as a child, anyways i felt a deep connection to this ghazal by Barelvi Saheb and most importantly, your translation, and you, i dont even know whether you'll ever check this post, anyways i wanted to thank u for the only valuable english translation available on the whole www for this beautiful meaningful ghazal

Anonymous said...

It means in the first verse that he wished that the protagonist had been a betrayer at least then he would understand the behaviour. This could be a friend/girlfriend/wife/whomever. In the second he says that look at a book you have read in the past again, who knows which pages will open up or are are marked, meaning look at your past and you will see what is important that you didn't realise. In the third he says look carefully at all who surround you, those who seem the closest may not indeed be.