Ghalib …

سب کہاں کچھ لالہ و گل میں نمایاں ہو گئیں

خاک میں کیا صورتیں ہوں گی جو پنہاں ہوگئیں

یاد تھیں ہم کو بھی رنگا رنگ بزم آرائیاں

لیکن اب نقش و نگار طاق نسیاں ہو گئیں

Not all but some have reappeared in Tulips and (other) flowers

What (grand) faces those would have been, which are buried in mud!

Remembered, we too, (being part of) the colorful gatherings (of yore)

Which now have become the decorative embroidery of the shelf of forgetfulness


14 thoughts on “Ghalib …

  1. Pingback: Ghalib … | Tea Break

  2. @ Cav .. Thanks man! 🙂

    @ Ayesha .. Its sort of a rough translation but my love for Ghalib’s verses made me try and post it here. Thanks for liking it 🙂

  3. Asma Ahsan

    I read the translation of an Arab poem yesterday in English – Its a good effort really, but you know, one cant really totally translate poetry written in Urdu, arabic or persian in terms of its depth and intensity…

    I should learn arabic now to understand Arab literature – I am too lazy! 😛

  4. @ Asma Jee .. I totally agree; translation spoils more than half the charm of an original piece, as each the language portrays a different culture through a set of words and it takes a lot on part of a translator to try and convey the nuances of an original piece. Yet, I like to indulge in the practice once in a while, to help improve my comprehension and conversion skills besides a few hidden motifs 😉

    @ Goonga Jee .. Thank you 🙂 Could I ask what aspect of my ‘selection’ do you suspect? Quality, authenticity or context? ..

  5. Asma Ahsan

    Hmm – Actually the poems you translate are very very good – you have a talent in translation bhai – dont get discouraged please – 🙂

  6. @ MZ .. thank you, mate! 🙂

    @ Asma Jee … I’ve grown stubborn I guess hence I won’t leave to pour my naivety here on these pages 😉 Thanks for the encouragement! 🙂

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