Khuubsurat moR

August 2, 2006 at 7:54 pm 9 comments

Sahir Ludhianvi


chalo ek baar phir se ajnabii ban jaayeN ham donoN

na maiN tum se ko’ii ummiid rakhuuN dil navaazii kii
na tum merii taraf dekho Ghalat andaaz nazroN se
na mere dil kii dhaRkan laRkhaRaaye merii baatoN meN
na zaahir ho tumhaarii kash-ma-kash kaa raaz nazroN se

chalo ek baar phir se ajnabii ban jaayeN ham donoN

tumheN bhii ko’ii uljhan roktii hai pesh-kadmii se
mujhe bhii log kahte haiN ke ye jalve paraaye haiN
mere ham-raah bhii rusavaaiyaaN haiN mere maazii kii
tumhaare saath bhii guzrii hu’ii raatoN ke saaye haiN

ta’arruf rog ho jaaye to us ko bhuulnaa behtar
ta’alluq bojh ban jaaye to us ko toRnaa achchaa
vo afsaanaa jise ajnaam tak laanaa na ho mumkin
use ek Khuubsuurat moR dekar chhoRnaa achchaa

chalo ek baar phir se ajnabii ban jaayeN ham donoN

And a translation by Falstaff,

Come, let us be strangers again, you and I.

I shall no longer hope for any favours from you
Nor shall you look upon me with eyes askance.
And my words shall tremble no more with my heartbeat
Nor the secret of your struggle be betrayed in a glance.

Come, let us be strangers again, you and I.

You too have hesitated to give yourself completely
I too wear disguises, or so I am told
The disgraces of my past are my constant companions
And you too are possessed by the nights of old.

When involvement becomes illness it is best forgotten
When a relationship oppresses it is best to break it
When the adventure you are embarked on cannot be completed
One must find a beautiful way out, and take it.

Come, let us be strangers again, you and I.

Some years back, I had someone explain to me – the art of making a good presentation. Tell the audience what you are going to talk about. State your theory (- let us become strangers again) – and what that would mean. Then, explain the setting(, the memories and emotions you both carry with you). Finally explain your solution (- let us become strangers again). And all that in just 3 slides :)

What a simple solution to so many troubles life throws at you! Take a beautiful way out :) As they say, the simplest and the most elegant solutions are the ones that are hardest to arrive at.

Lovely poem, lovely theme.

And on Aligarians, a reading of this nazm by Sahir himself.


Entry filed under: Black Mamba, Falstaff, Sahir Ludhianvi, Urdu.

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Pearl  |  August 4, 2006 at 11:12 am

    Thank you for posting and translating that one. I love to access poetry in translation and this one has such unconventional wisdom.

  • 2. SAJDAH  |  November 22, 2006 at 3:07 am

    I must say you’ve done a superb job at translating this poem – however i have a grouse.
    It’s about the way you chose to translate the word ‘afsana’ as “adventure” – that doesn’t fit right, nor does it feel right. To me.

    You do have the right to indulge in some poetic licence, but in this case it hasn’t done a thing to improve on the power of the original poem in any way – if i am allowed to say that.

    A tale that promises to go nowhere – no future, a story / fable whose plot cannot be conceived or vaguely defined – that to me is a better interpretation of this Sahir poem.

    Hope you take these comments in a constructive way.

    Did i mention that i absolutely love this site of yours – and try as much as i would i can never stay away from it for too long.

    Wish you the best always.


  • 3. Falstaff  |  November 22, 2006 at 11:33 am

    Sajdah: Thanks for your comment. I agree that ‘adventure’ is an inadequate translation of afsana, but I’m not sure what other word would fit better. “A tale that promises to go nowhere – no future, a story / fable whose plot cannot be conceived or vaguely defined” is a little too long to fit into one line. I’m open to suggestions on how better to render that line.

  • 4. Dipa Rani  |  October 18, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Wonderful translation, thank you so much for sharing .. i m posting it in my blog and will add link with this post. Hope its ok with you..

  • 5. sinu  |  October 31, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    really its a nice job you did.. thanks a lot for your priceless work..

  • 6. Deepak singh pilkhwal  |  January 11, 2011 at 3:04 am

    A poen is something embed with beautiful words, which can be placed in reader’s heart revealing its feel, that was a difficult job to accomplish while translation,falstaff would agree, moreover sahir’s excellency and vista is something which will always remain tough to achieve, he was one of those legends with ‘KALAM’ ,he is now immortal in his writings.
    But sir it’s a worthpraising effort of yours, you really did it nicely.

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  • 8. Raja  |  April 16, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Thanks for the translation.
    This has been one of my fav songs ‘coz the words sounded nice. I didn’t know the meaning of most of the words!

  • 9. Raja  |  April 16, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Btw, there’s a typo – “ajnaam” instead of “anjaam”


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