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Accha Lagta Hain

अच्छा लगता है

Accha lagta hain

Aashish Vaidya ‘Saraab’.  Written Dec2012-Jan2013, shared on Jan 16, 2013

It feels like this poem can still use some more work, but I think this is good enough to share.  Trying out different presentation format, each sher is first in Devnagari and then in English, followed with a loose translation.  Incidentally, on a whim, I did a search on the refrain (radiif) – ‘accha lagta hain’ and found that there was a song from movie Aarakshan.  I haven’t seen the movie and can’t say I heard the song till now, but its interesting coincidence, nonetheless.

(1) ख्याल में हो तो लभों पे ला दो, अच्छा लगता है

कहा ना जाये तो कागज़ पे लिख दो, अच्छा लगता है

khayal mein ho to labhon pe la do, achha lagta hai.n

kaha nah jaye to kagaz pe likh do, achha lagta hai.n

If it’s in your thoughts, bring it to your lips, it feels good

If you can’t say it, then write it on a paper, it feels good

(2) कैसी यह उलझन में पड़े हो की सहा ऩा जाये, बोला ना जाये

बातें अपनी, रुके रुके, रफ्ता रफ्ता सूना दो, अच्छा लगता है

kaisi yeh uljhan mein padey ho ki sa.ha na jaye, bola na jaye

batein apni, ruke ruke, rafta rafta suuna do, achha lagta hai.n

What kind of dilemma are you in, you can’t bear it, you can’t say it

Tell me, haltingly haltingly, slowly slowy, it feels good

(3) कूर्बत उन्के साये से इतना, की में उन्से जुदा ना मिलू

बेक़सी में कभी उस साये को चूम लो, अच्छा लगता है

kurbat unke saaya se itnaa, ki mein judaa na miloo

bekasii mei kabhi us saaya ko chum lo, achha lagta hai.n

I’m so close to her shadow, that you’ll not find me separately

When in distress, kiss that shadow, it feels good

(4) यह तौ माना अपनी खतां की सूची लम्बी हैं

कभी जूठी तो जूठी तारीफ़ कर लो , अच्छा लगता है

yeh tau mana apni khataao.N ki suchi lambi hai

khabhi juthi tau juthi taarif karlo, achha lagta hai

I know my list of my shortcomings is long

Sometimes, do praise, even if it false, it feels good

(5) यह मुसलसल मिलना और बिछड़ने का कुछ तो हल होगा

ख्याल के हर पुर्जे पर अपनी मोहर लगा दो, अच्छा लगता है

yeh musalsal milna aur bichadne ki paheli ka kuch to hal hoga

khayal ke har purze pe apni mohr laga do, accha lagta hai.n

Is there a solution to this continuous meeting and separating

stamp every shred of my thoughts (with your image), it feels good

(6) अघाज़ ये अफसाना, कैसे मोड़ पे जा रुका के अंजाम नहीं

यकीन नहीं तो ‘सराब’ से कुबूली केर लो, अच्छा लगता है

aghaaz ye afsana, kaise mod pe ja rukaa, ke anjaam nahi

yakeen nahi tau ‘saraab’ se kubooli ker lo, accha lagta hain

We started our story, but its stuck on a bend, that there is no conclusion

If not with certainty, then say an illusory (‘Mirage’) yes, it feels good

Word list:kurbat = closeness. bekasii = distressed. aghaaz = start. aanjam = conclusion. afsana = romantic story. khataoon = shortcomings, sins. musalsal = continuous. yakeen = with certainty.

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