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Sha Ma.te

Sha Mate
શા માટે

(Another older piece that I am getting around to posting.  Written circa April 1990.  This was also published in Darpan – Community newsletter of Gujarati Samaj of Houston).

દિપક જલે છે રોશની દેવા માટે (1.1)
મૌત યાદ કરાવે, જીવન જીવવા માટે (1.2)

ઘર ખાલી ઈંટો ને પથ્થરો થી નથી બનતું (2.1)
પ્રેમ પણ જોઈએ થોડો, એમાં રેહવા માટે (2.2)

રાત આવે છે તો કહો એ કેમ આવે છે (3.1)
થાકેલા ઇન્સાનને આરામ આપવા માટે (3.2)

દુઃખ જીવનની નદીમાં એક પુર લાવે છે (4.1)
દુઃખ તકતી છે માનવનું ખમીર જોવા માટે (4.2)

સુરજ ઉગે શું રાત ને ભગાડવા માટે? (5.1)
સુરજ નિકળે છે ‘ધુમ્મસ’ ને હટાવા માટે (5.2)

 

Hindi Translation

घर सिर्फ ईंटो और पथ्थरों से नहीं बनता (1.1)
प्यार भी थोड़ा चाहिये, इसमें रहने के लिए (1.2)

रात आती है तो क्यूँ आती है (2.1)
थके हुए इंसान को आराम देने के लिए (2.2)

दुःख ज़िन्दगी के नदी में बाड लाते है (3.1)
दुःख आऐना है मानव के खमीर देखने के लिए (3.2)

दीपक जलता है रौशनी देने के लिए (4.1)
मौत याद दिलावे, जिंदगी है जिने के लिए (4.2)

सूरज ऊगता है रात को भागने के लिए? (5.1)
सूरज निकलता है ‘धुम्मस’ को हटाने के लिए (5.2)

 

In English Script With Loose Translation.

deepak jale chhe roshni dewa mate (1.1)
maut yaad karave, jeevan jeev.va mate (1.2)

A lamp burns to provide light (1.1)
death reminds that life is for living (1.2)

ghar khali een.too ne pathero thi nathi bun.tu (2.1)
prem pun jo.ee.ye thodo, a.ma rehva mate (2.2)

A house isn’t just built from bricks and stones (2.1)
You need a bit of love to live in it (2.2)

raat aave chhe to kaho a kem aave chhe (3.1)
thakela insaan ne aaraam ap.va mate (3.2)

The night comes, but does it come (3.1)
It comes to provide rest to a tired human (3.2)

dukh jeevan ni naadi ma ek pur laave chhe (4.1)
dukh takti chhe manav nu khamir jo.va mate (4.2)

Sorrows bring a flood in life’s river (4.1)
Sorrows are mirror into a human’s soult (4.2)

suraj uu.ge shu raat ne bhgadva mate? (5.1)
surah nik.le chhe ‘dhummas’ ne hataava mate (5.2)

Does the sun rise to get rid of the night? (5.1)
The sun rises to move the ‘Dhummas (fog)’ away (5.2)

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