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नींद से उठे (Woke Up From Sleep)

नींद से उठे (Woke Up From Sleep)

 

after Mohsin Naqvi….

 

Arcadia Beach - (c) Aashish Vaidya 

I

 

नींद से उठे देर से इतनी

गुमराह जो थे  लंबी मुद्दत

से इतनी, देखंेगे मंज़र अब अर्से के बाद

मल मल के आँखों को ऐतबार मिले

के जैसे कभी रात ढले वैसे कभी सुबह हो

 

Neend se uthe dair se itni

Gumraah jo the lambi muddat

se itni, dekhenge manzar ab arse ke baad

mal malke aankhon ko aitbaar mile

Ke jaise kabhi raat dhale waise kabhi subah ho.


हम खोये जज़्बों में किन किन,

डूबे गहरी सोचों

में किन किन.  उलझन की भूलभुलैया में

ना जाने कितने वक़्त से गुम

रहे.  अब चुपके से आरज़ू दिल में रहते

है, उछलते है: के जैसे कभी रात ढले वैसे कभी सुबह हो




Hum khoye jazbon mein kin kin,

dube gaheri sochon

mein kin kin.  Uljhan ki bhulbhulya mein

na jane kitne waqt se goom

rahe.  Ab chupke se arzu dil mein rahte

hai, uchalte hai: ke jaise kabhi raat dhale, waise kabhi subah ho.

 

II

 

लम्हों की रफ़्तार कभी धीरी, कभी तेज

पलखों की झपक में बदले रुख, रुत और हवा.

शबनम ने फूल से पूछा, फूल ने

हवा से, हवा ने मुझसे,

पूछा, मैंने वक़्त के ख़म से पूछा

 

Lamhon ki raftaar kabhi dhiri, kabhi tej

Palakhon ki jhapak mein badale rukh, rut aur hawaa.

Shabnam ne phuul se pucha, phuul ne

Hawa se, hawa ne mujhase

pucha, maine waqt ke kham se pucha

 

नक्श-ए-पाँव पड़े थे रेत

पे, कहाँ गये वोह सब निशाँ ?  लम्हों की रविश पे

है किसका काबू , क्या?

फिर भी धुन गुनगुनाते चलो, लब्ज़ लिखते

चलो, वहम-ए-ज़िंदगी में रहते

चलो. ज़मीन पे पाँव, सर पे आसमान हो, तब तक ज़ीस्त की कशिश हो

 

Naksh-e-paun  pade the ret

pe, kahan gaye woh sab nishaan? Lamhon ki ravish pe

Hain kis ka kabu, kya?

Phir bhi dhuun gungante chalo, labz likhte

chalo, vahm-e-zindagi mein rahte

chalo. zamiin pe pau,sar pe aasmaan ho, tab tak ziist ki kashish ho.

Loose English Translation

 

I

 

Woke up from long sleep (nightmare)

I was lost for so long

Hope better times are up ahead

I rub my eyes so I can believe

that just as the night falls, so shall the morning come.

 

lost in so many emotions

Immersed in deep thoughts

Lost in a complicated maze of dilemmas

don’t know for how long

But now stealthily wish takes hold in my heart,

it prances: that just as the night falls, so shall the morning come.

 

II

 

Time speeds up, time slows down

In a blink of an eye, face, weather and wind can change.

The dewdrop asks the flower, the flower

asks the wind, the wind asks me

and I ask the curls of time –

 

the footprints that were on the sand

where have all those gone? On the motion of time

who has control?

Even then, we must sing that tune, keep writing those words

keep living on the whims of life

till there is ground under the feet, sky overhead, till then, continue deriving the pleasures of life (existence).

 

Notes:

This year, I did not participate in the National Poetry Writing Month 2014 (NaPoWriMo 2014), like I did last year.  During the event, you write 1 poem a day, every day for the month of April.  However, I found this cool prompt from Day Five for a prompt called a “golden shovel”, invented by Terrance Hayes in his poem The Golden Shovel.  Terrance uses the last word of each of his line from Gwendolyn Brook’s poem, We Real Cool.  This in effect you get a poem within a poem.  So this is what I tried with a chotti beher (short metered) shers (couplets) from a Mohsin Naqvi‘s ghazal – itni muddat baad mile ho.  I tried with 2 shers.  This also allowed me to experiment with writing free verse in Hindi.

 

Here are, probably the choicest 4 ashars from a longer ghazal.

 

itanii muddat baad mile ho
itanii muddat baad mile ho
kin socho.n me.n gum rahate ho

tez havaa ne mujh se puuchhaa
ret pe kyaa likhate rahate ho

kaun sii baat hai tum me.n aisii
itane achchhe kyo.n lagate ho

ham se na puuchho hijr ke qisse
apanii kaho ab tum kaise ho


The ghazal was beautifully rendered by Ghulam Ali and Dilraj Kaur.

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