One of my perennial favourites....

February 6, 2008

I can never hear this song enough…..oh, the pangs of unrequited love!


The lyrics:

ajeeb dAsthAn hai yEh kahAn shuru kahAn khatham yeh manzilEin kaun see na wOh samajh sakEy na hum

yeh rOshnee ke sAth kyOn dhuAn utthA chirAg sEy yeh khwAb dEkhthee hoon meyn ki jag padi hoon khwAb sEy

mubArakEin thUmhEy ki thUm (that’s the “U” pronounced as in “book”) kisee key noor hO gayEy kiseeke ithnEy pAs hO ki sabsEy dhoor hO gayEy

kiseeka pyAr lEyke thUm nayA jahAn basAogEy yeh shAm jab bhi AyEgee thUm hamkO yAAd AogEy

Translation (if anyone has a better version do give it!)

What a weird tale this is… Where does it begin, where does it end? What are the destinations? Neither of us understands

Why, with the light, Does the smoke arise from the lamp? I dream… ..that I have woken up from the dream

Congratulations to have Become the light of someone’s life You have become so close to someone That you are far away from everyone else

With someone’s love, you Will create a new world Whenever (the memory of) this evening comes I will think of you

The heroine is Meena Kumari , who was a great tragedienne…in her later years, she was fat, a diva in her behaviour…her life itself was very unhappy.

The Wikipaedia link is really nice…it includes some “shAyri” (couplet verse poetry) that she herself wrote.