21 Jan


If you can not read Urdu, please scroll down and find Roman version

غالب نے موت پر متعدد اشعار کہے ہیں. خاص بات یہ ہے ک انھوں نے مرنے اور جینے کے عمل کو ایک دوسرے سے اس طرح مدغم کیا ہے  کہ خوشگوار حیرت ہوتی ہے-

کچھ مثالیں پیش ہیں:- 

١- مرتے ہیں آرزو میں مرنے کی  

     موت آتی ہے پر نہیں آتی.


٢- محبت میں نہیں ہے فرق جینے اور مرنے کا 

    ا سی کو دیکھ کر جیتے ہیں جس کافر پہ دم نکلے 


٣- پھر اسی بےوفا پہ مرتے ہیں

    پھر وہی زندگی ہماری ہے

٤- پرتو _ خور سے ہے شبنم کو فنا کی تعلیم 

     میں بھی ہوں ایک عنایت کی نظر ہونے تک  


٥- غم _ ہستی کا اسد کس سے ہو جز مرگ علاج 

     شمع ہر رنگ میں جلتی ہے سحر ہونے تک 

Mirza Ghalib has produced a number of couplets in which he has managed to deal with the industry of life and of death in such a manner that one cannot but marvel. He makes the two events look like one in two or two in one

here are a few examples 

Translation will be meaningless if done literally. One has to consider the traditions and the sensitivities of that era in order to comprehend the hidden, implied or wider meanings 


marte hain aarzoo mein marne ki

maut aati hai par nahin aati

  [ I am dying to meet my death .The death obliges me, only to dodge me ] 


mohobbat mein nahin hai farq jeene aur marne ka

usi ko dekh kar jeete hain jis kaafir pe dam nikle

In love, there is no difference between life and death

my life revolves around the same person for whom I am prepared to die 


Here, Ghalib uses the word ‘kafir’ (infidel) for his beloved which is a practice understood by all Urdu lovers but is hard to justify/ explain


phir usi bewafa pe marte hain

phir wohi zindagi hamari hai

Again, it is going to be same life for me

(dying, again, for the same person (who never fails to be unfaithful


parta-o khoor se hai shabnam ko fana ki taaleem

main bhi hun ek inayet ki nazar hone tak

we know that the morning dew disappears as soon as the sun comes up

  I reckon I too will last only till my beloved casts a loving eye on me ,meaning 

that I will evaporate under the intense gaze, like do the dew drops


gham-e-hasti ka asad kis se ho juz marg ilaaj

shama har rang mein jalti hai sahar hone tak

what other cure for the ills of life is there ‘O’ Asad except death

 the oil lamp emanates a series of scintillating colours during the night. meaning  the life suffers a long sequence of ups and downs till death brings an end to the misery  



Posted by on January 21, 2014 in GHAALIB


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13 responses to “MERA MARNA MERA JEENA

  1. Rafiullah Mian

    January 21, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    Ghalib par ap k dilchisp posts main ak aor izafa hay ye.
    yaqeenan ap mazeed aese aspects point out karaingay mustaqbil main jo dosroN ki nigahoN say poshida rahay hoN ya dosroN nay osay is zawiya e nazar say nahi dekha.

    • shakilakhtar

      January 22, 2014 at 6:41 am

      iee han janab, zawiya nazar ahm hota hai. like ka shukria bahot bahot.

  2. salim598786

    January 24, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Qaid e hayat o band e gham asl mein dono.n ek hei.n
    Maut se pahle aadmi gham se ninjat paye keyun.

    • shakilakhtar

      January 25, 2014 at 9:25 am

      are yeh to No 5 sher ka parto hai. wah. ek hi mauzoo par do sher. Ghalib bhi kamal karte the.

  3. Sharmishtha

    January 30, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    fabulous collection Shakil

    • shakilakhtar

      January 31, 2014 at 11:31 am

      Thanks Sarmistha ji for your kind appriciation.

  4. midnighthues

    February 11, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Thank you for sharing these couplets and translating them! Exploring Ghalib has been a fascinating wish of mine.

    • shakilakhtar

      February 11, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      My pleasure and thank you very much for gracing this humble blog. I too like your poems very much.

      • midnighthues

        February 11, 2014 at 7:36 pm

        Now, I am humbled sir! Thank you for your kindness 🙂

  5. dilgeer

    May 29, 2014 at 8:42 am

    मेरे हमनशीनो ! ज़िंदगी की तमन्ना कैद है
    मौत की मुट्ठी मे आज !

    • shakilakhtar

      May 29, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      बहुत बढ़िया, एक और दृष्टिकोण सामने आया है। दिलगीर जी आप का अत्यंत धन्यवाद हमारे BLOG पर आने के लिए।

  6. mehar

    April 30, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    good, bt still not upto the mark

    • shakilakhtar

      April 30, 2015 at 4:41 pm

      thanks for your kind observation Mehar ji.


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