I have to now find out the real drivers that force me to write. Last time I blogged, it was kabir and now I can’t stop myself from typing a few lines about Mirza Ghalib. Thanks to the few songs sung by Jagjit Singh, I can say that I have some idea of the all time classic shayar Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan, or as we all know Mirza Ghalib.
Har ek baat pe kehte ho tum ki tu kya hai
tumhee kaho ke ye andaaz-e-guftagoo kya hai
Ragon mein daudte firne ke hum naheen qayal
jab aankh hi se na tapka to fir lahu kya hai
jala hai jism jahan dil bhi jal gaya hoga
kuredate ho jo raakh, justajoo kya hai!
I must mention that this guy is simply amazing. Almost all of his work was his depiction of love and his poetry was driven by the explanation of the beauty of his beloved, the pain of infidelity and the similar feelings. Of all his stuff that I know, this is the one I rate very high:-
Unke dekhe se jo aa jaati muh par raunak
woh samajhte hain ki beemaar ka haal achha hai 🙂
sabko maloom hai jannat ki haqeeqat lekin
dil ko khush rakhne ko ghaalib ye khayaal achha hai
In one phrase, he unfolds such bewildering truth of life, this mere achievement of packaging the reality with such subtleness and reality does amuse me. And it has been over-used after he wrote it down.
Hazaaaron Khwahishein aisi ki har khwahish pe dum nikle
bahut nikle mere armaan lekin fir bhi kam nikle
mohabbat mein nahi hai farq jeene aur marne ka
usee ko dekh kar jeete hain jis qaafir pe dum nikle
There isn’t much I can say about him. He is a legend.
Hai aur bhi duniya mein sukhanwar bahut achhe
kehte hain ghaalib ka hai andaaz-e-bayaan aur