7 June 2014

A classic one from Gulzar

Sitting out in the dark and the moon blurred by the clouds, a glass of wine and and some old poems were perfect to close out a long week. This one from Gulzar (in Hindi) stuck in my mind :

Nazm uljhi hui hai seene mein
Misare atke hue hain hothon par
Udate phirte hain titaliyon ki tarah
Lafz kaagaz pe baithate hi nahin
Kab se baithaa hun main jaanam
Saade kaagaz pe likh ke naam tera
Bas tera naam hi mukammal hai
Is se behtar bhi nazm kyaa hogi

Roughly translated, he is saying:

A poem is entangled in my chest
The lines are stuck in my lips
The words are flitting around like butterflies
But refusing to settle down on my paper
I have been sitting here for so long
Having only written your name on a white paper
Only your name exists on the paper
And I ask, how can there be a better poem than that?

Posted June 7, 2014 by Rajib Roy in category "Music/Poetry


  1. By Sibapriya Dasgupta on

    Gulzar received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award ,the highest honour, equivalent to Oscars from the Indian president as a lifetime honor only a month ago ! Thank you for sharing one of his gems here !


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