HAZARON KHWAHISHEN AISI

Lyrics & Chords

I could not refrain from shedding a few tears for the lateJagjit Singhji while attempting this lovely ghazal made famous by his uniquely captivating voice.
The poetry was written by the great Mirza Ghalib.
LYRICS (from Net)
(1) hazaaroN KHwahishaiN ’aisee ke har KHwahish pe dam nikle
bohot nikle mere armaaN lekin fir bhee kam nikle
(2) nikalna KHuld se aadam ka sunte aayaiN haiN lekin
bohot be-aabru hokar tere kooche se ham nikle
[ KHuld = heaven, be-aabaru = disgrace, koocha = street ]
(3) mohabbat meiN naheeN hai farq jeene aur marne kaa
usee ko dekh kar jeete haiN jis kaafir pe dam nikle
(4) KHuda ke waaste parda na kaabe se uThaa zaalim
kaheeN ’aisa na ho yaaN bhee wohee kaafir sanam nikle
(5) kahaaN maiKHaane ka darwaaza ‘GHalib’ aur kahaaN waaiz
par itana jaante haiN kal wo jaata tha ke ham nikle
[ waaiz = preacher/advisor ]
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I have written the meanings as follows, in my way, after discussions with my Urdu guru Mr.B.N.Bahadur (IAS retd) who is also a very good singer (see Youtube).
(1) hazaaron khwahishen aisi
(My thousand aspirations were such )
ke har khwahish pe dam nikle
(that each was worth dying for).
bohot nikle mere armaan
(Many of my desires came through)
lekin fir bhee kam nikle
(yet that was too few).
(2) nikalna khuld se aadam ka sunte aayen hain lekin
(I have been hearing of the throwing out of Adam from Heaven, but)
bohot be-aabru hokar tere kooche se ham nikle
(I have been thrown out of your street with big disgrace).
[ Khuld = heaven, be-aabaru = disgrace, koocha = street ]
(3) mohabbat mein naheen hai farq jeene aur marne kaa
(In love, there is no difference between living and dying)
usee ko dekh kar jeete hain jis kaafir pe dam nikle
(one lives by watching the beloved on whom life is lost).
[Here “kafir” is an endearing accusatory term for the beloved!]
(4) Khuda ke waaste parda na kaabe se uthaa zaalim
(For God’s sake, don’t lift the veil from the kaaba)
kaheen aisa na ho yaan bhee wohee kaafir sanam nikle
(let it not happen that the beloved springs up here too!)
[Readers may know that the Kaaba looks black because of the black cloth spread on it. It contains golden letterings printed on it from kuran]
(5) kahaan maikhaane ka darwaaza ‘Ghalib’ aur kahaan waaiz
(Where is the connection between the door of the ale-house and a preacher?)
par itana jaante hain kal wo jaata tha ke ham nikle
(But I know this much that yesterday the preacher went in as I came out!)

Comments

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Giri∂hαrαη. u. r. (inactive) Pro user said

Nice and soulful rendition VSG ji.
long to know the meaning of this ghazal too…

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V.s. Gopalakrishnan said

dear Dr.Giridharan,
Many thanks for the appreciation.
Mirza Ghalib was an atypical Muslim and never worried about his religion.I shall give the meanings of the ghazal and a short note on Ghalib in a day or two and shall also let you know.
Cheers and regards!
vs gopal
vs gopal

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Giri∂hαrαη. u. r. (inactive) Pro user said

Thanks a lot VSG ji.
Would look forward to that eagerly.
Regards,
Giri.

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Giri∂hαrαη. u. r. (inactive) Pro user said

Dear VSG ji!
Really great words with a forceful and tremendous mystic shade. True poetry has its value and meaning differently to different connoisseurs. Thank you very much for taking the efforts to get the meaning of this song and post it here. I am hearing your singing again with the meaning now in my mind and am able to appreciate the song still better now.
Thank you very much once again.
Giri.

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Jaya Ganapathy said

Dear Gopalji,
Such a beautiful Ghazal!
Read the meaning and then heard the Ghazal,
Which made the rendition more beautiful!!
For each Blissful Creation,
Needs some pain to instigate it,
The pain coming from your heart or soul!
That pain is reflected in your voice&rendition!!
God Bless you!!!
Jaya

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V.s. Gopalakrishnan said

Dear Jayaji,
Many thanks for all your kind and very insightful comments.
Life is a “flow of fasts and feasts”! There are happy moments and sad moments!
This ghazal has a jolly and mischievous Makta (last verse)and yet tune-wise it tells a sad story!
Cheers and regards!

vs gopal

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V.s. Gopalakrishnan said

Dear Giriji,
Glad you could appreciate the ghazal better with the meanings given.
Regards!

vs gopal


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