Mirza Ghalib

(27 December 1797 – 15 February 1869 / Agra / British India)

Innocent Heart - Poem by Mirza Ghalib

Innocent heart, what has happened to you?
Alas, what is the cure to this pain?

We are interested, and they are displeased,
Oh Lord, what is this affair?

I too possess a tongue-
just ask me what I want to say.

Though there is none present without you,
then oh God, what is this noise about?

I expected faith from those
who do not even know what faith is.


Comments about Innocent Heart by Mirza Ghalib

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (4/8/2016 1:38:00 AM)


    Dil-e-naadaan tujhe huaa kya hai?
    Aakhir is dard kee dawa kya hai

    O innocent heart, what happened to you
    What is the cure for this pain, after all?

    Hamko unse wafa ki hai ummeed
    Jo naheen jaante wafa kya hai

    I hope for faith from one
    Who doesn’t know what it means to be faithful

    Ham hain mushtaaq aur woh bezaar
    Ya ilaahee! Yeh maajra kya hai?

    I am anxious and eager, he is cold and displeased
    Oh God, what is this mystery?

    Main bhi muh me zabaan rakhataa hun
    Kaash puchho ki mudda kyaa hai

    I too have a tongue in my mouth (I too have an opinion)
    If only I was I asked my intention (mudda’ is a distorted form of the actual Urdu word ‘mudua’ which means ‘ intention’, ‘will’ or ‘objective’)

    Jab ki tujh bin naheen koyi maujood
    Fir ye hangaama, ‘ei khuda! Kya hai

    If there is no one except you in my world
    Then why this ruckus, what is this world, O God?

    Ye pari chehra log kaise hain
    Gamaza-o-ishwa-o-ada kya hai

    What are these beautiful angelic-faced women like?
    What are all the airs and graces about? (their amorous glances, their coquettishness and their enticing style)

    Ghamza: an amorous glance or wink; Ishwa: Coquetry (naaz/ nakhray): Ada: an enticing style or a tempting gesture (generally by women)

    Shikan-e-zulf-e-ambari kyon hai
    Nigah-e-chashm-e-surma sa kya hai

    Why do these fragrant curls exist? (referring to a woman’s tresses)
    What is the meaning of the glance of your eyes lined with kohl?

    Sabz-o-gul kahaan se aaye hai
    Abr kyaa chiz hai, havaa kyaa hai

    Where has this beautiful greenery and nature come from?
    What is this cloud and the wind?

    Jaan tum par nisaar karta hoon
    Main naheen jaanata duaa kya hai

    I am willing to sacrifice my life for you
    I do not know what else is prayer?

    Haan bhalaa kar, teraa bhalaa hogaa
    Aur daravesh ki sadaa kyaa hai

    Yes, do good, and good will come to you
    What, but this does the dervish say?

    Maine maanaa ki kuchh nahi “Ghalib”
    Muft haath aaye, to buraa kyaa hai

    I agree that ‘Ghalib’ is ‘nothing’,
    But what harm does it do, if you get him for ‘nothing’?
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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (12/9/2015 1:17:00 PM)


    Dil\-e\-naadaa.n tujhe huaa kyaa hai
    Aakhir is dard kii davaa kyaa hai

    Ham hai.n mushtaaq aur vo bezaar
    Yaa ilaahii, ye maajaraa kyaa hai

    Mai.n bhii muh me.n zubaan rakhataa huu.n
    Kaash puuchho kii mudda kyaa hai

    Jabaki tujh bin nahii.n koi maujuud
    Phir ye ha.ngaamaa ai khudaa kyaa hai

    Ye parii\-cheharaa log kaise hai.n
    Gamazaa\-o\-ush{}vaa\-o\-adaa kyaa hai

    Shikane\-zulafe\-amabarii kyaa hai
    Nigaahe\-chashme\-surama saa kyaa hai

    Sabz\-o\-gul kahaa.n se aaye hai.n
    Abr kyaa chiiz hai, havaa kyaa hai

    Hamako unase vafaa ki hai ummiid
    Jo nahii.n jaanate vafaa kyaa hai

    Haa.n bhalaa kar, teraa bhalaa hogaa
    Aur daravesh kii sadaa kyaa hai

    Jaan tum par nisaar karataa huu.n
    Mai.n nahii.n jaanataa duaa kyaa hai

    Maine maanaa ki kuchh nahiin gaalib
    Muft haath aaye, to buraa kyaa hai
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  • (12/6/2013 2:22:00 PM)


    Innocent heart, what has happened to you?
    Alas, what is the cure to this pain?
    (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 1, 2010

Poem Edited: Friday, March 23, 2012


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