Ravinder Kumar Soni

Gold Star - 28,510 Points (05/04/1944 / Delhi)

A Ghazal Of Zia Fatehabadi (Freely Translated) - Poem by Ravinder Kumar Soni

Geet tere husn ke gaataa huu.n mai.n
Chaand kii kirno.n ko taDpaataa huu.n mai.n
(I sing songs in praise of your beauty
And thus torture the gentle Moon-rays)

Manzil e maqsood hotii hai qareeb
Raaste se jab bhatak jaataa huu.n mai.n
(Nearer to my intended goal I reach
The more I stray from my path)

De rahaa huu.n raat din gham ko fareb
Dil ko umeedo.n se bahalaataa huu.n mai.n
(Throughout days and nights I hoodwink (my)pain and grief
The more I beguile my heart with hope and expectations)

Mere istaqbaal ko saqii uTthe
Maiqade mei.n jhoomtaa aataa huu.n mai.n
(The wine-sellers stand up to receive me when I enter
The tavern is already filled with besotted drinkers)

Iske dil me bhii hai daagh e soz e ishq
Chaand ko humdaastaa.n paataa huu.n mai.n
(Its heart too is marked by the heat of love
I find the Moon reciting the same tale)

Chhedtii hai jab subah saaz e hayaat
Vajd mei.n aakar ghazal gaataa huu.n mai.n
(Whenever the morning strums the instrument of life
I dance and break into a song of love and beauty)

Khud taDaptaa huu.n taDap kar ae zia
Ahal e mehfil ko bhii taDpaataa huu.n mai.n
(I torture myself and thus tortured
I torture the gathered people watching me)

Topic(s) of this poem: love and life, love and dreams

Comments about A Ghazal Of Zia Fatehabadi (Freely Translated) by Ravinder Kumar Soni

  • (4/26/2018 11:06:00 AM)

    Soni sahib, I enjoyed reading your free translation. I made an attempt to render it rather loosely. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/26/2018 11:02:00 AM)

    Zia gets restless and he suffers from his pains
    In his sufferings the audience suffers from their pains

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  • (4/26/2018 10:49:00 AM)

    When the morning brings the world back to life
    I sing ghazals of love, beauty and life

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  • (4/26/2018 10:45:00 AM)

    The heat of passion has left a mark in my heart
    I see the moon singing my love song

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  • (4/26/2018 10:42:00 AM)

    When I stagger into the tavern
    The fellow drunkards stand up and greet me

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  • (4/25/2018 12:32:00 AM)

    Everyday I pretend I have no sorrows
    I tell my heart: be patient, the pains will go away

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  • (4/25/2018 12:29:00 AM)


    When I am near my destination
    I leave the way and go astray

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  • (4/25/2018 12:25:00 AM)


    You are beautiful, I sing songs of your beauty
    The cool rays of moon now I do not like

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Poem Edited: Saturday, September 21, 2019

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