I Long For The Streets Of My Country Poem by Rajnish Manga

I Long For The Streets Of My Country

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Original Urdu Poem by Faiz Ahmed Faiz
English Translation by Rajnish Manga
इंग्लिश भावानुवाद रजनीश मंगा द्वारा

I long for the streets of my country where
It is now mandatory not to walk with heads held high
Anybody having a desire to go around and see
Should better overlook what's happening around
He himself will be responsible if he gets fatally hurt

(1. طواف/tawaf/तवाफ़ = to go around)
(2. Tawaf is one of the Islamic rituals of pilgrimage. During the Hajj and Umrah, Muslims are to go around the Ka'aba seven times, in a counterclockwise direction)

نثار میں تری گلیوں کے اے وطن کہ جہاں
چلی ہے رسم کہ کوئی نہ سر اُٹھا کے چلے
جو کوئی چاہنے والا طواف کو نکلے
نظر چُرا کے چلے، جسم و جاں بچا کے چلے

[Nisar Main teri galiyon ke aey watan ke jahan
chali hai rasm keh koi na sar utha kay chalay..
jo koi chahnay wala tawaf ko niklay
nazar chura kay chalay, jism-o-jaan bacha kay chalay]
(Urdu in Roman)

[निसार मैं तिरी गलियों के ऐ वतन कि जहाँ
चली है रस्म कि कोई न सर उठा के चले
जो कोई चाहने वाला तवाफ़ को निकले
नज़र चुरा के चले जिस्म ओ जाँ बचा के चले]
(Original poem in Devnagari script)

Sunday, August 25, 2019
Topic(s) of this poem: body,country,life and death,poem,poetic expression,self help,tradition
This poem is a part of renowned Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz Nazm (poem) titled 'Nisaar Main Teri Galiyon Ke'. Faiz was convicted in the infamous 'Lahore Conspiracy Case' and was put behind bars where he wrote a series of poems including the present one.
Kumarmani Mahakul 25 August 2019

Original Urdu Poem written by Faiz Ahmed Faiz us beautifully and excellently translated by your kind self. Responsibility for safety is must. Thank you very much for sharing this.10

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Rajnish Manga 26 August 2019

Thank you very much, Kumarmani ji. The original poem is much larger. I have taken some of the initial lines which, I am sure, retain the spirit of the whole poem.

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Nosheen Irfan 06 September 2019

Though i haven't read much of Faiz's poetry but i have really enjoyed reading this translation by you. Thanks for sharing. You have done a great job.

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Me Poet Yeps Poet 04 September 2019

mera ilm aapney jaga diya gallion mein toe maien bheee ghooma fariyaad kartey thei dost mere galiyon mein app na ghooma karaein logh pathar na marein faiz tere poetry aaj padkar dilll uchall gaya poet thei kabheee aap jaisey tubh aaj kahan hain is jahan mein abh chppay rustum bhe hain

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Rajnish Manga 04 September 2019

Yeh dekh kar dil khush hua ki aap itni achhi Hindi likh sakte hain. Kubsurat review ke liye bahut bahut shukriya.

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Aniruddha Pathak 01 September 2019

Wonderful irony in the original of a well-know Urdu poet and equally so in Hindi, As I suggested also earlier, you would do a very useful service to those who would like to know Urdu well, if you try and give meanings of some Urdu words in HIndi/English. Of course you have given bhavanuvaad which helps to an extent. Thank you.

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Rajnish Manga 03 September 2019

Thanks for the feedback, Aniruddha ji. I have noted your suggestion and will give the meaning of uncommon Urdu words in future.

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Edward Kofi Louis 31 August 2019

Walking around! ! Desire to go around. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Geeta Radhakrishna Menon 30 August 2019

And the Hindi Translation is Superb! Hat's off Rajnish ji.......10

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Rajnish Manga 30 August 2019

Kindly note that Faiz sahab wrote this poem in Urdu which I have partially reproduced in three scripts- Urdu, Roman and Devnagari. I did its English translation which appears in the opening part.

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