Aniruddha Pathak

Gold Star - 133,137 Points (25.05.1941 / Godhra - Gujarat)

Kabeer's Couplets 20:Keep A Critic Close By - Poem by Aniruddha Pathak

Keep a critic close around,
Build his cottage in home ground,
Soap to wash, nor water to rinse,
He would thine character cleanse.
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Given here under is the original couplet in Hindi script, and its transliteration in English Roman.

निंदक नियरे राखिए, ऑंगन कुटी छवाय,
बिन पानी, साबुन बिना, निर्मल करे सुभाय।

Nindak niyare rākhiye, āngan kuţī ćhavāye,
Bin pānī sābun binā, nirmal kare subhāye.

Those that criticise you are truly your friends. Don't get put off by them. In fact keep them close by. Even build a cottage for them near your house. They would keep your character fault-less clean. He is your true well-wisher.

Topic: advice, critic, fault-finder

Topic(s) of this poem: advice

Form: Quatrain

Comments about Kabeer's Couplets 20:Keep A Critic Close By by Aniruddha Pathak

  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (2/20/2020 3:49:00 AM)

    yeah really I think so
    I won't find my fault if there is no constructive critic in my life!

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (2/18/2020 9:42:00 AM)

    Exquisite translation of a Kabeer's couplet highlighting the value and worth of a critic in one's life. Through him one could find out his own faults or shortcomings which otherwise would have gone unnoticed. Thanks for sharing it, Sir. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, February 16, 2020

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