Rajnish Manga

Meerut / Now at Faridabad
Rajnish Manga
Meerut / Now at Faridabad
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The Family Tree (Hindi Translation)

Rating: 5.0

फैमिली फोटो एल्बम हमारा है ये
इसमे पुरखों की मेरे तस्वीर है
इसके पन्ने पलटने में रोमांच है
इसके चित्रों में ऐसी तासीर है

दादा-परदादा से हम शुरू कर रहे
देख कर वर्तमान तक भी आयेंगे
कोई पुस्तक हो जैसे इतिहास की
पढ़ते पढ़ते सफ़र पूरा कर जायेंगे
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This is a translation of the poem The Family Tree by Olive Walters
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Topic(s) of this poem: ancestors,book,color,family,genes,history
The Family Tree by Olive Walters

We've got a family album
Like a family tree
A thrill to turn the pages
The pictures we can see

Starting off with grands and greats
Then slowly down the line
Like a book of history
A journey through the time

Fashions start to alter
Mustaches come and go
Ladies skirts skip up and down
A proper fashion show

Top hats change to boaters
To caps then none at all
Ladies bonnets disappear
And so does grannies shawl

Picture's change to colour
Black and white has gone
A different place, a different time
So much to look upon

But what is so amazing
Is the likeness we can see
Showing up the genes
Right through our family tree
Unwritten Soul 03 May 2018
Dear Sir Rajnish, this idea of how time passed from era to era and how love transfer through time, fashion and lifestyle in such detail and beautiful chronological delivery, it really nice and beautiful...loved it! wonderful.
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Rajnish Manga 03 May 2018
You have so nicely shared your views about the contents highlighted in the above poem. My sincere thanks to you, Dear Soul, for appreciating the poem which impressed me so much as to translate it.
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It is always a pleasure for me to read your translations, Rajnish ji. Hindi is such a rich language and you handle it so very beautifully. Going through an old album brings back pleasant memories. The changes from then to now is most effectively expressed. But the last verse is the master stroke! The genes! :) 100+++
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Rajnish Manga 02 May 2018
A family album may be a thing of the past in these days of videos recordings, but the joy of sifting through the pages of that album and feeling that the touch of an old still photograph evokes cannot be surpassed. The poem brings home a nostalgic feel which prompted me to translate it into Hindi. I am humbled by your generous words of appreciation. Thanks, Geeta ji.
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Kumarmani Mahakul 29 April 2018
Maintain family album and knowing about family tree motivate new generations. Ancestors remaining in record leave valuable information. There is likeliness and there is love. Family is very nice that exists on mutual respect and cooperation. This poem is very nicely translated into Hindi and you have a very powerful translation skill....10
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Rajnish Manga 30 April 2018
I feel deeply grateful to you, Kumarmani ji, for such a nice review of the poem and also for your kind words of appreciation for this Hindi translation. Thanks a lot.
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