Ghalib’ ghazal sung by Habib Wali Mohammad posted and translated by Ranu

This is my favorite ghazal, I read it when I was very young, I probably did not understand it as much as I do now, but I certainly loved repeating certain parts of the lyrics.

It was not in my fate to see my beloved

Even if I lived longer I would still be waiting

Someone can ask my heart about this half drawn arrow

I would not have the anxiety,had it gone through my liver

Whom can I complain to about my night of grief

There was nothing wrong with death had it been once

I was disgraced after my death, why did I not drown in the river

Then  there never would   be a  funeral nor a tomb for me

These thoughts of mysticism,  your report ‘Ghalib’

We would have considered you our chief, had you not wasted

your life away by drinking.



6 thoughts on “Ghalib’ ghazal sung by Habib Wali Mohammad posted and translated by Ranu

  1. Dear Ranu,

    Thank you very much for sharing this translated Ghalib ghazal. I so very much like Ghalib’s writings. I like that first line: “It was not in my fate to see my beloved.”

    Thank you again.

    All good wishes,


  2. My dearest sister,

    This is really one of my favorite ghazals from Ghalib, and I found a new delight in it while reading your translation. The version posted here in the video is the one I have been listening since I was in school :). Thanks for sharing.

    • How did you like the line “tujhe ham wali samajhte jo na bada khar hota.”
      Thank you dearest brother. Tasleem wants you to offer a course on Ghalib and Iqbal, isn’t it awesome?
      He has read my mind don’t you think? 🙂

  3. Isn’t it wonderful how you understand some things much later on in life, though you have been listening to or reading them for so long. I enjoyed these lyrics and his voice is wonderfully rich and melodious. Thanks for taking the time to translate it.

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