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.

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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,

    robert

  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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