Ghazal, Singer Mehdi Hasan Translator -Ranu


Despite the fact that,

your respect for me

has fallen,

you will never forget me.

I don’t know why I’m sure,

you will not erase my love for you.

wherever you go I will

always be in your thoughts.

Sometimes in a song,

sometimes in tears.

You’ll find me anxious

everywhere you look.

The light that my faith has

created, cannot be turned off

even if you try,

you won’t be successful.

If my name comes up in any,


it will make you sad,

if someone asks you the reason

of your tears,

Even if you want to,

You won’t be able to tell the cause!

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Buddha’s Quote:

Silent isn’t empty. It is full of answers.

This morning when I read the above quote by Buddha, I started thinking about myself. In my time in college, I heard some serious discussion about me.

One of my classmate said, ‘she is quiet because she does not know how to express herself, to hide her problem she is silent among people who are strangers.’

In the university one of my classmates said, ‘what’s wrong with this girl, why is she so proud?’

One day I collected my writing materials and was on my way to the library, the same girl stopped me, she said: ‘I’d like to go to the library with you.’

I was so surprised I said, ‘You really want to go to the library?’

The Public Library was across the street from our residence. We walked over, went in took our seats, I was about to get up to get the reference book to write my notes, she said: ‘Wait I want to tell you something.’

I sat down. She said, ‘You know I thought you are very proud, this is why you do not talk to anyone.’

Fast forward three years, I successfully completed my M.A. and Bed. degrees. I got a scholarship to go to London, England to study, “Teaching English As A Foreign Language.”

One morning all of us classmates decided to visit a place, I have forgotten the name. We found the building wasn’t open . So we sat on the steps of the building. I was quiet as usual, suddenly my classmate Prasad yelled out, ‘Sabeth you will never have enemies.’

I turned around looked at him, he said, ‘You are always silent, you cannot have enemies.’

I smiled and replied, ‘You will be surprised.’

My mom always told me, ‘a dumb person has no enemies.’

My uncle told me this after watching me sitting quietly. ‘Ranu what were you thinking, you never said a word, I think you should study Philosophy, it will suit your nature.’

I cannot remember watching anyone, and making a judgement about them. But there are some who do, it can be out of jealousy, curiosity or just trying to show how talented they are.’

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Folk Song, translated by Ranu

O, I am ruined,

And I am doomed,

I fear the never-ending river is shoreless.

There is no bank?

No edge?

Not even a way of getting across.?

I urge you dear boatman,

Use caution when you row,

The worst part is,

It’s an endless river,

With no edge or bank

Knowing you are famous,

I feel encouraged

to hand over my damaged,

boat in your care.

O, Glorious master,

Hold on to the helm once,

Take your seat,

in my damaged boat

O, my master, may I remind,

You, I’m extremely frightened,

when I see the ripples of river Styx,

please be cautious,

when you row my withered boat,

If the boat drowns,

It will ruin your name,

My dear Master!


Secrets of Serenity

We know the truth, not only by the reason, but by the heart.__ Blaise Pascal

Don’t hurry, don’t worry. You’re only here for a short visit. So be sure to stop and smell the flowers. __ Walter C. Hagen

I do not believe in taking the right decision. I take a decision and make it right. ___M.A. Jinnah

I have lived as plain Mr. Jinnah, and I want to die as plain Mr. Jinnah. I am very much averse to any titles or honours and I will be more than happy if there was no prefix to my name. __ M.A. Jinnah

It’s easy to know liars, for they easily forget what they said the first time. __ Ranu

God has many doors opening into truth which He opens to all who knock upon them with hands of faith. ___Kahlil Gibran

The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and to be able to lose all desire for things beyond your reach. __ Lin Yutang

Be happy, whatever God does is for your benefit. ___ My Mom

Do not be unhappy if someone is jealous of you. They do not have what you have.__ Sister Rose Bernard(my teacher)

Do not let anyone take advantage of you. __ My Dad(when he found out I was doing my classmates homework).

Quaid-e- Azam, Mohammed Ali Jinnah(Pakistan’s first Governor General)

Translation by Ranu

Once a little boy asked Jinnah: Why do you want to partition India, we are the same people?

Jinnah sat for a few minutes, stood up, picked up a glass of water and took a sip. He then called the lad who asked him the question of partition. He asked the Hindu boy to drink the water from the same glass, the boy refused and went back to his seat.

He then offered a Muslim boy to drink from the same glass. This boy drank the water.

He told the boy, this is why I want the partition of India.

He was very popular with the people of Pakistan. If he shook hands with someone, that person would tell his friends and relatives: ‘I shook hands with Mr. Jinnah.”

Words of Wisdom

Since the world’s wise inhabitants are far too busy with QOVID-19,I’m borrowing selected quotes by Dalai Lama.

The purpose of religion is to strengthen the caring side of the heart. Compassion is a genuine and unbiased sense of love and concern for others. Compassion can heal not only inner anger, but the world’s violence. Compassion also means loving enemies as well as friends, which isn’t easy. In order to achieve genuine, lasting world peace based on compassion, we need a sense of universal responsibility. First, we have to try inner disarmament- reducing our own anger and hatred while increasing mutual trust and human affection.

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