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English: The transliteration of “bengali” in Bengali language. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
O River is a Bengali song.The singer is Hemant Kumar from Kolkata. I thought of translating into English because of its lyrics and the singer’s depth and passion,while singing it.I have listened multiple times and did not get tired. Here is my translation,I have added my thought to give a clear picture of the mood.
I only want to ask you,
Tell me where is your country?
Is there no end to your flow?
You don’t have anything to hold you back,
Is this why you have no home?
One moment I see you flowing slowly,
And the next moment you are flowing swiftly.
Tell me O River where is your country?
Is there no end to your flowing?
With your flow you break a bank, and then you build another.
Someone who has no bank to break or build,
What do you do for it?
You are falsely thinking I am a stranger,
But I want to be a friend and I like to know,
Do you have no time to spare?
I would like to know your happy and sad moments.
Tell me ,O River where are you from?
Is there no end to your movement?
The river of life is our journey which we agree to take. Every living thing also goes through this journey. All of us are here for a purpose we are expected to learn,things to teach,much to learn and more to give. The choice we have is learning to navigate and understand the current of the river we find ourselves in.Sometimes the waters are cool and clear ,sometimes they are not.Despite the problems we might face, we have to be ready and work out the problems that face us,so that we can make our journey effortless and enjoyable!