Saturday, December 17, 2016

Mujhse Pahli Si

Imagine a recently disillusioned bhakt. Now make a leap of faith and also imagine that he has read Faiz Ahmed Faiz. This is what he may write:
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mujhse pahli si aqiidat* mere murshid* na maang
maine samjha tha ke tu hai to mahfooz hai hindostaan
tera huqm hai to huqm-e-insaniyat ka jhagda kya hai
tere 56inchi-seene se hai aalam* mein bhakton ko sabaat*
teri baaton ke siwa duniya mein rakkha kya hai
tu PM jo ban jaaye to mulk tarraki kar jaye
magar yoon na tha, maine faqat* chaha tha yoon ho jaye

bass! kaam aur bhi hain hume teri bhakti ke siwa
sach aur bhi hain zamaane mein tere jumlon ke siwa

an-ginat jumlon ke tarik* bahimana* tilism*
resham o atlas o kim khab* mein bunvaye huye
jā-ba-jā* bikte hue kūcha-o-bāzār* meñ "spin"
jhoot meñ luThḌe hue fake meñ nahlā.e hue

jumle nikale huye teri P.R. ki masheeno se
jhoot failaaye huye watsapp pe teri party ke namuno se
laut jaati hai udhar ko bhi nazar kya kijiye
abb bhi pur-shor* hain teri awaaz, magar kya kijiye

bass! kaam aur bhi hain hume teri bhakti ke siwa
sach aur bhi hain zamaane mein tere jumlon ke siwa
mujhse pahli si aqiidat mere murshid na maang.

~ Bhaqt Aimak Bhaqt

[Glossary of terms:
Aqiidat = faith; murshid = guide; aalam = world; sabaat = stability; faqat = merely; tariq = dark; bahimana: dangerous; tilism = spell; resham o atlas o kim khab = silk and satin and brocade; ja-ba-ja = everywhere; kucha-o-bazar =  whole market; pur-shor = loud.]

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