Chipak raha hai badan par lahoo se pairaahan
hamaaree jeb ko ab haajat-e-rafoo kya hai ?
Haajat – Need/requirement
Rafoo – mending/darning
“ When blood is stuck to the body as clothes, what is the need of mending my pocket?”
Discovering Ghalib can be a life long process. Sometimes even after multiple readings and hearings, something unnoticed might surface and strike a cord reiterating his magic touch.
In the couplet above, the usage of metaphors of materialistic belongings to explain an economic state is beautifully crafted, creating a sense of equality amongst everyone. There are many subliminal meanings that can be pulped out and like all pieces of art it is open to interpretation.