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The meaning of the lyrical Urdu lafz Tishnagi is thirst or desire, craving.

Some shers using this lafz:

ye tishnagii hai ke unse qareeb rahkar bhi
‘Hafeez’ yaad unhe bar bar humne kiya
– Hafeez Hoshiarpuri

This is your desire for her that even though you were close to her
Hafeez (name of poet), you remembered her again and again

Kabhi jaam lab say laga diya, kabhi muskura kay hata diya
Teri Ched chaad ae saqiya, meri tishnagii ko bujha na de!
– Shakeel Badayuni

Sometimes you put the glass to my lips, then you smiled and moved it away,
This teasing of yours, o bartender, i hope it doesn’t kill  my thirst.

tishnagii jam gayi patthar ki tarah honton par
Doob kar tere dariyaa mein main pyaasaa niklaa

My longing for you has frozen on my lips, like a stone
Even after drowning in the sea of your love, I remain thirsty.

– Muzaffar Warsi

Our sincere thanks to Mr. Shakil Warsi for his inputs to this post.

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