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Tanha means alone or solitude. Tanhai means loneliness

Given below is a song titled “tanhai tanhai” which was part of a film called ” Dil Chahta Hai” (2001). The lyrics are written by Javed Akhtar

tanhai tanhai Loneliness, loneliness
dil ke raaste mein kaisii Thokar main ne khaa’ii How I stumbled on the path of the heart
TuuTe khwaab saarii ek maayuusii hai chhaayii All my dreams broken, ash, despondency
har khushii so ga’ii zi.ndagii kho ga’ii All my happiness gone to sleep; my life, lost
tumko jo pyaar kiya mai.n ne to sazaa me.n paa’ii In the love I had for you I found only a punishment:
tanhai tanhai milo hai phailii hu’ii tanhaa’ii… Loneliness, loneliess, a vast expanse of loneliness
khwaab me.n dekha tha ek aa.nchal mai.n ne apne haatho.n me.n In a dream I had seen a sari hem in my hands
ab TuuTe sapno.n ke shiishe chubhte hai.n in aankho.n me.n Now the shards of broken dreams pierce these eyes of mine
khwaab me.n dekha tha ek aa.nchal mai.n ne apne haatho.n me.n In a dream I had seen a sari hem in my hands
ab TuuTe sapno.n ke shiishe chubhte hai.n in aankho.n me.n Now the shards of broken dreams pierce these eyes of mine
kal koii tha yahii.n ab koii bhii nahii.n Yesterday someone was right here; now there is no one at all
banke naagin jaise hai saa.nso.n me.n laharaa’ii It’s as though, having become a snake, it twisted around my breath –
tanhai tanhai loneliness, loneliness
palko.n pe kitne aa.nsuu hai laa’ii How many tears has it brought to my lashes
tanhai tanhai Loneliness, loneliness,
palko.n pe kitne aa.nsuu hai laa’ii how many tears it has brought to my lashes
kyo.n aisii ummiid kii mai.n ne jo aisii naakaam hu’ii Why, when I hoped so hard, was that hope useless?
duur banaa’ii thii ma.nzil to raste me.n hii shaam hu’ii My goal had been set in the distance; then dusk fell on my path
kyo.n aisii ummiid kii mai.n ne jo aisii naakaam hu’ii Why, when I hoped so hard, was that hope so useless?
duur banaa’ii thii ma.nzil to raste me.n hii shaam hu’ii My goal had been set in the distance, and then dusk fell on my path
kyo.n aisii ummiid kii mai.n ne jo aisii naakaam hu’ii Why, when I hoped so hard, was that hope useless?
duur banaa’ii thii ma.nzil to raste me.n hii shaam hu’ii My goal had been set in the distance, and then dusk fell on my path
ab kahaa.n jaa’uu.n mai.n kisko samjhaa’uu.n mai.n Now where shall I go; to whom shall I explain
kya mai.n ne chaahaa tha aur kyo.n kismat me.n aa’ii what I had wanted, and why fate brought me
tanhai tanhai loneliness, loneliness
jaise a.ndhero.n kii ho gaharaa’ii like the depths of darkness
dil ke raaste me.n kaisii THokar mai.n ne khaa’ii How I stumbled on the path of my heart
TuuTe khwaab saarii ek maayuusii hai chhaayii All my dreams broken, ash, despondency
har khushii so ga’ii zi.ndagii kho ga’ii All my happiness gone to sleep; my life lost
tumko jo pyaar kiya mai.n ne sazaa me.n paa’ii In the love I had for you I found only a punishment:
tanhai tanhai milo hai phailii hu’ii tanhaa’ii… Loneliness, loneliess, a vast expanse of loneliness
tanhai Loneliness…
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