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Saraab means illusion or a mirage

Mir_Taqi_Mir_1786Mir Taqi Mir creates magic yet again with this beautiful ghazal, that introduces us to this mystical word, saraab.

Hasti Apni Hubaab Ki Si Hai
Ye numaaish saraab ki si hai

My Life, like a bubble, is transient
This show, like a mirage, evanescent

Naazuki us ke lab ki kya kahiye
Pankhudi ek gulaab ki si hai

Exquisite, those lips that lie in repose
Delicate as the petals of a rose

Baar baar us ke dar pe jaata hoon
Haalat ab iztiraab ki si hai

Again and again I go to that door
In a state of panic, need I say more?

Main jo bola kaha ke ye aawaaz
Usi khana-kharaab ki si hai

I spoke and everyone guessed that this sound
Belonged perhaps to that wretched, cursed hound

Mir, un neem-baaz aankhon mein
Saari masti sharaab ki si hai

Those half-lidded eyes of that love of mine
Mir, they bear all the headiness of wine

Source: The Taste of Words: An Introduction to Urdu Poetry. Edited and Translated by Raza Mir

Nustrat Fateh Ali Khan renders this ghazal in his signature style. Brilliant!