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Bashir BadrHere is an eternal favorite ghazal, written by Bashir Badr and sung in Chitra Singh’s mellifluous voice:

Bashir Badr, born Syed Muhammad Bashir in 1935, is an Indian poet of Urdu. He was born in Ayodhya, India and is an alumnus of Aligarh Muslim University. Badr has written many Urdu ghazals. He has also worked as a chairman of the Urdu Akademi. Badr has also received the Padma Shri award in 1999 for his contribution towards literature and Sangeet Natak Akademi. He has also received the Sahitya Akademi Award in Urdu for his poetry collection “Aas” in 1999.

Khuda humko aisee khudaayee na de
ke apne siwa kuchch dikhaayee na de

O God, don’t give me such a feeling of greatness (of intelligence)
That I lose myself and can’t see anything else beyond me

Khatawaar samjhegi duniya tujhe
Ke itni zyaada safaayee na de

The world will consider you guilty
If you try and explain yourself this much

Hanso aaj itna ke is shor mein
Sada siskiyon ki sunaayee na de

Laugh out as much today, so in all this noise
The sound of cries is not heard by anyone

Abhi to badan mein lahoo hai bahotChitra_Singh_Indian_Singer_1
Kalam chheen le, roshnaayee na de

There is still a lot of blood flowing in my veins (still a lot of anger)
(Even if you) snatch away my pen, don’t give me the ink

Khuda aise ehsaas ka naam hai
Rahe saamne aur dikhayee na de

God is the name to that feeling, that emotion
That is in front of you and yet is unseen

Here is the link to the ghazal sung by Chitra Singh: