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We end the year 2017 with a poem from one of our favourite poets – Mirza Ghalib. We wish all our readers a very happy 2018.


na tha kuchh to khuda tha, kuchh na hota to khuda hota
duboya mujhko hone ne, na hota main to kya hota

hua jab gham se yoon behis toh gham kya sar ke katne ka
na hota gar juda tan se to zaanu par dhara hota

hui muddat ke ‘Ghalib’ mar gaya par yaad aata hai
vo har ek baat pe kehna, ke yoon hota to kya hota 

Given below is a loose translation:

When there was nothing, there was God; if there was nothing, there would have been God
My existence/living/life sank/destroyed me, if I was not there, what would have happened.
When one has been so stunned/shocked by sorrows, then why feel sad of being beheaded
If it(the head) were not seperated from the body, then it would have been held on the knees
It has been a while since ‘Ghalib’ died, but he is still remembered
That, his opinionating on every point, that if it had been the other way, then what would have happened