bhala bura kya hai-renu verma

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بھلا برا کیا ہے ۔ رینوؔ ورما

۱

کس سے پوچھوں بھلا برا کیا ہے

زندگی تیرا فلسفہ کیا ہے

۲

یوں تو کرتی نہیں عبادت میں

جانتی ہوں مگر خدا کیا ہے

۳

یہ تو اب وقت ہی بتائے گا

کس سفر میں مجھے ملا کیا ہے

۴

نیند کو بھی خبر کہاں رینوؔ

میرے خوابوں کی انتہا کیا ہے

भला-बुरा क्या है – रेणू बर्मा

किस से पूछूँ भला-बुरा क्या है

ज़िंदगी तेरा फ़ल्सफ़ा क्या है

यूँ तो करती नहीं इबादत मैं

जानती हूँ मगर ख़ुदा क्या है

ये तो अब वक़्त ही बताएगा

किस सफ़र में मुझे मिला क्या है

नींद को भी ख़बर कहाँ ‘रेनू’

मेरे ख़्वाबों की इंतिहा क्या है

 

Click here for background and on any passage for word meanings and explanatory discussion. renu verma (1974-living), jodhpur. Her urdu composition is exquisite and yet in her book “kaifiyyat”, published in 2018, in devanagiri, she states that she does not know how to read and write urdu. By my rough count, her book already has more than 75 Ghazal/nazm. All I can say is, ‘zor-e qalam aur ziyaada’. This Ghazal in the zamin of Ghalib’s ‘ya ilaahi ye maajra kya hai.
1
kis se poochhuN bhala-bura kya hai
zindagi tera falsafa1 kya hai    
1.philosophy
Who can I ask what is good/virtue and what is bad/vice? O, Life, tell me what is your philosophy.

2
yuuN to karti nahiN ibaadat1 maiN
jaanti huuN magar Khuda kya hai    
1.ritual prayer
Normally, I do not observe any rituals, but I know what god is.

3
ye to ab vaqt hi bataa’ega
kis safar1 meN mujhe mila kya hai   
1.journey, endeavour, search
Only time will tell what I have obtained through which journey/effort/search.

4
niiNd ko bhi Khabar kahaaN renu
mere KhwaaboN ki intehaa1 kya hai  
1.end, result
Even Sleep does not know, what the result of my dreams/desires is.

renu verma (1974-living), jodhpur.  Her urdu composition is exquisite and yet in her book “kaifiyyat”, published in 2018, in devanagiri, she states that she does not know how to read and write urdu.  By my rough count, her book already has more than 75 Ghazal/nazm.  All I can say is, ‘zor-e qalam aur ziyaada’.  This Ghazal in the zamin of Ghalib’s ‘ya ilaahi ye maajra kya hai.
1
kis se poochhuN bhala-bura kya hai
zindagi tera falsafa1 kya hai

1.philosophy

Who can I ask what is good/virtue and what is bad/vice?  O, Life, tell me what is your philosophy.
2
yuuN to karti nahiN ibaadat1 maiN
jaanti huuN magar Khuda kya hai

1.ritual prayer

Normally, I do not observe any rituals, but I know what god is.
3
ye to ab vaqt hi bataa’ega
kis safar1 meN mujhe mila kya hai

1.journey, endeavour, search

Only time will tell what I have obtained through which journey/effort/search.
4
niiNd ko bhi Khabar kahaaN renu
mere KhwaaboN ki intehaa1 kya hai

1.end, result

Even Sleep does not know, what the result of my dreams/desires is.

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