maajra kya hai-renu verma

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ماجرا کیا ہے ۔ رینوؔ ورما

۱

ہر گھڑی سانس ماجرا کیا ہے

زیست سے میرا رابطہ کیا ہے

۲

قید ہیں خواب اک پرندے کے

پنجرے کی سمت دیکھتا کیا ہے

۳

تتلیاں، پھول، یا پری چہرے

خواب میں کوئی دیکھتا کیا ہے

۴

مدتیں ہو گئیں صدا آئے

اے کھنڈر تجھ میں گونجتا کیا ہے

۵

جب دھڑکتی نہیں ہیں دیواریں

تو مکانوں میں ٹوٹتا کیا ہے

माज्रा क्या है – रेणू वर्मा

हर घड़ी साँस माज्रा क्या है

ज़ीस्त से मेरा राब्ता क्या है

क़ैद हैं ख़्वाब एक परिंदे के

पिंज्रे की सम्त देखता क्या है

तितलियाँ, फूल, या परी-चेहरे

ख़्वाब में कोई देखता क्या है

मुद्दतें हो गईं सदा आए

अए खंडर तुझ में गूँजता क्या है

जब धड़कती नहीं हैं दीवारें

तो मकानों में टूटता 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 is modeled after Ghalib’s ‘ya ilaahi ye maajra kya hai’.
1
har ghaRi saaNs maajra1 kya hai
ziist2 se mera raabta3 kya hai    
1.condition, predicament, event 2.life 3.relationship
I am in this predicament … I keep breathing every minute. What does this mean. What is my relationship with life. Does life mean only breathing in and out or does it mean much more. The poet raises questions, without necessarily answering them.

2
qaid1 haiN Khwaab ek parinde2 ke
pinjre ki samt3 dekhta kya hai   
1.imprisoned, confined 2.bird 3.direction
The imagery is of a caged bird. Its dreams and aspirations are confined. It looks longingly at the cage as if wishing/yearning for freedom. This could be an analogy for any number of things. People longing to be free of daily struggle and fly free, longing to be free of the confines of life to attain nirvana/moksha or fanaa (giving up individual identity for union with the great soul) the reader is left to imagine.

3
titliyaaN, phool yaa pari-chehre1
Khwaab meN koi dekhtaa kya hai    
1.angel faced, beautiful
Butterflies, flowers or beautiful images. What all does one dream of. Once again, the poet raises questions, without answering them. And each question is thematically different from the other.

4
muddateN1 ho ga’iiN sadaa2 aaye
aye khaNDar tujh meN gooNjta kya hai  
1.long time, ages 2.sound
It has been a long time since we heard the original sound, but it still echoes in the ruins. What is the story that you are trying to tell me. What are these ruins – historical? What stories are buried in these walls? You are left to imagine.

5
jab dhaRakti nahiN haiN divaareN
to makaanoN meN TooTtaa kya hai    
What is it that is cracking in the houses. The outside walls seem to be intact. Could this mean that people have staid/stable appearance but there is great turmoil inside. Once again, another question without an answer and even the interpretation of the question is a guess.

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 is modeled after Ghalib’s ‘ya ilaahi ye maajra kya hai’.
1
har ghaRi saaNs maajra1 kya hai
ziist2 se mera raabta3 kya hai

1.condition, predicament, event 2.life 3.relationship

I am in this predicament … I keep breathing every minute.  What does this mean.  What is my relationship with life.  Does life mean only breathing in and out or does it mean much more.  The poet raises questions, without necessarily answering them.
2
qaid1 haiN Khwaab ek parinde2 ke
pinjre ki samt3 dekhta kya hai

1.imprisoned, confined 2.bird 3.direction

The imagery is of a caged bird.  Its dreams and aspirations are confined.  It looks longingly at the cage as if wishing/yearning for freedom.  This could be an analogy for any number of things.  People longing to be free of daily struggle and fly free, longing to be free of the confines of life to attain nirvana/moksha or fanaa (giving up individual identity for union with the great soul) the reader is left to imagine.
3
titliyaaN, phool yaa pari-chehre1
Khwaab meN koi dekhtaa kya hai

1.angel faced, beautiful

Butterflies, flowers or beautiful images.  What all does one dream of.  Once again, the poet raises questions, without answering them.  And each question is thematically different from the other.
4
muddateN1 ho ga’iiN sadaa2 aaye
aye khaNDar tujh meN gooNjta kya hai

1.long time, ages 2.sound

It has been a long time since we heard the original sound, but it still echoes in the ruins.  What is the story that you are trying to tell me.  What are these ruins – historical?  What stories are buried in these walls?  You are left to imagine.
5
jab dhaRakti nahiN haiN divaareN
to makaanoN meN TooTtaa kya hai

What is it that is cracking in the houses.  The outside walls seem to be intact.  Could this mean that people have staid/stable appearance but there is great turmoil inside.  Once again, another question without an answer and even the interpretation of the question is a guess.

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