nazr-e Ghalib-pannalal srivastav noor

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نذرِ غالب ۔ پنّالال سریواستو نورؔ

۱

میرے غم کا اثر ذرا نہ ہوا

یہ تو پتّھر ہوا خدا نہ ہوا

۲

دیکھ لو آ کے بسمل کو

کون جانے یہ کل ہوا نہ ہوا

۳

پوچھتے کیا ہو دل پہ کیا گذری

آج پوچھو کہ دل پہ کیا نہ ہوا

۴

ایک تیرِ نظر عطا کر کے

پھر وہ آمادۂ جفا نہ ہوا

۵

ترچھی چتون اُتر گئی دل میں

تیرِ غم تھا مگر خطا نہ ہوا

۶

جذبۂ شوق ہو گیا دشمن

مجھ سے اِظہارِ مدّعا نہ ہوا

۷

ایک تم سے زمانہ حیراں ہے

شکر ہے تم سا دوسرا نہ ہوا

۸

ایسا معمورۂ بقا ہے نورؔ

مِٹ کے سَو بار بھی فنا نہ ہوا

नज़्र-ए ग़ालिब – पन्नालाल स्रीवास्तव नूर

मेरे ग़म का असर ज़रा न हुआ

ये तो पत्थर हुआ, ख़ुदा न हुआ

देख लो आ के बिस्मिल को

कौन जाने ये कल हुआ न हुआ

पूछते क्या हो दिल पे क्या गुज़्री

आज पूछो के दिल पे क्या न हुआ

एक तीर-ए नज़र अता कर के

फिर वो आमादा-ए जफ़ा न हुआ

तिर्छी चित्वन उतर गई दिल में

तीर-ए ग़म था मगर ख़ता न हुआ

जज़्बा-ए शौक़ हो गया दुश्मन

मुझ से इज़्हार-ए मुद्दोआ न हुआ

एक तुम से ज़माना हैरां है

शुक्र है तुम सा दूस्रा न हुआ

ऐसा म’आमूरा-ए बक़ा है नूर

मिट के सौ बार भी फ़ना न हुआ

 

Click here for background and on any passage for word meanings and explanatory discussion. This Ghazal is taken from a small booklet published in 1969 by Ghalib shataabdi naagarik samiti, jabalpur. Ghalib Centennial Citizens Committee! pannalal srivastav noor BA LLB, ex-mayor of jabalpur, ex-chair of anjuman-e taraqqi-e urdu, jabalpur. The Ghazal is fairly conventional, but I pick it as representative of the wide following that urdu had even in 1969! How rapidly was the language murdered! This is one of several Ghazal modeled after “aaj Ghalib Ghazal-sara na hua”. The ‘samiti’ held several mushaa’era over a two year period using one Ghazal or the other of Ghalib’s as a model.
1
mere Gham ka asar1 zara na hua
ye to patthar hua, Khuda na hua   
1.effect
My sorrow/pain had little effect. This is a stone/stone hearted, not god. The sorrow/pain could be because of what the beloved is doing and the poet/lover is expecting god to intervene and help or it could be that his life is deprived and he has been praying and his prayers have had no effect.

2
dekh le aa ke bismil1 ko
kaun jaane ye kal hua na hua   
1.sacrificial animal
The animal’s throat has been slit and he is thrashing about to give up his life. This is the poet/lover is so much pain that he is writhing and ready to die. He calls upon the beloved to come and see him, who knows he will be alive tomorrow or not.

3
poochhte kya ho dil pe kya guzri
aaj poochho ke dil pe kya na hua   
Why ask what sorrow/pain the heart experienced today. Better to ask what calamity did not happen. That will be a shorter story.

4
xxxxx ek tiir-e nazar ata1 kar ke
phir vo aamaada2-e jafa3 na hua
1.grant 2.inclined towards, agree to 3.cruelty
‘tiir-e nazar’ is the arrow of a side-long glance. The poet/lover invites the ‘jafa’, cruelty visited upon him by the beloved. That is a source of pride for him, a sign that she still cares. But in this case, after that first side-long glance, she is not inclined to look at him again.

5
tirchhi1 chitvan2 utar gaii dil meN
tiir-e Gham tha magar Khata3 na hua   
1.not straight i.e. sidelong 2.look, glance 3.shot through, pierce through
The arrow of her sidelong glanced pierced the poet/lover’s heart, but it was the the arrow of pain that did not pierce all the way through. It is therefore all the more painful. This has echoes of Ghalib’s …
koii mere dil se poochhe, tere tiir-e niim-kash ko
ye Khalish kahaaN se hoti jo jigar ke paar hota

6
jazba1-e shauq2 ho gaya dushman
mujh se izhaar3-e mudduaa4 na hua   
1.sentiment, emotion 2.desire, passion 3.expression 4.desire
The poet/lover could not bring himself to express his desire/love for the beloved, for fear of maligning her reputation. That is why his own passion became his enemy. Or possibly, the way around … his passion became antagonistic towards him, that is why he could not express his desire/love.

7
ek tum se zamaana1 hairaaN2 hai
shukr hai tum sa doosra na hua   
1.times, age, the world 2.amazed
The whole world is amazed at you (the beauty of the beloved, or possibly, the verse of Ghalib). I am grateful that there is not another like you, otherwise things would have gotten even more difficult with an excess of amazement. This is a reference to Ghalib’s claim that there is no one else like him.

8
aisa ma’moora1-e baqa2 hai noor3
miT ke sau baar bhi fana4 na hua   
1.habitation, settlement, gathering 2.survival 3.pen-name of the poet 4.annihilation, in sufi terminology – becoming one with god.
‘noor’, the poet is a gathering of the desire to continue to live (survive). He is not a ‘true’ sufi yet. So, even though he was erased, died a hundred times, he could not achieve ‘fana’ union with the belove/god. This has echoes of Ghalib …
mujhe kya bura tha marna, agar ek baar hota

This Ghazal is taken from a small booklet published in 1969 by Ghalib shataabdi naagarik samiti, jabalpur.  Ghalib Centennial Citizens Committee!  pannalal srivastav noor BA LLB, ex-mayor of jabalpur, ex-chair of anjuman-e taraqqi-e urdu, jabalpur.  The Ghazal is fairly conventional, but I pick it as representative of the wide following that urdu had even in 1969!  How rapidly was the language murdered!  This is one of several Ghazal modeled after “aaj Ghalib Ghazal-sara na hua”.  The ‘samiti’ held several mushaa’era over a two year period using one Ghazal or the other of Ghalib’s as a model.
1
mere Gham ka asar1 zara na hua
ye to patthar hua, Khuda na hua

1.effect

My sorrow/pain had little effect.  This is a stone/stone hearted, not god.  The sorrow/pain could be because of what the beloved is doing and the poet/lover is expecting god to intervene and help or it could be that his life is deprived and he has been praying and his prayers have had no effect.
2
dekh le aa ke bismil1 ko
kaun jaane ye kal hua na hua

1.sacrificial animal

The animal’s throat has been slit and he is thrashing about to give up his life.  This is the poet/lover is so much pain that he is writhing and ready to die.  He calls upon the beloved to come and see him, who knows he will be alive tomorrow or not.
3
poochhte kya ho dil pe kya guzri
aaj poochho ke dil pe kya na hua

Why ask what sorrow/pain the heart experienced today.  Better to ask what calamity did not happen.  That will be a shorter story.
4
ek tiir-e nazar ata1 kar ke
phir vo aamaada2-e jafa3 na hua

1.grant 2.inclined towards, agree to 3.cruelty

‘tiir-e nazar’ is the arrow of a side-long glance.  The poet/lover invites the ‘jafa’, cruelty visited upon him by the beloved.  That is a source of pride for him, a sign that she still cares.  But in this case, after that first side-long glance, she is not inclined to look at him again.
5
tirchhi1 chitvan2 utar gaii dil meN
tiir-e Gham tha magar Khata3 na hua

1.not straight i.e. sidelong 2.look, glance 3.shot through, pierce through

The arrow of her sidelong glanced pierced the poet/lover’s heart, but it was the the arrow of pain that did not pierce all the way through.  It is therefore all the more painful.  This has echoes of Ghalib’s …
koii mere dil se poochhe, tere tiir-e niim-kash ko
ye Khalish kahaaN se hoti jo jigar ke paar hota
6
jazba1-e shauq2 ho gaya dushman
mujh se izhaar3-e mudduaa4 na hua

1.sentiment, emotion 2.desire, passion 3.expression 4.desire

The poet/lover could not bring himself to express his desire/love for the beloved, for fear of maligning her reputation.  That is why his own passion became his enemy.  Or possibly, the way around … his passion became antagonistic towards him, that is why he could not express his desire/love.
7
ek tum se zamaana1 hairaaN2 hai
shukr hai tum sa doosra na hua

1.times, age, the world 2.amazed

The whole world is amazed at you (the beauty of the beloved, or possibly, the verse of Ghalib).  I am grateful that there is not another like you, otherwise things would have gotten even more difficult with an excess of amazement.  This is a reference to Ghalib’s claim that there is no one else like him.
8
aisa ma’moora1-e baqa2 hai noor3
miT ke sau baar bhi fana4 na hua

1.habitation, settlement, gathering 2.survival 3.pen-name of the poet 4.annihilation, in sufi terminology – becoming one with god.

‘noor’, the poet is a gathering of the desire to continue to live (survive).  He is not a ‘true’ sufi yet.  So, even though he was erased, died a hundred times, he could not achieve ‘fana’ union with the belove/god.  This has echoes of Ghalib …
mujhe kya bura tha marna, agar ek baar hota

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