Ehsan Danish's ghazal: Hayaat maut se Takraa gayii to kya hoga...


Ehsan Danish, also spelt as Ahsan, was an extraodinary poet. He lived in penury and worked as labourer for years. A self-made man, he studied hard and became one of the most influential poets of his era.

He wrote nearly 80 books including a landmark autobiography. Ehsan Danish was born in 1914 in unidivided India' Punjab and passed away in Pakistan in 1982.

नज़र फरेब-ए-क़ज़ा खा गयी तो क्या होगा
हयात मौत से टकरा गयी तो क्या होगा

नई सहर के बोहत लोग मुन्तज़िर हैं मगर
नई सहर भी कजला* गई तो क्या होगा
[kajlaa: kohl in eyes, here 'darkening of dawn']


गम-ए-हयात से बेशक है ख़ुदकुशी आसान
मगर जो मौत भी शर्मा गयी तो क्या होगा

शबाब-ए-लाला-ओ-गुल को पुकारने वालो
खिजां सरश्ते-बहार आ गयी तो क्या होगा

खुशी छिनी है तो ग़म का भी एतमाद न कर
जो रूह ग़म से भी उकता गई तो क्या होगा

nazar fareb-e-qazaa khaa gayii to kyaa hogaa
hayaat maut se Takraa gayii to kyaa hogaa

naii sahar ke bohat log muntazir haiN magar
naii sahar bhii kajlaa gayii to kyaa hogaa

Gham-e-hayaat se beshak hai Khudkushii aasaan
magar jo maut bhii sharmaa gayii to kyaa hogaa

shabaab-e-laala-o-gul ko pukaarne vaalo
khizaaN sarasht-e-bahaar aa gayii to kyaa hogaa

khushii chhinii hai to Gham kaa hii etmaad na kar
jo ruuH gham se bhii uktaa gayii to kyaa hogaa

Ehsaan Daanish

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