Hazaaron Khwaahishen Aisi

Hazaaron khwaahishen aisi ke har khwahish pe dam nikle
Bohat niklay mere armaan, lekin phir bhi kam nikle

Nikalna khuld se aadam ka soonte aaye hain lekin
Bahot be-aabru hokar tere kooche se hum nikle

Mohabbat mein nahin hai farq jeenay aur marnay ka
Usi ko dekh kar jeetay hain, jis kaafir pe dam nikle

Hazaaron khwaahishen aisi ke har khwahish pe dam nikle
Bohat niklay mere armaan, lekin phir bhi kam nikle

-Mirza Ghalib (Hazaaron Khwaahishen Aisi)

A crude translation…

Thousands of desires/dreams, each worth dying for.
Many of them I have realized…yet I yearn for more.

We have heard about the dismissal of Adam from Heaven
With a more humiliation, I am leaving the street on which you live.

When in love, there is little difference between life and death
..we live by looking at the infidel for whom we are willing to die

Thousands of desires/dreams, each worth dying for.
Many of them I have realized…yet I yearn for more.

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