This is a lesser-hummed Ghazal, but by no means less popular amongst the true Ghazal fans. The lyrics, written by Shahryar who also penned the ever mesmerizing Ghazals of the hit movie Umrao Jaan (1981), have been wonderfully sung by one of my favorite singers, Suresh Wadkar. The song featured in the Hindi film Gaman (1978) starring theater-greats Farooq Sheikh, Smita Patil, Jalal Agha, Nana Patekar and Satish Shah. Anyone who has been through an uninspired low patch in life or has experienced moments of introspection-related confusion will easily relate with this classic.
“सीने में जलन, आखों में तूफ़ान सा क्यूँ है?
इस शहर में हर शक्स परेशान सा क्यूँ है?
दिल है तो धड़कने का बहाना कोई ढूँढे?
पत्थर की तरह बेहिस-ओ-बेजान सा क्यूँ है?
तन्हाई की यह कौनसी मंजिल है रफीकों?
ता-हद्द-ए-नज़र एक बयाबान सा क्यूँ है?
क्या कोई नयी बात नज़र आती है हम में?
आईना हमे देख के हैरान सा क्यूँ है?”
My honest attempt at a satisfactory translation into the English language:
“What’s the cause for this burning feeling and all the confusion in me?
And why does everyone in the city seem to have similar worries?
Why is my heart looking for a special reason to beat?
And why has it suddenly become as flat and as lifeless at a stone?
Tell me friends, what secluded place have I come to?
As far as the eye can see, why is there is nothing but an uninhabited desert?
Has anything changed in my appearance lately?
Why then, does the mirror get stupefied by my reflection in it?”