chalak

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“Pyar Ek Khwab Tha
Love was a Dream
Waqt ne cheen lia hausla-e-zabt’e-sitam
Time has snatched away my fortitude
Ab to’ her hadsaye-gham pe tarapta hai dil
Now my heart agitates at each advent of grief
Her nay’e zakhm pae bhi rooh bilakh uth’ti hai
My soul bursts into tears at each fresh affliction
Hon’t agar han’s bhji pare’n a’nkh chalak uth’ti hai
Smile on the lips is no deterrent to tears in the eyes
Zindagi ek bikharta hua dardana hai
Life is a scattered tale of grief
Aisa lagta hai k ab khatm par afsana hai
And my story is nearing its end.”

- Meena Kumari (1932- 1972), Indian actress & poet