Sho’≈ï’sh Bar’bu≈ß-o-N√°y (I of IV)
Ab sa√™e ka imkaaN aur naheeN, parwaaz ka mazmooN ho bhi chuka
TaaroN pe kamandaiN phaink chukay, mehtaab pe shub’khooN ho bhi chuka
Ab aur kisi far’daa kay liyay in aankhoN se kya paimaaN keejiyay
Kis khwaab kay jhootay afsuuN se taskeen-e-dil-e-nadaaN keejiyay
Shireeni-e-lub, khushbu-e-deh’n ab shoq ka unwaaN koi naheeN
Shadaabi-e-dil, tafreeh-e-naz’r, ab zeest ka darmaaN koi naheeN
Jeenay ke fasanay rehnay do, ab in meiN ulajh ker kya lainN gey
Ik maut ka dhunda baaqi hai, jab chahaiN gey niptaa laiN gey
Yeh tera kaf’n, woh mera kaf’n, yeh meri leh’d, woh teri leh’d
When I read this four-part Nazm by Faiz–occurring in a dialogue between two different viewpoints–I was starkly reminded of the populace of Karachi; mainly containing three kinds of people, optimists, pessimists and neutral people; the latter having the largest ratio generally. Of course there can be thousand interpretations of this Nazm: a talk between a pessimist and an optimist, Yin and Yang, balance of a system, two sides of a coin, so on and so forth. This post is not only for your reading pleasure but with this I’m urging the neutral audience to actually sit up and take notice of their surrounding and at least comment on what’s happening around them.
The rest three parts would follow consecutive day.