The endless wait

A Hasrat Mohani ghazal. It has been sung beautifully by Chitra Singh.

ab to uth sakta nahin aankhon se bar-e-intezar
kis tarah kaate koi lail-o-nahar-e-intezar?

( The burden of waiting cannot be lifted from my eyes
  does anyone know how to spend these days and nights of waiting?!)

unki ulfat ka yakeen ho, unke aane ki umeed
hoon yeh donon sooratein, tab hai bahar-e-intezar

( If I knew that she loves me and if I had hope that she will come
  If these both conditions were true then my waiting would have been so happy
  and joyous)

meri aahein naarsa, meri duaayen na kubool
ya ilahi kya karoon main sharm-e-saar-e-intezaar

( My pain is not understood by her, my wishes for her are disregarded
  God! what should I do to this waiting which is making me ashamed)

unke khat ki aarzo hai, unki aamad ka khayal
kis kadar phaila hua hai karobar-e-intezaar

( I am waiting for her letter, I wait for her to come back
  The various aspects of waiting extend far and wide all around me )


hijr ke sakht marahil bhi teri yaad ke saath,
haseen haseen nazar aaye, jawan jawan guzre

( the immensely difficult and sad times when you were away from me, because of your memory
  were spent with so much beauty, joy and zest)



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