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Letters from an earlier time

Tere khushboo mein base khat main jalaata kaise
Pyar mein doobe hue khat main jalaata kaise
Tere haathon ke likhe khat main jalaata kaise

Tere khat aaj main Ganga mein bahaa aaya hoon
Aag behte hue paani mein laga aaya hoon

The letters nestling in your fragrance, how could I burn them,
The letters drowned in love, how could I burn them,
The letters written by your hand, how could I burn them

I have sent your letters down the Ganga today
Have set fire to the flowing water

Incredibly romantic what with the compelling lyrics of Iftikhar Imam Siddiqui, the simplicity of Jagjit Singh's melody and finally Jagjit Singh's own honeyed voice cutting straight into my heart.

Not so romantic are the letters we wrote to each other. Earnest, pretending-to-be-grownup-and-all-knowing, trying so hard to please, shy to express our feelings for each other, desperately missing the other, deeply intellectual, artsy... I should probably send these letters down the Ganga myself. Instead they lie in an old shoe box in yellowed envelopes, artistic letter paper and fountain ink reminding me that everything changes. Places, people, sentiments and expression - all has changed and yet it feels like the core is being uncovered finally.


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 24th, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC)
Wow! you have some hand-written letters? Cool... Preserve them for as long as you can. I only have some emails and memories of phone conversations.
Jan. 25th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
Yeah, I don't think I am going to destroy them. Btw, who is this?
Jan. 25th, 2008 04:37 am (UTC)
That is a lovely song indeed.
Jan. 25th, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
Jan. 25th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
Arre yaar, that is for cases of unrequited love, or loss - tum kyon bahaane lagi Ganga mein :-?

Lovely song, of course.
Jan. 25th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
:) I'd send them away since I am a little embarassed by them!
Jan. 26th, 2008 12:39 am (UTC)
Yes, I got that - but those letters are a treasure, aren't they? :-)
Apr. 15th, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
jinko duniya kee nigaahon se bachaye rakha..
jinko ik umr kaleje se lagaye rakha..
deen jinko jinhe imaaan banaaye rakha..

tune duniya ki nigahon se jo bach kar likhe..
saal-haa-saal mere naam baraabar likhe..
kabhi din mein toh kabhi raat mein uthkar likhe..

Teri khushboo mein basay khat main jalaata kaise..
pyar mein.........

Wonderful..a poet's 'self' and 'the-self-in-poetry'


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