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Sunday, May 23, 2021

Ode to Bhopal: Nazm dedicated to Bhopal, verse praising city and its culture

 

Shams Ur Rehman Alavi is a poet and writer based in Bhopal. This Nazm is dedicated to the city, known for its unique history, culture and scenic beauty.


क्या कहें हम, दुनिया का जो हाल है 

बस सुकूँ का एक शहर भोपाल है 


हर सू बेफिक्री, फ़िज़ा में क़हक़हे 

जागता हर चौक, हर चौपाल है 


है अदब की खुशबू सुबह-ओ-शाम में 

हुस्न से क़ुदरत के मालामाल है 


अमन की चलती हवाएँ हैं यहां 

और एक सदियों पुराना ये ताल है 


इसके लहजे की जहाँ में धूम है 

शहर ये लासानी*, ये भोपाल है 


एक ही तहज़ीब, पहचानो ज़रा 

कौन अकबर, कौन यहां गोपाल है 


ऐ खुदा, नफरत से तू इसको बचा 

इस जहाँ में एक ही भोपाल है 


शम्स उर रहमान अलवी 


Now, read in Roman English script:


Kya kahein ham, dunia ka jo haal hai

Bas sukoo.n ka ek shahr Bhopal hai


Har su befikri, fiza mein qahqahe

Jaagta har chauk, har chaupaal hai


Hai adab ki khushbu subho-shaam mein

Husn se qudrat ke maalamal hai


Aman ki chalti hawaen hain yahaan

Aur ek barson purana ye taal hai


iske lahje ki jahaa.n mein dhoom hai

shahr ye laasaani, ye Bhopal hai


ek hi tahzib, pahchano zaraa

kaun Akbar kaun yahaan Gopal hai


Aye Khuda, nafrat se tu isko bachaa

is jahaa.n mei.n ek hi Bhopal hai


Shams Ur Rehman Alavi 


NOTE: Urdu literature has a tradition of writers' penning odes or verses on special occasions or for the cities, places they are in love, with. It is a similar effort. 

A poem for Bhopal, the city that has a unique history--known as City of Begums, as well as City of Lakes, which is seen as a place of empowerment for women, as four women ruled the princely state for over a century. Despite growing communalism, the poet yearns for harmony and idealism. This has to be seen in the context.

شمس الرحمٰن علوی کی یہ نظم، اپنے شہر، بھوپال اور اس کی تہزیب، تمدن، قدرتی خوبصورتی کی تعریف میں لکھی گئ ہے۔

Urdu dictionary

Lasaani=incomparable, second to none, be-misaal, *बेमिसाल 

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