Ye Baaten Jhuutii Baaten Hain, Ye Logon Ne Phailaaii Hain

written by Ibn-e-Insha

Ye Baaten Jhuutii Baaten Hain, Ye Logon Ne Phailaaii Hain

— Ibn-e-Insha

ye baateN jhuuTii baateN haiN, ye logoN ne phailaa'ii haiN
tum Insha jii kaa naam na lo, kyaa Insha jii sauda'ii hain?

(saudaa'ii : melancholic)

haiN laaKhoN rog zamane meN,kyuN ishq hai rusvaa bechaaraa
haiN aur bhii vaj'heN vahshat kii, insaan ko rakhtii dukhiyaaraa
haaN ! bekal-bekal rahtaa hai vo piit meN jisne dil haaraa
par shaam se lekar sub'h talak yuuN kaun phire hai aavaaraa

(rusvaa : dishonored; vaj'heN : reasons; vahshat : loneliness; dukhiyaaraa : afflicted; bekal : restless; piit : love; aavaaraa : wanderer)

gar ishq kiyaa hai tab kyaa hai, kyuN shaad nahiN aabaad nahiiN
jo jaan liye bin Tal na sake, ye aisii bhii uftaad nahiiN
ye baat to tum bhii maanoge, vo Qais nahiiN Farhad nahiiN
kyaa hijr ka daruu mushkil hai, kyaa vasl ke nusKhe yaad nahiiN

(shaad : happy; aabaad : inhabited; uftaad : state of helplessness; Qais, Farhad : Legendary lovers; hijr : separation; daaruu : cure; vasl : meeting; nusKhe : prescription)

jo humse kaho ham karte haiN, kyaa "Insha" ko samjhaanaa hai
us laRkii se bhii kah leNge, go ab kuch aur zamaanaa hai
yaa chhoReN yaa takmiil kareN, ye ishq hai yaa afsaana hai
ye kaisaa gorak-dhandaa hai, ye kaisaa taanaa-baanaa hai

(takmiil : complete; afsaanaa : fable; gorak-dhandaa : puzzle)

ye baateN jhuuTii baateN haiN, ye logoN ne phailaa'ii haiN
tum Insha jii kaa naam na lo, kyaa Insha jii sauda'ii haiN?

About the poet


Ibn-e-Insha

Ibn-e-Insha (Punjabi, Urdu: ابن انشاء born Sher Muhammad Khan شیر محمد خان) was a Pakistani Leftist Urdu poet, humorist, travelogue writer and columnist. Along with his poetry, he was regarded one of the best humorists of Urdu. His poetry has a distinctive diction laced with language reminiscent of Amir Khusro in its use of words and construction that is usually heard in the more earthy dialects of the Hindi-Urdu complex of languages, and his forms and poetic style is an influence on generations of young poets. Biography Insha was born in Phillaur tehsil of Jalandhar District, Punjab, India. His father hailed from Rajasthan. He received his B.A. degree from Punjab University in 1946 and M.A. from University of Karachi in 1953. He was associated with...

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