urduwallahs

Daagh DehlviNawab Mirza Khan (1831–1905) commonly known as Daagh Dehlvi was an outstanding Mughal poet famous for his Urdu ghazals and belonged to the Delhi school of Urdu poetry. He wrote poems and ghazals under the takhallus (Urdu word for nom de plume) Daagh Dehlvi
Daagh is an Urdu noun that means grief or taint, while Dehlvi means belonging to or from Delhi.
Here is a mesmerizing ghazal penned by Daagh, with the loose English translation below each couplet:

Uzr aane mein bhi hai aur bulaate bhi nahin
Baa’is-e-tark-e-mulaaqaat bataate bhi nahin

You hesitate to come and you do not call me, either
You do not tell me your reasons for ending our relationship either

Khoob parda hai ke chilaman se lage baithe hain
Saaf chupte bhi nahi saamane aate bhi nahin

There is a lot hidden when you are sitting next to the curtain
Neither do you hide completely nor…

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