Just Like That!

Jab Nayanon Mein Soonapan Tha
Jarjar Tan Thaa, Jarjar Man Tha
Tab Tum Hi Awlamb Hue The, Mere Ekaaki Jeeva Ke
Jao Kalpit Saathee Man Ke

Sach Maine Parmartha Na Seekha
Lekin Maine Swarth Na Seekha
Tum Jag Ke Ho Raho Na Ban Kar Bandi Mere Bhuj-Bandhan Ke
Jao Kalpit Saathee Man Ke

Jao Jag Mein Bhuj Phailaye
Jismein Saara Vishwa Samaye
Saathee Bano Jagat Mein Jaakar Mujhse Aganit Dukhiya Jan Ke
Jao Kalpit Saathee Man Ke

(Jao Kalpit Saathi Man Ke, Dr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan in “Nisha Nimantran”. If you want to read it in Devnagri, go to my Writings Page and look for this poem in “Hindi Writings by Others”. It is listed as “Mujhse Chand Kaha Karta Hai-Bachchan+Jao Kalpit Saathi Man Ke”.)

Literal Translation (To the extent I could do it)

When my vision was blank, my body and mind were degenerate, then you had supported my lonely life. Go away, O imaginary companian of my mind.

True, I never learned selflessness, but I didn’t learn selfishness either. You belong to the world; do not be a prisoner of the bond my arms. Go away, O imaginary companian of my mind.

Go to the world with stretched arms, in which the whole world can come in. Befriend several miserable creatures like me. Go away, O imaginary companion of my mind.

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About Jaya

Jaya Jha is an entrepreneur, a techie, a writer and a poet. She was born and brought up in various towns of Bihar and Jharkhand. A graduate of IIT Kanpur and IIM Lucknow, she realized early on that the corporate world was not her cup of tea. In 2008, she started Pothi.com, one of the first print-on-demand publishing platform in India. She currently lives in Bangalore and divides her time between writing and working on her company's latest product InstaScribe (http://instascribe.com) with a vision to make it the best e-book creation tool. Blog: https://jayajha.wordpress.com Twitter: @jayajha Facebook: http://facebook.com/MovingOnTheBook

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