Just Like That

Madiralaya mein kab se baitha,
Pee na saka ab tak haala,
Yatna sahit bharta hoon, koi
Kintu ulat deta pyala;
Manav-Bal ke aage nirbal
Bhagya suna vidyalaya mein;
'Bhagya-prabal, manav nirbal' ka
Paath padhati Madhushala.

( Dr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Madhushala)

(Complete Madhushala in Devnagri is available on my “Writings Page“. Check out the section “Hindi Poems by Others”)

Literal Translation (To the extent I could do it)

For so long I have been sitting in the wine-shop, but have not been able to drink wine. I fill up the glass with dedicated effort, but somebody turns down the glass (so that the wine spills out). That fate is powerless before man’s power is what I had heard in the school. The tavern teaches the lesson of the fate being powerful and men being powerless.

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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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