Love, the mercenary

Mohabbat hi na jo samjhe, woh zaalim pyaar kya jaane
nikalati dil ke taaron se, jo hai jhankaar kya jaane

I was confused. Would not mohabbat and pyaar be tautology? So, if an individual does not understand one, then s/he will not comprehend the other. Simple?

No. For those who like these things, let me share my deconstruction of the lines.

Love in its mercenary (zaalim) avatar certainly cannot understand itself…just as the soft strings of the heart would get buried beneath loud beats.

Perhaps, I’d say, even one’s heart beats – and therefore survival (and its practical considerations) - could drown the sounds of our inner voice. Often, love does not understand love, just as we do not fathom the vastness of what lies within us.

We forget that every speck of dust could point towards an expanse of sand. We treat it as grit and rub our eyes till they swell. Tears flow in wasteful drops. What could have been an ocean remains a trickle of turbulence.
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Here is the rest of the song:

use to qatl karna aur tadpaana hi aata hai
galaa kiska kata kyunkar kataa talvaar kya jaane

davaa se faayda hoga ki hoga zehar-e-qaatil se
maraz ki kyaa davaa hai ye koi beemaar kya jaane

karo fariyaad sar takrao apni jaan de daalo
tadapte dil ki haalat husn ki deewaar kya jaane

mohabbat hi na jo samjhe, woh zaalim pyaar kya jaane
nikalati dil ke taaron se, jo hai jhankaar kya jaane

Lyrics: Anjaan
Music: C. Ramachandra
Singer: Talat Mehmoood
Film: Parchhaai

1 comment:

  1. To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering one must not love. But then one suffers from not loving. Therefore to love is to suffer, not to love is to suffer. To suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy then is to suffer. But suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be unhappy one must love, or love to suffer, or suffer from too much happiness. I hope you're getting this down."
    - Woody Allen,


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