“Isn't it the moment of most profound doubt that gives birth to new certainties? Perhaps hopelessness is the very soil that nourishes human hope; perhaps one could never find sense in life without first experiencing its absurdity...”
- Vaclav Havel
We are living in hopeless times and times of hopelessness. The two can be mutually-exclusive. What happens when a person thinks too much, feels too much and realises that at the end of the tunnel it is night?
Some of us have stood at the edge and heard the echoes of the winds and we have returned to the plains. Hoping. Hoping. Sometimes moping. The human dilemma is about a lot of that.
In this song the protagonist is going through just such thoughts and at a low ebb asks god to take him back because life holds no interest. I find it interesting that he does not go and finish himself – he asks the creator to ‘uncreate’ him, so to speak. I don’t know what the lyricist must have meant, but that is how I read it.
The last verse is so full of powerful angush:
bhanwar ka sar na chakaraye, na dil lehron ka doobein
yeh kashtee aap kar dee maine toofaan ke hawaale
There is no whirlpool, nor have the waves drowned my heart
I have myself handed my boat to the storms
Film: Baawre Nain (1950)
Lyrics: Kedar Sharma
Actor: Raj Kapoor