आह को चाहिए इक उम्र असर होने तक

Lyricist: Mirza Ghalib
Singer: Jagjeet Singh

आह को चाहिए इक उम्र असर होने तक
कौन जीता है तेरी ज़ुल्फ़ के सर होने तक।

आशिक़ी सब्र-तलब और तमन्ना बेताब
दिल का क्या रंग करूँ ख़ून-ए-जिगर होने तक।

हम ने माना कि तग़ाफुल न करोगे लेकिन
ख़ाक हो जाएँगे हम तुमको ख़बर होने तक।

ग़म-ए-हस्ती का ‘असद’ किस से हो जुज़ मर्ग इलाज
शमा हर रंग में जलती है सहर होने तक।


सब्र-तलब = Desiring/Needing Patience
तग़ाफुल = Ignore/Neglect
जुज़ = Except/Other than
मर्ग = Death
शमा = Lamp/Candle
सहर = Dawn/Morning

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38 Responses to आह को चाहिए इक उम्र असर होने तक

  1. sri says:

    i’m quite uncertain about meaning of the second line
    “कौन जीता है तेरी ज़ुल्फ़ के सर होने तक”
    need ur help for that

  2. DK says:

    “Love Sonnets of Ghalib” by Dr. Sarfaraz K. Niazi, page 306.

    It takes a lifetime for the sighs to have any effect.
    Who would ever live long enough to win your tresses?

  3. Chirag says:

    “कौन जीता है तेरी ज़ुल्फ़ के सर होने तक” meaning “who wants to wait till your hair becomes white” (in a literal sense). “आह को चाहिए इक उम्र असर होने तक” and I don’t wait to wait…
    We have a Ghulam Ali Yahoo Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ghulamalisfans/ in case you want to discuss this further.

  4. sumit mishra says:

    kaun jeeta hai teri julfe ke sar hone tak -what it means:
    i will convert into ashes till your hair become tied “it means this or what”reply me

    • priyanka says:

      yes it means no one can live till ur hair ties in a not from untied hair

      • priyanka says:

        knot*

      • Raman says:

        First of all you guys need to know the meaing of “sar hona”. its meaning is to WIN or to CONQUER

        A sigh needs a lifetime until it becomes effective
        Who lives until your curls will be won over?

        In simple words
        “You’ll take a lot of time to understand my pain and i am not capable to live that long”
        That is how i interpret it your interpretation may be different.

  5. Debasish Dalui says:

    AAH KO CHAAHIYE IK UMR ASAR HONEY TAK
    KAUN JEETAA HAI TIRI ZULF KE SAR HONEY TAK

    [My] longing [for you] requires a lifetime for its realization
    Who may live that long to see its effect on you?

    AASHIQI SABR TALAB AUR TAMANNA BETAAB
    DIL KA KYA RAnG KAROOn KHOON- E- JIGAR HONEY TAK

    Love demands patience while my yearning is restive
    How should I placate the heart till the demise?

    HUM NE MAANAA KE TAGHAAFUL NA KAROGEY LEKIN
    KHAAK HO JAAYEnGEY HUM TUM LO KHABAR HONEY TAK

    Even if I believe that you won?t be apathetic to me, but I won’t be around by the time you’ll get to know [my condition]

    GHAM -E -HASTI KA ASAD KIS SE HO JUZ MARG ILAAJ
    SHAM?A HAR RAnG MEIn JALTI HAI SAHAR HONEY TAK

    O Asad! There is no remedy for the anguish of living save death A candle has to go through varied phases till the morn

    • nakhhlesahra says:

      GHAM -E -HASTI KA ASAD KIS SE HO JUZ MARG ILAAJ
      SHAM?A HAR RAnG MEIn JALTI HAI SAHAR HONEY TAK

      O Asad! There is no remedy for the anguish of living except death A candle has to go through varied phases till the morn

  6. vishnu soni says:

    yeah… this has been the most convincing translation till now… plz be in touch… thnx Debasish.

    vishnu
    vishnsoni@gmail.com

  7. Nirvan says:

    Debasish Dalui, well done, dost.
    Thank you for your time.

  8. Akhilesh says:

    What is ‘Asad’ in this ghazal

  9. Arif says:

    different people have different meanings of the lines, but i dont think explaining it is that much simple, eg on the first couplet Ghalib said…”Aah ko chahiye ek umar asar hone tak.”.the meaning of aah is diffrent here ..i dont this the explanation given by Debashish fits here..

  10. Barkatul Alim says:

    ” Kaun jeeta hai tere zulfon ke sar hone tak”
    As far as I understand the meaning of this line is, who lives that long, the time you take to put back your ‘Zulf’ on head…. pls forgive me if I’m too wrong, that’s what I felt!!!

  11. Feel this rather to read , & find your mind reacting…..

    Aah ko chaiye ik umr asar hone tak !
    Kaun jeeta hain yahaan teri zulf ke sar hone tak !!
    A sigh needs a life time to come in effect !
    who is that to live here till your tresses (hair) turn grey !!

  12. AAH KO CHAHIYE EK UMR ASAR HONE TAK means that
    MY PAIN OR MY YEARNING FOR YOU WILL TAKE A LIFETIME FOR YOU TO REALISE
    KAUN JEETA HAI TERI ZULF KE SAR HONE TAK means that
    IT WILL TAKE SO LONG FOR YOU THAT
    BY THE TIME YOU REALISE MY PAIN OR YEARNING FOR YOU,YOUR HAIR WILL BECOME WHITE,AND AT THAT TIME I WILL BE DEAD

    • Raman says:

      “YOUR HAIR WILL BECOME WHITE”??

      what kind of translation is that???

      as i said above

      “First of all you guys need to know the meaning of “sar hona”. its meaning is to WIN or to CONQUER

      A sigh needs a lifetime until it becomes effective
      Who lives until your curls will be won over?

      In simple words
      “You’ll take a lot of time to understand my pain and i am not capable to live that long”
      That is how i interpret it your interpretation may be different.”

      But thanks and nice to know that girls at your age take interest in ghalib’s poetry. keep it up.

    • shaik mahommed zyen says:

      Simran, you are almost near to it,,, Ghalib’s words were never too easy to understand. The actual bayaan or expression of this word (Sar)is really of white and grey hair,,,,(growing old)but infact the growing of it is in a sense the tresses used to be grown till the knees in those days and regarded for beauty.
      Yun tho hain duniya mein sukhanwar bahuth achchey !
      par Ghalib ka hay Andaaz-e-bayaan aur !!

      • Raman says:

        “The actual bayaan or expression of this word (Sar)is really of white and grey hair…”

        Really???

        Now read this:

        Sar Kiye Yeh Pahaar
        Daryaon Ki Gehraiyon Mein
        Tujhay Dhoonda Hai…

        “First of all you guys need to know the meaning of “SAR HONA or KARNA”. its meaning is to WIN or to CONQUER

  13. GAMME HASTI KA ASAD KIS SE HO JUZ MARG ILAAZ
    According to me ASAD means a NAME for anyone and the whole line means that
    A LIFE OF GAM OR A PAINFULL LIFE CAN ONLY BE NAMED AS DEATH
    can anyone comment on this

    • Raman says:

      “ASAD” ghalib used this subname previous to “Ghalib”
      According to me (not a great scholar of urdu let me tell you) its mean is: ‘Asad’ (ghalib used this subname previous to “Ghalib”) what else cure is possilbe except death from grief of life

      • arun mishra says:

        Actually his name was asadullah khan and he used the pen name “asad” in the makta (the last couplet) of his gazals to indicate whose creation this gazal was. But upon being jokingly told by his father in law that another poet who had taken the name “asad” and that all the good gazals of ghalib would be credited to this other asad while all the bad poems of the other asad would be credited to ghalib; he thereupon changed his pen name to “ghalib”. The word “ghalib” literally means conqueror and he became Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib

  14. Barkatul Alim says:

    Rikhta mein tum hi ustaad nahin ho Ghalib,
    Kehte hai agle zamaane mein koi ‘RAMAN’ bhi tha …..!!!!!

  15. jiya says:

    zulaf ka sar hona mean,grow hair…nd it takes long time so ghalib says i can,t wait more….

  16. Raman says:

    “zulaf ka sar hona mean,grow hair” XD

  17. Mir Najfi Rizvi says:

    Dear all, here ”Zulf ke sar hone tak” Ghalib means It is something which is impossible. It means the love of his life can never be with him. Zulf ke sar means your head is shaded with the hair of your love which in turn means when you lie down beneath your love then her Zulf (hair) surrounds you and according to Ghalib that is not possible. So he meant with the line ”Kaun jeeta hai tere zulf ke sar hone tak” that he will not live that long that the above mentioned circumstance comes true.

    • Raman says:

      “First of all you guys need to know the meaning of “sar hona”. its meaning is to WIN or to CONQUER

      A sigh needs a lifetime until it becomes effective
      Who lives until your curls will be won over?

      In simple words
      “You’ll take a lot of time to understand my pain and i am not capable to live that long”
      That is how i interpret it your interpretation may be different.”

      But thanks and nice to know that girls at your age take interest in ghalib’s poetry. keep it up.

      • Raman says:

        EDIT : Since it was cutting pasting from my above comment i forgot to remove last line where i refer you as girl Sorry!

  18. Zulf ke sar hone tak…here implies the uncurling of knots of hair……..life is like a riddle of curled hair……..by the time it is sorted out………it’s almost over ………..that’s the irony of life………a prayer (aah) requires a lifetime to show results but who lives till we actually know what to pray for…it’s so unclear/knotted

  19. zulf ke sar hone tak:
    it looks to me like you are bald and waiting for hairs to grow up on that.

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  21. Prabir says:

    I agree with Raman on Zulf ke sar hone tak. Sar here means win over /conquer. Ghalib belonged to the age where one needs to understand how women were respected and treated. Those days a lady would indicate acceptance of love by letting her hair be fiddled by the man she chooses. Given the social background such instances were very few. Further, in context to Ghalib here he is refering to a lady who socially is not looked upon well. She had her own limitations. While she had enough soft corner for Ghalib but she never acknowledged due to her limitations. That was the delima of Ghalib. That is the reason why reference to “Hopelessness” is frequent in his lyrics.

  22. amit mishra says:

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  23. ishan khan says:

    wow…bht achi shayri h i like this shayri….dedicated to my gf

  24. ishan khan says:

    shayd is shyari ko pardhne k baad usko apno galti ka ehssas ho……

  25. SK says:

    Note: I am surprised nobody has pointed out the major flaw in this…the actual usage is ‘hote tak’ and not ‘hone tak’ as wrongly mentioned.

    Hote tak is an archaic usage which does imply hone tak, but the right phrase is ‘hote tak’

    Also by ‘Asad’ ..Ghalib is implying to himself…his name as everybody knows is Asadullah Khan ‘Ghalib’ Ghalib being his pseudonym later in life.

    Here ‘Asad’ is the takhallus he uses in the makta…as someone rightly pointed out above.

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