Gar che huN divana, par kyoN dost ka khaooN AastiN me dushna pinhaN, hath meiN nashtar khula!

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This is 3rd  verse of Ghalib’s 14th Ghazal.   

Gar che huN divana, par kyoN dost ka khaooN fareb?

Though I am crazy, but why should I get duped by a friend?

AastiN me dushna pinhaN, hath meiN nashtar khula!

(His) sleeve holds a dagger in conceal, while hand holds a surgeons knife in reveal

gar=though   Frareb=deception, treachery, duping   AastiN=sleeve Dushna=dagger Nashtar=surgeon’s knife

 This is 3rd  verse of Ghalib’s 14th Ghazal. 

Meaning: In this verse Ghalib tells us about an event when his beloved disdains his love and he suffers a lunacy attack. His friend, who is a surgeon, comes to restore his sanity. This friend is carrying a surgeon’s knife in open. However Ghalib notices that the surgeon is also hiding a dagger under his sleeve. Ghalib makes out that this friend, in reality, has come to kill him.

He says though I suffer from lunacy, I refuse to be duped by a friend who pretends to be my caregiver but indeed is a killer. He says though my life without my beloved is meaningless; yet, why should I be killed by treachery of a friend? Before me, there are many other ways to end my life.

Note: In past the surgeons treated insanity and melancholy by opening an artery to drain some blood. This treatment did benefit the patient.

Finer aspects of this verse: Ghalib has described the proverb “Allah on lips and a dagger in armpit” in his unique style. A Ghalib’s verse in reality is a story. The way he tells a story in two lines is marvelous.

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