verse of Ghalib’s 16th Ghazal.
Maqdam-e-sailab se dil kya nishat aahang hai
Advent of flood pleased my heart so much; it played joyous tunes
Khana-e-aashiq, magar, saz-e-sada-e-aa btha
Submerging abode of lover, emanated tunes of water-piano
Maqdam = advent, arrival Sailab=flood Nishat=pleasure, bliss Aahang=tuneKhana = house , Saz=musical instrument Sada=voice, tune aab = water, saz-e-sada-e-aab= sound ofmusical bowls of water,
Meaning: While rainstorm flood was submerging my abode, my heart was jumping with joy as if it were enjoying musical tunes. A true lover celebrates when his abode is wrecked, because there is nothing to left then to worry. He then can devote full time on love. Ghalib says, “When the flood water was knocking my doors, walls, and my belongings, it sounded to me as if someone was playing a water piano (Trang). In this verse, use of words “Sada-e-aab” (sound of water) and “Aahang” (tune) has created a beautiful combination.