Hai nou aamooz-e-fana himmat-e-dushwar pasand Sakht mushkil hai ke yeh kam bhi aasaN nikla

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Hai nou aamooz-e-fana himmat-e dushwar pasand

My challenge-seeking spirit was yet a trainee, a novice in art of  sacrificing life (for love)

SaKHt mushkil  hai ke yeh  kam bhi  aasaN  nikla

Damn it! It was so easy for me, who is yet a novice in the field  Nou = new    Amuz= learning (it is imperative of Farsi verb Amukhtan=to learn)       Fana= end, death, destruction           Nou amoz-e-fana= a novice in (school of) sacrificing life, an apprentice     Dushwar= difficult         pasand=like, fond of          In Urdu “pasand” has been cleverly substituted for “a person who likes”; viz.   Taraqqi pasand = progressive, one who likes progress.   Shohrat pasand=one who likes to be talked about, fame seeking person     Himmat=courage    himmat-e-dushwar pasand = courage that likes difficulty, a Challenge-seeking spirit        Sakht mushkil=very difficult    yeh kaam= this job, this lesion     AasaN= easy   

This is the 5th verse of Ghalib’s 6th ghazal.  This ghazal is one of the most celebrated ghazals of Ghalib. It has been sung among others, by the top singers like Rafi, Talat-Asha, & Lata. To listen each of them, click here. Many singers have omitted above she’r; probably it is hard to sing.

Meaning: We see again, in above She’r, Ghalib’s mastery in saying so many things in just two lines. Here, Ghalib wants to say that he was in just a beginner in classes of master’s degree in “sacrificing life” for sake of love. But he was so frustrated that his challenge-seeking spirit found such a hard task so easy. Ghalib in real life also was such a genius that every thing came to him so easy. Many times this made him frustrated. Such frustrations reflect in his poetry and Ghazals. We’ll discuss it as we progress. 

In above verse he says: Oh my challenge-seeking courage, the course of giving life for love, is considered very very difficult, but you learned it all, just in no time! You didn’t face any difficulty in zipping through this very tough course. Oh my courage, because you seek difficult tasks, my problem is, what task do I select for you now? I thought s genius that every thing came to him so easy. Many times this made him frustrated. Such frustrations reflect in his poetry and Ghazalsacrificing life was pretty tough; but, you found it so easy. Oh my courage seeking spirit, now you need a task harder than giving life! Where do I find it? 

Genius people are presented with a big problem. A whiz kid easily gets bored in his classes. When he talks to other classmates there is nothing common to talk. He finds his teachers and other students losers and his classes boring. Ghalib voices such frustration in this verse 

Ghalib was born in 1797 and died in1869. In 1969 India celebrated Ghalib’s 100th death anniversary. To honor Ghalib, several Mushaeras, programs and functions were organized during that year. Following, special postal stamps

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