YaaN, nafas karta tha roshan shama-e-bazm-e-beKHudi
My side: my breath of sigh was puffing (oxygen) to keep the candle of my trance party, luminous
Jalva-e-gul, vaaN, bisat-e-sohbat-e-ahbab tha
Pageantry of flowers, on her side, was like a flooring for her intimacy with friends (my rivals)
Nafas= breath, puffing shma-e-bazm =candle illuminate a gathering be-Khdui= a state when a person lost in deep thought or depression jalva= luster bisat= chess board, a gathering sohbat=company, association ahbab= plural of habib, a friend
Meaning: In this whole Ghazal, in highly exaggerated words, Ghalib has portrayed his situation on night of promise. His beloved had promised him a date; but she failed to show up. She made rain as an excuse and revoked her promised date; actually, she was having a good time with Ghalib’s rivals. This Ghazal shows Ghalib’s power of imagination and his power of using allegorical words and visualization.
Verse 6:- Here, I was in trance throwing a party, a “Mehfil”; I was puffing oxygen of my gasp to keep the illumination alive. Whereas on her side, she was enjoying company of her friends (my rivals); and, the dazzling flowers were spread like a carpet giving a grand welcome to them.