Uski hasrat ( Lyrics and Meaning) – Ghazal by Jagjit singh and Chitra Singh

Uski hasrat hai , jise dil se mita bhi na sakoon I cannot erase that wish to be with her  from my heart

Dhoondhne usko chala hoon jise paa bhi na sakoon  I am looking for someone who I know can never be mine

Meherbaan ho ke bula lo mujhe chaaho jis waqt But you can call me whenever you please

Main gaya waqt nahi hoon , ki fir aa bhi na sakoon I am not lost time , that I cannot come back to you

Daal kar khaak mere khoon pe qaatil ne kaha My murderer after covering my blood with ashes said

Kuch ye mehindi nahi meri ke chupa bhi na sakoon Its not the red henna on my hand that I cannot hide it.

Zeher milta hi nahi mujhko sitamgar warna  I cannot  find  poison otherwise 

Kya kasam hai tere milne ki ke khaa bhi na sakoon Its not like that promise that we will meet again , that I would not keep it.

Uske pehloon mein jo le jaake dil ko When my heart is close to my beloved

Neend aisi use aaye ki jagaa bhi na sakoon It sleeps so peacefully that I do not wish to wake it.

Its really hard to find perfect words that can express the meaning of the song in english. All I did was tried to translate it literally so that one gets at the very least a feeling of whats being said.

Its actually the story of a broken heart, a heart that truly loves someone but cannot stay with his/her beloved. He loves her but cannot be with her , he keeps looking for her  though he knows he will not be able to find her. But still he tells her , she can call him whenever she wants , and that he is not like time , that once gone you can never have it back. He refers to her as his murderer or the murderer of his love , and says , she covered my blood after my murder with ashes , and mockingly  said , this blood is not like the henna on my hand that cannot be hidden. ( Henna is generally applied on the hands of the bride during marriages, referring probably to the girl getting married to someone else and thus killing his love ) …

Its just that I cannot find poison otherwise I would have taken it right away. Poison is  not like the promise that we will  meet again which is so difficult to make and keep. When my heart is with you it sleeps so peacefully that I do not feel like waking it up, let it stay with you forever…….

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