Main pal do pal ka shayar hoon (Lyrics and Translation)

Main pal do pal ka shayar hoon  one of the many gems by  Saahir Ludhiyanvi jee.

Kal nayi kopalein phootengi, kal naye phool muskayenge

aur nayi ghaas ke naye farsh par, naye paanv ithlayenge

wo mere beech nahi aaye, main unke beech mein kyun aaoon

unki subahon aur shaamon ka main ek bhi lamha kyun paaoon

There will be new buds blossoming tomorrow, and new flowers will smile

There will be new grass on a fresh ground, over which new feet will swagger around

They never came and disturbed me, how can I go disturb them

Why should I get to  spend even a moment of their mornings and evenings

Main pal do pal ka shayar hoon, pal do pal meri kahaani hai

pal do pal meri hasti hai, pal do pal meri jawaani hai

I am a poet only for a moment or two, and my story only will last only as long as the moment

My personality and my youth are also here only for a moment or two.

Mujhse pehle kitne shayar aaye aur aakar chale gaye

Kuch aanhein bhar kar laut gaye, kuch nagmein gaakar chale gaye

Wo bhi ek pal ka kissa the, main bhi ek pal ka kissa hoon

Kal tumse juda ho jaunga, wo aaj tumhara hissa hoon

There have been many poets in the past who came and left

Some indulged in sadness and left, some sang a few songs as they passed

They were also here only for a moment, and it goes the same way for me

I will have to part with you tomorrow, though I am a part of your present today.

Kal aur aayenge nagmon ki khilti kaliyaan chunne waale

mujhse behtar kehne waale, tumse behtar sunne waale

kal koi mujhko yaad kare, kyun koi mujhko yaad kare

mashroof zamaana mere liye kyun waqt apna bardbaad kare

There will be more (like me) who will pick blossoming songs (like one picks buds from a garden)

There will be better narrators than me and better listeners than you

Wish someone remembers me in the days to come,

But why should anyone remember me in the days to come

Why should this busy world waste its time on me.


This is one of those songs that I can listen to at any hour of the day. I like how this song goes beyond the happiness, the sadness and all other emotions. It talks more about the transience of those emotions, the temporariness of everything in life, the ephemerality of life itself. That is the truth isn’t it, that our life, sixty, seventy, eighty I don’t know how many years, at the end of the day is just a moment in the timeline of existence. We live, create a few memories, share a few stories, write some, read some, pass some on and then we die. We may be remembered by the people we met for a generation or two and then we will all be forgotten. The way the world is shaping up, with busy stressful schedules, it is hard to spend a moment remembering those who are alive forget those who are gone forever.

It is always education, job, elections, politics, movies, food, hobbies and if you are the emotional kind, its about friends, loved ones, a family that took care of you, a family that you will take care of, all the people you shared your lives with, all the places you went to. But do you realize everything starts with you, becomes a memory, probably shared with a few, and then one day it just ends with you and with those who shared it.

Yea a very pessimistic way of looking at life may be, but that is all there is to it 🙂  At the end of the day nothing matters, nothing really matters. Just one of those days, one of those moods.




3 thoughts on “Main pal do pal ka shayar hoon (Lyrics and Translation)

  1. You have translated well. I was hoping I would find something to suggest, but you have taken the time to translate in such a way to maintain the nuance of the song. Thank you.

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