Humne kaati hai (Hariharan) – Dil Nasheen (Lyrics and Meaning)

Youtube link to a beautiful rendition of the ghazal by hariharan- Humne kaati hai

Humne kaati hai teri yaad mein raatein aksar 

Dil se guzari hai sitaaron ki baraatein aksar 

I have often spent nights reminiscing you

Starry (glistening) processions have often crossed my heart (in doing so)

Aur to kaun hai jo mujhko tassali deta 

Haath rakh deti hai dil par teri baatein aksar 

Who else would (sit by my side and) console me? 

 But for your words that often felt like a consoling hand caressing my aching heart

Humse ek baar bhi jeeta hai na jeetega koi 

Wo to hum jaan ke khaa lete hain maatein aksar 

No one had and no one ever will be able to claim victory over me

Its is just that I often intentionaly lose to others

Unse poocho kabhi chehre bhi padhein hain tumne 

Jo kitaabon ki kiya karte hain baatein aksar

Ask them if they have ever read a face (the stories behind the faces) 

Who often keep talking about the (tales from) books 

This is where the ghazal in the album Dil-nasheen ends. However the original ghazal by Jaan Nisaar Akhtar has more compelling couplets. (I guess the album probably just picked the lines that were easier to understand, but the other couplets in my opinion sound more beautiful). The rest of the couplets go as :

Husn shaaist-e-tehzeeb-e-alam hai shayad

Ghamzada lagti hai kyun chaandni raatein aksar

Beauty probably is polished by the manners of sadness

Else why do beautiful full moon nights often feel melancholic? 

Haal kehna hai kisi se to mukhaatib hai koi

Kitni dilchasp hua karti hain baatein aksar

I want to express my feelings to someone, and I address them to someone else

Feelings are often so interesting (when expressed) 

Ishq raahzan na sahi, ishq ke haathon fir bhi 

Humne luTti hui dekhi hain baraatein askar

Love is not a burglar but still in the hands of love

I have often seen many a processions robbed (of their happiness, pomp and show)

Humne un tund hawaaon mein jalaaye hain chiraag

Jin hawaaon ne ulat di hain bisaatein aksar 

I have lit up lamps in such violent winds 

The winds which have often overturned expanding empires 

2 thoughts on “Humne kaati hai (Hariharan) – Dil Nasheen (Lyrics and Meaning)

  1. i have a small suggestion, in fact just an observation: when i try to read hindi in roman alphabets its somewhat excruciating compared to reading in devanagari, which makes the reading very fluent. Why not try it for a change; won’t take much effort.

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