Sometime you just want to be all alone, away from everyone…even yourself; it’s not necessary that you’re feeling low or sad but may be just tired…too tired to take the life as it is going…the routine way, the perfect way, the society’s way! You know that life will be okay and all those quotes that you read on Pinterest may come true someday but today is definitely not the day! You may be actually standing in your balcony or sitting in the favorite corner of your room or even lying in your cozy bed but you imagine yourself in a place where you’ve never been before, don’t know it’s name, don’t want to know either, you don’t want to bump into anyone you know or even don’t know for that matter! You just look for that pause, that moment of solitude where you can just sit…away from your miseries, from your messed up life! It’s one of those days when Life is short, Life is a gift, Life is beautiful, all sounds just worn out cliches! Today is that day for me and I’m taking solace in one of Ghalib’s couplets!
Rahiye ab aisi jagah chal kar jahan koi na ho hum-sukhan koi na ho aur hum-zaban koi na ho
Be dar-o-deewar sa ek ghar banaya chahiye koi humsaya na ho aur pasban koi na ho
Pardiye gar bimaar to koi na ho timardaar aur gar mar jaiye to nauha-khwan koi na ho – Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib
O my heart go and live in such a place where there is no one no one to talk to no one who speaks your tongue
O my heart build a house in such a way where there are no walls and no doors and no neighbor nor a keeper no one to announce arrivals
If you fall ill there should be no one to nurse you If you die there should be no one to mourn you
Translated by: Zaitun Umer