Best Poems Of Harivansh Rai Bachchan

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Harivansh Rai Bachchan will be remembered at his day in the upcoming week. So why not celebrate a week!!

Here’s something different that we are going to begin. Yes!! A tribute to the revolutionary creations of Bacchan.

How Will It Go

The Padma Bhushan winner poet, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, will celebrate 121st year of his journey of his arrival on the earth. This day, 27th November is not very far.

So we’ve decided to dedicate this week to Harivansh Rai Bachchan and his works. Accordingly, we are going to post atleast one poem from his creations everyday. However, we will try to post more than that, too!!

And yes, your comfort means a lot to us. So we’ll try to provide english translation too. Though not authentic, but still we hope you get the essence anyhow. Language can’t be a barrier, so you’ve options!! Just get the meaning in any language you find yourself comfortable with.

Time To Begin

Today, we’ll begin with one of his poems ie; “जो बीत गई सो बात गई” or “Bygones Be Bygones”.

Harivansh Rai Bachchan
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जो बीत गई सो बात गई

जीवन में एक सितारा था
माना वह बेहद प्यारा था
वह डूब गया तो डूब गया
अम्बर के आनन को देखो
कितने इसके तारे टूटे
कितने इसके प्यारे छूटे
जो छूट गए फिर कहाँ मिले
पर बोलो टूटे तारों पर
कब अम्बर शोक मनाता है
जो बीत गई सो बात गई

जीवन में वह था एक कुसुम
थे उसपर नित्य निछावर तुम
वह सूख गया तो सूख गया
मधुवन की छाती को देखो
सूखी कितनी इसकी कलियाँ
मुर्झाई कितनी वल्लरियाँ
जो मुर्झाई फिर कहाँ खिली
पर बोलो सूखे फूलों पर
कब मधुवन शोर मचाता है
जो बीत गई सो बात गई

जीवन में मधु का प्याला था
तुमने तन मन दे डाला था
वह टूट गया तो टूट गया
मदिरालय का आँगन देखो
कितने प्याले हिल जाते हैं
गिर मिट्टी में मिल जाते हैं
जो गिरते हैं कब उठतें हैं
पर बोलो टूटे प्यालों पर
कब मदिरालय पछताता है
जो बीत गई सो बात गई

मृदु मिटटी के हैं बने हुए
मधु घट फूटा ही करते हैं
लघु जीवन लेकर आए हैं
प्याले टूटा ही करते हैं
फिर भी मदिरालय के अन्दर 
मधु के घट हैं मधु प्याले हैं
जो मादकता के मारे हैं
वे मधु लूटा ही करते हैं
वह कच्चा पीने वाला है
जिसकी ममता घट प्यालों पर
जो सच्चे मधु से जला हुआ
कब रोता है चिल्लाता है
जो बीत गई सो बात गई||

English Translation

Bygones be bygones!

There was a star in life,
It was very close, I agree,
If it faded, let it be,
look at the delight of the sky,
Shot away, many of it’s stars,
Left away, many of it’s adored ones,
who were left, never did they meet,
But when does the sky mourns over the fallen stars!
Bygones be bygones!

There was a flower in life,
You offered yourself everyday to it,
If it dried, let it be,
look at the trunk of the garden,
Dried, many of its buds,
Shriveled up, many of its branches,
those who dried, never did they bloom again,
but when does the garden shriek over the dried flowers!
Bygones be bygones!

A glass of wine was there in life,
You offered your body and soul to it,
If it has broken, let it be,
Look at the courtyard of the winehouse,
many glasses get shaken up,
fell away and are taken up,
those who fell, never did they stand again,
but when does the winehouse repent over those glasses!
Bygones be bygones!

Wine jars are made up of soft mud,
bound to crack, are they,
Arrived with a short life,
Glasses are bound to break,
Still there’re jars inside,
jars are there, glasses are there,
those, spoiled with narcotism,
prey upon the wine,
Addicted, raw is he,
whose affection ends to the glasses,
but, he, who loves the wine,
When does he cry, when does he whine!
Bygones be bygones!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for upcoming Poems Of Harivansh Rai Bachchan.

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