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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Not an original post - on charolis and rubaiyats!

4-liners or short poems are a personal favorites with me. I recently got to know of charoli ( 4-line poems in marathi) and Rubaiyats ( 4-line or short poems by Ommar Khayyam. There are some beautiful verses all over the net. "Copy-Pasting" a few here:

Charoli by Chandrashekhar Gokhale:

Aata me hi tharavlay
Agdi shahanyasarkh vaagayach
Kunaala kahi dile tar
Tyachya badlyaat kahi maagayach
Now I've also decided
To act like a clever person
If I've given something to someone
Then better ask for something in return!
Ab maine bhi soch liya hai
Ekdum hoshiyaari se bartaav karna
Kisi ko kuch diya hai to
Uske badle mai kuch zaroor maangna!
Gacch lavoon ghetlele daar
Baher lavlel 'Welcome' ch toran
He kasl daar bandh thevun
Swagat karnyach dhoran
The door is firmly locked
A 'Welcome' garland is put outside
What is this, keeping the door closed
And 'Welcoming' custom?
Darwaaza kas kar band kiya hua
Bahar laga hua 'Welcome' ka Guldasta
Yeh kaisa darwaza bandh karke
Swagat karne ka tarika?

Rubaiyat by Ommar Khayyam:

Life is nothing
but a dull game with two
sure rewards: sorrow and death.
Is this a game
worth playing?
I feel young today.
Wine, wine! Its fire fills me.
Any wine will do - I am not choosy.
For even the best wine is as bitter
as life itself.
How sad, a heart that
does not know how to love, that
does not know what it is to be drunk with love.
If you are not in love, how can you enjoy
the blinding light of the sun,
the soft light of the moon?

English kills the beauty of the original - but thats the only language I understand! :)

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