Abhi To Mai Jawan Hoon

One of my absolute favourties… Hafeez Jalandhari was the same guy who wrote Shahnama-e-Islam and the national anthem of Pakistan. And imagine this same person writing an ode to everlasting youth! The poem has a vagabond-like sauciness, “who cares what people say” attitude, and a tribute to youth and beauty. Have attached both the original poem and the famous rendering by Malika Pukhraj and her daughter Tahira Syed.

  • Hawaa bhii khushagawaar hai,
    Gulon pe bhi nikhaar hai
    Tarannumein hazaar hai,
    Bahaar purbahaar hai

    Kahaan chalaa hai saaqiyaa,
    idhar to laut idhar to aa
    Arey, yeh dekhtaa hai kya?
    Uthaa subuu, subuu uthaa

    Subuu uthaa, piyaalaa bhar,
    Piyaalaa bhar ke de idhar
    Chaman ki simt kar nazar,
    Samaa to dekh bekhabar

    Woh kaali kaali badliyaan,
    Ufaq peH ho gayi ayaan
    Woh ik hajum-e-maikashaan,
    Hai su-e-maikadaa ravaan

    Yeh kyaa gumaan hai badgumaan,
    Samajh na mujh ko naatavaa
    Kayaal-e-zuhad abhi kahaan?
    Abhi to main jawaan hoon

    Ibaadaton ka zikr hai,
    Nijaat ki bhi fikr hai
    Junoon hai sawaab ka,
    Khayaal hai azaab kaa

    Magar suno to sheikh ji,
    Ajeeb shai hain aap bhi
    Bhalaa shabaab-o-aashiqui!,
    Alag huay bhi hain kabhi?

    Hasiin jalwaa raiz hon,
    Adaaein fitanaa khaiz hon
    Havaaein itr baiz hon,
    Toh shauq kyun na taiz hon?

    Nigaah haai fitanaa gar,
    Koi idhar koi udhar
    Ubhaarate hon aish par,
    Toh kyaa karey koi bashar?

    Chalo ji qissaa muktasar,
    Tumhaaraa nuqtaa-e-nazar
    Durust hai to ho magar,
    Abhi to main jawaan hoon

    YeH gasht kohsaar ki,
    YeH sair ju-e-waar ki
    YeH bulbulon ke chahchahey,
    YeH gulrukHon ke qah-qahey

    Kissi sey mail ho gayaa,
    Toh ranj-o-fikr kho gayaa
    Kabhi jo waqt so gayaa,
    Yeh hans gayaa who ro gayaa

    Yeh ishq kii kahaaniyaan,
    Yeh ras bhari jawaaniyaan
    Udhar sey meharbaaniyaan,
    Idhar sey lantaraaniyaan

    Yeh aasmaan yeh zameen,
    Nazzaraahaa-e-dilanashiin
    Unhey hayaat aafareen,
    Bhalaa main chhorh doon yahin

    Hai maut is qadar qarib,
    Mujhey na aayegaa yaqin
    Nahin nahin, abhi nahin,
    Nahin-nahin abhi nahin

    Na gham kashood-o-bast ka,
    Baland ka na past ka
    Na bood ka naH hast ka,
    Na vaadaa-e-alast ka

    Ummid aur yaas gum,
    Havaas gum qayaas gum
    Nazar sey aas-paas gum,
    Hamaa, bajuz gilaas gum

    Na mai mein kuchh kami rahey,
    Gadaah sey hamdami rahey
    Nashist yeh jami rahey,
    Yahi hama hami rahey

    Who raag chheRh mutribaa,
    Tarab-fizaa, alam-rubaa
    Asar sadaa-e-saaz ka,
    Jigar meiN aag de lagaa

    Har ik lab pe ho sadaa,
    Na haath rok saaqiyaa
    Pilaaye jaa pilaaye jaa,
    Abhi to maiN jawaan hoon