Jaane De

Many years ago, there was a guy who knew little about life. No matter how hard he tried, things never seemed to come together.

Love, was his worship. Not surprisingly, it didn’t last very long.

A few months ago I heard he had another heartbreak.

A few months ago, I heard that he still tried.

Just yesterday, I heard he’d given up.

He knew he only had one thing to fix. That one thing being expectations.

I just heard, a couple of minutes ago, he had none. He’d tried and he seemed to be somewhat closer to what he thought was nirvana. 

All my friends tell me they don’t to hear any of the stories this guy has to tell ’cause they’re sick of his indecisiveness.

I say they should hear him now.

Loud and clear.

Ain’t no love in this world.

Ain’t no sunshine either. Just clouds.

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Somewhere in Kashmir, India. From where I stood.

Oh. And that reminds me of one of my other favourite song, Both Sides Now. Joni Mitchell. The bunch of my favourite lines.

Rows & flows of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air

And feather canyons everywhere
I’ve looked at clouds that way

But now they only block the sun
They rain and they snow on everyone
So many things
I would have done
But clouds got in my way

Oh, I’ve looked clouds from both side now
From up and down
And still somehow
It’s cloud’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds
At all.

Moons and Junes and ferries wheels 
The dizzy dancing way you feel
As every fairy tale comes real 
I’ve looked at love that way
But now it’s just another show 
You leave ’em laughing when you go
And if you care, don’t let them know 
Don’t give yourself away
I’ve looked at love from both sides now 
From give and take and still somehow
It’s love’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know love
At all.

 

I heard this song on the radio randomly, I simply love it for its simplicity. Nothing else. Nothing crazy. Nothing extraordinary. But since I celebrate ordinary, this is one of my favourites.

Jaane De by Atif Aslam from the film Qarib Qarib Single, penned by Raj Shekhar.

 

Jaane De

Wo jo tha
Khwaab se
Kya kahein?
Jaane dein?

What about that almost-dream of ours?
What should I say? Or maybe I should let go?

Ye jo hai
Kam se kam
Ye rahe
Ke jaane dein?

Whatever this is
Whatever little is left
Is there anything here
Or should I let this go?

Kyun na rokkar khudko
Ek mashwarra kar lein?
Magar jaane de
Aadatan toh sochenge
Hota yun toh kya hota
Magar jaane de

Why don’t we stop for a second
And tell ourselves the right thing to

But then forget it
Because we’re humans and we have our tendencies
I will overthink
And I will keep wondering
What could have been..
But let it go.

Woh jo tha
Khwaab sa
Kya kahein?
Jaane dein?

Whatever that was- that dream-like moment
What do I say
Should I let go?

Wo jo hai
Kam se kam
Wo rahe
Ki jaane dein?

And what about what’s left now?
Should I keep it
Or should I let go of this too?

Beeta jo
Beete na
Haye kyun!
Aaye yun aankhon mein?

Whatever’s happened
Is not translating into the past. It’s still here. 
I don’t know why
Why did we meet?

Humne toh
Be-man bhi
Socha na
Kyun aaye tum baaton mein?

I swear- not even a little-
I didn’t think of anything of us
Then why did you 
Become everything I spoke of?

Puchhte jo humse tum
Jaane kya kya hum kehte
Magar jaane de
Aadatan toh sochenge
Hota yun toh kya hota?
Magar jaane de

If you were to ask me ever
You’ve no idea all that I would have said

But I guess I should let it go now
I know I overprocess
“What ifs” and “what could it be..”
But let go. I’m letting go.

Wo jo tha
Khwaab se
Kya kahein?
Jaane dein?
Ye jo hai
Kam se kam
Ye rahe
Ke jaane dein?

Those moments, dream like,
I don’t know what to say or feel
I’ll let go now?
Whatever this leftover is
Should I let go of that too?

Aasaan nahi hai magar
Jaana nahi ab udhar

It’s not easy
But I can’t go down that path again

Aasaan nahi hai magar
Jaana nahi ab udhar

I know it’s not easy
But I can’t go there again

Maloom hai
Jahan dard hai
Wahan phir bhi kyun jaayein?
Wahi kashmkash
Wahi uljhanein
Wahi tees kyun laayein?

When I know
That there’s pain there
Then why, why do I end up going?
The same questions all over
The same issues
Why should I bring back the ache?

Behtar toh ye hota
Hum mile hi na hote
Magar jaane de
Aadatan toh sochenge
Hota yun toh kya hota?
Magar jaane de

It would have been much better
Had we never met
But forget it now
I’m used to thinking 
Of all the scenarios and otherwise
And I can’t do anything anymore

Wo jo tha
Khwaab se
Kya kahein?
Jaane dein?

Ye jo hai

Kam se kam
Ye rahe.. ke jaane dein?

You know
You?
The dream-like life we lived
I’ve nothing to say
Should let it go?

Whatever this is
Our leftovers
Should I keep this.. or should I let them go too? Tell.

Devnagri:

जाने दे

वो जो था
ख्वाब सा
क्या कहें
जाने दें?
ये जो है
कम से कम
ये रहे के जाने दें?

क्यूँ ना रोक कर खुदको
एक मशवरा कर लें?
मगर जाने दे
आदतन तो सोचेंगे
होता यूँ तो क्या होता
मगर जाने दे

वो जो था
ख्वाब सा
क्या कहें
जाने दें?
ये जो है कम से कम ये रहे के जाने दें हम्म..

बीता जो
बीते ना
हाय क्यूँ!
आये यूँ आँखों में?

हमने तो
बे-मन भी
सोचा ना
क्यूँ आये तुम बातों में?

पूछते जो हमसे तुम
जाने क्या क्या हम कहते
मगर जाने दे
आदतन तो सोचेंगे
होता यूँ तो क्या होता
मगर जाने दे

वो जो था
ख्वाब सा
क्या कहें
जाने दें?

ये जो है
कम से कम
ये रहे
के जाने दें?

आसान नहीं है मगर
जाना नहीं अब उधर

आसान नहीं है मगर
जाना नहीं अब उधर

मालूम है
जहां दर्द है
वही फिर भी क्यूँ जाएँ?
वही कशमकश
वही उलझने
वही टीस क्यूँ लायें?

बेहतर तो ये होता
हम मिले ही ना होते
मगर जाने दे

आदतन तो सोचेंगे
होता यूँ तो क्या होता
मगर जाने दे

वो जो था
ख्वाब सा
क्या कहें जाने दें?

ये जो है
कम से कम
ये रहे.. के जाने दें?

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  1. You are turning into a “Alchemist”, perfecting the art of making the surreal real and the real surreal. The play of words that leave you numb and excited at the same time is an exhilarating experience and i get it by reading this space. Keep mixing the ingredients for the elixir of something called ……….”life”

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