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Roz Wahi Akhbar Ka Column

By Gulzar

30th November 2016

THE SAME NEWS

 

Every day the same newspaper column

Gulps of the same brackish news

Every day the same mouthful of promises;

Sentences dissected

Each word chewed again and again

 

How long can one masticate

The chewing gum of daily statements?

Now one has come to learn:

Just spit it out

If the mouth can take no more

 

Or else, add some ‘Zarda’

to a betal leaf

And quaff‘ paan’ around;

With some aromatic ‘Qimam’ applied to it

Just keep on swallowing time!

 

Poem by Gulzar (Translated from Urdu by Santanu Ray Chaudhuri.)