And the day fell asleep in the arms of night.For darkness was singing the lullabies of love.The Stars were gazing at the beauty of MEHTAAB and silence was speaking volumes of separation.
I quietly walked down the memory lane and visited him in the vale of love.
He looked at me and rested his sight upon my eyes. As I came closer he started shivering!
I asked:-Are you Okay?
He replied:- How can someone be fine after looking at you? Zaalima!
I said:-You are about to ruin my Kajal, Mr Mazloom!
He replied:-God Forbid! You are looking beautiful Miss *Bride to be*
I said:-Thankyou! (With a sigh)
He replied:- *Aah ko chahiye aik umr asar honey tak* (Mohtaram Mirza Ghalib Sahab)
I wanted to say something but, my words betrayed me.So, I decided to remain silent.But,my emotions started coming out of my eyes and I started crying! I hugged him but this time he didn't held me in his arms.
I said:-I am still yours!
He replied:-But you don't belong to me anymore.Look at your hands filled with henna and see someone else's name has conquered the lines of your Destiny.
I replied:-But these lines will always lead to you.
He said:-Stop crying! I don't want you to cry because of somebody else.I am still the owner of your heart.
I replied with a smile:-Yes! You will always live within me.
He kept his hand on his chest and said look you have killed me Zaalima!
I said:-You have to live for me!
He replied:-I am alive because of you! But why did you came here like this? We had already burnt down those letters and handed over our souls to each other.So why did you come to meet me today?
I said:-Because I wanted you to see me as a bride first and see that smoke of those letters is the KAJAL of my eyes now concealing the pain of our separation and making me look like your eternal dream.
He replied:- *Mai janta hu kitne khwabo ki rakh hai inme. Yunhi nahii bhuji ye tairi surmayi aankhein*
Try to forget me.Please! (I said in a sorrowful voice)
How can someone forget to breathe (He replied with a lot of conviction in his words)
I said:- Please! Afterall I am wearing your favourite Crimson red tonight.
He asked:-So you want me to sleep on the thorn bed tonight?
I kept looking at him with tears in my eyes.
He said:-Don't worry I will always be ready to put up with your Zulm.
I replied:- *Mujhe kuch nahi kehna tumse Magar mujhe sabhi kuch tum hi kehna hai*
He said:- Let's embrace each other one last time.For our souls will Always wander for each other.
I replied:-I have to leave now.
He said:- You have already left me! But remember you can surely be someone else's wife but you will always be my life.
I said:- I may be the light of his dark nights but my sleep will always wander for your dreams.
He said nothing but he spoke a lot!
I said:- Goodbye life
He said:- Adieu breathe and walked away singing these lines :
*Tuney dekhi hai wo peshani wo rukhsar wo hont Zindagi jin ke tasawwur mai luta di humne Tujh pe uthi hai wo khoyi huvi sahar aankhein Tujh ko maloom hai kyu gawa di humne*
(Abridged portion from Janab Faiz Ahmad Sahab's poem *Raqeeb se* When Faiz Sahab was residing in Sialkot, in a house opposite to that of his, there lived a girl Faiz Sahab was in love with. One unfortunate day, on his return from college, Faiz sahab discovered that the girl had left the city. Aagha Naasir writes that years later when Faiz Sahab, having risen to popular fame and appeal, revisited Sialkot, he had a serendipitous meeting with the same girl who happened to be visiting the city at the same time. Her husband was keen to meet Faiz Sahab. She urged Faiz to take note of her husband. This became an inspiration for 'Raqib Se!'.)