‘Ibteda-e-Ishq Hai Rota Hai Kya’ by Mir Taqi Mir

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‘Tis only just begun, this love,
So don’t be dismayed yet
There’re more trials to come,
More challenges to be met

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ibtida-e-ishq hai, rota hai kya
aage aage dekhiye hota hai kya
(start of love it is, why do you cry
ahead ahead see what will happen)

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One of Mir’s most quoted couplet; uttered by many in times of romantic woes and travails – It has taken on a light-hearted tone these days (friends tease each other with it about love problems, etc.), but the subtlety of these verses soars far above such low interpretations.

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