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


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


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)


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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