‘Subeh Hoti Hai Shaam Hoti Hai’ – Mirza Ghalib (1797-1869)

The sun doth rise and the sun doth set
And thus is life’s allowance met
subeh hoti hai shaam hoti hai
(morning happens, evening happens)
umr yun hi tamaam hoti hai
(life like-this complete happens)
Time, inexorable and relentless, catches up with everyone – and all lives, significant or not, vanish in its flow. Ghalib was aware of this absurdity about existence and aptly expresses it in these verses.


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