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Introduction to Gajal
Gajal is the oldest form of poetry ever used. The word ‘gajal’ in some languages is called “ghajal” and in others it is pronounced “gu-ZAHL”, although in both cases the word “g” is almost identical to “ch” in “Bach.” It is said that the word comes from the sound of a squirrel being injured when it dies. The form comes from Arabic, Nepali, Urdu, Hindi, and Hebrew. It remains popular as a style sung in parts of the world where the distinction between poetry (spoken word) and song lyrics (lyrics, with specific music) is not very different.
The official features of ghajal were well known in English in the 1920’s, however, with the translation of the free ghajal verse in the 1960s, many Western writers thought of ghajal as a way of describing a series of cut-off couples. Beginning in the 1990s, Agha Shahid Ali began to insist on the official principles of what he called “real” ghajal. You may object here — perhaps emphasizing that the poem of the free verse is not as real as the official poem, but I promise — if you had met Shahid, you would have immediately become interested, and agreed immediately. If you had met Shahid, you would have written at least three or four gajals by now.
हरेक मान्छे मेरो मनको पीडा बढाउदै जानू
टाढा भयपनी मेरो नजिक आउदै जानू
फेरि यहि अन्दाजले नजर मिलाउदै जानू
देख्नी सबैको मनको नजर आज्माउदै जानू
मेरो खुसी भर्खर जलायर आउदै छु
मिल्छ भने मेरो लागि मुस्कुराउदै जानू
दिमाग भन्छ फेरि त्यही गर्नु मुर्खता हो
मन यो भन्छ कि फेरि त्यही धोका खादै जानू
मेरो अजीब बानी छ मुस्किल मन पराउने
मेरो सब मुस्किललाइ अझै मुस्ल्किल बनाउदै जानू
याद छ उहाले भनेको कुराहरु सबै
यस्तै दुखको पलहरु पनि ल्याउदै जानु ।।
तिमी बाट पनि गैसकेछु म
टाढा एकदम टाढा भैसकेछु म
यो एकदम दुखको कुरा हो सायद
अब त दुख पनि गुमाइसकेछु म
यो सोझो अनि सज्जनहरुको बस्तिमा
थाहा छैन कती चोट खाइसकेछु म
एक पिडा छ अजीब छुटकाराको
उस्को बिछोड पनि मनाइसकेछु म
मान्छे भन्छन म सधै खुसी हुन्छु
कति धुवाँमा रमाइसकेछु म ।।
गर्नेले उधूम् माया गर्ला। जतिखेरै माया गर्ला। भएजति सबै माया एउटै मान्छेमा खन्याउला। तर कहिलेकाहीँ टाढाको मायाको औषधिले आफ्नो दुःखको रोग निको नपार्दो रहेछ।
After reading these Gajals you maye also want to write some. Writing a ghazal is like looking in a broken mirror. The refrain determines the title, but each couplet is similar to one of the glass letters. You see the concept of “master” over and over again, but always from a different perspective or lens. The ghazal reverses the fusion of voice, narration, and controversy we are accustomed to in the West. It is free to talk to the subject at different angles, in different places. You can build without having to stay in line. You can get as many angles as you want. It makes testers of all of us.
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