Jan 26, 2010

Saare Jahan Se Achcha - The best of the world - INDIA

Saare Jahan Se Achcha - is one of the enduring patriotic poems of the Urdu language - written by Poet Mohammad Iqbal - in the year 1904. Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian cosmonaut, quoted the first line of the song in 1984 to describe to Mrs. Indira Gandhi (then Prime Minister of India) how India seemed - looking from the outer space.

Here's the translation in English:
Better than the entire world, is our Hindustan;
we are its nightingales of mirth, and it is our garden abode
Thogh in foreign lands we may reside, with our homeland our hearts abide,
Regard us also to be there, where exist our hearts
That mountain most high, neighbor to the skies;
it is our sentinel; it is our protector
In the lap of whose, play thousands of rivers;
gardens they sustain; the envy-of-the-heavens of ours
O waters of the Ganga mighty, do you recall the day
when on your banks, did land the caravan of ours
Religion does not teach us to harbour grudges between us
Indians we all are; India, our motherland

While Greece, Egypt , Rome have all been wiped out
till now yet remains, this civilization of ours {it has stood the test of time}
Something there is that keeps us,our entity from being eroded
For ages has been our enemy, the way of the world
Iqbal! Is there no soul that could
understand the pain in thy heart?

Reading the above poem initiated me to take an attempt at poetry too. Learnt about different forms of poetry from the Internet and here we go...

broad, bold, beautiful, India
brings together - people like you & me!

Amazing India
Amazing, Beautiful India
Amazing, Beautiful, Childhood India
India - My Homeland!

Big India,
Wide India,
Fun, safe, cheerful India,
Brown, dark, fair India,
Those are just a few.
Memorable India,
My India,
Cultural, Religious, Regional India,
Smart, Simple, fresh-in-memory India,
Delicious India, too.
Dear India,
Beautiful India,
Don't forget peaceful India,
Last of all, Best of all,
I like my Childhood India.

Breezy coconut trees
Beautiful green paddy fields
Bright blue ocean, Sandy beaches
Ponds filled with lotus
Brown dry lands
Fresh tender coconuts
Palm juice, palm roots
Wells, rivers, bright colors
Graceful women in
My India; My Home Sweet Home!


A said...

Oh my god. It is very well written. I had an accident and cannot type but had to compliment than part you wrote -Simple and descriptive. Good Jobs

A said...

when I am able to type normally can I copy your style and add to your poem. It is going to be in four weeks.

NRIGirl said...

Sorry to hear about your accident A. Hope you feel better soon. Appreciate your comments. Sure, please feel free to try out some poems. Here's the link I refered to: http://www.tooter4kids.com/forms_of_poetry.htm

It is much interesting to learn fun stuff.

Happy writing... Speedy recovery!

Y L said...

the poem is beautiful.but it ends abruptly.add something more to give it a finishing touch.may God bless our Mother India.

NRIGirl said...

Amma: Thank you for the suggestion. Just did.. Check it out!

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