Nanaji’s Bilingual Poem

Of Man and God

Original poem in my Maternal Grandfather’s native language, Urdu, from Lahore in India’s Northwest Punjab in the days of the British Raj, and translated into English by me while resident in Calcutta, India.

– AKMAL *-

KHUDA AUR INSAN

Insan aur khuda ki purani kahaniyan

Hain irtaqa’e nav’i bashar ki nishaniyan

Joon joon chiragh-i-‘ilm ki barhti hai roshni

Pahchanta hai apni haqiqat ko admi

– LAHORE

OF MAN AND GOD

Of Man and God there are

Tales of Old

That Signs of Mankind’s

Ascent unfold:

As Light from the Lamp of

Knowledge grows

So Man the Truth of his

Being knows.

* Mirza Ziauddin Akmal
Grandfather of Roman Urdu Translator: AZIM LEWIS MAYADAS

Copyright © 2020 Azim Lewis Mayadas

 

 

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