Poet: Allama Mohammad Iqbal
Singer: Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Hindi lyrics

कभी हकीकतमुन्तज़र, नज़र लिबासमजाज़ मे
के हज़ारो सजदे तड़प रहे है मेरी जबीननियाज़ मे

मै जो सरबासजदा हुआ कभी, तो ज़मीन से आने लगी सदा
तेरा दिल तो है सनम आशना, तुझे क्या मिलेगा नमाज़ मे

तू  बचाबचा के ना रख इसे, तेरा आईना है वो आईना
के शिकस्ता हो तो अजीज्तर, है निगाहअईनासाज़ मे 

न कहीं जहाँ में अमां मिली, जो अमां मिली तो कहाँ मिली
मेरी जुर्म-ए-खानाखाराब को, तेरे अफ़व-ए-बन्दानवाज़ में
ना वो इश्क मे रही गर्मिया, ना वो हुस्न मे रही शोकिया

ना वो गज़नवी मे तड़प रही, ना वो ख़म है ज़ुल्फ़आयाज़ मे 

मै जो सरबासजदा कभी हुआ, तो ज़मीन से आने लगी सदा
तेरा दिल तो है सनम आशना, तुझे क्या मिलेगा नमाज़ मे

for  English translation please see this elaborately explained blog post
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When Johnny McDaid, who co-wrote the song with Pink(Alecia Beth Moore) was asked –

What can you tell me about those conversations that led to the song, or the meaning behind it?

Explaining what a song is about is kind of a dangerous thing for me, because it takes away the possibility of a song becoming whatever it is to somebody that listens to it. From my perspective the creation of it is about looking into yourself, interacting. It’s like alchemy, you know, you interact with the person there in the room and you — these things, these ideas come out and what the ideas are for Alecia are probably different to even the person hearing it. And that’s the beauty of her, she really allows people to receive her music the way they do. She doesn’t take it personally. Whatever way they react to it, she has a very secure sense of self and writing with someone like that is a real joy…. Alecia doesn’t hold back. Her heart is so open, her heart is giant and it makes our life as collaborators not just easier, but really joyous.

And sometimes when you’re writing a song you don’t know what it’s about until it tells you. Often I’m involved in a songwriting session where I come away from it and I listen to it later and I think, ‘Wow, that was actually what was being said?’ Because I’m receiving it in a different context from where it was created.

– from Billboard magazine published Aug. 15, 2017

 

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Crispin Sartwell’s half tongue-in-check defense of texting and Twitter as a “golden age of the written word” ignores all evidence of the opposite (“Texting and Twitter Make This a Golden Age for the Written Word,” op-ed, Sept. 23). Those of us who ban laptops in the classroom he labels “schoolmarms,” and he cites the old charge of they-hated-comic-books-too for the millionth time, and to equally empty effect.

He skips the fact that the SAT added a writing component in 2006, and scores have dropped every year save two when they were flat. A recent Hart Research Associates poll of employers found barely one quarter (27%) think that recent college grads are well-prepared in writing. The ACT’s college readiness scores in English have actually dropped six percentage points in the last five years.

All of this has happened while youths have texted away the hours. Mr. Sartwell calls it writing, but he doesn’t realize that tweeting and texting don’t make them better writers. They make them better tweeters and texters. To say, “Perk up, young people, and keep on texting,” as he concludes, isn’t whimsical or cute or provocative. It’s irresponsible.

Mark Bauerlein
Emory University
Atlanta

Appeared in the September 29, 2017, print edition of The Wall Street Journal

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