Listening to "Farishta" on Worldspace today, I came across some songs that moved me by the sheer power of their lyrics. I post them here as my tribute to the songwriters and singers alike.
Note: I will not translate them to English. There is a certain "dard" in them you will not understand if you don't know Hindi.
siine mein jalan aankhon mein toofan sa kyon hai
is shaher mein har shaks pareshaan sa kyon hai
dil hai to dhadakne ka bahaana koi dhundey
patthar ki tarah behis-o-bejaan sa kyon hai
kya koi nayi baat nazar aati hai hum mein
aaina hamein dekh ke hairaan sa kyon hai
There is so much in that last stanza. Thank you, Shahyrar.
Another one that you might know, but worked for me today:
Rishta dil se dil ke aitbaar ka
Zinda ha hamee se naam pyaar ka
Ke mar ke bhi kisi ko yaad aayenge
Kisikee aansuon main muskurayenge
Kahe ga phool har kali se baar baar
Jeena isi ka naam hai.
How hard we have become today. Life has become :
ke jee ke bhi humee ko bhool jaayenge
kisikee aansuon mein reh na paayenge
koi kahega humse phir bhi baar baar
kya jeena isi ka naam hai?"