Love & Fire

December 31, 2010 § 1 Comment

“Love is fire, whether it warms a heart or burns down a house, nobody can tell”

Cupid smiled as he recalled these words. Adding wood to this fire was his job. It wasn’t a particularly easy job though. Love, like fire, burns.

Ishq tey atish dono barabar
Adey ishq da ta-vikhayra
Atish sadey hay pakh te-paan
Adey ishq sadey dil jherra
Atish pani naal bujheyndi
Adey ishq da daaru kehraa

Love and Fire are the same, though love weighs heavier. Fire may burn things, but Love burns the heart. Fire may be quelled by water, but what is it that quells love?

Watching mortals scorch themselves with this fire, he recalls words he heard a long long time ago.

Uthay chhana rakhi
Jithay ishq laway dayra

Do not lend your heart there, where passions may run high

And, he remembered his own indiscretions. It was the universe’s first on-the-job accident.

His mother had sent him to make Psyche fall in love with the vilest thing in the world. Mother had her reasons to do so. But he accidentally scratched himself with the arrow he had prepared for Psyche and fell in love with her. Night after night he used to visit her while she slept…

Hulhula ke ishq jo aaiya
Mohabat wala shor machaiya
Hulhula ke ishq jo aaiya
Mohabat wala shor machaiya
Ghati ghati shaam aai hai
Yaar dadhi ishq aatish laee hai
Yaar dadhi ishq aatish laee hai
Way yaar sano[O, friend]
way dost sano lag gayee bayakhtearee
Sano lag gayee bayakhtearee
Seenay day vich na samaee hai…

So deliberately has love come…cried out its intentions..and it has blossomed this evening. Love has kindled a fire, a fire over which I have no control.

And then they had a misunderstanding, as all love stories do, due to which he resolved never to meet her. But Psyche was made of sterner stuff. She looked all over the world looking for him. Love makes you do things like that, he thought.

Ishq away-ra bahan na dayndaa
Thee kadaan ker mast karayndaa
Ishq away-ra bahan na dayndaa
Oh thee kadaan ker mast karayndaa
Ghati ghati shaam aai hai
Yaar dadhi ishq aatish laee hai
Yaar dadhi ishq aatish laee hai

Love is strange, it pushes you in waters deep but it wont let you drown. Sometimes, it drives you mad. But it has blossomed this evening. Love has kindled a fire, Love has kindled a fire…

They were fortunate, he thought. Psyche was granted immortality by the Gods. They live happily ever after.

Mortals, unfortunately, are not so fortunate.

[The lyrics here are from the song “Yar Daddi” by Ali Zafar. It is in Saraiki]

Yar Daddi–Ali Zafar
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