Diwan-e-Nasir Ali Sirhindi

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Sirhindi (d.1697) was renowned in India in his time, having travelled widely before settling in Sirhind. His patrons were the governor Saif Khān Badakhshī and the Amīr al-Umarāʾ Zu’l-Fikār Khān. Sirhindi’s main literary achievement was the Persian narrative poem based on the love story of Madhumalat and Manūhar, originally written in Hindī by Shaikh Zammān. Sirhindi also wrote a short Sufi mathnawī and a description of Kashmīr. His lyrical poetry or Dīwān was collected by his friends after his death; it consists of ghazals, some sākī-nāmas and poems in praise of the Ḳalandar darvishes.


Dar boota-e- faqr khush ba sāzam kardand / sad rang-e- hawas sarf-e- gudāzam kardand.
Kashkol-e- gadāi am dami bāz nagasht / himmat dādand –o- be neyāzam kardand.


They made me too happy in the wilderness of my Poverty;
And my begging bowl was never empty;
They gave me forbearance, and made me indifferent towards everything.


Ze jism-e- lāgharam chu sham’a fānus ast jān paidā /
barooye dāgh-e- man chun panbah bāshad ustukhwān paidā.


My body is as thin as a candle of the chandelier, bright and full of life.
And all my bones can be seen as seeds in the cotton wool.

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begging, body, bowl, fortitude, mettle, physiognomy, poverty, seeds, thin

Source text

Title: Diwan-e-Nasir Ali Sirhindi

Author: Nasir Ali Sirhindi

Publication date: 2016

Original compiled c.1650-1697

Edition: 1st Edition

Place of publication: Kanpur

Provenance/location: Original compiled c.1650-1697

Digital edition

Original author(s): Nasir Ali Sirhindi

Original editor(s): Md. Ehteshamuddin Institute of Persian Research, Aligarh Muslim University , Azarmi Dukht Safavi Institute of Persian Research, Aligarh Muslim University

Language: English


Texts collected by: Ayesha Mukherjee, Amlan Das Gupta, Azarmi Dukht Safavi

Texts transcribed by: Muhammad Irshad Alam, Bonisha Bhattacharya, Arshdeep Singh Brar, Muhammad Ehteshamuddin, Kahkashan Khalil, Sarbajit Mitra

Texts encoded by: Bonisha Bhattacharya, Shreya Bose, Lucy Corley, Kinshuk Das, Bedbyas Datta, Arshdeep Singh Brar, Sarbajit Mitra, Josh Monk, Reesoom Pal

Encoding checking by: Hannah Petrie, Gary Stringer, Charlotte Tupman

Genre: India > poetry

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