20 Dec 2014

#84 Those who try, never fail

Those who try, never fail
Hari Vansh Rai Bachchan

This poem is one of the most influential poems of Hindi Literature composed by Late Harivansh Rai Bachhan .This is among my favorite poems. This poem was used to be a part of the syllabus of Hindi Literature in my primary classes. Whenever I feel down, the words of this poem fill me with immense enthusiasm. So, I’ve attempted to translate it (keeping the intensity of the original words and their meanings intact).

Leheron se dar kar nauka paar nahin hoti
Boats can’t sail through the sea by fearing the waves
Koshish karne walon ki kabhi haar nahin hoti!
Those who try, never fail.

Nanhi Chinti jab dana lekar chalti hai
When a small ant climbs up the wall
Chadhti deewaron par sau bar phisalti hai
It slips hundred times during its trial
Man ka vishwas ragon mein sahas bharta hai
The determined spirit energizes the body
Chadhkar girna, gir kar chadhna na akharta hai
The process of continuous ascend and descend does not bother it
Aakhir uski mehnet bekaar nahin hoti
Finally, its hard work does not go in vain.
Koshish karne waalon ki kabhi haar nahin hoti
Those who try, never fail.

Dubkiyaan Sindhu mein gotkhar lagata hai
Sea divers dive deep into the sea
Ja ja kar khali haath laut kar aata hai
He returns empty handed many times
Milte nahin sahaj hi moti gehre paani mein
It’s not easy to search for pearls in deep water
Badhta dugna utsaah isi hairani mein
The anxiety for searching doubles his spirit
Muththi uski khari har baar nahin hoti
His fist does not remain empty every time 
Koshish karne waalon ki kabhi haar nahin hoti
Those who try, never fail.

Asphalta ek chunauti hai, ese sweekar karo
Being unsuccessful is a challenge, accept it
Kya kami reh gayi, dekho aur sudhar karo
Look out for your shortcomings and rectify them
Jab tak safal na ho, neend chain ko tyago tum
Untill you are successful, forget everything
Sangharsh ka maidaan chhod kar mat bhaago tum,
Don’t run away from the battle field
Kuchh kiye bina jay-jay  kaar nahin hoti
Nothing comes easy without trying
Koshish karne waalon ki kabhi haar nahin hoti
Those who try, never fail.


Swati Sarangi

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