dil se shauq-e ru;x-e nikuu nah gayaa
taaknaa jhaa;Nknaa kabhuu nah gayaa

1) from the heart, ardor for a beautiful face did not go
2) staring and peering did not ever go



nikuu : 'Good, beautiful, fair, elegant'. (Platts p.1149)


taaknaa : 'To look at, view, gaze on, behold; to stare at; to watch for; —v.n. To peep, spy, watch; to aim (at, - par )'. (Platts p.305)


jhaa;Nknaa : 'To peep (into, - me;N , or at), to spy, to look (through a hole or opening); to put (one's) head out (of a door or window); to inspect, to examine narrowly (into); to look (in for a short time)'. (Platts p.401)

S. R. Faruqi:

In the second divan, he's composed this very theme a little less well [{902,7}]:

javaanii divaanii sunaa kyaa nahii;N
;hasiino;N kaa milnaa hii bhaayaa hame;N

[youthfulness, madness-- what have we not heard!
only/emphatically to obtain beautiful ones suited us]

In the present verse, in addition to the abundant expression of the enjoyableness of desire, there's also a subtle sarcasm toward oneself, that makes the verse distinguished among other verses of this kind.

Atish has brought out a new aspect of this theme. But in it there's the weakness that despite having an 'addiction to gazing', up to the present the heart is fine. In any case, because of the appropriateness of the idiom, Atish's verse has become an especially good one:

aatish un se nahii;N na:z:zaare kaa lapkaa chhu;Ttaa
merii aa;Nkho;N pah hai shaayad kih miraa dil bhaarii

[Atish, the addiction to the sight of that one did not depart
it may be that my heart is heavier than my eyes]

In contrast to this, Hali's lapkaa holds a mirror up to his temperament:

;zauq sab jaate rahe juz ;zauq-e diid
ik yih lapkaa dekhiye kab jaa))egaa

[all relishes kept going away, except the relish of sight
this is a single/particular/unique/excellent addiction-- let's see when it will go]





On this theme the following verse is not without interest either. Janab Malik Ram, and following him Janab Arshi, have ascribed it to Ghalib [as an unpublished verse]:


In Mir's present verse the point is also that the habit of staring and peering never went away. That is, in that time too when the heart was attached to some beloved and passion had overpowered him, even then the speaker didn't didn't renounce his gazing ways [na:zar-baazii]-- he kept on looking at other beautiful ones with desirous eyes.



It seems that taak-jhaa;Nk is a synonym for taak (Platts p.305), so apparently no differentiation is intended between these two very similar verbs. SRF takes this activity as a kind of lapkaa -- an addiction, a fetish, a letch. We're left almost with the idea of a peeping-tom figure, sneaking around catching possibly-illicit glimpses of beautiful ones at all costs, and under all circumstances. It doesn't seem too attractive a vision, but is there any other direction in which the verse wants to go?

It could be argued that the two lines have a cause-and-effect relationship: the heart is full of ardor for beauty, therefore the eyes are constantly seeking out new sights of beautiful ones. So perhaps the behavior of the eyes is a result of passion, so that it might be seen as tolerable (if not creditable). But there's really not enough in the verse to work with. To me it seems just a rather humdrum opening-verse.