;haal nah meraa dekhe hai nah kahe se ta))aammul hai us ko
ma;hv hai ;xvud-aaraa))ii kaa yaa be-;xvud hai ;xvud-raa))ii kaa

1) she does not see my situation, nor from the saying [of it] does she feel hesitation/caution
2) she's absorbed in self-adornment, or self-less from self-conceit



ta))ammul : '(vulg. taammul )... Careful consideration, meditation, reflection, deliberation; deliberate action, pausing, hesitation, cautious procedure; disinclination, scruple'. (Platts p.307)


;xvud-raa))ii : 'Dogmatism; self-conceit, wilfulness'. (Platts p.495)

S. R. Faruqi:

In the second line, to be absorbed in 'self-adornment' and because of 'self-conceit' (pride, not accepting anyone's ideas but her own) to be 'self-less' is very fine. The 'tajnis' [tajniis] of ;xvud-aaraa))ii , be-;xvud , ;xvud-raa))ii is also extremely excellent. 'Self-adornment' has a relationship with seeing, and 'self-conceit' has a connection with listening. Thus in the verse there's also a the device of very subtle 'chiasmus' [laff-o-nashr ; on this rhetorical term see Platts p. 958].

In the second line the yaa is for an equation ['A, or in other words B'], and also for choosing one out of the two possibilities. That is, (1) she always remains absorbed in self-adornment; that is, pride has kept her self-less; or (2) either she is absorbed in self-adornment, or else through pride she is self-less.



That second line is a delight! And I'm so happy that it's possible to keep the effect (more or less, anyway) in English. The beloved is so self-absorbed that she doesn't look at her lover's situation, nor does she listen to his kahe hu))e ;haal . It's left for us to decide why she ought to show some 'hesitation' or 'deliberation' about this situation-- because he's half-dead and she should have compassion? because it's not in her (self-)interest to finish him off completely? because if she drives him entirely mad he can no longer be so useful to her?

Note for meter fans: The Arabic ta))aammul is scanned short-long-long because its alif is really only a chair for a hamzah .