Ghazal 35, Verse 9

{35,9}*

kyaa hii ri.zvaa;N se la;Raa))ii hogii
ghar tiraa ;xuld me;N gar yaad aayaa

1) what a fight there'll be with Rizvan!
2) if your house, in Paradise, would come to mind/recollection

Notes:

yaad aayaa , the perfect, is a colloquial substitute for the subjunctive yaad aa))e (GRAMMAR)

Nazm:

That is, he will give preference to Paradise, and I to your house. Or else that I will want to come out of Paradise and he will stop me. (35)

== Nazm page 35

Bekhud Dihlavi:

In this verse Mirza Sahib has used his customary mischievousness, through which two meanings have been created for the verse. One is that when in Paradise I remember your house and mention it to Rizvan, Rizvan will prefer Paradise to your house. What the hell [bhalaa]-- how could I accept that? There will certainly be a fight between us: he will give me the lie, I will give him the lie, until it goes so far that a fight takes place. The second subtle meaning that emerges is that when in Paradise I remember your house, then I will want to run away from Paradise; Rizvan will stop me, and we'll have a fine wrestling match. (68)

Josh:

Two things in this verse are very praiseworthy. One is that the poet has complete confidence about going to Paradise. The second is that in Paradise he has no hope of seeing the radiance and flourishingness of the beloved's house. (102)

Arshi:

Compare {101,9}. (176)

FWP:

SETS

SNIDE REMARKS ABOUT PARADISE: This is one of a number of verses that make snide remarks about Paradise. It's the direction of comparison that makes for the wit. Instead of the earthly, human derivative being seen as borrowing or reflecting a tiny fraction of the excellence of the superior heavenly paradigm, it's all the other way around. More examples: {10,1}; {35,9}; {100,6}; {101,9}; {111,7}; {118,2}; {124,6}; {154,2}; {170,2}; {174,10}; {178,7}; {219,3}; {231,3}. For many examples of similarly snide remarks about Doomsday, see {10,11}.

What a remarkable thing-- a verse transparently easy to explain and interpret! Besides its charm, playfulness, and ease, this would be a good mushairah verse for another reason as well: because you can't tell from the first line where the second will go.

In Paradise, your house might or might not come to mind. After all, your house is so much more desirable than Paradise that only at its best might Paradise manage to evoke a memory of it. But obviously the lover is quite prepared for the occasion to arise. He imagines himself standing in the same relationship to the beloved's house as Rizvan does to the Garden of Paradise, and having as much reason to defend it as Rizvan has to defend Paradise. What else would they do but fight?

The relish is in the lively colloquialness of the first line; there are also the enjoyable sound effects of ghar and gar (short for agar ) in the second line.

Here's my long-ago attempt at a translation (1985).

AN IDIOMATIC GRAMMATICAL USAGE: In the second line, yaad aayaa is clearly a perfect form. But from the context it's equally clear that the intended sense is the subjunctive, yaad aa))e . The use of the perfect for the subjunctive in 'if' clauses is very common nowadays, and obviously was so in Ghalib's day as well. More examples: {4,1}; {10,4}; {25,5}; {25,6}; {51,1}; {71,9}*; {102,1}; {111,7}; {111,12}; {111,15}; {111,16}; {136,1}; {174,3}.