Ghazal 86, Verse 8


dekhiye laatii hai us sho;x kii na;xvat kyaa rang
us kii har baat pah ham naam-e ;xudaa kahte hai;N

1) (please) look at what mood/color that mischievous one’s pride/haughtiness brings/displays!
2) at her every utterance we say 'in the Lord’s name!'


na;xvat : 'Pride, haughtiness; consequential airs; pomp, magnificence'. (Platts p.1126)


That is, from our doing that, she knows that her every word is good, and her pride/haughtiness keeps increasing. (85)

== Nazm page 85

Bekhud Dihlavi:

He says, at her every word we always say, 'in the Lord's name!' or 'God has willed it so!' [mashaa))all;aah], 'the evil eye be far away!' [chashm-e bad duur]. As if her pride/haughtiness keeps making progress, through such phrases of ours. As a result of these words, let's see what becomes of her pride/haughtiness-- that is, there's no telling in what herd this camel would settle down [yih uu;N;T kis kul bai;The]. (136)


With rang , sho;x is fine. naam-e ;xudaa is an expression of praise. In just such circumstances they say sub;haanull;aah [praise be to God!] etc., too. The meaning that at her every word we say, praise be to God! From this she's grown arrogant. Let's see what mood/color her arrogance displays, and what effects her pride/haughtiness creates [kyaa gul khilaatii hai]. (173)


[See his discussion of naam-e ;xudaa in M{1700,3}.]


SPEAKING: {14,4}

For this verse, the question is, in which order should the lines be read? All the commentators explicitly read (2) first, then (1). That is, it's our constant exclamations of awe and amazement that are expected to produce strange new (and deadly?) forms of behavior, since we know we are constantly reinforceing her arrogance. We invite you to stick around and see what astonishing wonders come of it.

But it's also quite possible to read the lines in the order (1), then (2). In this case, the verse forms a kind of inexpressibility trope. We beg you to look for yourself at her behavior, at the mischievous, egregious, vivid forms her arrogance displays! You have to look for yourself because we can't possibly find words to describe it. Indeed, all we can do is marvel at her, and constantly, helplessly, exclaim 'in the Lord's name!' (Both because her behavior is so wonderful, and because it's so awful.) A verse as full of inshaa))iyah force as it's possible to get.