Koshish karne walon ki haar nahi hoti

Lehron se Darkar nauka par nahin hoti,

koshish karne walon ki haar nahin hoti,

Nanhi cheenti jab daana lekar chalti hai,
chadhti deewaron par, sau bar phisalti hai.
Man ka vishwas ragon mein saahas bharta hai,
chadhkar girna, girkar chadhna na akharta hai.
Akhir uski mehnat bekar nahin hoti,
koshish karne walon ki haar nahin hoti.

Dubkiyan sindhu mein gotakhor lagata hai,
ja ja kar khali haath lautkar aata hai
Milte nahi sahaj hi moti gehre paani mein,
badhta dugna utsah isi hairani mein.
Muthi uski khali har bar nahin hoti,
koshish karne walon ki haar nahi hoti.

Asaflta ek chunauti hai, ise sweekar karo,
kya kami reh gayi, dekho aur sudhar karo.

Jab tak na safal ho, neend chain ko tyago tum,
Sangharsh ka maidan chhodkar mat bhago tum.
Kuch kiye bina hi jai jaikar nahin hoti,
koshish karne walon ki haar nahin hoti.

– Harivansh Rai Bachchan

The translation:

You cannot take your boat across the sea

If you are afraid of the waves,

The one who tries

Never fails.

The tiny ant carries a small grain in its mouth,

Climbs up on the wall, slips and falls a hundred times,

The determination in the mind fills your body with courage,

Then climbing up and falling down does not hurt,

Ultimately, its (the ant’s) efforts do not go waste,

The one who tries

Never fails.

The diver dives into the water of the sea,

He returns empty handed a number of times,

Not easy it is to find a pearl in the deep waters,

But this in turn doubles his enthusiasm,

His hands are not empty every time,

The one who tries

Never fails.

Failure is a challenge, accept it,

Recognise your shortcomings, rectify them.

Till you are successful, shun rest and sleep,

Never run away from the battlefield of hard work,

You cannot get praise without working for it,

The one who tries

Never fails.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Roshni
    Jul 21, 2010 @ 11:56:20

    Hey,

    One of my favourites. I also like Bachchan’s Madhushala.

    Reply

  2. calvy
    Jul 21, 2010 @ 16:25:58

    I love this poem!
    The translation was inspiring too.

    Reply

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