Red blood drips
from the Sun’s wounds
and flows from the horizon
unto these silent shores.

 The Sun’s rays take in the dust;
shadows flee.
In a while
the moon’s flag of victory
will flutter in the sky.

 Once again,
the night has
won the battle.
Once again,
I have lost today.



  (Translated from Urdu by Oriya poet, Dr. JP Das)

Gulzar is a poet above all things. He started his career as a lyricist in the 1963 film Bandini and worked with many music directors including R. D. Burman, Salil Choudhury, Vishal Bhardwaj and A. R. Rahman. He directed films such as Aandhi and Mausam and TV series during the 1970s and 1980s. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian award in India, the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award—the highest award in Indian cinema. He has won several Indian National Film Awards, Filmfare Awards, one Academy Award and one Grammy Award.

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