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Tobha Tek Singh by Saadat Hasan Manto


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Repost: Tobha Tek Singh is famous shorty story by Saadat Hasan Manto. He has been called the greatest short story writer of the Indian subcontinent. He was born in 1912 in Punjab and went on to become a radio and film scriptwriter, journalist and short story writer. His stories were highly controversial and he was tried for obscenity six times during his career. After Partition, Manto moved to Lahore with his wife and three daughters. He died there in 1955.

Rendition by Zia Mohyeddin (YouTube)

Rendition by Zia Mohyeddin (SoundCloud)

Hindi Text, Courtesy Frances W. Pritchett Columbia.edu

Urdu Text, Courtesy Frances W. Pritchett Columbia.edu

English translation by Aatish Taseer, Courtesy Random House Blog

Punjabi translation by unknown, Courtesy Punjabi Kavita

tum bilkul ham jaise nikale

 

tum bilkul hum jaisey nikley
ab tak kahaN chhupe the bhai
voh moorkhta, voh ghaamarpan
jis mein hum ne sadi ganwai
aakhir pahunchi dwaar tumhaarey
arre badhai bohot badhai

 

preyt dharam ka naach rahaa hai
qayam Hindu raaj karoge?
saarey ultey kaaj karogay
apna chaman daraaj karogey
tum bhee baithey karogey sochaa
poori hai waisi tayyari
kaun hai Hindu, kaun naheeN hai
tum bhi karogay fatwe jaari

hoga kathin yahaN bhi jeena
raatoN aa jayega paseena
jaisi taisi kata karegi
yahan bhi sabki saans ghutegi
kal dukh se socha karti thi
soch ke bohot hansi aaj aee,
tum bilkul hum jaise nikle

 

Hum do qaum nahin the bhai!

 

bhaar mein jaaye shiksha viksha
ab jaahilpan  ke  gun gaana.
aage gadha hai yeh mat dekho
wapas laao gaya zamana
bhasht karo tum aajayega
ulte paaon chalte jaana
dhyaan na mann mein dooja aaye
bas peeche hi nazar jamana

 

ek jaap saa kartey jao
varam var yahi dohrao
kitna veer mahaan tha Bharat
kaisa alishaan tha bharat
phir tum log pohonch jaogay
bas parlok pohonch jaaogay
hum toh hain pehle se wahan par
tum bhi samay nikalte rehna
ab jis nark mein jaao wahan se
chitthi vitthi daalte rehna

 

Translation by Shabana Mir:

Turned out you were just like us.

So it turned out you were just like us!
Where were you hiding all this time, buddy?

That stupidity, that ignorance
we wallowed in for a century –
look, it arrived at your shores too!
Many congratulations to you!

Raising the flag of religion,
I guess now you’ll be setting up Hindu Raj?
You too will commence to muddle everything up
You, too, will ravage your beautiful garden.

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Fahmida Riaz is a well known Progressive Urdu writer, poet, and feminist of Pakistan

Courtesy Sana

Tobha Tek Singh

Saadat Hasan Manto

Saadat Hasan Manto

Tobha Tek Singh is famous shorty story by Saadat Hasan Manto. He has been called the greatest short story writer of the Indian subcontinent. He was born in 1912 in Punjab and went on to become a radio and film scriptwriter, journalist and short story writer. His stories were highly controversial and he was tried for obscenity six times during his career. After Partition, Manto moved to Lahore with his wife and three daughters. He died there in 1955.

Rendition by Zia Mohyeddin (YouTube)

Rendition by Zia Mohyeddin (SoundCloud)

Hindi Text, Courtesy Frances W. Pritchett Columbia.edu

Urdu Text, Courtesy Frances W. Pritchett Columbia.edu

English translation by Aatish Taseer, Courtesy Random House Blog