NPM ’11: Day 2 – Agneepath (Post #3)


Let’s dabble today with a little world poetry. Agneepath (meaning Path of Fire) is a Hindi poem written by Dr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan. Many consider this poem to be one of the most inspirational poems Dr. Bachchan ever wrote. It speaks about the struggles faced by humanity and about persistence and perseverance in the face of adversity. I can’t seem to find the English translation of this online (all the translations online are crap! Booo.) But it’s still worth sharing, if only for its visual value. If I feel up to it later, I might come back and translate it for ya’ll. But I’ll have to ask my mom for help because this level of Hindi (much more sophisticated than Fiji Hindustani or conversational Hindi) is beyond my skill level. :o)

[And, yes, for those of you who are wondering – the last name is not coincidental; Dr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan is the father of Mr. Amitabh Bachchan.]

Vruksh ho bade bhale,
ho ghane ho bhale,
Ek Patra chhah bhi mang mat, mang mat, mang mat,
Agnipath, Agnipath Agnipath;

Tu na thamega kabhi tu na mudega kabhi tu na rukega kabhi,
Kar shapath, Kar shapath, Kar shapath,
Agnipath, Agnipath, Agnipath.
Ye Mahan Drushya hain,
Chal raha Manushya hain,
Ashru, Sweth, Rakta se Latpat Latpat Latpat…
Agnipath, Agnipath, Agnipath.


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