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10 Shayaris About Time That Will Make You Reflect on the One Thing That Won't Come Back

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What is Shayari?

Shayari is a beautiful poetic form in Urdu language. It is nothing but a poet's heartfelt expression on a wide range of topics including love, life, betrayal, hope etc. This musical form of poetry allows a person to express his deep feelings through his words. Sentiments are expressed through rhythmic words written in couplets called sher.Each line of a sher is called as misra. The shers are self contained units and are a marvel of condensation. In just two lines, great emotions and ideas are expressed in a beautiful and powerful manner.

Time or Waqt

Time once gone never comes back. Time is not a tangible entity but indeed a powerful one as its impact can be seen on everyone. Days, weeks, months, years pass by so quickly, leaving behind memories and we wonder where the time went.

Time or Waqt (In Urdu) is never the same. There are bound to be good times as well as the bad times. But even the bad time also teaches us valuable lessons of life. Here are 10 beautiful shayaris by some of the greatest Urdu shayars that perfectly capture the essence of time:

Waqt kis tarah se guzra roz-marra mein Munir

Aaj kal hota gaya aur din hawa hote gaye.

— Munir Niazi

Translation: O Munir, The time passed by like anything in day to day life. Today kept becoming yesterday and just like that, the days vanished into thin air.


Meharbaan Ho Ke Bulaa Lo Mujhe Chaaho Jis Waqt

Main Gaya Waqt Nahin Hoon Ke Phir Aa Bhi Na Sakoon.

— Mirza Ghalib

Translation: You can be kind and call me anytime. I am not like the time gone by which cannot come back.

Waqt rehta nahi kahin tik kar

Aadat iski bhi aadmi si hai.

— Gulzar

Translation: Time never stays at one place. Its habit is also like that of man.

Subah hoti hai, sham hoti hai

Umar yun hi tamam hoti hai.

— Amirullah Tasleem

Translation: Morning comes and then evening comes. And just like that, the whole life finishes.

Who said this?

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.
    • Leo Tolstoy
    • Lord Byron
  2. Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.
    • Jane Austen
    • Maya Angelou
  3. Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
    • Warren Buffet
    • Bill Gates
  4. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.
    • Mother Teresa
    • Mark Twain
  5. Time is a created thing. To say 'I don't have time,' is like saying, 'I don't want to.
    • Napoleon Hill
    • Lao Tzu

Answer Key

  1. Leo Tolstoy
  2. Maya Angelou
  3. Warren Buffet
  4. Mother Teresa
  5. Lao Tzu
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Roz milne pe bhi lagta hai jug beet gaye

Ishq mein waqt ka ehsaas nahi rehta hai.

— Ahmad Mushtaq

Translation: Even after meeting daily, it feels like ages have passed by. In love, you don't have any idea of the passage of time.

Waqt barbad karne walon ko

Waqt barbad kar ke chho dega.

— Divakar Rahi

Translation: Time will destroy those who kill time.

Kis tarah umar ko jaate dekhun

Waqt ko aankhon se ojhal kar de.

— Faza Ibn e Faizi

Translation: How do I see age passing by? Make time disappear from my sight.

Koi theherta nahin yun toh waqt ke aage

Magar woh jakhm ki jis ka nishhan jata nahin.

— Farrukh Jafari

Translation: Nobody can stand before time. It is a wound whose marks don't fade away.

Uss waqt ka hisaab kya doon

Jo tere bagair kat gaya.

— Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi

Translation: What account should I give of the time that passed without you by my side?

Tum chalo iss ke sath ya na chalo

Paanv rukte nahin jamane ke.

— Abul Mujahid Zahid

Translation: Whether you walk with it or not but time's feet doesn't stop.

Mirza Ghalib - "Bazicha E Atfaal Hai Duniya Mere Aage"

© 2018 Shaloo Walia


Shaloo Walia (author) from India on June 18, 2018:

Glad that you liked it!

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on June 18, 2018:

Of can check my other hub on shayaris related to love for a few of Mirza Ghalib's couplets on the same.

manatita44 from london on June 10, 2018:

Mirza Ghalib is an awesome singer. Did he do an immortal piece on Love?

Great aphoristic sayings relating to Time ...this great seducer of procrastinators, luring them to sleep and miss the boat. Om Shanti!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 09, 2018:

Thanks for the poetry and language lesson. The quotes are very meaningful, especially "I am not like the time gone by which cannot come back." I'd like to say that as well as have it said to me.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on June 09, 2018:

Thank you Hari!

Hari Prasad S from Bangalore on June 09, 2018:

Brilliant. Ghazals are always amazing. They are honey dripping from Urdu language. Great collection. Txs for collecting and presenting shaloo.

- hari

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on June 08, 2018:

True Bill...Life is too precious to be wasted away.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on June 08, 2018:

@Mary Norton I am glad that you enjoyed the shayari and the translations.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 08, 2018:

I am six months shy of seventy years. I am very aware of this precious gift I've been given. :)

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 08, 2018:

I have never read a poem in Urdu before. Thanks for translating this as it has so much depth and wisdom that we need today given how precious time is.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on June 08, 2018:

Thank you Rinita. Ghalib and Gulzar are my favorites too.

Rinita Sen on June 08, 2018:

That is a beautiful collection! Your translation is exquisite, although I am fortunate to understand the originals. Shayari is an all time favorite genre of mine, and I keep going to Ghalib's and Gulzar's treasures in between hectic days!

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