Chalte chalte… Yet another song interpreted

The lyrics to this song were composed by Kaifi Azmi. I’ve reimagined the thoughts of a nautch girl (plainly speaking, a prostitute), who finds a kindly client who rescues her (although in mine, the genders are reversed, sorry!!!). Here’s a link to a more recent remix:

Chalte chalte, chalte chalteAlone in the wilderness, seeking space
Yun hi koi mil gaya thaQuite by chance, I came upon this face
Yun hi koi mil gaya thaDestiny’s dance, I came upon her face
Sare raah chalte chalteMorose and mundane, mind a’upheaval
Sare raah chalte chalteAimless walk, mind a’upheaval
Wahin thamke reh gayi haiA sudden stop, and time stood still
Wahin thamke reh gayi haiA higher will, time stood still
Meri raat dhalte dhalteThe long dark night started to fade away
Meri raat dhalte dhalteA glimpse of dawn, a glimmer of day
Joh kahi gayi na mujhseThose words I had long left unsaid
Joh kahi gayi na mujhseThoughts that were rooted deep inside my head
Woh zamaana keh raha haiEchoed now across the world aloud
Woh zamaana keh raha haiRepeated by an enlarging crowd
Ke fasanaA story…
Ke fasana ban gayi haiA story strung together of those words
Ke fasana ban gayi haiAnd put to song by the morning birds
Meri baat chalte chalteHarmony and melody
Meri baat chalte chalteLyrics unspoken, composed by me
Yun hi koi mil gaya thaThat someone I met, quite by chance
Yun hi koi mil gaya thaLife gave me a second chance
Sare raah chalte chalteThe thorns I saw, became roses
Sare raah chalte chalteLife afresh, a garden of posies
Yun hi koi mil gaya thaA chance meeting on the lonely path I trod
Sare raahA nod from God, a heavenly prod
Chalte chalte, chalte chalteAn approaching shadow falling in step
Silently accompanying, there to protect
Sare raahThen, hand in hand we walked along 
Chalte chalte, chalte chaltePath unsteady, grip strong
Chalte chalte, chalte chalteAlone in the wilderness, seeking space
Yun hi koi mil gaya thaQuite by chance, I came upon this face
Yun hi koi mil gaya thaA divine bestowing of grace
Shab-e-intezaar aakhirA night of interminable wait
Shab-e-intezaar aakhirMystically interceded by fate
Kabhi hogi mukhtasar bhiAs the sun harkens
Kabhi hogi mukhtasar bhiAnd the day beckons
Yeh chiragThe darkness within
Yeh chirag bujh rahe haiIs slowly dissipating
Yeh chirag bujh rahe haiBut I burn inside as I start anew
Mere saath jalte jalteStruggling to cast aside ashen residue
Mere saath jalte jalteDoubts ignite 
Yeh chirag bujh rahe haiMy body alight
Yeh chirag bujh rahe haiEvery step I take
Yeh chirag bujh rahe haiMind-numbing ache
Yeh chirag bujh rahe haiAs the sun harkens
Yeh chirag bujh rahe haiClouds darken
Yeh chirag bujh rahe haiShe leads me on through the fire to dawn
Mere saath jalte jalteI leave behind the old body I’ve worn
Mere saath jalte jalteBlessed to be among the twice-born
Yun hi koi mil gaya thaQuite by chance, I came upon her
Yun hi koi mil gaya thaQuite by chance, I found another
Sare raah chalte chalteOnce embittered, this wretched cur
Sare raah chalte chalteNow an angel and I walk together



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