Growing up in a musical family, I would often hear my parents walking around the house singing. My dad’s favourites included those by the late Indian playback singer, Mohammed Rafi. The influences of Rafi on my life and my poetry are monumental. Most of the songs I know, I learned from hearing my dad sing. In fact, until today, I still haven’t heard many of the originals!

Mohammed Rafi

Still, I was inspired by the words. It was lyrical genius! I don’t know if that was the work of Rafi or someone else, but as I see it, “A pen is only as strong as it’s holder.” Considering I didn’t know the language at first, and learned it through these songs, tells you how compelling his voice was! But, I don’t want to focus on his singing abilities as much as I’d like to show you the poetic inspiration that brought to life the hidden passion for poetry I had in me.

I am nowhere near the poetic caliber of whoever wrote these songs, but they have definitely inspired me and still continue to inspire me, especially as my family and I sing along with each other while playing cards on Family Night. Here’s a recent favourite that we sang together. It’s actually what compelled me to share this with all of you. Keep in mind, a lot is lost in translation. The song is called, “Ehsaan Tera Hoga Mujh Par” (“I would consider it a favour…”)

Ehsaan Tera Hoga Mujh Par

I would consider it a favour,
if you would let me tell you how I feel.
I’ve fallen in love with you.
Let me remain in the shelters of our love.
I would consider it a favour…

You are the one who taught me how to laugh…
You are the one who taught me how to laugh,
If you ask me to cry, I will.
I’ll cry, if you ask me to.
Do not grieve for my tears,
they will flow, so let them flow.
I’ve fallen in love with you.
Just give me the shelter of our love.
It’ll be a favour upon me.

Make me, if you wish.
Or destroy me, if you wish.
Even in death,
I will wish you well.
Even in death, I will wish you well.
As it floats in the air, every fleck of dust from my remains will say,
“My love, let me bear this pain of my heart,
For I have fallen in love with you,
just give me the shelter of our love.”

I would consider it a favour,
if you would let me tell you how I feel.
I’ve fallen in love with you.
Let me remain in the shelters of our love.
I would consider it a favour…

What do you guys think? Pretty amazing, if you ask me!