Top 20 couplets on New Year

Spirits rise high as we stand on the threshold of 2020. While you prepare the list of resolutions to make and break this New Year, we bring you a select collection of 20 shers to savor the newness of the moment and the poetry it inspires.

aaj ik aur baras biit gayā us ke baġhair

jis ke hote hue hote the zamāne mere

aaj ek aur baras bit gaya us ke baghair

jis ke hote hue hote the zamane mere

Ahmad Faraz

ik saal gayā ik saal nayā hai aane ko

par vaqt ab bhī hosh nahīñ dīvāne ko

ek sal gaya ek sal naya hai aane ko

par waqt ka ab bhi hosh nahin diwane ko

Ibn e Insha

nayā hai to dikhā sub.h na.ī shaam na.ī

varna in āñkhoñ ne dekhe haiñ na.e saal ka.ī

tu naya hai to dikha subh nai sham nai

warna in aankhon ne dekhe hain nae sal kai

Faiz Ludhianvi

kisī ko sāl-e-nau kyā mubārakbād jaa.e

calender ke badalne se muqaddar kab badaltā hai

kisi ko sal-e-nau ki kya mubarakbaad di jae

calender ke badalne se muqaddar kab badalta hai

Aitbar Sajid

dekhiye paate haiñ ushshāq butoñ se kyā faiz

ik barahman ne kahā hai ki ye saal achchhā hai

dekhiye pate hain ushshaq buton se kya faiz

ek barahman ne kaha hai ki ye sal achchha hai

Mirza Ghalib

na koī rañj lamha kisī ke paas aa.e

ḳhudā kare ki nayā saal sab ko raas aa.e

na koi ranj ka lamha kisi ke pas aae

KHuda kare ki naya sal sab ko ras aae

Unknown

yakum january hai nayā saal hai

december meñ pūchhūñgā kyā haal hai

yakum january hai naya sal hai

december mein puchhunga kya haal hai

Ameer Qazalbash

ek pattā shajar-e-umr se lo aur girā

log kahte haiñ mubārak ho nayā saal tumheñ

ek patta shajar-e-umr se lo aur gira

log kahte hain mubarak ho naya sal tumhein

Unknown

ye kis ne phone pe sāl-e-nau tahniyat mujh ko

tamannā raqs kartī hai taḳhayyul gungunātā hai

ye kis ne phone pe di sal-e-nau ki tahniyat mujh ko

tamanna raqs karti hai taKHayyul gungunata hai

Ali Sardar Jafri

ik ajnabī ke haath meñ de kar hamārā haath

lo saath chhoḌne lagā āḳhir ye saal bhī

ek ajnabi ke hath mein de kar hamara hath

lo sath chhoDne laga aaKHir ye sal bhi

Hafeez Merathi

dulhan banī huī haiñ rāheñ

jashn manāo sāl-e-nau ke

dulhan bani hui hain rahen

jashn manao sal-e-nau ke

Sahir Ludhianvi

phir na.e saal sarhad pe khaḌe haiñ ham log

raakh ho jā.egā ye saal bhī hairat kaisī

phir nae sal ki sarhad pe khaDe hain hum log

rakh ho jaega ye sal bhi hairat kaisi

Aziz Nabeel

purāne saal ThiThurī huī parchhā.iyāñ simTīñ

na.e din nayā sūraj ufuq par uThtā aatā hai

purane sal ki ThiThuri hui parchhaiyan simTin

nae din ka naya suraj ufuq par uThta aata hai

Ali Sardar Jafri

chehre se jhaaḌ pichhle baras kudūrateñ

dīvār se purānā calender utaar de

chehre se jhaD pichhle baras ki kuduraten

diwar se purana calender utar de

Zafar Iqbal

umr ek aur saal gayā

vaqt phir ham pe ḳhaak Daal gayā

umr ka ek aur sal gaya

waqt phir hum pe KHak Dal gaya

Shakeel Jamali

na.e saal meñ pichhlī nafrat bhulā deñ

chalo apnī duniyā ko jannat banā deñ

nae sal mein pichhli nafrat bhula den

chalo apni duniya ko jannat bana den

Unknown

palaT ga.ī hai zamāne kaayā

nayā saal aayā nayā saal aayā

palaT si gai hai zamane ki kaya

naya sal aaya naya sal aaya

Akhtar Shirani

mubārak mubārak nayā saal aayā

ḳhushī samāñ saarī duniyā pe chhāyā

mubarak mubarak naya sal aaya

KHushi ka saman sari duniya pe chhaya

Akhtar Shirani

nayā saal dīvār par Taañg de

purāne baras calendar girā

naya sal diwar par Tang de

purane baras ka calendar gira

Mohammad Alvi

bahār-e-husn ye do din chāñdnī hai huzūr

jo baat ab baras hai vo paar saal nahīñ

bahaar-e-husn ye do din ki chandni hai huzur

jo baat ab ki baras hai wo par sal nahin

Lala Madhav Ram Jauhar