Yaar Julahe (Dear Weaver)

यार जुलाहे ! ( Dear Weaver - Gulzar

I am inspired by Gulzar's 'Dear Weaver ' poem to write for this week's Poetry Jam (How to) prompt and tried to write 'How to weave a relationship'.

How to weave a relationship
learn from a weaver
a technique so clever 
to keep knots and breaks invisible,
by an effort and love invincible,
If he ignored the knots and move forward,
lumps increased and became stalwart 
care and time makes a relationship 

Original Gulzar's poem is below in Hindi and also a translated version by me in English,

मुझको भी तरकीब सीखा कोई यार जुलाहे,
अकसर तुझको देखा है कि ताना बुनते
जब कोइ तागा टुट गया या खत्म हुआ
फिर से बांध के
और सिरा कोई जोड़ के उसमे
आगे बुनने लगते हो
तेरे इस ताने में लेकिन
इक भी गांठ गिराह बुन्तर की
देख नहीं सकता कोई,

मैनें तो ईक बार बुना था एक ही रिश्ता
लेकिन उसकी सारी गिराहे
साफ नजर आती हैं मेरे यार जुलाहे !

Mujhko bhi tarkeeb sikha koi yaar julahe,
Aksar tujhko dekha hai ki taana bunte
Jab koi dhaga toot gaya ya khatam hua
Phir se bandh ke 
Aur sira koi jod ke usme,
Aage bunne lagte ho
Tere is taane mein lekin
Iq bhi ganth girhe buntar ki
Dekh nahin sakta hai koi,

Meine to ik baar buna tha ek hi rishta,
Lekin uski saari girahein
Saaf nazar aati hain mere yaar julahe.

Dear weaver! Teach me this trick of yours,
I have often seen you weaving a warp
Whenever any thread broke or finished
You tied it again
and add to it another end
Keep on weaving forward
But in your warp
Not a single knitting knot
Is visible to others

I have only woven a relationship once,
But its all knots
are clearly visible my dear weaver.


  1. Loved the way you described the art of weaving a relationship ..!!
    Well written..
    Gulzar ji is always the best!!

  2. nicely thoughful...also liked how you sculpted a new one from Gulzar's poem...

  3. This is a good take on the prompt. We oftentimes can learn from those who do things better than we do.

  4. I like the source of your inspiration as well as your poem. I do think sometimes there seems to be a 'trick' to weaving relationships. Sometimes indeed they seem to get so knotted up they are hard to get untangled! Perhaps then one needs that master weaver's help!

  5. Cifar,

    Life, love and relationships are never straight forward it seems. Some knots, bumps and creases make life interesting!!


  6. So true in weaving and in life.

  7. A relationship weave is full of visible knots.Perfect ones are only in fairy tales.Interesting sounding language.

  8. Many knots are invisible to others who are outside the woven relationship. Nicely put.

  9. nice...i lived with a weaver for a year...and used to enjoy watching her at the loom sending the shuttle across...seeing the act of creation, one thread at a time....very cool write....wise

  10. I love this wonder if it is mo or others or both that see relationship knots?

  11. I have heard this in Gulzar sahab's voice and its a master piece.


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