Not sure if I can do a justifying translation to this Hindi poem. It’s Gist being –

Roads never decide the destination nor who walks on them.

Remaining content to one’s limitations also does not make one a traveller.

And though many choose to travel, they remain unknown about the destinations and even the roads to take. They gamble their guesses, hoping it will take them somewhere!

Who really knows what they wish to live for and know the direct way which leads them to it!

Everyone here seems to be on the roads; aimlessly, unknowingly, they just walk on whichever road seems ahead.

The end of life is also a journey, which is the same as lived so far. Ignorant one came, immature one remained. And kept walking towards darkness. Are in fact searching light, this also remained misunderstood!

रास्तों ने कब तय की मंज़िल

या फिर मुसाफ़िर चुने ।

घर बैठा भी तो राही नहीं बनता ।

चलते भी तो बहुत है,

न ख़बर राह की न मंज़िल की,

भटकने को भी चलना माना ।

कौन जानता है मंज़िल,

और चुन सकता है,

सीधा रास्ता उस तक ।

यहाँ तो सब मुसाफ़िर है,

बेवजह के, बेख़बर रहें

अन्त भी वही यात्रा है

जो जी ली अब तक,

अन्जान ही आए, नादान ही रहे,

और चलते रहे

बस अन्धेरे में

रोशनी को ढूँढ रहें है

यह भी न समझे ।

©️दीप्ति विश्वनाथ

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