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Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Interruption from Ghalib

This is Tim's brother joining in. I'm studying Chinese literature at the University of Washington in Seattle. Last night I happened to go to a talk by a professor, in another part of my department, who studies various Indian languages, and he talked about this couplet by Ghalib:

When nothing was, then there was God. Had nothing been, God would have been.
My being has defeated me. Had I not been, what would have been?


(translated by Ralph Russell)

There were refreshments including wine after the talk, and the combination of wine and this poem made me deliriously happy.

1 Comments:

At 10:42 AM, Blogger jimeye said...

I like the poem but I can see how it, in combination with free wine would make one deliriously happy, thanks for the chuckle.

 

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