My earliest memories of YouTube

The year was 2008 and I had just discovered that there is a website that plays videos and it is NOT forbidden. By IT security team, yet.

The site was YouTube, my dear friend and companion YouTube.

It was like finding a treasure. I wasn’t much into Bollywood music until then. And, I preferred ghazals.

So, naturally, I googled for my then favourite singer Salma Agha. The video that came up was not really a video. It was simply the lyrics written in Jameel Noori Nastaleeq as the audio played in the background. I listened to her in loop.

Faraz’s beautiful lyrics and Salma Agha’s nasal rendition made it a worthy watching / listening experience.

Lyrics (Urdu script)

زندگی یوں تھی کہ جینے کا بہانہ تو تھا
ہم فقط زیب حکایت تھے، فسانہ تو تھا

ہم نے جس جس کو بھی چاہا ترے ہجراں میں وہ لوگ

آتے جاتے ہوئے موسم تھے، زمانہ تو تھا

اب کہ کچھ دل ہی نہ مانا کہ پلٹ کر آتے
ورنہ ہم در بدروں کا تو ٹھکانہ تو تھا

یار و اغیار کے ہاتھوں میں کمانیں تھیں فراز
اور سب دیکھ رہے تھے کہ نشانہ تو تھا

Lyrics (Devanagri script)

ज़िंदगी यूं थी कि जीने का बहाना तो था
हम फ़क़त जे़ब हिकायत थे, फ़साना तो था
हमने जिस जिसको भी चाहा तिरे हिज्राँ में वो लोग
आते-जाते हुए मौसम थे, ज़माना तो था
अब कि कुछ दिल ही ना माना कि पलट कर आते
वर्ना हम दर बदरों का तो ठिकाना तो था
यार-ओ-अग़यार के हाथों में कमानें थीं फ़राज़
और सब देख रहे थे कि निशाना तो था

This isn’t in Jameel Noori Nastaleeq. I haven’t been able to set it up yet. If anyone knows how to do that for a WordPress site, please comment. Your help is much appreciated.

See you in next post.

Shabana Mukhtar

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