Tuesday, July 30, 2013

And The Woman She Is

Translation of the song "Aurat Ne Janam Diya Mardon Ko", from the movie Sadhna (1958):
"Woman gave birth to man.
And he gave her the flesh-trade
Whenever they felt like it
They trampled on her or discarded her
Woman gave birth to man
She is weighed in dinars
Or sold in open markets
She’s stripped in the court of lustful men
She’s that ill-reputed thing
Which settles among the reputed
Woman gave birth to man
Man can commit every crime
But a woman can’t even weep
Man sleeps on a million soft beds
The woman gets the funeral pyre
Man has a right to every luxury
For a woman life itself is a punishment
And it was a woman who gave birth to man
The lips which declared love
Were traded for money
The womb [from] which they were born
Was used as a business
The very body they blossomed from
[Was] abused by them
Woman gave birth to man
Men made customs which were regarded as their rights
But a woman being burnt alive was looked upon as sacrifice
Even the food given to her was considered an obligation
And to think it was a woman who gave birth to man
Every act of shamelessness is rooted in poverty
What is passion in men is a sin to woman
Woman gave birth to man
A woman is destiny of the world
But she doesn’t have it herself
She bears prophets and lord incarnates
Even then she’s considered a devil’s child
This is that unfortunate mom
Who sleeps with her own sons
For woman is the mother of man
But they gave her the marketplace
Whenever they felt like it they accepted or discarded her
And it was a woman who gave birth to man"

2 comments:

Jemina said...

poignant..
you have done justice to the translation.. it hurts to know that women were and are still regarded as a commodity in some parts of the world. or in out own country for that matter...........!

Ajith Fredjeev Dinakarlal said...

Thanks Jemina for reading the post and for enjoying it too. Yet, i cannot take credit for something i did not do... this was the subtitle from the song that was already translated... i just put it up together for others to read.