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An Ode to the ISW India Center

16 Mar 2021 1:01 PM | Anonymous

by Neeta and Sandeep Shah   Rendition of Ode

क्या बात बने, जो हम सब मिल जाए

लहरें रुके और पत्थर हिल जाए

कुछ साल पहले जो था एक छोटा सा ख़याल

… आज सबके पसीने से बन गया बेमिसाल

Kya baat bane, jo hum sab mil jaye

lehare ruke aur patthar heel jaye

kuchh saal pehale jo tha ek chhota sa khayal

... aaj sabke paseene se ban gaya bemisal

हमने भी देखा था एक छोटा सा सपना

यहाँ वुस्टर में बन जाए एक घर अपना

जहाँ हो हर हफ़्ते दिवाली हर इतवार को रंगोली

आके सब पंजाबी, सिंधी, गुजराती, मराठी, द्रविडी ... मिलके खेले होली

Hum ne bhi dekha tha ek chhota sa sapana

yahan Worcester mein ban jaye ek ghar apna

Jahaan ho har hafte Diwali, har itwar ko Rangoli

Aake sab punjabi, sindhi, gujarati, marathi, dravidi ... milke khele holi

बच्चे आके सीखे बुज़ुर्गों से रामायण और महाभारत

और सीता, मीरा, झाँसी जैसी भारत की महान औरत

यहाँ अमेरिका के हम रहेंगे भारतीय BROTHER और SI-स्टर

जय हो जय हो जय हो INDIA सॉसायटी ओफ़ वुस्टर

Bacche aake sikhe bujourgon se Ramayan aur Mahabharat

Aur Sita, Meera, Jhansi jaisi Bharat ki Mahan Aurat

Yahan America ke hum ranhenge Bharatiya Bother aur Sister

Jay ho Jay ho Jay ho India Society of Worcester.

An English Translation

Isn't it great that when we join hands,

we can freeze the ocean waves and move mountains?

What a few years ago was a small idea

... with all our efforts has turned into unmatched reality today

We had a modest dream - to make our cozy home in Worcester.

Where we could celebrate Diwali when we wish, paint Rangoli (colorful art) at will.

And fellow Indians – from Punjab, Sindh, Gujarat, Maratha, Dravid (as in our national anthem)

Could come together and play Holi (festival of colors)

Our kids will come to learn from their elders, of the meaning of Ramayan & Mahabharat.

And also, about Sita, Meera(bai), Jhansi, and other great and powerful women of India

In the US we are bonded as India’s Brothers & Sisters

... Jai Ho Jai Ho Jai Ho (Long live) India Society of Worcester


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