Sunday, May 22, 2005

Anil's Translation - Punjabi to English

This guy is Anil. He is one smart ass. Well he is cool chap. Bahut mast banda hai. We were together is XIth and XIIth standard. Didnt meet ever after that. In contact through mails and sometimes "I Call". He is still trying to collect few cents and call from Amreeka. Sala kanjoos mallu. He is in Arizona State Univ doing his MS in something. This is his translation. Awesome !!!

Bulla ki jaana main kaun, Bulla ki jaana main kaun, Bulla ki jaana main kaun, Bulla ki jaana main kaun.Tell me who I am(4)
Na main moman vich maseetan, Na main vich kufar dian reetan, Na main pakan vich paleetan. I am not my mother's son, I am not digging my own grave, I am not boring you
Na main andar bed kitaban, Na main rehnda phaang sharaban, Na main rehnda mast kharaban. I don't get anyone into my bed, I don't drink sharaab, I don't know how to party
Na main shadi na ghamnaki, Na main vich paleetan pakeen, Na main aaabi na main khaki. No one wants to do shaadi with me, No one will cook for me, and no one likes my khakhi underpants
Na main aatish na main paun, Bulla ki jana main kaun, Bulla ki jana main kaun, Bulla ki jana main kaun, Bulla ki jana main kaun. I have no 'drive'. Tell me who I am(3)
Na main arabi na lahori, Na main hindi shehar Nagaori, Na hindu na turk pashauri. I am not from Arabia or Lahore, nor am I from a hindi town, not even hindu or a bloody turk.
Na main bhet mazhab de paya, Na main aadam hawwa jaya, Na koi apna naam dharaya. I gave religion but received none, all I got was hot air, and no can can still tell me my name.
Avval aakhar aap nu jana, Na koi dooja hor pacchana, Mai ton na koi hor syana.You think you are great, that no one else is as good, but I am also a 'shaana'. (smartass)
Bulle shah kharha hai kaun, Bulla ki jaana main kaun, Bulla ki jaana main kaun, Bulla ki jaana main kaun, Bulla ki jaana main kaun What does the Shah of Bulle eat? Tell me who am I(3)
Na main moosa na pharoah, Na main jagan na vich saun, Na main aatish na main paun, Na main rahnda vich Nadaun, Na main baitthan na vich bhaun, Bulle shah kharha hai kaun I am not a moose or a pharoah, I cannot wake or sleep, I have no 'drive', I cannot stay or leave, I cannot sit or stand because I want to know who I am! Tell me who I am (3) Oooooo.. Tell me who I am.

English Translation of Bullah Ki Jaana Main Kaun.
Not a believer inside the mosque, am I, Nor a pagan disciple of false rites, Not the pure amongst the impure, Neither Moses, nor the Pharoh, Bulleh! to me, I am not known
Not in the holy Vedas, am I, Nor in opium, neither in wine, Not in the drunkard`s craze, Niether awake, nor in a sleeping daze, Bulleh! to me, I am not known
In happiness nor in sorrow, am I, Neither clean, nor a filthy mire, Not from water, nor from earth, Neither fire, nor from air, is my birth, Bulleh! to me, I am not known
Not an Arab, nor LahoriNeither Hindi, nor Nagauri, Hindu, Turk (Muslim), nor Peshawari, Nor do I live in Nadaun, Bulleh! to me, I am not known
Secrets of religion, I have not known, From Adam and Eve, I am not born, I am not the name I assume, Not in stillness, nor on the move, Bulleh! to me, I am not known
I am the first, I am the last, None other, have I ever known, I am the wisest of them all, Bulleh! do I stand alone?, Bulleh! to me, I am not known
MTv Enjoy...


Sayesha 10:55 AM, May 22, 2005  


Dude let me thank you on behalf of all my friends (and me) who had been guffawing at the translation, for giving Anil the due credit he so deserves for this spectacular piece of work.


sanaja 3:26 PM, May 25, 2005  

Hilarious!...I think i might have a few such stuff by anil somewhere around...might get a few bucks if i sell it to mtv...

cool blog...

angelsera 10:25 AM, June 07, 2005  

that was an awesome piece of translation.cant stop laughing

Strider 12:58 PM, October 23, 2006  

Awesome stuff! hilarious!!:-D

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