Rickshaw and truck poetry from Pakistan

19 February 2010
My old friend Raza Bokhari sent me these golden lines used by our rickshaw & truck drivers to express their angst, emotion and sense of humour in a hostile environment. Before I post them, a little on the image on the right (borrowed from paklinks.com).
The rickshaw on the right has street poetry on love, trust, doubt, prayer and jealousy. There is a sale/discount incentive on the left. As a mark of respect, the Ustads (mentors who must have coached the driver or helped him procure the rickshaw are also mentioned on the bottom left and bottom right).
 
And now the lines —-

Tu lang ja sadi kher ay
Pass by, I can wait

Zid na kar RANA aap bara ziddi ay

Don’t be obstinate, the driver is also a nut

Pass ker ya bardasht ker

Either pass me or tolerate me
Sawari labby na labby speed ek so nabby
Whether I have a client or not, I shall [over] speed
Jinnay maa nu staya onny raksha chalaya
The one who was rude to mother, ends up driving a rickshaw
Chal pagli sajan ke des
Dear girl, move to your lover’s kingdom
Lag gai tay rozi na lagi tay roza
If I get work there will be work, if not then I shall be fasting
Fasla rakhen nahi to pyar ho jayega
If you don’t keep distance, we might fall in love





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8 Comments to “Rickshaw and truck poetry from Pakistan”

  1. [...] Rickshaw and truck poetry from Pakistan [...]

  2. Hilarious!
    Love the last one “faasla rakhein….” :)

  3. job well done. excellent stuffs. If they had this culture of writing poems in the vehicle then I would have pasted this stuff by Bhuwan Thapaliya. But I couldn’t since I live in USA. Fantastic collection.

    Lover’s wish: by Bhuwan Thapaliya

    Roses are pink,
    and so are your lips –
    similar, but same,
    they are not.
    Roses have thorns,
    but sleek as butter
    are your lips.

  4. esha bint e islam

    well all read these lines enjoy them, pass them on , some people memorize them , but now m more interested to lool for the stories or minds behind these lines :)

  5. [...] names Basharat and Hanifa appear at the bottom. According to blogger Jahane Rumi, these are the mentors who either "coached the driver or helped him procure the [...]

  6. wa g wa

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  8. Back side of a Rakhsha Was Written that line

    “main Bara ho kar zaror Truck banoonga ;)

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