Sab Thath pada reh jaye ga…(When the gypsy-headman leaves)

These pithy Urdu verses by Nazeer Akbarabadi lament that all will be abandoned when the Banjara (gypsy), the headman or Naik in the folklore, [or at a general level the life-traveller] will leave his temporal abode. The verses are layered in their meaning and can be interpreted in several ways. However, this was an apt reminder of our good-old General’s rather spectacular exit.

Leave your lust and greed,

O man, wander not in distant lands,

The fiend of death will rob your wealth

Well, done Pakistan. And, the adventurers must learn a lesson or two. All headmen-gypsies have to move. Nothing is permanent including the intoxicating power-trips.

Wish someone would translate these for me.

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