Macchars don’t wear sweaters

Maajhi Chal

Posted on: February 19, 2007

 The sun gradually dips under the Bengali horizon splashing the river waters and twilight sky in deep crimson. The light of day gradually gives way to deep and lengthning shadows as a boat silently glides across the river waters. The occupants of the boat are the boatman, indulged in his daily activity of ferrying travellers across the river, and a family huddled togather at the far end, unspeaking and sullen faced. The family has fallen into bad ways since the death of the head of the family, the father and husband, and they are making thier way to humble lodgings across the river, having just sold thier family house. A song gently plays in the backdrop. A song of hope.

Maanjhi Chal O Maanjhi Chal
O Boatman Keep Going

Tu Chale To Chham-chham Baaje Maujon Ki Paayal
With you moving, the ankle jewels of lapping waves shall ring rich.

Maanjhi Chal, Maanjhi Chal, Maanjhi Chal, O O Maanjhi Chal
O Boatman keep going

Teraa Jeevan Nadeeyaa Kee Dhaar Hai
Your Life Is Like The Flow Of The River

Tan Hai Naiyyaa, Man Patavaar Hai
Your body is a boat, your soul oars.

Sun O Maanjhi, Maujon Kee Pukaar Hai
O boatman, listen to the call of the waves

Thaam Le Tu
Thaam Le Tu Masta Pavan Ka, Laharaata Aanchal

Hold on to the fluttering apron of the carefree breeze

O Maanjhi Chal, Maanjhi Chal, Maanjhi Chal, O Maanjhi Chal

O boatman you must keep moving

Aashaaon Se Naataa Jod Le
Create ties with hope

Ye Niraashaa Ke Bandhan Tod De
Sever all bonds of despair

Sun O Maanjhi, Aaj Ka Gham Tu Chhod De
O Boatman, leave behind today’s sorrows

Aaj To Pichhe
Aaj To Pichhe Rah Gaya Hai, Saamane Hai Kal

Because today is bygone, and the future beckons.

O Maanjhi Chal, Maanjhi Chal, Maanjhi Chal, O Maanjhi

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