hum bhi to paray haiN raahoN meiN

Owais Mughal

A common happening in street cricket is that there are usually more players than a street can accomodate or more than eleven that are allowed by cricket rules. In such case all the aspiring junior players line up and the ‘khalifa’ captain chooses his pick according to match situation or his likeness.

Many a times I’d found myself in this line hoping to get picked up by the seniors.

Once i got picked up over a player who was 2 years my senior. To this the guy said aloud:

“dil toRne waale dekh ke chal……hum bhi to paray hain raahoN maiN.”

I was so guilty on bypassing thia guy that i still remember this incident after 25+ years. Later on I would come across this ‘misra’ a lot in street cricket where it became a norm to recite whenever a player thought he had been passed over, he would say ‘hum bhi to paray haiN raahoN meiN.’

You may remember this ‘hum bhi to paray hain…’ misra comes from a ghazal by Qateel Shifai and famously sung by Iqbal Bano. In the following you can see the youtube clip of Iqbal Bano singing this ghazal

ulfat ki nayee manzil ko chala

tu baanheN daal ke baanhoN meiN

dil toRne waale dekh ke chal

hum bhi to paray haiN raahoN meiN
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