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Urdu and Hindi: si or saa (سی یا سا)

Discussion in 'Indo-Iranian Languages' started by Alfaaz, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. Alfaaz Senior Member

    English
    Background: name of a drama: Ik tamannaa laa-HaaSil si

    Other examples could be:

    دل میں اک لہر سی اٹھی ہے ابھی - dil mein ik lahr si uThi hai abhi

    اک درد سا دل میں ہوتا ہے - ik dard saa dil meiN hotaa hai

    میں اپنی وفاؤں پر نادم بھی نہیں یارو
    پھر کیوں میرے سینے میں ، اک آگ سی جلتی ہے؟
    maiN apni wafaa'oN par naadim bhi naheeN yaaro
    phir kyuN mere seene meiN, ik aag si jalti hai?

    Question: How could these (si and saa) be translated into English (keeping the concept/feeling of being slightly opaque as in the original)?
     
  2. marrish Senior Member

    اُردو Urdu
    Like a. I'm sure Qureshpor or Faylasoof SaaHibaan shall come to your rescue with some better alternatives in English.
     
  3. Qureshpor Senior Member

    Punjabi, Urdu پنجابی، اردو
    A wish, somewhat attainable

    Something like a ripple has arisen within my heart

    A pain-like phenomenon takes place in my heart

    I am not regretful for my loyalties, dear friends
    Yet, why is there some fire burning in my bosom
     
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2013
  4. marrish Senior Member

    اُردو Urdu
    ^A wish, somewhat unattainable.
     
  5. Qureshpor Senior Member

    Punjabi, Urdu پنجابی، اردو
    I was being optimistic!
     
  6. marrish Senior Member

    اُردو Urdu
    Good so! And I was being my old self in these morning hours.
     
  7. Qureshpor Senior Member

    Punjabi, Urdu پنجابی، اردو
    Another way to represent "-saa/-se/-sii" is by employing the English suffix "-ish", as in..

    yih ek chhoTii sii dunyaa hai.. This is a smallish world...
     
  8. Alfaaz Senior Member

    English
    Thanks for the replies!
     
  9. Qureshpor Senior Member

    Punjabi, Urdu پنجابی، اردو
    You are most welcome janaab! xvaah sii-saa hamaare liye kitnaa hii bhaarii kyoN nah thaa!
     
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2013

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