Yeh Ishq hai from Rangoon is about how one looks at love in its truest form. The chorus echoes that “This is love”, constantly reminding himself that this is its essence.
Gulzar compares their love to the relationship between a Sufi and his tobacco. Though some Sufi’s smoked tobacco, it wasn’t accepted by their community.
Similarly, their love might not have pleased many, but its fire, even after dying, always reminded them of something that had been beautiful. The flames kept burning despite being dowsed.
WORD- Sulfe- Tobacco usually smoked in a Huqqa. Aatish- Flame.
Dariya hai soya hai
Sadiyon se behta hai
Aankhon ne boya hai
Yeh ishq hai re Yeh ishq hai -2
The sea sleeps, with its head laid on the shore. It has been flowing for ages, and although its decline is certain, every time it sleeps on the shore’s lap, it feels at home.
Gulzar then compares the sea with tears, the seeds of which have been planted in one’s eyes. It has been flowing forever, and like the waves, it keeps returning.
WORD- Saahil- Sea Shore. Boya- Sow.
Love keeps looking for loneliness, weaves a shadow on whatever it has been given, so that it finds a place to hide. And when someone looks at love with visons like silk, it quietly listens to the sounds of it with the eyes.
Allah hu allah hu allah hu
Jalte hi rehna hai
Baaki na main na tu
Yeh ishq hai re Yeh ishq hai
The Sufi’s flame rose and like the tobacco smoked by the mystics, love burns everyone it encounters. Nobody will be spared, neither him nor his beloved. The flames keep burning bright as the lovers burn in the heat.
Love remains ecstatic. He wonders what sort of mystic is this? One that cannot decide what it wants. It oscillates between acting like Tabrizi and Rumi. Tabrizi when awake and Rumi when spoken about.
FACT- Shams Tabrizi was a Persian scholar and the spiritual instructor of the mystic poet, Rumi. Tabrizi was nicknamed Shams (Sun) because of his fiery nature but showed Rumi the light. Rumi on the other hand was very calm in his approach.
Hence Gulzar suggests that Love, when spoken about seems very peaceful and wonderful. But when love is truly awakened, it becomes intense like fire.
WORD- Bekhud- Esctatic.