March 8th is the International Women's Day, so for all you wonderful women out there, these lines by 19th century Urdu poet Altaf Hussain Hali...... just for you !
Aye Maaon , behno, betiyon , duniya ki zeenat tumse hai,
Mulkon ki basti ho tumhi , Qaumon ki izzat tumse hai.
Neki ki tum tasvir ho, iffat ki tum tadbir ho,
Ho deen ki tum paasbaan, eemaan salaamat tum se hai.
Fitrat tumhari hai haya, teenat mein hai mehar-o-wafa,
Ghutti mein hai sabar-o-raza, insaan abaarat tum se hai.
( O mothers, sisters and daughters, you are our wealth and pride,
You are the nation's honor, the source of bustling life
You are the epitome of goodness, a promise of self-esteem,
Guardians of religious faith, preserver of spiritual beam.
Modesty is your native trait, you embody love and faith,
You are patience personified, humanity's charm and grace.
---- English translation by K.C. Nanda)
Happy Women's Day !!!