I Want From Love Only The Beginning

Hindi Translation of Agha Shahid Ali’s ‘I want from love only the beginning,’ his version of the poem by Mahmoud Darwish, from collection ‘Rooms are Never Finished’.

Original

Agha Shahid Ali’s ‘I want from love only the beginning,’ his version of the poem by Mahmoud Darwish, from collection ‘Rooms are Never Finished’.

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Translation in Hindi

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About the author

Ruswa

I'm a writer living in Mumbai who dreams incessantly of time travel

About the book author

Agha Shahid Ali

Agha Shahid Ali was born in New Delhi on February 4, 1949. He grew up Muslim in Kashmir, and was later educated at the University of Kashmir, Srinagar, and University of Delhi. He earned a Ph.D. in English from Pennsylvania State University in 1984, and an M.F.A. from the University of Arizona in 1985. [*Source]

About the translator

Akhil Katyal

Akhil Katyal is finishing his doctoral thesis at SOAS, University of London. He blogs at akhil katyal poetry