Ehsaan Shayari

Obligation is an experience that has had many shades. Some of us, who oblige others with small favours, remember them while some others who do big favours choose to forget them. Similarly, some of us who receive small favours remember them while others who receive big favours choose to forget them. These acts tell a lot about what we are as human beings. It has to be kept in mind, however, that one obligation can best be paid back by another obligation. This is a philosophy of life that has been well expressed by Urdu poets. Some examples for your perusal are here which also include the favours of lovers to each other.

sach hai ehsān bhī bojh bahut hotā hai

chaar phūloñ se dabī jaatī hai turbat merī

sach hai ehsan ka bhi bojh bahut hota hai

chaar phulon se dabi jati hai turbat meri

Jaleel Manikpuri

ham se ye bār-e-lutf uThāyā na jā.egā

ehsāñ ye kījiye ki ye ehsāñ na kījiye

hum se ye bar-e-lutf uThaya na jaega

ehsan ye kijiye ki ye ehsan na kijiye

Hafeez Jalandhari

ye hai ki jhukātā hai muḳhālif bhī gardan

sun lo ki koī shai nahīñ ehsān se behtar

ye hai ki jhukata hai muKHalif ki bhi gardan

sun lo ki koi shai nahin ehsan se behtar

Akbar Allahabadi

jis ne kuchh ehsāñ kiyā ik bojh sar par rakh diyā

sar se tinkā kyā utārā sar pe chhappar rakh diyā

anyone who did a favour placed a burden on my head

removed a straw from over me, and placed a mountain instead

jis ne kuchh ehsan kiya ek bojh sar par rakh diya

sar se tinka kya utara sar pe chhappar rakh diya

anyone who did a favour placed a burden on my head

removed a straw from over me, and placed a mountain instead

Jalal Lakhnavi

is dasht pe ehsāñ na kar ai abr-e-ravāñ aur

jab aag ho nam-ḳhurda to uThtā hai dhuāñ aur

is dasht pe ehsan na kar ai abr-e-rawan aur

jab aag ho nam-KHurda to uThta hai dhuan aur

Himayat Ali Shayar

sar pe ehsān rahā be-sar-o-sāmānī

ḳhār-e-sahrā se na uljhā kabhī dāman apnā

sar pe ehsan raha be-sar-o-samani ka

KHar-e-sahra se na uljha kabhi daman apna

Zaheer Dehlvi

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