An Ode to Chenab
- Ramanjit Singh
Originating from the Lahaul and Spiti districts of the erstwhile Punjab Hill States, Chenab flows through Ladakh and Kashmir and enters the Punjab plains into the Sialkot district from a south westerly direction.
In this day and age, when we are facing our own challenges in life, it is important to look at those that give us hope, those who have seen it all but still carry on with a clarity of purpose. Punjab's quintessential love story of Sohni Mahiwal gives us that hope. It is a story about finding love, of testing one's faith, of enduring hardships, and yes it is about achieving one's goals.
Sohni's futile attempt to cross Chenab to reach Mahiwal in essence defines the very basic human desire to succeed, to overcome challenges, to hope for a better future. Her drowning and Mahiwal's ultimate sacrifice in trying to save her is a reflection of immortal love and inner humanity.
The rivers in Punjab form an essential part of our folklore. They are so intertwined in our subconscious that they are as human as the rest of us. As if Chenab is telling us not to lose heart, to keep trying. As if we are having a conversation with a friend, sharing our desires as we look at its shimmering water from a distance.
Chenab carries the love of Sohni Mahiwal
Chenab carries the undying human spirit, of hope
Chenab is a reflection of who we are and what we want to become
Chenab is smiling, it knows how to test our faith
Chenab carries the undying human spirit, of better days to come
Chenab carries the spirit of Sohni trying to reach her love
Chenab is smiling, it knows how to test our humanity
Chenab carries the undying human spirit, of sacrifice
Chenab carries the spirit of Mahiwal jumping into its waters to save Sohni
Chenab is our test
Chenab is what we want to overcome
Chenab is not about losing one's heart
Chenab is about reaching the other side of the river, no matter what
In the end, I would like to share this beautiful song with you about Sohni Mahiwal and darya Chenab.