An ancient language, but like Marathi, started its literary career pretty late. The script is Gurmukhi based on Devanagri. Punjab is divided into two distinct language areas: Hindi in West Punjab and Punjabi in East Punjab. This Eastern Punjab dialect developed into a literary language around the beginning of the 17th century whereas Hindki still remains a group of dialects. During medieval times, Punjab repeatedly bore the brunt of Afghan invaders and internal battles, and these warring times were not exactly feasible for any sort of literary or cultural expansion. Punjabi literature as such came into existence only from the end of the 16th century when Punjabi was already in its Middle Period. Gurmukhi script, created from the Nagari script, is claimed by Sikhs as the only proper script for Punjabi. Punjabi was evolving and Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion, gave a new lease of life to the language although it was still not in its pure form.
Zindagi De Layi Jaan Jaruri Hai
Waffa Nibhaun Layi Armaan Jaruri Hai
Duniya Nu Chahe Hon Dukh Bathere
Par Sade Apneya De Mukhde Te Muskan Jaruri Hai
Likhiya Muqadran Di Koi Kho Nai Sakda,
Samay To Pehlan Kujh Ho Nai Sakda,
Je Mile Ne Gum Fer Aungiyan Khusiyan V,
Rabb Badle Na Din Eh Ho Nai Sakda.
Ehni Fariyaad Sadi Ke Saanu Yaad Rakhi
Naal Beetey Pal Abaad Rakhi
Ass Vi Yaad Karde Tainu Aina Khyal Rakhi
Bhavein Apne Dil Vich Sanu Sab Ton Baad Rakhi
Oh Mere Ton Roothe-Roothe Jehe Lagde Ne
Koi Tarkeeb Dasso Pass Ohna De Aaun Di
Main Apni Zindagi Vi Girvi Rakh Sakda Ha
Tusi Keemat Batao Ohnu Manaun Di.
Rabb Sach Nazaraan Ton Bachaave Tenu
Chann-Taareyaan Ton Vi Jada Sajaave Tenu
Gham Ki Hunda Hai Bhull Jaave Tu
Rab Zindagi Vich Aina Hasaave Tenu.
Langh Gya Hor Ik Saal Tere Bina,
Zindagi Tan Ban Gyi Swaal Tere Bina,
Bda Kujh Paya, Bda Kujh Khoeya,
Bas Pyaar Da Hi Reh Gya Malaal Tere Bina
Sunhari Rakhdi Te Reshmi Taga,
Saun Da Mahina Te Barsata Da Mausam
Veer Da Moh te Bhain Da Piyar
Mubarak Hove Tuanu Rakhdi Da Tyohar
Bhai Piche Koi Russ Jave
Bhain Nu Koi Gham Ni Hunda
Riste Door Hon Naalo Feeke Pai Jande Ne
Par Bhain Bhai Da Pyar Kade Kam Ni Hunda.
Kathe Palle Assi, Kathe Vadde Hoye Han
Rajj Ke Milya Bachpan Vich Pyar
Bhai-Bhain Da Pyar Vadaun Nu
Aaya E Rakhdi Da Tyohar.
Pyar Mirze Da Na Safal Hoya
Ranjha Vi Be-Wajah Majjiya Chaar Daa Rehea
Zindgi Maznu Di Laila Piche Guzar Gyi
Hath Mahiwal De V Kujh Na Peya.