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Masks is a poem by Shel Silverstein about two friends or two wondering souls who never find each other due to their failure to show their true colours.

This poem Masks by Shel Silverstein in Hindi (translated) is also a poem having the tone of regret. A boy and a girl walk through life wearing masks.

The masks of the boy and the girl hide the fact that both the boy and the girl have blue skin. As because they are different from the others or from the society, they use the masks to hide their true colours in order to fit in.

These two – the boy and the girl, were trying very hard or they yearn to find someone like themselves. Therefore, they searched for blue skin their whole life. But it is a matter of regret that because the masks hid their appearance, they (the boy and the girl) could never see each other’s colour. Thus they could not recognize what they had in common and they could not know each other.

They were hiding their true shelves and pretending to be what they were not. The speaker in this poem ‘Masks’ in Hindi recognizes this fact and therefore his tone is of regret.

Let us learn something more from Wikipedia about the poet, Shel Silverstein….

Shel Silverstein
Silverstein circa 1980

Silverstein circa 1980

Born Sheldon Allan Silverstein
September 25, 1930
Chicago, Illinois, US
Died May 10, 1999 (aged 68)
Key West, Florida, US
Resting place Westlawn Cemetery
Norridge, Illinois
  • Author
  • poet
  • cartoonist
  • songwriter
  • playwright
Nationality American
Genre Children’s fiction
Black comedy
Children 2

“Masks” by Shel Silverstein

She had blue skin,

And so did he.

He kept it hid

And so did she.

They searched for blue

Their whole life through.

Then passed right by–

And never knew.


उसकी नीली त्वचा थी

और उसका भी वेसा ही था

उसने उसे छिपाके रखा था

और उसकी भी येही हाल थी

उन्होने नीले रंग की खोज की

उनके पूरे जीवन भर

फिर उसे कर दिया पारित

और कभी भी सही का पता चला ही नहीं ।

To understand more about masks let us go through a few Quotes on masks translated from English to Hindi.

Mask Quotes :

01. Sometimes it’s not the people who change; it’s the mask that falls off. …HARUKI MURAKAMI

Hindi : कभी कभी लोग नहीं बदलते हैं, यह वह छद्म मुख/मुखौटा है जो गिर जाता है…HARUKI MURAKAMI

02. Virtue has a veil, vice a mask. …VICTOR HUGO

Hindi : पुण्य पर पर्दा पड़ा है, अधर्म (बुरा चाल-चलन) एक मुखौटा है…VICTOR HUGO

03. A mask tells us more than a face. …OSCAR WILDE

Hindi : एक मुखौटा हमे एक चेहरे (मुखमंडल) से अधिक बताता है…OSCAR WILDE

04. When you wear the mask, the mask becomes you. …QUI XIAOLONG

Hindi : जब आप मास्क/छद्म मुख/मुखौटा पहनते हैं, मुखौटा आप बन जाते हैं… QUI XIAOLONG

05. I wear the mask. It doesn’t wear me…..MAN IN THE IRON MASK

Hindi : मैं मास्क/मुखौटा पहनता हूँ। यह मुझे नहीं पहनता…..MAN IN THE IRON MASK

06. Tear off the mask. Your face is glorious. …RUMI

Hindi : नकाब/मुखौटा फाड़ दो। आपका चेहरा गौरवशाली है…RUMI

07. Humour is the mask of wisdom. …FRIEDRICH DURRENMATT

Hindi : हास्य/ हाजिर जवाबी ज्ञान का मुखौटा है…FRIEDRICH DURRENMATT

08. He wears a mask, and his face grows to fit it. ….GEORGE ORWELL

Hindi : वह एक मुखौटा पहनता है, और उसका चेहरा इसे फिट करने के लिए बढ़ता है….GEORGE ORWELL

09. Dignity is a mask we wear to hide our ignorance. ….ELBERT HUBBARD

Hindi : गरिमा एक मुखौटा है हम अपने अज्ञानता को छिपाने के लिए पहनते हैं….ELBERT HUBBARD


10. Death changes nothing but the mask that covers our faces. …KHALIL GIBRAN

Hindi :मौत कुछ नहीं बदलती किन्तु वह मुखौटा जो हमारे चेहरे को ढकता है…. KHALIL GIBRAN

11. Most lives are spent putting on and taking off masks. …GORE VIDAL

Hindi :अधिकांश जीवन मुखौटे लगाने और बंद करने में व्यतीत होते हैं…GORE VIDAL



Poet Shel Silverstein has attempted to explore the idea of self-expression and its importance. When one expresses his true self, there is some risk. At the same time, there is potential of finding tremendous love from people who surround you by knowing your true colour or nature.

In this poem, blue skin represents the sadness that people try to hide by always being polite and keeping smiles on their faces. This is nothing but wearing of masks.

It may be very tough to bring out the accurate feeling and meaning of the poem through translation. But, it has been taken care to bring out the best possible translation of Masks Poem by Shel Silverstein in Hindi.

Please read few more poems in Hindi and give your valuable comments and suggestions.