One utters the name of Mirza Ghalib and is immediately reminded of the following: “ishq ne ‘ġhālib’ nikammā kar diyā, varna ham bhī aadmī the kaam ke…”
Ah! The very feel of the line.
But do you know anything about Ghalib, his life, likes/dislikes etc.?
“Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan Ghalib Urdu Sahitya ki sabse jaani-maani hansti hai, jinke bina kavitaao aur sahitya ki duniyaa hi mano namunkin yaa adhuri si lage!”
So, with no further delays, take roll inside who was Mirza Ghalib?
1. Mirza Ghalib was born in Kala Mahal, Agra. His paternal grandfather, Mirza Qagan Baig Khan, immigrated to India from Samarkand during the reign of Ahmad Shah (1748-54).
2. Ghalib travelled to Lahore, Delhi and Jaipur for work. He was granted the Subdistrict of Pahasu (Bulandshahar).
3. He was married at 13-years of age to Umrao Begum. Soon, along with his younger brother, Mirza Yousuf Khan, all moved to Delhi.
4. Recurring Theme In Poems Of Ghalib: An idea that life is one continuous painful struggle. As life itself will end, so would be the strain/pain.
5. Surprisingly enough, Ghalib was satisfied with his reputation as a rake. Once impressed by gambling, he subsequently savoured it with pride.
6. Turning into a prominent Urdu and Persian Poet, Ghalib’s last years were spent during the era of the Mughal Empire.
7. Pen Name: Ghalib (dominant) and Asad (lion).
8. His honorific was Dabir-ul-Mulk, Najm-ud-Daula. During his lifetime, the Mughals were overshadowed and replaced by the British.
9. He wrote Several Ghazals during his life, which have since been interpreted and sung in many different forms by various people.
11. In today’s times, Ghalib remains a celebrated figure in India and Pakistan and among the Hindustani diaspora.
“Ghalib ne Urdu ko zinnat bakshi hai. Aaj Urdu Shayari ki baat karte vakht, Ghalib ka zikr zaroor hota hai.”
Are you also remembering the words from B Praak’s song, Baarish Ki Jaaye:
‘Naa Duniya ke liye likhte na mere liye likhte,
agar Ghalib jindaa hote to tere liye likhte…’
“Sunn lo, sunn lo. Par tum single hi maroge dost…”
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