Looking Back At The Extraordinary Mirza Ghalib

Remembering Mirza Ghalib

The original name of Ghalib was Mirza Asdullah Baigh Khan. He was a prominent Urdu and Persian poet during that last phase of the mughal era. Notably known as Ghalib he has penned his works in three forms Ghazal (lyric), masnavi, (moralistic or mystical parable), and qasidah (panegyric). Mirza Ghalib was awarded the title Dabir-ul-Mulk and Najm ud-Daulah in 1850 by Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar II .

27 December 2017  happens to be the 220th birth anniversary of Mirza Ghalib.  People and writers from all around the world have remebered him and his works. Social media is flooded with tributes remembering Mirza Ghalib. Infact ,Google has dedicated a doodle reflecting life and contribution of this amazing personality.

Here are some of the golden words by Mirza Ghalib:

aah ko chāhiye ik umr asar hote tak
kaun jiitā hai tirī zulf ke sar hote tak

A prayer needs a lifetime, an answer to obtain
who can live until the time that you decide to deign l the time that you decide to deign

statue of Mirza Ghalib in Old Delhi

bāzīcha-e-atfāl hai duniyā mire aage 

hotā hai shab-o-roz tamāshā mire aage

just like a child’s playground this world appears to me
every single night and day, this spectacle I see

bas-ki dushvār hai har kaam  āsāñ honā 

aadmī ko bhī mayassar nahīñ insāñ honā

Tis difficult that every goal be easily complete
For a man, too, to be human, is no easy feat
Ghalib - Naa Tha Kuch To

dard minnat-kash-e-davā na huā

maiñ na achchhā huā burā na huā

my pain did not seek favors from any opiate
I don’t mind the fact that I did not recuperate

hazāroñ ḳhvāhisheñ aisī ki har ḳhvāhish pe dam nikle

bahut nikle mire armān lekin phir bhī kam nikle

I have a thousand yearnings , each one afflicts me so
Many were fulfilled for sure, not enough although

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