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Ghalib

Birthdate: 27. December 1797
Date of death: 15. February 1869

Ghalib , born Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan , 27 December 1797 – 15 February 1869, was a prominent Urdu and Persian-language poet during the last years of the Mughal Empire. He used his pen-names of Ghalib and Asad . His honorific was Dabir-ul-Mulk, Najm-ud-Daula. During his lifetime the Mughals were eclipsed and displaced by the British and finally deposed following the defeat of the Indian rebellion of 1857, events that he described. Most notably, he wrote several ghazals during his life, which have since been interpreted and sung in many different ways by different people. Ghalib, the last great poet of the Mughal Era, is considered to be one of the most famous and influential poets of the Urdu language. Today Ghalib remains popular not only in India and Pakistan but also among the Hindustani diaspora around the world.

„Do not discount my tears; eternal wisdom has decreed
That in this flowing stream the seven millstones all revolve.“

—  Ghalib

Selections from the Persian Ghazals of Ghalib, p. 10
Poetry, Persian Couplets

„Discoursing all the time with all,
yet acting far beyond all.“

—  Ghalib

Selections from the Persian Ghazals of Ghalib, p. 8
Poetry, Persian Couplets

„If what the eye sees does not rankle in the heart
Sweet is the flow of life in travel spent.“

—  Ghalib

Ghalib (M. Mujeeb), p. 15
Poetry, Couplets

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