Remembering the Legend, Google Paid Tribute to the Legendary Poet Mirza Ghalib on His 220th Birth Anniversary

Mirza Ghalib

Mirza Ghalib

hazāroñ ḳhvāhisheñ aisī ki har ḳhvāhish pe dam nikle

bahut nikle mire armān lekin phir bhī kam nikle


When I think of Urdu poetry, the very first name comes to my mind is Mirza Ghalib. Urdu, a very beautiful medium to express oneself is decorated with one of the most popular and influential name Mirza Ghalib. The poet was the royal historian of Mughal Court and a famous poet in Urdu and Persian languages. He was the poet tutor to Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar’s eldest son and in 1850 was honoured with the title of Dabir-ul-Mulk by the emperor.

Google paid tribute to the legendary poet with a doodle on his 220th birth anniversary on Wednesday. The prominent Urdu and Persian language poet Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan was born on 27 December 1797 in Agra. He started composing poems at the age of 11. In accordance with the Muslim customs, Mirza Ghalib got married at the age of 13 and then settled in Delhi.

In one of his letters, Ghalib described marriage as the second imprisonment and described life as the initial confinement.

“His (Ghalib) verse is characterised by a lingering sadness borne of a tumultuous and often tragic life — from being orphaned at an early age, to losing all of his seven children in their infancy, to the political upheaval that surrounded the fall of Mughal rule in India. He struggled financially, never holding a regular paying job but instead depending on patronage from royalty and more affluent friends”, says Google in its blog post.

After the decline of Mughal Empire, the eminent poet struggled to make a living. His idea that life is continuous painful struggle which can end only when life itself ends was the recurring theme of most of his poems.

The legendary poet died on February 15, 1869 at Gali Qasim Jann, Ballimaran, Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi. The place where he survived his last days is known as ‘Ghalib ki Haveli’, which has now been turned into ‘Ghalib Memorial’ and houses a permanent Ghalib exhibition.


Here are some famous composition of Mirza Ghalib:

dil-e-nādāñ tujhe huā kyā hai

āḳhir is dard kī davā kyā hai


ishq ne ‘ġhālib’ nikammā kar diyā

varna ham bhī aadmī the kaam ke


ishrat-e-qatra hai dariyā meñ fanā ho jaanā

dard kā had se guzarnā hai davā ho jaanā


qarz kī piite the mai lekin samajhte the ki haañ

rañg lāvegī hamārī fāqa-mastī ek din


haiñ aur bhī duniyā meñ suḳhan-var bahut achchhe

kahte haiñ ki ‘ġhālib’ kā hai andāz-e-bayāñ aur


nikalnā ḳhuld se aadam kā sunte aa.e haiñ lekin

bahut be-ābrū ho kar tire kūche se ham nikle


nikalnā ḳhuld se aadam kā sunte aa.e haiñ lekin

bahut be-ābrū ho kar tire kūche se ham nikle


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