Mirza Ghalib …

Posted on March 19, 2019. Filed under: Books, Personalities |

On Ghalib's 150th Death Anniversary, a Visit to His Apartment in Kolkata

1.  ‘Ghalib, beware the hard, cold hearts of prosperous and satisfied people ……….. The hearts and lives which possess anguish and impatience (they are worthy of respect) … How much kindness and favours do these hearts and lives possess’


2. ‘If I envy someone at all, that is the person …. Who travels alone, hungry and thirsty … In the rocky valleys of mountains … …. Not on the satiated hearts of the haram (sacred territory of Mecca) …. Who satisfy themselves with their Aab-e-Zamzam’ (water from Hagar’s well in Mecca) 

3.  ‘When I imagine Paradise and think that if forgiveness is in order and I am rewarded with a palace, as well as a houri, eternal abode and to spend my life with this same lucky woman, my heart is agitated at the thought; and the heart comes to the mouth. …………. He-he that houri will grow weary, why wouldn’t the disposition worry, the same emerald palace, and the same branch of Tooba…’ (a tree of paradise)

4. ‘Seek that joy from the Heavens which was available to Jamshid ……………. Do not desire his splendour (since it is of no worth)…………… If your cup has grape wine, that is the real thing
Which is admirable but not that wine cup …. Even it be made of ruby.’

5. ‘Listen sahib, whatever taste a person has for whichever hobby and he spends his life frankly in it, that is (to be) called pleasure.’


6. ‘If not in the whole world so be it, at least in the city where I live, no one starving or naked should be visible indeed. Punished by God, rejected by mankind, weak, sick, a fakir, imprisoned by adversity, irrespective of myself and my matters of speech and skill, one who cannot see anyone begging, while begging myself from door to door, that person is myself.’  


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