Bhrigu's question

कभी जो याद भी आता हूँ मैं तो कहते हैं के आज बज़्म में कुछ फ़ित्ना-ओ-फ़साद नहीं - मिर्ज़ा ग़ालिब

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Monday, August 01, 2005

Ghalib - Delhi

Ghalib's beloved Delhi was a cultured place that bears no resemblance to the city of today. During the aftermath of 1857, it witnessed unspeakable cruelty. In a previous post, I had mentioned Javed Akhtar's great great grandfather Maulana Fazl-e-Haq Khairabadi, who was hanged. This period had a lasting impact on Muslims in general and Urdu poetry in particular.

The maqta of a ghazal by Ghalib is particularly apt:

है अब इस म`मूरे में क़हत-ए ग़म-ए उलफ़त असद
हम ने यह माना कि दिलली में रहे खावेंगे कया

hai ab is maʿmūre meñ qaḥt̤-e ġham-e ulfat asad
ham ne yih mānā kih dillī meñ rahe khāveñge kyā

FWP's translation:
There is now in this town a famine of the grief of love, Asad
We've agreed that we would remain in Delhi-- what will we eat?


Blogger Saltwater Blues said...

Quizman: OMG! its been so damn long ... how u doin' bro? do u even remember me?

8:55 AM  
Blogger Quizman said...

Hi Salty,

Great to hear from you. Of course, I remember you. How're you? I'll check out your blog!

2:07 PM  
Blogger @mit said...

This "sher" is by Meer Taqi Meer.

Meer Taqi Meer had to leave Delhi after it was destroyed by Nadir Shah in 1783. He moved to Lucknow.
He recited this Sher in Lucknow when he was insulted at "Mushayra" for his "Delhi" looks and attire

"kya bood-o-baash puchho ho purab kay sakinoN
humko gHarib jaan kay haNs haNs pukar kay
dilli jo aik shahar tha aalam-e-intekHaab meiN
rah-tay thay mutakHib hi jahaaN rozgaar kay
usko falak nay looT kay bar-baar kar diya
hum rah-nay waa-lay haiN usi uj-Rhay dayaar kay"

2:23 PM  
Blogger Quizman said...

@mit - excellent. Very nice!

1:00 PM  
Blogger kuffir said...

dilli still suffers from the famine- but people don't mind. they find paisa a more than adequate replacement.

11:42 AM  

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