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The best of Mirza Ghalib, one of the greatest Urdu poets, is presented in this compendium. Each of the ghazals, 7 miscellaneous nazms, and 68 selected letters are presented in the original Urdu text, with a parallel translation in simple, lucid English, and a transliteration in Roman script for readers who are not familiar with Urdu in Persian script.
A critical introd The best of Mirza Ghalib, one of the greatest Urdu poets, is presented in this compendium. A critical introduction to Ghalib's work, chronology of important events in his life, and bibliography are also provided.
Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Umar Nisar One of the best resources available online is by Frances Pritchett. There's commentary on every verse by several poets including Ghalib too. In the en …more One of the best resources available online is by Frances Pritchett. In the end there's insightful commentary of Frances Pritchett. Difficult words are also explained quite comprehensively including multiple meanings and how they behave in synergy to evoke complex play of the words which is a hallmark of Ghalib.
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 20, Lit Bug rated it it was amazing Shelves: poetry , favorites , asian , indian. Ghalib's sensual poetry made sharper by wit and peppered by sarcasm make it a memorable, cherished read. Devoid of melodrama, he is still capable of making the reader pine - and ah, so flawless his execution, so heart-rending his poetry!
Why the hell don't people write so well, compose so well, and sing so well now? A plus point of this collection is that it has a poem-by-poem glossary of the Farsi words used, now unintelligible to most of us. This collection is a sheer delight. A must-read for anyone who loves good poetry. View all 23 comments.
May 19, Swapnil rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , poetry , books-relatedmusic-i-like , thestars-are-not-enough-club. And since the first time I listened to those I have been in a perpetual lifelong loop of listening to Ghalib's ghazals sung by Jagjit Singh. The experience of those songs cannot be expressed here because I do not think English language has any appropriate adjective to do that!
So being a big fan of the ghazal form and Jagjit Singh I had to take up the entire Diwan-e-Ghalib and this was my first attempt at that. It is not easy to read, mainly because I only understand Hindi and not Urdu. It needed lot of efforts, reading them as they are the first time, then reading translations and then trying to understand whatever I can, but after doing this all I can say is this may be among the greatest thing ever written on this planet!..
I will keep on reading various translations and keep on trying to understand all of them but if I could wish for one thing it would be that Jagjit Singh was still alive and lived forever and kept on singing all of these ghazals View 2 comments. Jan 25, Omama. Even before Iqbal, I had come across Ghalib, and had developed an instant fondness for his poetry in my childhood years. Though the poetry is extremely complex, it's laden with expressions, life, feelings, experiences; especially his helplessness and poverty, the fall of Mughal dynasty, sorrows, grieves and agonies; is timeless.
I had to go to my father or my teachers, to understand or to just pronounce the words. Nevertheless, I had this strange attachment with Ghalib's words; I had memorized s Even before Iqbal, I had come across Ghalib, and had developed an instant fondness for his poetry in my childhood years. Nevertheless, I had this strange attachment with Ghalib's words; I had memorized some of his Ghazals by heart, because they were just so lyrical. There's something about this man that makes you love him.
I took out Deewan-e-Ghalib after so many years, and came with it many memories. View all 8 comments. Jan 14, Jibran rated it it was amazing Shelves: urdu , eastern-poetry. I have been reading Mirza Ghalib since teenage years. Every emotion that symbolises the human struggle at its most refined level is to be found in Ghalib's poetry.
Reading him requires a certain mastery of the Urdu of the 19th century, for Ghalib's style is characterised by an early difficult phase, tough to decipher on the level of language as well as thought. Those early ghazals were written in a deliberate Persianised Urdu through which Ghalib wanted to make a statement about his complete com I have been reading Mirza Ghalib since teenage years.
Those early ghazals were written in a deliberate Persianised Urdu through which Ghalib wanted to make a statement about his complete command of the parent language. His later ghazals are remarkably simple and precise ishq mujh ko nahi wehshat hi sahi. But eventually he settles for a style of medium difficulty and these are the ghazals which enjoy the most popularity Hazaron khwahashen aisi ke hur khwahish pe dam nikle, yeh na thi hamari qismat ke visal-e-yaar hota etc.
For me his Divan is like a Quran. I keep a copy of it wherever I go to live. I am sure I will never in life cease to read him. I own a pocket edition of this collection, but now that I think about it I have only seen pocket editions of Dewaan-e-Ghalib.
Is it only published in pocket size? I have not really read the whole Dewaan, but I loved whatever I read. Of course, I was already familiar with many of the ghazals since my school days. The great thing about Ghalib's verses is that his ghazals feel very contemporary. Even though he wrote in the 19th century, his thoughts are usually much easy to comprehend than some of t I own a pocket edition of this collection, but now that I think about it I have only seen pocket editions of Dewaan-e-Ghalib.
Even though he wrote in the 19th century, his thoughts are usually much easy to comprehend than some of the other popular Urdu poets. It is just that it's meaning is very obvious even to a layman. Mind you, that does not mean that his poetry is simple! After all, he was a poet in King Bahadur Shah Zafar's court and you can imagine that the court would have some of the best poets of South Asia on royal stipend.
He can convey a lot in merely two lines of poetry. Perhaps that is the very charm of Ghalib and the reason of his popularity; his poetry appeals to both the masses and the literary. View all 3 comments. Jun 22, Maheep rated it really liked it. Ghalib, has always been a treat. His hard life, in having children. The Romanticism with Love and with wine. Urdu, is not a language in itself, it is the an ode to romanticize the thoughts with words.
Oct 16, Asif rated it it was amazing. Quite simply the greatest work of Urdu literature bar none. Amongst the world's great literary masterpieces--on a par with Shakespeare,Hafiz,Goethe,Pushkin. The problem for non Urdu speakers is that Ghalib is almost impossible to translate witjout losing so much in the process. Its Ghalib, what more can one say or needs to say, except in his words: 'Har ek baat pe kehte ho tum ki tu kya hain Tumheen kaho ki yeh andaz-e-goft-o-goo kya hain Ragon mein daudtein phirnein ke hum nahin kayal Jab aankh hi se na tapka to lahoo kya hain'.
View 1 comment. Jul 20, Rizwan Ahmed Khan Zcharf rated it it was amazing. The "Khayal", imagination on its peak. The selection of words and phrases with the mixture of Urdu grammar is marvelous. I red it almost 15 times in last 20 years and still reading it again and again Apr 02, Aasim Qureshi rated it it was amazing.
Diwan e Ghalib / دیوان غالب
It is a collection of the Ghazals of Ghalib. It is the only book written by Ghalib. Diwan-e-Ghalib includes around Ghazals and the original copy had fewer Ghazals than this. The researchers included his other Ghazals, as and when found, after the death of Ghalib. The Ghazals are written in Rekhta the then spoken Urdu language. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.