Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib lived at a time of historic change in India, the British conquest of India was in its ascendancy and the Mughal Empire was coming to an end, the ravaging of Delhi and its courtly culture, culminating in the uprising of 1857.
This trauma, accompanied by his personal losses, informs his poetry, evidenced in Divan-EGhalib, containing 235 Urdu ghazals. They were redolent with a sense of loss, grief and a plangent longing for a vanished way of life with an
irrepressible sense of humour, energy and linguistic delight that drive his darkest lamentations.
In ‘A Tribute to Ghalib’, Azra Raza and Sara Suleri Goodyear select twenty-one ghazals that portrays the astonishing range of Ghalib’s unique voices and the ideas that populate his poetry.
An introduction, a literal translation and a detailed commentary supports every ghazal that sheds light on the complexities of the individual shed as well as the ghazal as a whole. Definitely an invaluable title not only to the Ghalib aficionado but also to the lay reader.