“un ke dekhe se jo aa jaatī hai muñh par raunaq
vo samajhte haiñ ki bīmār kā haal achchhā hai”
-These are a couple of many haunting verses created by Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan, known to the world by his pen name, Ghalib.
Mirza Ghalib is a name that is synonymous with Urdu poetry. Born as Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan, Ghalib was a pen name that he adopted. He achieved immense fame with this. Even if you’re not an ardent follower of Urdu shayari, there’s no chance that you’ve not heard of Mirza Ghalib Saheb.
It is said that Ghalib was much proud of his works in Persian, but it is his Urdu poems that garnered him major fame. His beautifully strung shayaris reflect diverse aspects of life and are so poignant that they are even sung by some of the many renowned ghazal maestros like Jagjit Singh, Mehdi Hassan, Abida Parveen, Asha Bhosle, Ghulam Ali, Lata Mangeshkar, and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
We bring you some of Mirza Ghalib Shayaris that are extremely heart-warming. It would not be an exaggeration to say that Mirza Ghalib was definitely one of the best poets in Indian history to have ever lived.
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