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A brilliant biography of one of India’s greatest poetsMirza Mohammad Asadullah Khan Ghalib began writing poetry in Persian at the age of nine and the pre eminent poet of the time Mir predicted a great future for the precocious genius when he was shown his verse But success and material rewards did not come to Ghalib easily for the times were against him an. This is probably the most enjoyable book that I have read this yearAlthough it chronicles the struggles of the legendary poet throughout his lifeit is interspersed with a lot of wit and humourWithout missing a beat on Ghalibthe author also portrays the city of Delhi as a silent background character in almost all the chaptersI particularly enjoyed the translated poems in English because the man is brought to life through these epic shayars and gives us an insight to his philosophical and intellectual prowessI will recommend this book to anyone who is interested in knowing the man and the times that he lived in

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Ghalib The Man The Times

Oraries and friends died and his beloved Delhi was irrevocably changed he was a broken man and longed for death When he died on 15 February 1869 he left behind some of the most vivid accounts of the events of the period ever written In this illuminating biography Pavan K Varma evocatively captures the spirit of the man and the essence of the times he lived i. I absolutely love this book I picked it up from the library and I may buy a Kindle edition because I will keep referring back to it In this Pavan Varma gives us a very clear picture of the times the culture and the environment in which Ghalib lived His growth as a poet his trauma during the Mutiny his struggles are explained so very clearly The style is lucid and the book is immensely readable This is a timely tribute to the man his poetry and his legacy It is an essential read for anyone who wants to understand the Delhi of the times

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D he did not suffer fools gladly even if they occupied positions of importanceGhalib was at the height of his powers when events took a turn for the worse First came the decline of the Mughal court then the rise of the British Empire and finally the Revolt of 1857 Though Ghalib lived through the upheavals and purges of the Revolt in which many of his contemp. An intimate look at the glorious tragedy of Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib s life A moving rendition of 1857 Delhi A book that will stay with the reader for a very long time


10 thoughts on “Ghalib The Man The Times

  1. says:

    A decent primer into the socio cultural backdrop of the critically endangered 'Nawabi' culture and the elite situated within 19th Century Delhi Ghalib who is introduced and represented via a decent part of his work turned out to be a mere spectator of the chaotic decline induced by the colonial forces of the old order that sparked

  2. says:

    This is probably the most enjoyable book that I have read this yearAlthough it chronicles the struggles of the legendary poet throughout his lifeit is interspersed with a lot of wit and humourWithout missing a beat on Ghalibthe author also por

  3. says:

    Succinct account of the bard's lifeWhile there is great detail of Mirza Ghalib's life i think because of the lack of material certain events

  4. says:

    An intimate look at the glorious tragedy of Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib’s life A moving rendition of 1857 Delhi A book that will stay with the reader for a very long time

  5. says:

    haiN aur bhee duniya meiN suKHanwar bohot achchekehte haiN ki 'GHalib' ka hai andaaz e bayaaN aur “हैं और भी दु

  6. says:

    Mirza Mohammad Asadullah Khan Ghalib popularly known as Mirza Ghalib or Ghalib is a famous name in the world of Urdu and Persian poetry and beyond Ghalib was born at a time when power of one of the greatest imperial dynasties in human history the Mughals with an unbroken rule of centuries was fading and the power of English imperialism in India was rising He was born at a time when the de jure sovereignty still remained with the

  7. says:

    I excellent book to unravel the social background under which Ghalib wrote underIn a society definetly clinging unto memories of a bygone past with the British influence all prevaisive Ghalib journey through that period in t

  8. says:

    I absolutely love this book I picked it up from the library and I may buy a Kindle edition because I will keep referring back to it In this Pavan Varma gives us a very clear picture of the times the culture and the environment in which Ghalib lived His growth as a poet his trauma during the Mutiny his struggles are explained so ver

  9. says:

    A must read to those who wish to know about GhalibA true insight into life of a miserable yet great poet The writer has not only given the common knowledge that is available on the Internet but also unraveled the social ba

  10. says:

    It is interesting book about Ghalib and his time We got to know much about his life his poetry his peers and his time

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