THIS IS WHY I LOVE MIRZA GALIB
If you are wondering why I am writing on Mirza Galib and since when did a traveler started taking interest in Poetry, my question to you is, “Have you read his poetry?” It can make someone who hates love, fall in love with its beauty and it can certainly make someone who isn’t at all into poetry love poetry.
Who is Mirza Galib?
His parents blessed him with a long name Mirza Asadullah Beg Khan. I never understood the logic behind having such long name, though. I can guarantee you 40% of his admirers won’t be aware of his full name.
But then again, you know what they say. What’s in the name? Let’s talk more about his life. He was born in a place called Kala Mahal in Agra. His family belonged to the group of Turks. He got married at the age of thirteen to the daughter of Nawab Ilahi Bakhsh, Umrao Begum. I guess most of his days were spent with his wife because when it comes to his kids, he had seven of them; four sons and three daughters. However, the sad news is none of them survived. The pain of losing seven children was too much for him and that pain is clearly visible in his poetry. Maybe that is why people, including me, love his poetry. Pain attracts us.
Why I love Mirza Galib:
Two words, “Why not?”
His poetry didn’t revolve around one subject. It was so diverse that if you don’t like a certain subject of his bard, you can read the next one and be completely astonished. His personality was a mixture of several traits like loneliness, love, philosophy and of course, sadness. At the end of the day, it is pain that helps us win people’s hearts.
- GREATEST POET:
Due to his immense hard work, people remember him as the one of the greatest poets gifted to the world. In a bard of his, he described how there are many poets who’s poetry is legendary, however his poetry is unique. I know he was singing his own praise, but he wasn’t wrong. The way he expresses his thoughts helps open doors to the path of a new kind of thinking.
HA DUNIYA MAIN AUR BHI SUKHAWAR ACHAY
KHATE HAIN GALIB K ANDAZE E BIYAN AUR
Like most lovers out there, Galib didn’t easily get who he loved. Due to which, he was forced to believe there is nothing difficult than love. Love was a part of most of his poetry. The way he talks about love fills my heart with emotions I cannot explain.
ISHQ PAR ZOR NAHI HAI GALIB
YE WO AAG HAI JO LAGAE NA LAGE
BUJHAE NA BUJHE
Don’t worry if you can’t understand. Let me explain. It means love is like the fire that if once entered your life, it will never extinguish nor disappear. It will always keep burning your heart and you will have no control over it.
Losing 7 parts of his heart a.k.a. his children is a pain undefined. Throughout his life, he faced lots of tragedies. None of them were as soul-killing as the stab he felt when any of his children ascended back to their creator. He talked about his loneliness in most bards of his poetry.
SAHRA KO BARA NAAZ HAI APNI WEERANI PE
USNE DAIKHA NAHI ALAM MERI TANHAI K
It means desert is proud of how huge and empty it looks, however, it has not seen the hollowness that is in Galib’s life. I admire how he is enough confident to compare his loneliness with desert.
- DIFFICULT WORDS:
Galib’s poetry is not easy to understand. You need to have a dictionary with you if you really want to understand him. The depth he uses in his poetry is deeper than that of the ocean. Take this bard for example.
SHIDAT HAI TERI IBADAT MAIN TOU MASJID HILA KAR DKH
WARNA DO JAAM PEE AUR MASJID KO HILTA DAIKH
Like I said before, it is too difficult to understand.
He well understood the psyche of humans. When people forget where they came from and where they have to return, they get involved in activities that are unfavorable for their life after death. Through his poetry, he tried to remind everyone to gather some good deeds to present to their Creator because at the end of the day, you don’t go to someone’s home without a present.
THIKANA TERA QABAR HAI KUCH TOU IBADAT KAR GHALIB
KHATE HAIN KISI K GHAR KHALI HATH JAYA NAHI KARTE
Now that you have well understood the personality and knowledge of Galib, I think you have also started liking him. If you dig deep down and understand some more of his poetry, then you’ll surely love him. People like him are truly a gift to this world.