by Mohammad Asafuddowlah
The covers of this book contain the poetical marvels of Mirza Asadullah Khan ‘Ghalib’, the most oft-quoted poet of Urdu language, the 8th most spoken in the word. In modernizing the expressions of poetry he produced a brilliant mix of the cerebral and the emotional. A deep sense of sarcasm permeates his poetry. His poems become extremely compelling as they elude to lives, hopes, and failed dreams. He seems to have conquered personal pain and was able to look back at them with a passionate sense of humor. The greatest Urdu poet will now be known and appreciated by a wider audience. Here we have selected 100 of his most well known couplets in this translated version.