The magical lyricism of Urdu10 min read 26 May 2011, 09:08 PM IST
The magical lyricism of Urdu
Ghalib announced he would give up all his poems to have written this one couplet: “Tum mere paas hote ho goya/Jab koi doosra nahi hota (You remain within me even/When nothing else is mine)". The couplet is by Momin Khan “Momin" (The Believer) who died in 1851. It is a spare line, perfectly weighed. The sentiment in it is haunting, a word often used. In this case it’s justified.