Ghalib poems

Ghalib: The unbeatable Beauty

Many poets, I love. I love them for their beauty, for their tenderness.Ghalib is one of those poets. Ghalib was not enlightened. He was not a saint or the one who had seen. But, his vision was very sensitive. He had immensely sensitive. Here, I again a remember a beautiful couplet from Ghalib-

People are saying that, Ghalib will vanish and will remain his torn pieces….

I also went to see it, bur the show did not happen…….

A blame which Ghalib always faced was, he had used stolen ideas from other poets. Now, this idea, is also not very uncommon. Thousands of poets before Ghalib must have written something about this idea. But, the way of Ghalib is unique. I dont think any other poet has this beauty in his language. The above mentioned idea can be put in many different patterns. But, the pattern used by Ghalib, ‘I also went to see’ is unique, is what I love. Duty and beauty of poet is in how he unfolds. As far as this unfolding is concerned, Ghalib is just unbeatable….

By Mandar Karanjkar

Mandar Karanjkar is author, motivational speaker and consultant based in Pune. Mandar works with handful of organizations helping them with strategy, communication and culture. Mandar is trained in Indian Classical Music over a decade. He is a classical singer and flute player.

Mandar has written columns for many reputed newspapers. Engineer by profession, he conducts workshops and delivers talks on subjects as wide as strategy, innovation, online marketing, spirituality, Kabir, Zen etc.

Mandar is a published author.

4 replies on “Ghalib: The unbeatable Beauty”

definitely ghalib was one great poet, and his poetry will not die so soon no matter how much ppl criticize him. although, i love Allama Iqbal more, mainly because of his wisdom and vast knowledge about the world.


Gaalib indeed was one of the greatest poets of Faarsi & Urdu. Those who accuse him for not having the original idea must take a note of a thing that it’s not just about having an idea but it’s about relating that thought to the surrounding things in such a way that the reader should feel that the “sher” describes his own situation, his inner and untold/suppressed feelings and Gaalib was the master in that.!

Leave a Reply