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Temple Lamp


TITLE: Temple Lamp

AUTHOR: Mirza Ghalib

PRICE: UK£4.24, US$4.99

CATEGORY: Fiction/Poetry/Translation & Interpretation

ISBN: 978-06-700-9432-5

EDITION: Hardback

FORMAT: B

YEAR OF PUBLICATION: August 2022

NO. OF PAGES: 192

IMPRINT: Hamish Hamilton

TERRITORY: World

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

The poem ‘Chiragh-e-Dair’ or Temple Lamp is an eloquent and vibrant Persian masnavi by Mirza Ghalib.

While we quote liberally from his Urdu poetry, we know little of his writings in Persian, and while we read of his love for the city of Delhi, we discover in Temple Lamp, his rapture over the spiritual and sensual city of Banaras. Chiragh-e-Dair is being translated directly from Persian into English in its entirety for the first time, with a critical Introduction by Maaz Bin Bilal.

It is Mirza Ghalib’s pean to Kashi, which he calls Kaaba-e-Hindostan or the Mecca of India.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mirza Ghalib (1797-1869) was one of the greatest Urdu poets most well known for his ghazals. He lived during the reign of the last Mughal king, whose court was the centre of the golden age of Urdu poetry. Chiragh-e Dair is a masnavi he wrote on the city of Banaras en route to Calcutta.