Today is Death Anniversary of Ghalib Chacha. I did not know it but the coincidence is I have been listening / reading to his Poetry / Ghazals since morning today…and I did find this time after months now !! Then I got to know from Sputnik that today happens to be his death anniversary…
He never got acclaim which he gets today or since after his death.
Couple of couplets of Ghalib which show he was against the idea of public funeral / gathering of ppl crying for the one who is no more and all…
Both are in different context and different Ghazals..
Mujh ko diyar-e gair me mara vatan se dur
rakh li khuda ne meri bekasi sharm.
bekasi == hopelessness, loneliness
He (God) killed me away from home, and I thank Him for that. If I had died at my home, I would have been left without shroud or burial and that would have been very embarrassing.
Away from home, though ..no one knows me and its OK 🙂 .. not much embarrassment.
[This in a way indicated that Ghalib is saying – hardly anyone appreciated him when he was alive]
Now the couplet which is in the song posted above at the Top:
hue mar ke ham jo rusavaa, hue kyo.N na Garq-e-dariyaa
na kabhii janaazaa uThataa, na kahii.n mazaar hotaa
Having died in disgrace, why didnt I just drawn in the ocean/river? (garq-e-dariyaa)
For then, no coffin had been raised (janaazaa) , nor any grave(mazaar) built.