Ghalib Ki Haveli – The Mughal Era Mansion where Ghalib Lived until His Death
Ghalib needs no introduction, so I won’t talk about him. If you don’t know who Ghalib was, better to Google and find it yourself. It took me a long time to reach here as the GPS led me in the totally wrong direction. I must have changed my ways four times following the GPS and then I switched it off and trusted the local GPS. I asked a couple of people on the street.
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Following the direction and the electric wire-canopied streets, stuffed with crowds of busy shopping, I walked like a spear tearing down everything that came on its way. Reaching this place was a tough battle to win. After some time, I found myself surrounded by Urdu vibes and that’s when I realised that my destination wasn’t far. And I passed before the Haveli without even noticing it. I returned and stood in front of it for a while to check if people were going in or not. I must have spent two minutes and then asked the security guard if Ghalib ki haveli was open for visit or not.
I assume we all have heard this name ‘Mirza Ghalib’. You must have seen his couplets in local buses, trucks, you must have heard about him in movies, songs, or even people reciting his works. Being someone who writes and loves poetry, Ghalib has been an influence on me. I have known him as one of the finest poets. A few years ago, Neelesh Misra did a story telling at Jashn-e-Rekhta on Mirza Ghalib. People love him and appreciate his works.
Though Ghalib was born in Agra in 1797, but he moved to Delhi when he was 13 years old. He was barely 5 when his father died. He spent most of his childhood with his uncle who also died when he was 8. At the age of 13, Ghalib married Umaro Begum.