Urdu poetry lovers across the world are celebrating this month, as an incredibly rare manuscript written by one of the most famous Urdu poets of all time is finally published. The previously undiscovered Mirza Ghalib manuscript is now widely available both in print and digital formats, with twice the number of verses that were originally published in the Divan that has been treasured and loved by Urdu poetry fans for so long.
The discovery of the new manuscript has been nothing short of a revolution for the world of Urdu poetry, and poetry in general. With almost one thousand ‘lost‘ verses written by Ghalib, as well as notes from his own hand in the margins, those who have known and loved Ghalib’s words are now rejoicing at the publication of this enormous body of work.
Shahab Sattar, publisher of the rare manuscript comments, “The publication of these missing verses means an enormous amount of Ghalib fans – that cannot be overstated. With thousands of new lines and hundreds of pages of new verses, with notes from Ghalib’s own hand, fans are now given an unparalleled glimpse into this poet’s true genius.”
Sattar adds, “We’re always urging Urdu poetry fans, scholars and academics to rediscover the magic of Ghalib’s work, and now they have the perfect opportunity to immerse themselves in his talent once more. We hope this new publication will reopen much of the discussion and debate that has died down in recent years regarding Ghalib’s poetry, and we’re thrilled that a new generation will now get to discover his work, thanks to the attention this new manuscript has drawn.”
The newly-published manuscript is now available from a multitude of retailers, including Amazon, Apple iBooks, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, CreateSpace and the Kindle Store. The book can be purchased in paperback format, or it can be downloaded in a digital format for use on a whole manner of devices, from smartphones to e-readers. The new edition contains a dynamic new foreword by Mehr Afshan Farooqi, as well as a lengthy introduction discussing the enormous impact of Ghalib’s works, and why his words are still cherished across the globe today.
I encourage everyone to discuss, describe, comment on, translate or explain the new Ghazals included in this rare manuscript divan so that we can expand our universe of Mirza Ghalibs Ghazals. Lets Rediscover Ghalib together from his unknown verses. Lets make these verses known!