Google doodle on Mirza Ghalib's birth anniversary

Google pays tribute to legendary poet Mirza Ghalib on his 220th birth anniversary

Google has a unique way of honoring the notable personalities on their special day. There is common acceptance that he should be considered among the greatest poets of the mughal empire and that even though his poems deal with harsh reality of life, it much still be read because of the beauty in the lines and truth that they reveal about everyone, in whichever era they live.

Google on Wednesday has dedicated its doodle to one of Urdu literature's most iconic poets, Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan, most commonly as Ghalib, to mark his 220nd birth anniversary.

In a reference to that, the doodle sees Ghalib, with his pen and paper, knitting his imaginations, with a backdrop of buildings of Mughal architecture.

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Most notably, he wrote several ghazals during his life, which have since been interpreted and sung in many different ways by different people. He continues to inspire not only the youth in south-Asia but also readers around the world. He began composing poems from the age of 11. His first language was Urdu but Persian and Turkish were also spoken at his home. A descendant of Aibak Turks, Ghalib was born in Kala Mahal in Agra. He received an education in Persian and Arabic at a young age. Keeping with the conventions of the classical ghazal, in most of his verses, the identity and the gender of the beloved remained unknown. Mirza was very well regarded in the era, and was presented with the title of Dabir-ul-Mulk by Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar II.

He died in Delhi on February 15, 1869, and the house where he had stayed during his lifetime, has been converted to a Ghalib Memorial or "Ghalib ki Haveli". His tomb is located near Chausath Khamba, Nizamuddin area in Delhi.


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