THE LAST LIGHT OF DELHI: GLIMPSES INTO A POETRY’S GOLDEN ERA

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  • Pub Date : March 2022
  • Author : Mirza Farahtullah Baig: Sulaiman Ahmad & Parvati Sharma (Trs.
  • Publisher : Penguin Modern Classics
  • Language : English
  • Binding Type : Hardback
  • Category : Literary Studies/Poetry
  • ISBN : 9780670094257
  • MRP : 399

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Last Light in Delhi (Dilli ki Aakhari Shama) is the story of the last
grand mushaira held in the city of Delhi circa 1845. A cultural
document of the period which takes the reader to a journey in time, to a
past where poetry flowed through the streets of Old Delhi. It presents a
portrait of a civilization, of the life and living styles of the upper classes of
Delhi in the decade before the fateful year of 1857. It takes the reader
into the sitting rooms of some of the most important people of the time,
from Mirza Ghalib to Bahadur Shah Zafar, allowing us a glimpse of their
private lives, describing their homes, their manners, their dress and ways
of talking with such skill, filling his portraits with colour and detail so that
the poets appear vividly before us. And it does not stop there, but also
describes their style of reciting in the mushaira, so that it seems as if
each poet is speaking out from the pages of the book.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mirza Farhatullah Baig (1885-1947) was an Indian Urdu writer of
humor and prose, and a senior judge in Hyderabad State. He was the
son of Mirza Hashmathullah Baig and Mushraf Jahan Begum (1842-
1883).

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