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Tuesday, Aug 20, 2019

Delhiwale: A Ghalib pilgrim all the way from Hyderabad

A meeting with Dr Syed Abbas Muttaqui at Mirza Ghalib’s tomb in Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti. He carried a bunch of red roses for the dead poet.

delhi Updated: Aug 31, 2017 10:15 IST
Mayank Austen Soofi
Mayank Austen Soofi
Hindustan Times
Dr Syed Abbas Muttaqui had come to Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti to pay respects at Mirza Ghalib’s tomb.
Dr Syed Abbas Muttaqui had come to Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti to pay respects at Mirza Ghalib’s tomb. (Mayank Austen Soofi / HT Photo)
         

One rainy afternoon we saw an elderly man entering poet Mirza Ghalib’s tomb in Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti.

Ghalib lies buried within a marble cell in the center of a quiet courtyard.

The man was holding a few flowers in his hands. He was dressed in a white sherwani and red Rumi topi. He had a walking stick of polished wood. His beard was dyed with henna.

Hindustantimes

“Myself, Dr Syed Abbas Muttaqui from Hyderabad,” the man said in Urdu. “I’m coming here for the first time.” Looking on at Ghalib’s grave, he said, “I once wrote a book on him… Maquaise Ghalib.”

The man finally entered the marble chamber. He placed his red roses on the poet’s grave, which was already covered with marigolds and jasmines. He then stood up straight and prayed.

After stepping out into the courtyard, the visitor from Hyderabad sat down on a stone bench and gazed at Ghalib’s grave for a long time. His eyes were wet.

Hindustantimes

First Published: Aug 31, 2017 10:13 IST

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