‘Yeh Ishq nahi asaan
aag ka dariya hai aur doob ke jaana hai’
Read this somewhere? of Course, Ghalib ka sher hai! Ghalib is a part of our everyday life through his couplets and his Ghazals adapted as songs in Hindi movies. And some of you might have seen the Doordarshan Serial on Mirza Ghalib played by Naseeruddin Shah (if you haven’t then you must.) and hence know that he lived in Delhi. But do you know where? This treasure trove is right under your nose. Ghalib gives his address in this beautiful ghazal..
Ballimaran ke mahalle ki wo pechida daleelon ki see galiyan
Saamne taal ke nukkad pe bateron ke posheede
Gud-gudaati hui paan pi peekon mein wo daad wo wah-wah
Chand darwaaze par latke huye boshida se kuch taat ke parde
Ek bakri ke mamiyaane ki awaaz
Aur dhoondhlaayi huyi shaam ke be-noor andhere
Aise deewaron se mooh jod kar chalte hain yahan
Chudi-waalan unke katri ke badi bee jaise
Apni boojhti hui aankhon se darwaaze tatole
Isee be-noor andheri see gali qaasim se
Ek tarteeb chiragon kee shuru hoti hai
Ek quran-e-sukhan ka safa khulta hai
Asadallah Khan Ghalib ka pata milta hai.
Tucked away in the busty lanes of Chandni Chowk is the 300 year old Haveli of the beloved shayar Mirza Ghalib.
The ground floor of the haveli in Gali Qasim Jaan in Ballimaran is restored as Ghalib Memorial. The haveli houses artifacts from that era. A bust of Mirza Ghalib looks at you from the wall. The Haveli is decked with champagne lights in clourful Chandeliers and draperies. It houses some of his written shayaris and the clothes that he wore. You can almost feel him sitting there and composing those flawless shayaris. For both poetry Connoisseurs and people interested in the heritage of Delhi, Mirza Ghalib ki Haveli is a must visit. If you happen to be in Delhi, the you must visit this serene Haveli of the most beloved, most read and quoted poet in Urdu.
Where And How to Reach:
Address: Gali Qasim Jaan, Ballimaran
Nearest Metro Station: Chawri Bazar
Timings: 11am-6pm, Closed on Mondays and Ghazetted Holidays
Entry Fee: Free!!
Fall in Love with Ghalib all over again!