Daagh Dehlvi

(1831-1905 / Dehli / India)

Daagh Dehlvi
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Nawab Mirza Khan, commonly known as Daagh Dehlvi was an outstanding Mughal poet famous for his Urdu ghazals and belonged to the Delhi school of Urdu poetry. He wrote poems and ghazals under the takhallus (Urdu word for nom de plume) 'Daagh Dehlvi' (the meanings of 'Daagh', an Urdu noun, include stain, grief and taint while 'Dehlvi' means belonging to or from Delhi).


He lost his father at the age of six and was brought up by his stepfather, Mirza Muhammad Fakhroo, who was heir to Bahadur Shah Zafar, the last Mughal Emperor. On Fakhroo's death in 1865, Daagh left Delhi for Rampur where he went into government service and lived comfortably for 24 years. There ... more »

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Ghazal 1 (English Tranlation)

You've an objection to come [to me] and don't invite me either
You don't disclose the reason for severing relations either

What have you said? Say again, "I don't want to listen to you"
If [you] don't want to listen, I don't intend to say anything to such persons either

What a veil it is that [she's] settled close to the screen
[She] neither hides clearly nor does she come in the open

If the relation has been severed then why continue oppressions?
Those who don't relate to don't torment either

O Daagh! If you're fed up with life then why are ...

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