Mirza Ghalib (born: Mirza Asadullah Beg Khan) was one of the great writers of classical Urdu poetry. While the majority of his poems were written before his nineteenth birthday, Ghalib showed a remarkable maturity and a firm understanding of philosophy, ethics, theology, grammar and history. The product of a Turkish aristocratic heritage, Ghalib was raised by his mother's family following the early death of his father. While little is known of his formal education, it is believed that he was tutored by Mulla Abdussamad Harmuzd. In or around 1810, Ghalib married into a prominent family and relocated to Delhi. He spent the rest of his life financially secure.
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