Ghalib / 14.09.2008

This week we have just the right she’r to address the issue of the ‘Other.’ I was about to say it hits the nail on the head when my head made me re-think the sentiment from the perspective of the nail. I wonder how the corn feels about the corny joke? In any case – Onwards, Christian soldiers  (for a clue to the allusion, see Ghalib and Jesus on stone throwing on Mehr-e-Niimroz). maiN ne majnuuN pe laRakpan meN ‘asad’ sang uThaayaa thaa ke sar yaad aayaa Against Majnun, in boyhood/childishness, Asad I had picked up a stone – when the head came to mind Majnun is the archetypal mad lover at whom children pelt stones. The poet is about to join this torment, either as a child or in a state of childishness, when he puts himself in the shoes of the ‘Other’ – his head makes him realize...