Ghalib / 03.09.2008

It is the month of Ramzan and Ghalib has his share of quotes for the season. Ghalib was known for his wit: when asked how many fasts he had kept he is reported to have replied ek na rakha (I did not keep one). Typical Ghalib. But in his tongue-in-cheek manner Ghalib also pushes his readers to think of many other aspects of a situation than the one that seems obvious on the surface. Our choice this week reflects this quality of Ghalib: iftaar-e-saum kii jise kuch dast.gaah ho us shakhs ko zaroor hai rozaa rakha kare jis paas roza khol ke khaane ko kuch na ho roza agar na khaaye to naachaar kya kare the one who has the wherewithal to break his fast that person should indeed keep the fast the one who has nothing to break his fast with what else can he do but be constrained to ‘eat the fast’ The Ghalib...