Author(s): Tahir Ghani
Every moment it seeks to slip from the minds nook
Fresh poetic meaning is a gazelle to be captured
The Captured Gazelle is an elegant and lucent translation of the poems of the seventeenth-century Persian poet Mulla Tahir Ghani, better known as Ghani Kashmiri. Eulogized by poets such as Mir and Iqbal, Ghani is an outstanding representative of sabk-e-Hindi or the Indian style in Persian poetry, which became a hallmark of the MughalSafavid literary culture.
The introduction situates Ghani against his unique background in which Iranian and Indian poetic cultures came together to create a glorious literary age in Kashmir, while the translations capture Ghani in his wide spectrum of moodssatirical, playful, self-pitying, pessimistic, mystically resignedbringing alive his wit and ingenuity in a modern idiom without losing hold on the tone.