In 2006, the 283rd birth anniversary of one of the greatest of Urdu poets, Mir Taqi Mir was celebrated at London’s Nehru centre. Born in Agra in 1723, Mir was orphaned at the age of ten. He went through immense emotional and financial hardships in his life. In his loneliness, Mir seems to have fallen for an ‘Imaginary beloved’ in whose love he profusely wrote poetry. This was also the time when Delhi suffered from the plundering raids by Nadir Shah and Ahmad Shah Abdali. The painful destruction of Delhi forced Mir to migrate to Lucknow under the patronage of Nawab Asif-ud Daula. Mir died in Lucknow in 1810. Dr Hilal Fareed, the Vice President, Aligarh Muslim University Alumni Association, made this poetic presentation on ‘Khuda-e-Sukhan’ or the greatest master of language, Mir Taqi Mir.