Urdu poetry rules the cultural and emotional landscape of Indiaespecially northern India and much of the Deccanand of Pakistan. And it was in the great, ancient city of Delhi that Urdu grew to become one of the worlds most beautiful languages. Through the 18th and 19th centuries, while the Mughal Empire was in decline, Delhi became the capital of a parallel kingdomthe kingdom of Urdu poetryproducing some of the greatest, most popular poets of all time. They wrote about the pleasure and pain of love, about the splendour of God and the villainy of preachers, about the seductions of wine, and about Delhi, their beloved home. This treasure of a book documents the life and work of the finest classical Urdu poets: Sauda, Dard, Mir, Ghalib, Momin, Zafar, Zauq and Daagh. Through their biographies and poetryincluding their best-known ghazalsit also paints a compelling portrait of Mughal Delhi. This is a book for anyone who has ever been touched by Urdu or Delhi, by poetry or romance.