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Momin Khan Momin

Birth:1800

Death:1852

Delhi's Urdu poet and a physician. Momin was chiefly famous for his love poetry, emotional, tender and sensual verses - for one of which his great contemporary Ghalib declared he would have given his own divan. Some of his best-known poems refer discreetly and indirectly to past love affairs. He would recite them in the best mushairas while combing his long hair with his fingers. Momin studied the family profession and also took an interest in music, astrology and geomancy. The amulers that he wrote were highly prized, and he was considered to be one of the best chess-players in Delhi. Momin came from a line of court physicians. The money his family received from the Mughal King was continued after the fall of Delhi by the British government in the form of a handsome pension. This was enough to keep Momin in reasonable comfort, and he rarely had to work for his living. Momin fell from the roof of his house and broke his arm and finally died after a few days.

Compiled by:M. Nauman Khan / Ghulam Mohiuddin

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