Mirza Ghalib (1797-1869) Meerut connection of Mirza Ghalib, a prominent Urdu and Persian poet during the last years of the Mugal Empire.
￼ Mirza Ghalib(1797-1869) Meerut connection of Mirza Ghalib,a prominent Urdu and Persian poet during the last years of the Mugal Empire. Ghalib was fond of expensive liquor — wine, champagne, and Old Tom whiskey or rum. The latter was available at select cantonments then. Ghalib managed to get a regular supply of Old Tom from the nearest cantonment in Meerut through his British connections. When he’d be told by his devout friends that the prayers of an alcohol-drinker would not be accepted, he’d retort: “Jis ke paas sharab ho, usey kis cheez ke liye dua karne ki zaroorat hai? (When a man has liquor, what else does he need to pray for?)” A distillery in Meerut cantt used to make high quality alcohol for British Army ,this distillery was taken over by famous shaw wallace & company limited later on.