In sharp reaction against what the author calls 'intemperate adulation of Ghalib', this famous book is a critical study of Ghalib's poetry; whereas almost all the works on Ghalib are adulatory.
Here it will be relevant to mention that the Ghalib Institute has embarked upon a programme of republishing all the important works on Ghalib. Accordingly, new edition of Haliâ€™s â€˜Yadgar-i-Ghalibâ€™ was published 1996. this was followed by Khalifa Abdul Hakeemâ€™s work â€˜Afkar-i-Ghalib (1999). The current yearâ€™s programme includes â€˜Ghulam Rasool Mehrâ€™s Ghalibâ€™ (1936 ) , Shaikh Mohammad Ikramâ€™s â€˜Aasar-i-Ghalibâ€™(1939 ) and Dr. Latifâ€™s book under review together with its Urdu translation.
Another consideration in favor of Dr. Latifâ€™s book is that it is in English; while there are so few books on Ghalib in English. Demand for such books is growing apace in the west because of recent Indian and Pakistani Diaspora. Besides Dr. Latifâ€™s study is critical; where almost all the works on Ghalib are adulatory.