Batla House bard faces hardship; ummah unconcerned.
Seventy-nine-year-old Asrar Jamayee is a modern day Mirza Ghalib. In his early days he was found in mushairas not only held in Delhi but in foreign countries too. But age and health have limited his movement.
Known for his couplet full of humour and satire and captive following, Jamayee is facing hardship after the social welfare department declared him dead in 2013. This led to suspension of his pension of Rs 1,500.
Since then he has been running to pillar to post to get it revoked but with little help. “I don’t know what to do. I met everybody from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung to others will nobody helping me out,” Jamayee told OKHLATIMES in Zakir Nagar where he had gone to visit his old time acquaintance.
Born in Patna 1937, Jamayee then known as Asrar-Ul-Haq, studied at Jamia Millia Islamia, getting his BSC degree from the varsity. During that period he got close to Dr Zakir Hussain, former President of India and one of Jamia’s founders.
Jamayee studied at Birla Institute of Technology. Rather than going into job, he dabbled into poetry and earned a good name. He was invited as a guest of then President Dr Abdul Kalam, former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and others. An upright man, know he is finding difficult to survive in Delhi as at times he don’t even have money to pay his rent to a small room where he resides in Batla House.
In his room books and his iconic writings are lined up that he enjoys showing them to his new guests.