Namrata reviews Raza Mir’s Murder at Mushaira (Aleph Book Company, 2021) and calls it a thrilling murder mystery with the charm of the bygone era woven intricately in it.
Murder at Mushaira as the name suggests is a historical thriller, where the legendary poet Ghalib turns into a sleuth and solves this murder mystery. Set in 1857, when Bahadur Shah Zafar ruled on Delhi, this book is infused with drama, mystery, history, poetry (sher-o-shayari) and humour.
Author Raza Mir has brought together his love and passion for history and Urdu poetry in this book. As is evident from his previous works, Ghalib: A Thousand Desires, The Taste of Words: An Introduction to Urdu Poetry, and the co-author of Anthems of Resistance: A Celebration of Progressive Urdu Poetry, Mir is a perfect aficionado on this subject to weave a tale around it.