The Mirza Ghalib T-shirt - Royal Blue - Girls
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size-chart (for this tee)
Damn ... I was supposed to release this t-shirt on July 13th - which was a Friday :( Missed it ...
See, that's what happens with people like me - brilliant, but damn lazy!
I have always been a Mirza Ghalib fan - not the hardcore type who understand each and every word the great man has uttered, but a passionate 'liker' ... and this liking for Mirza Ghalib, for me, perhaps began when doordarshan was the only channel we could watch (thank gawd!) and mom and dad allowed us to watch the serials at 9pm. Yeps, I am referring to Gulzar's televised tribute to the dramatic poet ...
A month ago, I had an urge to revisit Ghalib's "Unke dekhe se jo aa jaati hai moonh par raunak" ... did some youtube-giri, and landed on this. What followed was a lazy, lazy Sunday afternoon with Praveen Kumar Gill (my pilot batchmate) at his Hyderabad abode (where else would you want to be to feel more Ghalibish - except for Ballimaran??) checking video after video and ghor-dissection of his sher-o-shayri and ghazals at http://www.columbia.edu/itc/mealac/pritchett/00ghalib/ghazal_index.html ...
Of course, I shared a link on FB, and unsurprisingly ... a good chunk of people responded to that post. There's not a lawwwwt of people who take the time off to appreciate Ghalib, but the one's who do ... are almost devotees!
And that passion is what drives me to do any t-shirt here - no wonder I instantly decided to do a Ghalib t-shirt.
Initially, I decided to do this t-shirt with the ever-dashing Neha Celly ... we discussed a few things ... but she got busier (Celly ... we'll do some other tee soon!).
However, grrrrrreat friend (and what a woman!!) Asha Patel did everything that you see here - and hats off to her!
Like always, I scratched the first thought of creativity that came to my head. I have this habit of ignoring the first line of thoughts ... for some weird reason! While doing this tee, the first thought was to do a grungy portrait of Ghalib, mention something in Urdu, and add some trivia about Ghalib.
I felt that would have been a nice t-shirt, but ... may be too predictable. Plus, I needed something more contemporary ... more stylish ...
So we decided to still do a graphic of Ghalib ... but instead of the portrait version, we would do it as if we are making a stylish logo ... symbol for his 'brand'. No sketchy lines ... no random backgrounds ... no wrinkles on the face ... Instead, I decided to go for solid colors, solid lines, proper shapes. Infact, we went ahead and made the entire face-graphic symmetrical. Easier said than done ... but when Asha says she will do it - she always does.
Why this thought? Well, all I wanted to achieve was a symbolic representation of Ghalib - a different way of making him look contemporarily cool too. We also pondered over the size of the graphic on the t-shirt. A smaller graphic looks subtle, sophisticated ... while a larger one attracts attention, is loud and vehement. I went for the latter one in this print - may be i might do a smaller print the next time.
It did not take me long to find the font used to write down one of Ghalib's shers (my favorite ever ... but more importantly ... there must have been a reason why Gulzar sahab chose that one sher in the introduction to his TV serial). We could have done it in Urdu ... but I went for English because eventually, it makes sense if people end up deciphering it with minimum effort. They ought to know what's written, right?
Very, very luckily ... only those people who knew the sher in advance can decipher the writing on the back. It's only fair ... since I really think that anyone who doesn't know this sher of Ghalib doesn't even deserve to wear or own this t-shirt. It really is that simple.
So here's the Ghalib tee. Again ... not more than 501 copies of this tee will be sold ... ever. Plus, what better color to do a Ghalib on ... than a 'Regal' blue?!
Saare Sheher Main Dhindora!!
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