Not much is known about Mir Ashiq except that he was a nobleman in the court of Akbar Shah II. The best recorded description of Mir Ashiq comes from Ahmed Ali’s novel Twilight in Delhi. Saeed Hasan is both taken aback and dismayed when he sees Asghar wearing Farangi…
Why do you ask my native place,
O dweller of the East,
Making mock of me for the poor plight I am in?
Delhi, which was once the jewel of the world,
Where dwelt only the loved ones of fate
Which has now been ruined by the hand of time,
I am a desolate resident…