LONDON: Ralph Russell, a prominent ans seasoned British scholar of Urdu literature, is on a death bed and doctors have warned he is not expected to live much longer. The 90-year-old scholar who taught Urdu and Urdu literature at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and also in universities in India and Pakistan, is suffering from the cancer of liver and is currently under treatment in a south west London hospital. According to his son Ian and a student Richard Harris, the doctors have given up hope on him.
Educated at St.John’s College, Cambridge, Ralph wrote profuse articles and essays in Urdu and English and attended many literary seminars and workshops on the subject of his specialization. He has been famous for his translation of Mirza Ghalib poetry into English and is considered as an authority on the 18th century sub-continent poet. His few of the books are
Ghalib, Life and Letters
The Oxford India Ghalib
The Seeing Eye
Selections from the Persian ghazals of Ghalib
Ghalib, the Poet and his Age
The Famous Ghalib