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July 11, 2007



I'm pretty familiar with the Cure's better-known songs, but I don't think this is one of them.

I just wanted to tell you that you've gotten me hooked on this. My article today was a list of world leaders in the year 1562.



Shah Hussain (1538-1599) was a Punjabi poet and Sufi saint. He was born in Lahore (present-day Pakistan). His tomb and shrine lies in Baghbanpura, adjacent to the Shalimar Gardens.

His urs (annual death anniversary) is celebrated at his shrine every year. It is known as "Mela Chiraghan" ("Festival of Lights") and is the second largest festival in Lahore after Basant. It used to be the biggest festival of the Punjab.

Shah Hussain's love for a Brahmin boy called "Madho" or "Madho Lal" is famous, and they are often referred to as a single person with the composite name of "Madho Laal Hussain". Madho's tomb lies next to Hussain's in the shrine.

Shah Hussain was the pioneer of the kafi form of Punjabi poetry.

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