While the luminescent moon has been the inspiration of poets for millenia, there’s been little fascination for the brooding Pluto - even astrologers referred to it as an ‘outer planet’. It’s another matter that they were the ones most agitated when scientists ‘outed’ it completely and declared that Pluto would no longer qualify as a planet. Who would have thought this banishment would soften the hearts of poets towards this unwanted planet? Best known for his earthy and emotional nazms, Gulzar overruled conventional wisdom when it came to naming his compilation of 100-odd short poems - it’s called Pluto. The celebrated lyricist who explained that he empathised with the angst of Pluto, added that at times he too felt unfit in the family. “I can understand what Pluto must have felt. That is why I chose to dedicate these nazms to Pluto.” Finally, some poetic justice for Pluto.
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