Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan (1797 – 1869), known by his pen-name "Ghalib", was an Urdu and Persian poet and writer, considered to be the most popular an influential Urdu poet of all times. A member of the declining Mughal nobility, he lived during the times when it was formally displaced by the Colonial British Raj, and he often faced personal and economic hardship. The "haveli" he inhabited in Old Delhi was transformed into a museum.