A comprehensive analysis of the work of one of India s foremost poets Gulzar is arguably the most well-known contemporary poet writing in Hindustani. As a poet he occupies a unique place being a Progressive poet in a popular culture. His poetry appeals to all strata of society, without compromising either on literary merit or on its ability to convey the most exalted thought in an accessible idiom. In He Swallowed the Moon , Saba Bashir attempts to analyse what makes Gulzar the poet he is. What is his signature style? What are the issues that concern his poetry and what are the recurrent images in it? She also draws a parallel between the poet s film and non-film poetry and points out how they are used interchangeably. Including the most comprehensive list of all Gulzar s poems, film and non-film songs, this is a valuable addition to the corpus of work on a great poet.