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Is Mr Kalra's Poetry As Sweet As Gulzar Saheb's?

I recently discovered that Gulzar saheb's actual name is Sampooran Singh Kalra. I flinched a little. The name "Gulzar", which means "garden", tied into his general poetic appeal for me - his rather common real name did eclipse his magic a little bit. After all, I have a Kalraji as my neighbour and he has a hugely successful auto parts shop in Karol Bagh! Many would argue, "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet." I tend to disagree.