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Parveen Shakir’s 61st Birthday Today

Kaise Keh Dun K Mujhe Chor Diya Hai Us Ne
Baat To Sach Hai Magar Baat Hai Ruswai Ki
Parveen was born on 24 November 1952 in Karachi. She was an Urdu poet, teacher and a civil servant of the Government of Pakistan.Parveen started writing at an early age and published her first volume of poetry, Khushbu to great acclaim, in 1976. She subsequently published other volumes of poetry – all well-received – Sad-barg in 1980, Khud Kalami and Inkar in 1990, Kaf e Aina besides a collection of her newspaper columns, titled Gosha-e-Chashm and was awarded one of Pakistan’s highest honors, the Pride of Performance for her outstanding contribution to literature. The poetry books are collected in the volume Mah e Tamam with the exception of Kaf e Aina.

The most prominent themes in Shakir’s poetry are love, feminism, and social stigmas, though she occasionally wrote on other topics as well
Shakir’s ghazalyaat are considered “a combination of classical tradition with modern sensitivity”, and mainly deal with the feminine perspective on love and romance, and associated themes such as beauty, intimacy, separation, break-ups, distances, distrust and infidelity and disloyalty.

As compared to her ghazalyaat Shakir’s free verse is much bolder, and explores social issues and taboos, including gender inequality, discrimination, patriotism, deceit, prostitution, the human psyche, and current affairs.

On Dec 26th, 1994, Shakir’s car collided with a bus while she was on her way to work in Islamabad. The accident resulted in her death, a great loss to the Urdu poetry world. The road on which the accident took place is named after her.

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