Monday, May 23, 2022

Patras Bokhari, legacy remains strong


Syed Ahmed Shah commonly known as Patras Bokhari    was an Urdu humorist, educator, essayist, broadcaster and diplomat from Pakistan. He is best known for his humorous writings in Urdu literature.


Even after 55 years of his death the vacuum created in Urdu literature can still be felt.


The writer of Saweray Jo Ankh Meri Khuli, Lahore ka Geographia, Mureedpur Ka Peer, Main Aik Mian Hoon and many others Patras Bukhari was born on 1st October 1898 in a Kashmiri family of Peshawar, Bokhari received his early education in the city of his birth and in 1916 moved from Islamia College Peshawar to attend Government College, Lahore.


 After completing his Masters in English he was appointed as lecturer at the same institution. Bokhari left Government College, Lahore in 1925 in order to complete a Tripos in English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University. Many years later, the Bokhari English Prize was established there in his honor. In 1927, he returned to Government College, Lahore, and as a Professor remained there until 1939.


Before the formation of Pakistan in 1947, he was the Director General of All India Radio. Being a Professor of English Literature, he also served as the Principal of Government College, Lahore from 1947 to 1950. The Urdu poets Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Noon Meem Rashid, were among his students. After the formation of Pakistan, he served as the first permanent representative of Pakistan in the United Nations from 1951–1954. From 1954-1958 he remained as the Under Secretary of the UN, Head of Informant. He died during his diplomatic service and is buried in New York.


Patras died on 5th December 1958 at the age of 60 in New York, United States.


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