Munshi Prem Chand – An Urdu Writer

Munshi Premchand brought realism to Hindi literature. Munshi Premchand wrote on the realistic issues of the day-communalism, corruption, zamindari, debt, poverty, colonialism etc. He avoided the use of highly Sanskritized Hindi and instead used the dialect of the common people. Premchand popularly known as Munshi Premchand was one of the greatest literary figures of modern Hindi literature. His stories vividly portrayed the social scenario of those times. Munshi Premchand lost his mother when he was just seven years old. His father married again. He was very close to his elder…

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Maulvi Abdul Haq – Baba-e-Urdu

A legendary figure: Born at Hapur (District Merut, U.P. India) in 1870, Maulvi Abdul Haq, popularly known as Baba-e-Urdu (Father of Urdu) took his B.A. degree from Muslim University Aligarh (U.P. India). For thirteen years he served as a translator at the Home Department before being appointed as the provincial Inspector of Schools (Aurangabad, Deccan). The same year he was elected to the office of Secretary, Department of promotion of Urdu at Delhi All India Muslim Educational Conference. Baba-e-Urdu was the moving spirit behind the Usmania University Hyderabad, Deccan, where…

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Biography of IBN-E-SAFI

Ibne Safi (Asrar Ahmed)was born on July 26, 1928, in the village of Nara in Allahabad District, U.P., India.Ibne Safi’s forefathers came from the village of Nara. Originally they were Hindus of Kaistth clan. Several generations back, their clan leader Raja Vasheshar Dayal Singh had embraced Islam and came to be known as Baba Abdun Nabi. His tomb still exists in what are now the ruins of the village Nara.Ibne Safi’s parents both came from a family of landlords and learned men. His grandfather, Maulvi Abdul Fattah, was a schoolteacher…

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About Saeed Khan

Saeed Khan is a renowned contemporary Urdu poet, a Sydney based writer and a well known social and environmental advocate. Saeed’s poetry is a combination of classical and modern Urdu ghazal and poems full of romanticism, social, cultural and environmental themes.Saeed Khan was born in Khanpur Hazara located in Hazara (NWFP) Pakistan on July 19 1966. He is the eldest son of a famous local hero Abdul Bashir Khan , known for winning the land rights for the people of Khanpur Hazara during the 1970’s construction of Khanpur Dam. Saeed…

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Hasrat Jaipuri

  Hasrat Jaipuri’s real name was Iqbal Husain. Till 1939, he lived in hometown Jaipur where he studied English till ‘medium level’ and then acquired his ‘taalim’ in Urdu and Persian from his learned grandfather, Fida Husain. He began writing verse as late as the age of 20, and around that time, he fell in love with a neighborhood girl called Radha. “Love knows no mazhab or dharam,” he told me. “It is not at all necessary that a Muslim boy must fall in love only with a Muslim girl.…

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Josh Malihabadi – Biography

  Josh Malihabadi was born as Shabbir Hasan Khan on 5th December, 1898 at Malihabad. He did his senior Cambridge from St. Peter’s College, Agra in 1914. In 1918, he spent about six months at Shantiniketan. He studied Arabic and Persian. Due to the death of his father, Bashir Ahmed Khan, in 1916, Josh was unable to avail of a college education. In 1925, Josh started work at the Osmania University, supervising translation work. He was exiled from the state of Hyderabad for writing a nazm against the Nizam. He…

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Khawaja Razi Haider

  Razi Haider did not utilize his poetic talent until the fourth decade of his life when an argument over poetry with a friend led him to composing verse. Like many other poets, he too started by writing ghazals. He published his first collection Baydeyar Sham in 1995. But at a later stage, he developed a taste for free verse which, he says, has unlimited boundaries. “You are at liberty with whatever you write in free verse. Limitations in poetic expression spoil the thought to some extent,” he says. His…

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