Parveen Shakir was born on 24th November, 1952 in Karachi, Pakistan. She was highly educated with two masters degrees, one in English literature and one in linguistics. She also held a Ph.D and another masters degree in Bank Administration.
She was a teacher for nine years before she joined the Civil Service and worked in the Customs department. In 1986 she was appointed the second secretary, CBR in Islamabad.
A number of books of her poetry have been published. In chronological order, they are Khushboo (1976), Sad-barg (1980), Khud-kalaami (1990), Inkaar (1990) and Maah-e-Tamaam (1994). Herfirst book, Khushboo, won the Adamjee award. Later she was awarded the Pride of Performance award, which is the highest award given by the Pakistan government.
On 26th December, 1994, on her way to work, her car collided with a truck and the world of modern Urdu poetry lost one of its brightest stars.
Parveen Shakir initially wrote under the pen-name of ‘Beena’. She considered Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi her ‘ustad’ and used to called him ‘Ammujaan’.On Dec 26th, 1994, Shakir’s car collided with a truck while she was on her way to work inIslamabad. The accident resulted in her death, a great loss to the Urdu poetry world. Read some top poetry of Urdu Poetess Parveen Shakir…
<<<Khuli aankhon mein sapna jhaankta hai,>>>>
Khuli aankhon mein sapna jhaankta hai,
Woh soya hai ke kuch kuch jaagta hai,
Tere chahat ke bheegey junglon mein,
Mera tan man mor ban kar nachta hai,
Mujhe har kefiyat mein kyon na samjhey,
Woh mere sab hawaaley jaanta hai,
Main uss ki dastrass main hoon magar woh,
Mujhe meri razaa se mangta hai,
Kissi ke dheyaan main dooba hua dil,
Bahaaney se mujhe bhi taalta hai,
Sarrak ko chorr kar chalna parega,
Ke mere ghar ka kacchaa rasta hai..
<<<Jagaa Sakey Na Terey Lub, Lakeer Aisi Thi>>>
Jagaa Sakey Na Terey Lub, Lakeer Aisi Thi
Humarey Bakht Ki Raikha Bhi Meer Aisi Thi
Ye Haath Chomey Gai, Phir Bhi Be-Gulaab Rahey
Jo Rutt Bhi Aai Khizaa.n K Safeer Aisi Thi
Wo Merey Pao.n Ko Choney Jhuka Tha Jis Lamhey
Jo Mangta Usey Deti Ameer Aisi Thi
Shahadatain Merey Huq Main Tamam Jaati Thee.n
Magar Khamosh They Munsif, Nazeer Aisi Thi
Kutar K Jaal Bhi Sayyad Ki Raza Ke Baghair
Tamaam Um’r Na Urti Aseer Aisi Thi
Phir Us Ke Baad Na Dekhey Visaal Ke Mausam
Judaiyo.n Ki Ghari Chashm Geer Aisi Thi
Bas Ik Nigah Mujhe Dekhta, Chala Jata
Us Aadmi Ki Mohabbat Faqeer Aisi thi
Rida K Saath Luterey Ko Zaad-e Raah Diya
Teri Firagh Dili Merey Veer Aisi Thi
Kabhi Na Chahney Walo.n Ka Khoo.n Baha Manga
Nigaar-e-Sheher-e-Sukhan Be-Zameer Aisi Thi
<<<Khushi ki baat hai ya dukh ka manzar dekh sakti hoon,>>>
Khushi ki baat hai ya dukh ka manzar dekh sakti hoon,
Teri awaaz ka chehra main chuu kar dekh sakti hoon,
Abhi tere labon pe zikar fasl-e-gul nahin aya,
Magar ik phool khilte apne andar dekh sakti hoon,
Kinaara dhoondne ki chaah tak mujh mein nahin hogi,
Main apne gird aik aesa samandar dekh sakti hoon,
Vasaal-o-hijar apne yaksaa’n* hain, woh manzar hai chahat mein,
Main aankhain band kar ke tujh ko aksar dekh sakti hoon,
Abhi tere siwaa duniyaa bhi hai maujood is dil main,
Main khud ko kiss tarah tere baraabar dekh sakti hoon..