Parveen Shakir

Parveen Shakir

Parveen Shakir

Parveen Shakir was a Pakistan-based poet, a civil servant of the Pakistani Government, and a teacher. She is recognized mostly for her poetry that brought a feminine voice to Urdu literature. The woman portrayed in her poetic work has a strong presence that couldn’t be dismissed or ignored; the female of her poetry is not a body only but is a beauty with a brain.

Since her demise, the ‘Parveen Shakir Urdu Literature Festival’ is organized annually in Islamabad, Pakistan, in her memory. The article contains all the information about her, including Parveen Shakir Biography.

Name:Parveen Shakir
Famous As:Poetess of Fragrance
Residence:Karachi Sindh, Pakistan
Education:Ph.D. and MA Degree
Awards :Pride of Performance Award (1976)
Notable work::Khushbu (1976)
Date:24th November 1952
Place:Karachi Sindh, Pakistan
Spouse:Syed Naseer Ali
Children:Syed Murad Ali
Parents:Shakir Zaidi
Siblings :Nasreen
Date:26th December 1994
Rest Place:Islamabad, Pakistan

Parveen Shakir BiographyParveen Shakir Biography

She was a renowned and unmatched poet; whose poetry is eternal. She has left her mark in the world of poetry; she brilliantly portrayed all complexities of human life via her most in-depth insight. Her poetry reflects feelings of pain, love, happiness, and anger.

She introduced an extensive romance concept using beautiful stylistic devices such as simile and metaphors; she added a unique dimension to love’s traditional theme by expressing her emotions in a pellucid and straightforward style. Parveen used diverse wording to convey her thoughts with different intensities. She holds the honor to give beautiful and exceptional female touch and influence to Urdu poetry.

Her death caused a considerable loss to Urdu poetry, and her poetic work would be in her followers’ hearts forever. Her 1st book ‘Khushbu’ received Adam Jee Award. She is the recipient of the Pride of Performance Award.

Parveen Date of Birth

She opened her eyes on 24th Nov 1952 in Karachi, Pakistan.

Education of Parveen

She was highly educated and secured undergraduate degrees in Linguistics and English literature. She completed her master’s in these same subjects from Karachi University. Parveen also did Masters’s in Bank Administration and owned a doctorate too.

In 1982 she cleared CSS (Central Superior Services) Examination. She took admission at Harvard University and, in 1991, completed Masters in Public Administration.

Parveen Shakir Family

She tied the knot with a Pakistan-based doctor Naseer Ali and had a son Murad Ali, but their marriage didn’t work and ended in the divorce.

Parveen Shakir son


She began writing poetry at a young age, wrote both poetry and prose, and wrote columns for Urdu newspapers and English newspaper articles. Beena was her pen name. She adopted the teaching profession and continued this profession for 9-years; she joined Pakistan’s bureaucracy she worked in the customs department. Shakir was designated 2nd Secretary of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) in Islamabad in 1986.

Poetic Work

She published her 1st volume of the poetry entitled ‘Khushbu’ in 1976; this volume received immense acclaim. She then published her other poetry collections, including Saad-Barg in 198, Inkaar, and Khud Kalaami in 1990. The compilation of these poetry books is entitled Maah-e-Tamam. She compiled her newspaper columns collection and published it under the name ‘Gosha-e-Chasham.’

Poetry Style


Her poetry is a mixture of present and past thoughts and primarily focused on sentiment and affection & related subjects like betrayal, unfaithfulness, doubts, spaces, terminations, parting, closeness, and attractiveness. Her ghazalyat depends on analogies and illustrations that are repeated and used provocatively to get lyricism and strength in her poetry.

An example of this can be found in her renowned verses ‘Wo Tu Khushbu Hei Hawaon Main Bikhar Jae Ga, Masla Phool Ka Hei, Phool Kidhar Jae Ga.’ In these verses, she called ‘fragrance’ a disloyal lover and ‘flower’ an individual who has been betrayed. She frequently uses other allegories like Titli for Romeo, barish for liking, Andhi for worries and complications, and Badal for affection.

Some verses and ghazaliyat have achieved a superior position in Urdu literature. Her sonnet ‘Jugno Ko Din Ke Waqat Pakarnay Ke Zid Krain, Bachay Hmare Ehad Ke Cahalak Ho Gae’ is mentioned to comment on the wakefulness and familiarity of the twenty-first-century child.

Parveen Shakir quotes

Free Verse

As compared to ghazaliyaat, her free verse is more fearless and highlights societal prohibitions and matters, including human thoughts, prostitution, nationalism, parting, and hypocrisy. She is known for using popular orientations & English expressions and words.

Parveen Shakir Death

On 26th Dec 1994, when Parveen traveled to Islamabad for work, her car got hit by a bus leading to her death. Her death caused a massive loss to Urdu poetry. The road on which she died was named ‘Parveen Shakir Road.’

Honorary Postage Stamp

The post office of Pakistan issued an honorary stamp of Rs. 10 denomination in Shakir’s honor on her nineteenth death anniversary.

Tribute by Google

On 24th Nov 2019, Google celebrated Parveen’s 67th via Google Doodle.

Parveen Shakir Poems

  1. Shugun
  2. Taqayya
  3. Zud-Pasheeman
  4. Fabe-aye Aalaaye Rabbikuma Tukaz-Ziban
  5. Masala
  6. Jizya
  7. Nahe Mera Anchal Maila Hai
  8. Taj Mahal
  9. Naye Saal Ke Pehli Nazam
  10. Aik Manzar
  11. Khus Sey Milnay Ki Fursat Kisay Th
  12. Gae Janam Ke Sada
  13. Bulawa
  14. Wohe Naram Lehja
  15. Pazirae
  16. Duty
  17. Wahima
  18. Othello
  19. Mashwara
  20. Mjhe Mat Btana
  21. Judae Ke Pehle Raat
  22. Aina
  23. Sirf Aik Ladki
  24. Khawab
  25. Aik Dost Ke Naam
  26. Chand Raat
  27. Zid
  28. Nick Name
  29. Ecstasy
  30. Itna Maloom hai
  31. Aitraf
  32. Lekin Bari Dair Ho Chuki Th

Parveen Shakir romantic poetry

Parveen Shakir Books

  1. Khud Kalami
  2. Inkar
  3. Khushbu
  4. Mah-e-Tamam
  5. Sad Barg

Parveen Shakir Ghazal

  1. Kuch Tu Hawwa Bh Sard Th
  2. Ku Ba Ku Phail Gae Baat Shanasae Ki
  3. Chalnay Ka Hosla Nahein Ruka
  4. Wo Tu Khushboo Hai
  5. Akas-e-Khushbu Hun
  6. Ab Bhala Chor k Ghar Kia Krte
  7. Kamal-e-Zabat Ko Khud Bh Tu Azmaon Ge
  8. Bohat Roya Wo Hmko Yaad Kar Ke
  9. Pura Dukh Aur Adha Chand
  10. Apne Ruswae Teray Naam
  11. Gae Mosam Mein Jo Khilay Thay
  12. Badbaan Khulnay Se Pehle Ka Ishara Dekhna
  13. Ab Itne Sadgi Layein Kahan Se
  14. Apni Tanhae Mere Naam Pe Abaad Kre
  15. Tooti Hai Mere Neend Magar Tmko Ic S Kia
  16. Bakht Sey Koi Shikayat Hei
  17. Aik Hunar Tha Kamal Tha
  18. Hm Nain He Lotnay Ka Irada Nahein Kia
  19. Dasnay Lage Hain Khawab
  20. Shab Wohi Lekin Sitara Aur Hai
  21. Gulab Hath Mein Ho Ankh Mein Sitara Ho
  22. Kia Kre Mere Masehae Bh Krne Wala
  23. Apne He Sada Sunon Kahan Tk



Parveen Shakir Trust

After her death, her close friend Parveen Qadir Agha founded a trust in her name, ‘Parveen Shakir Trust.’ This trust gives the ‘Aks-e-Khushbu’ grant every year.