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Google Doodle Celebrates Parvin Shakir’s 67 Birthday

Today on the 24th of November, Google Doodle is celebrating the 67th birthday of eminent Urdu poet Parveen Shakir.

Pakistani poetess had an exceptionally decorated career as she wrote from a young woman’s perspective.

Her published work of poetry includes Sad-Barg (Marsh Marigold), Khud Kalami (Talking to Oneself), Inkaar (Denial), Kaf-e-Aina (The Mirror’s Edge), and Mah-e-Tamaam (Full Moon), as being referenced in today’s Doodle art.

On her birthday, Doodle also shared the translation of her couplet, one of the finest pieces of her poetry:

“Give him a chance to come to grow a blossom in my heart, Let him come to wound my heart once more! Give scent a chance to alert in my unfilled entryways, Let him come to enrich my home. Around here, live many individuals he knows, Cannot he go under the affectation of meeting another person?”
–Parveen Shakir, “Let Him Come to Sprout a Flower in my Heart”

Her distinguished contributions to Urdu poetry earned her one of the highest civil awards in Pakistan.

The release of her first collection of poems titled Khushbu (Fragrance) won her the Adamjee Literary Award in 1976, she was honoured with the President’s Award for Pride of Performance in 1990.

Parvin Shakir passed away in a tragic car accident in Islamabad on 26 December 1994, on her way to work. The accident also resulted in a great loss to the Urdu poetry world.

Saman Siddiqui

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