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Google marks 67th birthday of Parveen Shakir

ISLAMABAD, Nov 24 (WNP): Google Sunday paid tribute to the late Pakistani poet Parveen Shakir with a doodle to mark what would have been her 67th birthday.

Parveen was born on November 24, 1952, in Karachi and passed away in a car accident in Islamabad on December 26, 1994.

“Today’s Doodle celebrates the pioneering Pakistani poet Parveen Shakir on her 67th birthday. The release of her first collection of poems titled Khushbu (Fragrance) won her the Adamjee Literary Award in 1976, and her distinguished contributions to Urdu poetry awarded her one of the highest civil prizes in Pakistan, the President’s Award for Pride of Performance in 1990,” read the description published along with the visual tribute.

“Writing from a young woman’s perspective, Shakir broke the male-dominated mould of the time by being the first poet to use the Urdu word larki (girl) in her work, defying tradition by candidly expressing the female condition emotionally and realistically.”

“An exceptionally accomplished student, Shakir was awarded a Master’s Degree in English Literature, Linguistics, Bank Management, a PhD in Bank Administration, as well as a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard.

“Professionally, Shakir was a long-time university English teacher and later found herself working for the Civil Service, climbing the ranks to become the second secretary of the Federal Bureau of Revenue of Pakistan.

“Throughout her decorated career, Shakir continued to publish notable books of her poetry, including 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 referenced to the Doodle art.

“The Parveen Shakir Trust was organized in 1994. The trust holds the Parveen Shakir Urdu Literature Festival, which aims to foster the next generation of Urdu literary figures.”

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