Born in Sialkot in 1911, Faiz Ahmad Faiz was
brought up in a religious and scholarly family. He did his MA in Arabic from
Government College Lahore, but was very much influenced by Urdu writers and
scholars like Pitras Bukhari, Maulana Abdul Majid Salik, and Pandit Hari Chand
Akhter etc. In 1936, he became the Secretary of Anjuman Taraqi-pasand
Musanfeen, and his first poetry collection Naqsh-e-Faryadi was published in
1941. He traveled comprehensively to different parts of the world. His other
prominent collections included 'Dast-e-Saba' 'Zindan-Nama'.
book includes a representative collection of Faiz's poetry, and in being presented
with text in Urdu, Hindi and Roman script alongwith English poetic translation by
Khwaja Tariq Mahmood.
About the Translator
Khwaja Tariq Mahmood born in 1927 at
Chakwal, graduated in engineering from the Punjab University in 1947. He was
commissioned in January 1948 in Corps of Electrical and Mechanical
Engineering, Pakistan Army, and retired as brigadier in 1979. He graduated from
Staff College, Quetta in 1956, and from Royal Military College of Science,
Shrivenham, U.K. in 1960-61. He took his law degree in 1977 from Punjab
University and Master's degree in International Relations in 1985 from University
of Southern California, U.S.A.
Because of his great interest in Urdu poetry,
Khwaja Tariq Mahmood has already compiled and translated the following
are due to be released very shortly.
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