Literary Jokes

Discover a palette of fascinating anecdotes about Urdu authors and poets bringing out colorful aspects of their personalities. Available in both Urdu and Devanagari scripts, this is your chance to read into the lives of your favorite writers and know them better!

1894 -1959

Prominent poet and journalist, also the editor of 'Zamindaar', an important newspaper of his times. Also authored 'Zikr-e-Iqbal' and 'Muslim Sahaafat Hindustan Mein'

1846 -1931

The greatest Urdu poet of humour and satire who was a Sessions judge at Allahabad.

1877 -1938

One of the greatest Urdu Poets.National poet of Pakistan who penned 'Saare jahan se achaa hindustaan hamara', and 'Lab pe aati hai dua ban ke tamanna meri'.

1837 -1914

One of the founders of Urdu criticism. Outstanding pre-modern poet. Famous for writing Yaadgar-e-ghalib the first biography of Mirza Ghalib.

1911 -1955

One of the most famous Progressive poets known for romantic & revolutionary poetry. He was maternal Uncle to film lyricist Jawed Akhtar.

1904 -1955

A poet and Journalist. Famous especially for his humorous columns.

1831 -1905

Last of classical poets who celebrated life and love. Famous for his playfulness of words (idioms/ phrases).

1914 -1982

One of the most popular poets in the fourth and fifth decades of 20th century, contemporary of Faiz Ahmad Faiz.

1911 -1984

One of the most celebrated and popular poets. Faced political repression for his revolutionary views.

1896 -1982

One of the most influential Pre-modern poets who paved the way for the modern Urdu ghazal. Known for his perceptive critical comments. Recipient of Gyanpeeth award.

1901 -1993

Famous for his literary magazine 'Tahreek'.

1900 -1982

Popular romantic poet made famous by Malika Pukhraj by singining ghazal "abhi to main jawan huun". Wrote the National Anthem of Pakistan.

1900 -1958

Prominernt journalist and poet

1924 -1977

Noted Pakistani story writer and journalist; also wrote plays and travelogues.

1752 -1817

One of most firebrand poets of Lucknow. Contemporary of Meer Taqi Meer. His rivalry with Mushafi is well-recorded. He had also written rekhta poetry and 'Raani Ketki ki kahani" in prose.

1918 -2004

Renowned Urdu scholar famous for his works on Iqbal. Wrote the first National Anthem of Pakistan.

1890 -1960

One of the most prominent pre-modern poets who enjoyed stunning popularity and fan-following.

1898 -1982

One of the most fiery progressive poets who is known as Shayar-e-Inquilab (revolutionary poet)

1748 -1809

Known for depicting romantic encounters with the beloved in lurid details. Lost his eye sight in the prime of youth

1910 -1980

Popular humorist and satirist; known for his linguistic finesse and representations of social inequalities.

1908 -1969

One of the important progressive poet, famous for his ghazals in bollywood films like 'Baazaar' and 'Gaman'.

1797 -1869

Great Urdu poet occupying a place of pride in world literature. Also one of the most quotable poets having shers for almost all situations of life.

1935 -2005

Prominent writer of humour/satire, famous for his column 'khama-bagosh.'

1919 -2001

One of the most popular poets ever and film lyricist. Famous for his ghazal 'Garmi-e-hasrat-e-nakaam se jal jate hain'.

1921 -1980

One of the leading Progressive poets and film lyricist.

1904 -1963

Prominent humour writer, novelist, journalist, columnist who enjoyed wide popularity in the subcontinent. Honoured with Tamgha-e-Imtiaz.

1914 -1999

Pakistani poet famous for humorous poetry. Also wrote humorous columns in the newspapers and periodicals.