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Khalid Sharif

1947 | Pakistan

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Pen Name : 'Khalid Sharif'

Real Name : Khalid Sharif

Born : 18 Jun 1947 | Ambala, Haryana

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Khalid Sharif was born on 18th June 1947 in Ambala, India. A renowned poet, writer, editor, publisher, and the owner of Mavara Press Club and Mavara Book Depot, Khalid Sharif has several feathers in his cap. His ancestors, who later migrated to Pakistan after partition, were involved in farming and trade and settled in Rawalpindi, where Khalid completed his primary and high school education. Mission High School Rawalpindi, where he completed his matriculated from, perked up his interest in Urdu and Persian. By the eighth or ninth grade, he had already read poets like Hafiz, Rumi, and Saadi. At Government College Rawalpindi, he found some estimable teachers of Persian language, which included masters like Anwar Ali Bakhsh and Atiq-ur-Rahman. Due to his natural inclination towards Urdu and Persian literature, his own literary sensibilities also cultivated. Soon, he started participating in poetry competitions which took place among the students, and, as he garnered critical recognition, his poetic endeavors came to full flow. He started writing poetry around 1964 and, in 1967, completed his Masters in Economics and later served the department of taxes by successfully clearing the civil services exam. During his service, he worked in a number of different cities, but, perhaps the civil service was not what he had made of it. In 1970, after several mature reflections, he started a humble publishing house- a product of his love for books- and took to it as a business.

Khalid’s own works were first published in the year 1990, titled ‘Naa-rasaai’, corroborating its success is the fact that more than a dozen editions of this book have been published so far. This was followed by ‘Bichadne Se Zaraa Pahle’, ‘Wafaa Kyaa Hai’, ‘Guzishta’ and, in 2003, ‘Rut Hi Badal Gayi’. Many other books are in print, too.

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