By Abdullah Zahid
ISLAMABAD: Renowned poet, biographer and scholar Jaun Elia was remembered on the occasion of his 89th birth anniversary.
Born on December 14, 1931 in Amroha, Uttar Pardesh, Jaun migrated to Pakistan in 1957 and settled in Karachi.
He wrote his first Urdu couplet when he was just 8. His first poetry collection, Shayed, was published in 1991, his poetry and editorials are considered outstanding in Urdu literature.
Elia’s rare ideas and unique writing style fascinates the readers and he will always be remembered for his greatest services to the Urdu language.
Jaun Elia held a unique place in literary circles due to his isolated approach and extraordinary practical ability. His famous poetry collections include Shayad, Yani, Lekin, Gumman, Goya and Farnod.
He also had complete command over Arabic, Persian, and Hebrew. He was a highly skilled translator.
For his literary services, Jaun got the Presidential Pride of Performance Award.
Jaun Elia died on November 8, 2002, after a protracted illness and is resting in Sakhi Hassan graveyard of Karachi.
One of his famous couplets include:
“jo guzārī na jā sakī ham se
ham ne vo zindagī guzārī hai”