Google Doodle celebrates Parveen Shakir’s 67th birthday


ISLAMABAD: Google Pakistan’s homepage celebrated Parveen Shakir, the pioneering Pakistani poet on Sunday, with a special Google doodle  for her 67th birthday. 

Born in Karachi in 1952, Shakir published her very first volume of poems titled Khushbu (Fragrance) which won her the Adamjee Literary Award in 1976. Later, her outstanding contribution to literature granted her one of the highest civilian prizes in Pakistan– the President’s Award for Pride of Performance in 1990.

Shakir, an exceptionally accomplished student, was awarded a Master’s Degree in English Literature, Linguistics, Bank Management, a Ph.D. in Bank Administration and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University. Professionally, she was a long-time university English teacher and later started working for the Civil Service, climbing up the ranks to become the second secretary of the Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) of Pakistan. 

Throughout her decorated career, Shakir published eminent 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).

She wrote from a young woman’s perspective and challenged entrenched social customs by candidly expressing the female condition emotionally and realistically.

She broke the male-dominated mold of the time by being the first poet to utilize the Urdu word ‘larki’ (girl) in her work. Her poetry predominantly deals with the feminine perspective on affection and sentiment, and related themes like, excellence, closeness, division, separations, doubt, betrayal, and unfaithfulness.

Parveen died in 1994 in a car accident while on her way to work.

Parveen Shakir left us in 1994 but her memory lives on in her unforgettable poetry.

Google remembers the poet on what would’ve been her 67th birthday with some beautiful artwork that depict her best works.

Said the bio for the work, “Writing from a young woman’s perspective, Pakistani poet Parveen Shakir had an exceptionally decorated career. Her distinguished contributions to Urdu poetry earned her one of the highest civil awards in Pakistan.”

Parveen Shakir was awarded the Adamjee Literary Award in 1976 for Khusbu. She later received the Pride of Performance award for her outstanding contribution to literature.