Poet Shabnam Romani remembered on his 14th death anniversary


The renowned Urdu poet and author Shabnam Romani was remembered on his death 14th death anniversary on Friday.

According to the media reports, the real name of the poet was Mirza Azeem Baig Chughtai, but he was known in literary circles by his pen name, Shabnam Romani.

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Shabnam Romani was born on December 30, 1928 in Budaun, India, but moved to Pakistan and lived most of his life in Karachi, and died after a long illness on this day in 2009 at the age of 81. He wrote a number of books, including Jazeera, Doosra Himala, and Tohmat. He was the publisher and editor of Quarterly Aqdar, a literary Urdu magazine. He wrote a regular column in Daily Mashriq, Karachi.

His works include Masnavi Sair-e-Karachi (1959), Jazeera, Tohmat, Doosra Himala, Hyde Park, Mozay Chilghozay, and Hurf Nissbat.

One of Romani’s two sons, Faisal Azeem, is a poet, too. He is Canada-based and his book “Meri Aankhon Saay Dekho” was published in 2006.