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Fahmida Riaz

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Fahmida Riaz (Urdu: فہمیدہ ریاض) is a well known Urdu writer, poet, and feminist of Pakistan. Along with Zehra Nigah, Parveen Shakir, Kishwar Naheed , Riaz is amongst the most prominent female Urdu poets in Pakistan. She is author of Godaavari, Khatt-e Marmuz, and Khana e Aab O Gil, the first translation of the Masnavi of Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi from Farsi into Urdu she has also translated the works of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai and Shaikh Ayaz from Sindhi to Urdu.

Early Life

Fahmida Riaz was born on July 28, 1946 in a literary family of Meerut, UP, India. Her father, Riaz-ud-Din Ahmed, was an educationist, who had a great influence in mapping and establishing modern ... more »

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  • Nadeem Ishaque (12/1/2018 10:20:00 PM)

    I did not know this page existed until today. Few days ago, upon hearing of Fehmida Riaz's sad passing away, I translated one of her poems and posted it on Poem Hunter in her memory and as a small tribute to her. It was extremely difficult to capture the rhythm, rhyme, multi-faceted meanings, subtle images and overall atmosphere of the poem. After that humbling experience, I very much appreciate the excellent translation by Patricia Sharpe of several of her poems.

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  • Ayesha shabab (11/22/2018 12:31:00 PM)

    She is a n amazing writer love her work.

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Best Poem of Fahmida Riaz

The soft fragrance of my Jasmine

The soft fragrance of my jasmine
Floats on the breeze
Plays with the hand of the wind,
Is setting off in search of you.

The soft fragrance of my jasmine
Has curled around my wrists,
My arms, my throat.
It has woven chains about me.

It lurks in the fogging night,
Seeps through the darkening cold.
Rustling through the leafy thicket,
It's setting off in search of you.

Translated by Patricia L. Sharpe

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