Samina Raja

(11 September 1961 - / Bahawalpur / Pakistan)

Biography of Samina Raja

Samina Raja poet

Samina Raja is a Pakistani poetess, writer, editor, translator, educationist and broadcaster. She writes in Urdu. She lives in Islamabad, Pakistan and works in the National Language Authority as a Subject Specialist.


Samina Raja was born in Bahawalpur, Pakistan. She has a Master's degree in Urdu Literature from Punjab University Lahore. She started writing poetry in 1973 and has published twelve books of poetry, two Kulliat and one selection of her romantic poetry so far. She has written some books in Urdu prose and has edited and translated some valuable works of prose from English to Urdu.

Raja joined the National Book Foundation as a consultant and editor of monthly Kitab in 1898. In 1998 she also joined monthly Aassar as an editor.

As a media person, she has been conducting All Pakistan Mushairas since 1995 on Pakistan Television (PTV). She also has presented a long series of a famous literary program Urdu Adab Mein Aurat Ka Kirdar "The Role of Woman in Urdu Literature" on PTV.

Raja currently works as a Subject Specialist in the National Language Authority, Islamabad and is planing to bring out a new literary magazine Khwabgar (the Dream Maker)'s Ahmed Faraz (a great Urdu poet) number.

Poetry Traits

The femenine and human perspectives of love and longing, nostalgias of past and past lives, socio psychological problems of the new age, mythological and metaphysical subjects. Raja is the most prolific poetess of her time and has full command on both Ghazal and Nazm.

Samina Raja's Works:

Books of Poetry

Huweda [1995]
Shehr e saba [1997]
Aur Wisal [1998]
Khwabnaey [1998]
Bagh e Shab [1999]
Bazdeed [2000]
Haft Aasman [2001]
Parikhana [2002]
Adan Ke Rastey Par [2003]
Dil e Laila [2004]
Ishqabad [2006]
Hijr Nama [2008]


Kita e Khwab [2004] (Kulliat)
Kitab e Jan [2005] (Kulliat)
Woh Sham Zara Si Gehri Thi [2005] (Selection of poetry)

Books of Prose and Translations

Sharq Shanasi [2005] Orientalism by Edward Said
Bartanvi Hind Ka Mustaqbil [2007] Verdict on India by Beverley Nichols


Raja has also been the editor of four literary magazines
Mustaqbil [1991,1994]
Kitab [1998,2005]
asar [1998,2004]
Khwabgar [2008]

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Go! see the faces of those who hate!
Their eyes are the portals of hell;
From fires that burn in their dungeons
The walls of their hearts are soot-black.
See those faces
Whose teeth peep from their mouths
And when they talk,
From their lips froth comes forth
For whom, to face truth is impossible,

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