PARVEEN SHAKIR Parveen Shakir was born on 24th November, 1952 in Karachi, Pakistan. She was highly educated with two masters degrees, one in English literature and one in linguistics. She also held a Ph.D and another masters degree in Bank Administration. She started her professional carrier as a teacher, after 9 yrs of teaching she joined civil services of Pakistan and worked in the Customs department. In 1986 she was appointed the second secretary, CBR in Islamabad. Parveen Shakir represented an era. Parveen Shakir is perhaps the most well-known and most read poetess of Urdu language. she started writing verse at a young age, simultaneously devoting herself to the study of English and Urdu classics as well as modern literature, thereby enriching her knowledge and embellishing her diction. Parveen Shakir also wrote prose, contributing weekly columns in Urdu, and articles in English. In addition, she was an established Mushaira ‘star’, captivating the audience by her pleasant recital without the use of melody. She exercised her talent in all genres of poetry, not neglecting free verse, and even the controversial ‘prose poem’, but Parveen emerges triumphant in ghazal.