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Perveen Shakir known for her poems, which brought a distinctive feminine voice to Urdu literature, and for her consistent use of the rare grammatical feminine gender for the word "lover".but do you know that she knew about her death.
Yes, During the trip to India for attending International Urdu Conference, Parveen Shakir expressed keen interest in meeting a well-known palmist who was popular among the showbiz celebrities.
He forewarned her that she would not be able to complete her fifth book, which she was working on at the time, and that she would die young. He was proved right on both counts. On 26 December 1994, Parveen's car collided with a bus while she was on her way to work in Islamabad. The accident resulted in her death, a great loss to the Urdu poetry world.
Parveen was highly educated. She received two undergraduate degrees, one in English literature and the other in linguistics, and obtained MA degrees in the same subjects from the University of Karachi. She also held a PhD, and another MA degree in Bank Administration. In 1982, Shakir qualified for the Central Superior Services (CSS) Examination. In 1991, she obtained an MA degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.
Parveen Shakir married a Pakistani doctor, Syed Naseer Ali, with whom she had a son, Syed Murad Ali but the marriage did not last long and ended in a divorce. It seems that marriage is not working for her and she feels like living in a prison of loneliness.
No poet has had the meteoric rise in the last three decades, like the Perveen Shakir did. She focuses on love, its mutuality, reciprocity and even a desire for sensuality. She not only brings a feminine perspective and sensibility to poetry but also picked up issues unique to women, like motherhood, childbirth, pregnancy, divorce and being a woman in a patriarchal society.