Ehsan Sehgal

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Ehsan Sehgal
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ResidenceThe Hague, Netherlands

Ehsan Sehgal is a Pakistani-Dutch poet and writer.[1] He moved to the Netherlands in 1978 to avoid persecution during the General Zia era in Pakistan, and has lived in the Netherlands since.[2]

Literary career[edit]

Sehgal began his literary career in 1967.[3] His first publication was a novel, but his next books were all collections of poetry.[4] He has also written Ruba'i.[5]

Besides the novel and books of poetry, he published a collection of aphorisms in Dutch in 2010. The book, De Wijze Weg ("The Wise Way"), was written and translated with the help of Naeem Arif.[6] The Wise Way was also produced in a bilingual version containing both English and Urdu.[7]

In one reviewer's evaluation: "As far as the poetic justice in Sehgal's writing is considered, it is debatable. In spite of some shortcomings, he keeps on writing which is a good." [3] Indian poet Nida Fazli compared an idea expressed in one of Sehgal's couplets with a couplet of Ghalib.[4]


  • Khushi Bad-e-Gham ("Happiness and Grief").[2]
  • Sehr-e-Jazbat ("A City of Emotions").[2]
  • Parwaz-e-Takhayyul.[4]
  • Andaz-e-Takhayyul.[4]
  • Saz-e-Takhayyul.[2]
  • Naz-e-Takhayyul.[2]
  • Afkar Ki Khushboo.[4]
  • Charag-e-Dard.[4]
  • Zarb-e-Sukhan. Karachi, London, The Hague: Urdu Tahreek, 2009.[8]
Quotations and articles
  • Shaoor Ka Sheaar ("Quotes and Articles"). Karachi: Mesahi, 1999.[4]
  • Sehgal, Ehsan (2010). De Wijze Weg [The Wise Way] (in Dutch). Translation by Naeem Arif. Unibook. ISBN 978-1-61627-816-8.[4]


  1. ^ "فن کی روح انسانی اقدار سے تشکیل پاتی ہے.پرفیسر جاذب قریشی". Daily Jang Karachi. 24 November 2012. Notice of book launch.
  2. ^ a b c d e "'Martial laws badly affected literary activities'". The News International. 14 April 2002.
  3. ^ a b "Urdu, surviving against odds". Daily Rising Kashmir. 29 December 2012. Archived from the original on 18 February 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2013.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "A splendid poetry collection". Daily Times. 25 March 2013. Archived from the original on 18 January 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2013.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  5. ^ "Dr Fareed Parbati: King of Urdu Rubayi". The Daily Rising Kashmir. 15 December 2011. Archived from the original on 27 July 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  6. ^ Herberghs, Saskia (29 September 2010). "Even vragen aan: Ehsan Sehgal, dichter". AD Haagsche Courant. p. 5.
  7. ^ Dr. Amjad Parvez (1 February 2013). "Bilingual literary read". Daily Times. Archived from the original on 18 January 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2013. The book titled The Wise Way is a very interesting book by Ehsan Sehgal, a Pakistani settled in the Netherlands. It is a book with 37 pages in English and 23 in Urdu.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  8. ^ "Ehsan Sehgal's Zarb-e-Sukhan". Daily Jang. Retrieved 2 February 2012.[permanent dead link]