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Ibn-e-Insha ابن انشاء
Born Sher Muhammad Khan
شیر محمد خان
(1927-06-15)15 June 1927
Phillaur, Punjab, British India
Died 11 January 1978(1978-01-11) (aged 50)
London, England
Pen name Insha
Occupation Urdu poet, humorist, Travelogue writer and columnist
Nationality Pakistani
Genre Ghazal

Ibn-e-Insha (Punjabi, Urdu: ابن انشاء‎) born Sher Muhammad Khan (Punjabi, Urdu: شیر محمد خان‎) on 15 June 1927 died 11 January 1978,[1][2][3] was a Pakistani Leftist Urdu poet, humorist, travelogue writer and columnist. Along with his poetry, he was regarded one of the best humorists of Urdu.[1][3] His poetry has a distinctive diction laced with language reminiscent of Amir Khusro in its use of words and construction that is usually heard in the more earthy dialects of the Hindi-Urdu complex of languages, and his forms and poetic style is an influence on generations of young poets.[2][4][5]


Insha was born in Phillaur tehsil of Jalandhar District, Punjab, India.[1][3] His father hailed from Rajasthan. In 1946, he received his B.A. degree from Punjab University and subsequently, his M.A. from University of Karachi in 1953.[1][3] He was associated with various governmental services including Radio Pakistan, the Ministry of Culture and the National Book Centre of Pakistan.[2][3] He also served the UN for some time[2] and this enabled him to visit many places, all of which served to inspire the travelogues he would then pen.[1][3] Some of the places he visited include Japan, Philippines, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, France, UK and United States.[2][3] His teachers included Habibullah Ghazenfar Amrohvi, Dr. Ghulam Mustafa Khan and Dr. Abdul Qayyum.[4] Ibn-e-Insha spent the remainder of his life in Karachi[4] before he died of Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 1978, on 11 January, whilst in London. He was later buried in Karachi.[3][4]

Literary career[edit]

Insha is considered to be one of the best poets and writers of his generation.[3][4][6] His most famous ghazal Insha Ji Utthoo (ur) (Get up Insha Ji, Let's leave from here) is an influential classic ghazal.[4][5] Ibn-e-Insha had written several travelogues, showcasing his sense of humor[3][4] and his work has been appreciated by both Urdu writers and critics.[3][4] He also translated a collection of Chinese poems into Urdu in 1960.[3][5]



  • Kal Chaudavi ki raat thi, shab bhar raha charcha tera
  • Is Basti Key Ik Koochey Main[3]
  • Chand Nagar[3]
  • Dil-e-Wehshi[3]
  • Billo Ka Basta (Rhymes for Children)


  • Awara Gard Ki Diary
  • Dunya Gol Hey[3]
  • Ibn Battuta Kay Taqub mien
  • Chaltay Ho To Cheen Ko Chaliye[3]
  • Nagri Nagri Phira Musafar[3]


  • Aap se kya Parda
  • Khumar e Gandum
  • Urdu Ki Aakhri Kitaab[3]
  • Khat Insha Jee KayCollection of letters[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Ibn-e-Insha remembered". Times of Ummah.com. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Ibn-e-Insha: nagri nagri phira musafir". Pakistaniat.com. 6 February 2008. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "34th death anniversary of Ibn-e-Insha today". Dunya News.TV. 11 January 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "On Ibn-e-Insha and Nazarul Islam's death anniversaries". Pakistan Today.com.pk. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "Renowned Urdu poet Ibn-e-Insha remembered". Business Recorder.com. 11 January 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "31st death anniversary of Ibne Insha observed". Daily Times.com.pk. 12 January 2009. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 

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