Jon Elia

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Jaun Elia, جون ایلیا
Occupation Urdu poet, scholar
Nationality Pakistani
Ethnicity Muhajir
Genre Ghazal
Notable works Shayad, Yaani, Lekin, Gummaan, Goya
Spouse Zahida Hina
Children Zaryoon Elia
Relatives Shafiq Hasan Elia (father), Rais Amrohvi (brother), Syed Muhammad Taqi (brother)

Jaun Elia (Urdu: جون ایلیا‎, 14 December 1931 – 8 November 2002) was a Pakistani Urdu-language poet, philosopher, biographer, and scholar. He was the brother of journalist and psychoanalyst Rais Amrohvi and journalist and philosopher Syed Muhammad Taqi, and husband of columnist Zahida Hina. He was fluent in Arabic, English, Persian, Sanskrit and Hebrew.

Early life[edit]

Jaun Elia was born on 15 December 1931 in Amroha, Uttar Pradesh.[citation needed] He was the youngest of his siblings. His father, Shafiq Hasan Elia, was involved in art and literature and also an astrologer and a poet.[citation needed]

During his youth, Pakistan gained independence as a Muslim state. Being a Communist, Elia was averse to the idea, but finally accepted it as a compromise.[citation needed] He migrated to Pakistan in 1957, and made Karachi his home. Poet Pirzada Qasim said: "Jaun was very particular about language. While his diction is rooted in the classical tradition, he touches on new subjects. He remained in quest of an ideal all his life. Unable to find the ideal eventually, he became angry and frustrated. He felt, perhaps with reason, that he had squandered his talent."[1]


Poetry collections[edit]

  • Shayad, 1991. [1]
  • Ya'ani, 2003. [2]
  • Gumaan, 2004. [3]


  1. ^ Samiuddin, Abida (2007). Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Urdu Literature (2 Vols. Set). Global Vision Publishing. p. 201. ISBN 9788182201910.