Rauf Parekh

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Rauf Parekh is an Urdu lexicographer, linguist, humorist and a Pakistani newspaper columnist.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Karachi on August 26, 1958, Parekh was educated in Karachi. Having obtained MA and PhD degrees in Urdu from the University of Karachi, he worked for the Urdu Lughat Board or Urdu Dictionary Board, Karachi, as Chief Editor[1] from 2003 to 2007. Farman Fatehpuri, president of the Urdu Lughat Board, said in an interview, "The Urdu Lughat Board plans to publish 22 volumes containing 300,000 words, give or take a few hundred words." He praised Rauf Parekh for bringing out two volumes of the Urdu Lughat in two years.[1]

Urdu Lughat Board began its work in 1958, the first volume of the Urdu Lughat came out in 1967.[1]

In 2017, Rauf Parekh teaches Urdu at the University of Karachi and writes a weekly literary column in Dawn newspaper. In addition to writing research articles, humorous essays and critical writings, he has written over 20 books.[2] Rauf Parekh was appointed director general of National Language Promotion Department, Islamabad, in December 2020.He also writes columns in English for the newspaper DAWN.[3]


Some of his books are:

  • Urdu Lughat (vol. 19, 20, 21) (Urdu Dictionary)
  • Awwaleen Urdu Slang Lughat
  • Urdu Lughat Navisi (Writing Dictionary in Urdu)
  • The Oxford Urdu-English Dictionary[4]
  • Asri Adab Aur Samaji Rujhanaat
  • Allama Iqbal by Atiya Begum

Awards and recognition[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d 'KARACHI: 20th volume of Urdu Dictionary published' Dawn (newspaper), Published 6 July 2005, Retrieved 5 April 2019
  2. ^ A literary column written by Rauf Parekh in Dawn newspaper Published 6 March 2017, Retrieved 5 April 2019
  3. ^ "NLPD head appointed". 22 December 2020.
  4. ^ Rauf Parekh's Urdu-English dictionary Retrieved 5 April 2019
  5. ^ President Mamnoon confers civil awards on Yaum-i-Pakistan (Pakistan Day) Dawn (newspaper), Published 23 March 2018, Retrieved 5 April 2019