Karachi (Staff Report) – The 14th death anniversary of renowned poet, biographer and scholar John Elia is being observed today (Tuesday).

Born in Amroha, Uttar Pardesh, in 1931, Elia migrated to Pakistan in 1957 and settled in Karachi. He wrote his first Urdu couplet when he was just 8.

His famous poetry collections include Shayed, Ya’ni, Gumaan, Lekan, and Goya.
He also had complete command over Arabic, Persian, and Hebrew. He was a highly skilled translator.

He got hitched to another literary giant Zahida Hina but separated from her later on. Elia’s brother, Rais Amrohvi was also a renowned poet.

For his literary services, he got the Presidential Pride of Performance Award. John died on November 8, 2002, after a protracted illness.