A. Hameed was a veteran Urdu-fiction writer of Pakistan. His contributions towards children literature in Pakistan are immense. He wrote over 200 books and achieved immense popularity and critical acclaim. He is a well-known figure among book lovers and literary circles in the country and wherever Urdu is spoken.
Hameed was a veteran Urdu-fiction writer of Pakistan. His contributions towards children literature in Pakistan are immense. He wrote over 200 books and achieved immense popularity and critical acclaim. He is a well-known figure among book lovers and literary circles in the country and wherever Urdu is spoken.
Allama Alam Faqri was a highly prolific and respected Islamic Scholar, and has written numerous books on Islam, Sunnat, Hadith, signs of Judgement Day and many other topics of equal interest to Muslims and those interested in knowing about Islam. The extensive research in Allama Faqri's books makes his work highly informative and authentic.
Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Baz was a Saudi scholar of great importance. As there was no established university education system in Saudi Arabia when he was growing up, Ibn Baz studied under a number of briliant and prolific Islamic shoclars. The education and experience gained helped him acquire and maintain some of the most distinguished government, civil and religious positions during his lifetime, inlcuding Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia from 1993 till the time of his death. Ibn Baz was most known for some of his very controversial fatwas and stances regarding women rightgs in Islam, cosmology and especially, Osama Bin Laden.
Abdul Malik Mujahid is the General Manager of Darrussalam and a highly distinguished writer and scholar. He has written many books on varying subjects from biographies of Islamic historical personalities to how Muslims should conduct themselves in modern days, and also introductory books for children about Islam.
Born in 1889, Adolf Hitler after converting to anti-Semitic views, wrote Mein Kempf (My Struggle) in two volumes, in 1925 and 1926. The book gives a deep understanding of Hitler’s character and remains a highly controversial and popular book. Hitler wrote it, apart from obvious reasons of getting his message across, for monetary reasons. When he came into power, he made sure that each newly married couple and soldier in Germany is given a copy of his book.
Ahmed Faraz is one of the most legendary Urdu poets of the present times. He will forever be a name synonymous with acute sensitive and sometimes bitter portrayal of human emotions. His choice of vocabulary, an egoist stance and possessive nature of love in his poetry made him the most famous poet of his times. A huge part of his poetry is used for movies and TV, and has transformed into record-breaking hit albums.
Aleem-ul-Haq Haqqi is one of the most versatile writers of Urdu fiction. He has penned countless of stories on a wide range of cultural, religious and social topics. His most acclaimed works include Ishq Ka Ainn, which took his popularity into a new era. His other famous works include Achoot, Ishq ka Sheen, and Doosri Fasal among others.
Allama Iqbal, the most prominent Urdu and Persian poety and philosopher of 20th century, is a national figure in Pakistan. In addition to being the national poet of the country, Allama Iqbal is also called the vision of Pakistan, the first man who dreamed up how and what Pakistan would be. A close associate and ally of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Allama Iqbal was held in great esteem by both religious scholars and secular philosophers of his day. He has written a number of books on poetry and philosophy, and many of his poems written for children, which are addressed to his Javed, are still used as guiding stars for kids and adults alike. Khudi, a deeper connection to Allah and self-realization are some of the topics which Allama Iqbal has written most on.
Allama Nawab M.Siddiq Hasan Khan was a prominent Islamic scholar and leader of India's Muslim community in the 19th century. Many of his stances regarding some core Islamic issues also rendered him a controversial persona in that time. He is also credited for being one of the first Islamic figures to work towards Indian Independece Movement. His life's work has mostly been in the field of compiling and authenticating Hadith collection of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and he is called the frontrunner in formation of Ahl e Hadees movement in India which became a huge part of Sunni Muslim sect in the region.
Allama Syed Sulaimaan Nadvi was an astounding Islamic historian, biographer, author and scholar. To honor his services to Islam and Indian Muslims, the Aligarh Muslim University conferred on him the honorary degree of Doctorate of Literature in 1940. Amongst many of his authored books and works, Sirat-un-Nabi, which he continued after the death of Shibli Nomani, who died before he could finish completing the book. In addition to Seerat e Nabvi, Khutbat-e-Madras, which Syed Sulaiman Nadvi authored himself, is also a very prominent and celebrated Islamic book.
Allama Waheed Zaman was a great Islamic scholar of huge prominence. His most famous work to date is the translation of the Hadees compilations from Arabic to Urdu, and due to this service to Muslim community he is held in great esteem in the South East Asia region. Due to his personal views on some Islamic historical events, he is also considered a controversial figure by few.
Ameer Ali Khan is an Urdu writer most noted for his translation of Kunwar Anil Kumar's book Akbar and Birbal.
Amna Mufti is well known for her vivid painting of social, political and romantic tangles of society that give birth to complex characters that we see around us. Her most famous novels include Akhri Zamana, Jurrat-e-Rindana, and Ullu Baraye Farokht Nahin. She has also worked successfully on writing for TV and has turned her many novels into hit plays.
Amna Riaz is famous author of Urdu popular fiction. She started her career by writing for monthly digests Khawateen and Shuaa and slowly gained a fanfollowing which is increasing with every new novel she writes. She has a unique knack for interpreting social situations and understanding behavior currents which she expertly uses in her stories. Her famous works include Mah e Tamam, Tum Akhri Jazeera Ho and Mohabbat Be-Aman Thehri.
Born in 1952, Harvey is an avid writer who has written extensively on the subject of spiritual and mystical themes. He is also a religious scholar and teacher of mystic traditions. He has written more than 30 books. His works include The Hope, A Guide to Sacred ActivismRumi
Aneeza Syed is of the few writers today that take social stories and turn it into literature reads. She is not a regular writer with flowery-touches; she has her grip on the most sensitive and sometimes controversial issues of society, and the ability to convey her message through endearing characters.
Anthony Robbins is an American author of many books about business and investment and how wise and proactive decisions in business and investment can help a person achieve a fulfilled life. From big global organizations to small, mid-sized family owned businesses, Robbins’ financial advice has helped many achieve more stable and secure business and investment settings.
Aravind Adiga is the Man Booker Prize winner of 2008, for his novel, The White Tiger. Before publishing his novel, he wrote many articles for publications like the New Yorker, the Sunday Times, the Financial Times, and the Times of India. Last Man in Tower and Between the Assassinations are two of his recent novels in the market.
Archie Brown is a distinguished educationsit, author and editor. In his specialty area of political science, he has closely studied Russian and East Europian politics. He is an award winning author of over eighteen books on varying themes of his chosen field. As an educationist he has taught at St. Antony's College, Oxford University and Moscow State University, among others.
Arundhati Roy is an Indian writer of English Language. She is also a prominent activist and writes mostly about social injustice and economic inequality. Her novel, The God of Small Things won her a Booker Prize in 1997. Roy also has written numerous essays and two screen plays. Politics is another genre that she has a knack for writing.
Most lovingly known by his interactive discussions through TV program Zaviya, Ashfaq Ahmed’s writings are an asset to Urdu literature. The art of conveying most complex philosophical notions in the simplest of words is most common in Ashfaq sahab’s work. A man’s relationship with his creator is the most discussed subject, from a variety of angles, in his writings.
Ashraf Ali Thanvi was one of the most prominent Indian Muslim scholar, belonging to the Deobandi school of thought. As an educationist, he acquired instant fame and success as an intelligent scholar of religious sciences, including Sufism. He was also a strong proponent and close associate of Muhammad Ali Jinnah before and during Pakistan Movement. Baheshti Zewar, an inconic book on Islamic beliefs and jurisprudence is probably the most famous work by Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi.
Atiya Syed is a Pakistani short story writer, novelist and educationist. She appeared on the literary scene in the 80s and wrote extensively on the subject of social inustice, philosophy, pyschology and politics in Pakistan. She also served as the Chairperson of Department of Psychology, and as Dean of Arts at Lahore College of Women. Shehr e Haul, Ghubar, and Hikyat e Junoon are some of Atiya Syed's most prized works.
Awais Raza Qadri is a popular Naat Khawan of present day Pakistan. Though he has no formal training of reciting Naat's, the melody in his voice has gained him a huge following.
Baba Yayhya Khan is a modern day Sufi and living legend dedicated to spreading the love in Islam to all and everyone. One of his greatest services to Islam is presenting a modern picture of it to the world where anyone can relate to Islam and understand it on their level. Piya Rang Kala is a popular work by Baba Yahya Khan and addresses some fundamental philosphical and Sufi questions in mind.
Badi'-uz-Zaman Syed-al-Nursi was an instrumental architect in the modern Islamic revolution in Turkey. His interests did not lie in politics, but in his belief that modern Islamic states can be build on the example of state of Madina that Prophet Muhammad built after Hijrah. He was a strong proponent of building Islamic personalities, Islamic vision and awakening which will eventually create a modern Islamic society. He wrote many books on Islamic sociology and how Muslims should conduct themselves and their affairs. Many of his books have been translated in different languages and are popular worldwide.
Bano Qudsia is what makes Urdu literature whole and complete. Her endless contributions to Urdu literature address a number of conflicting social issues in Pakistan and the subcontinent. Most famous for her masterpiece Raja Gidh, Bano Qudsia is an institute in herself.
Bapsi Sidhwa is a Pakistani writer born in 1938. As a child, she witnesses the bloody episodes that took place at the time of partition of India in 1947. The memories left a lasting impact on her and are still visible through her writings. After living many years in Pakistan, Sidhwa then migrated to America and currently resides there. Her works include Pakistani Bride, The Crow Eaters, An American Brat, Cracking India and many others.
Benazir Butto was a Pakistani Politician and chairperson of a prominent political party, the Pakistan Peoples Party. She also served as the country's prime minister in two non-consecutive terms. The eldest daughter of politican and statesman Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Benazir was hailed and admired as the true political heir of her father. After being thrown out of government in 1996, she lived in self-exile in Dubai. Upon her eventual return to Pakistan in 2007, amid many threats to her life, she was finally assassinated on 27 December, 2007.
Bushra Rahman is an award-winning Pakistani writer, and also a politician. She has written numerous novels and short stories and many of her plays have been dramatized for television. Her famous works inlcude Paarsa, Chaara Gar, Pyaasi, and Lagaan. Television serials Paarsa and Bandhan are based on her famous novels.
Bushra Saeed is a well-known literary figure of present age. She is most famous for her works, like Jazzam, Sifaal-gar, Raqs-e-Junoon and many others. Popular for her sensitive portray of different conflicting social issues in Pakistan, Bushra Saeed is known for her unique character building strategies and an unflinching knack for witty and touching dialogues.
Cecelia Ahern is an Irish writer born on September 30, 1981 in Dublin, Ireland. Her international bestselling novel, P.S I love You was also her debut novel. It also got made into a Hollywood movie starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler. The movie and novel, both, generated quite rave reviews and were popular hits. Since then, she has written many hit novels, and has co-created and produced the American comedy Samantha Who?
Charlotte Brontë belongs to that small group of writers who gain lifelong fame and critical success with just one piece of work, and secure a name for themselves in the literary world forever. The publication of Jane Eyre was one such event. Charlotte Brontë was born in Yorkshire to a clergy man, and with her siblings she nurtured and developed her unique style of storytelling. Charlotte, with four of her siblings, Emily, Anne and Branwell, spent her childhood and adolescense, creating fictional worlds and kingdoms, and later all three sisters became literary standards for English language and literature.
Born in 1966, Christiana Lamb is a British journalist. Her award-winning writing career is at length dominated by her memoirs and adventures and interviews that she conducted during her various journalistic duties as a foreign correspondent. She has travelled extensively within Pakistan and Afghanistan and both these places recur often in her writings.
Dan Brown is an American writer with mastery in suspense, thriller, mystery and intrigue. With international bestsellers like Angels and Demons, and The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown has cemented his place as an intelligent and brilliant writer with a knack for keeping the readers on edge of their seats as the drama unfolds on the pages. His novels have been translated into many languages.
Danielle Steel is a popular American writer of romance fiction, primarily. She has won many awards and has written extensively. A huge majority of her work has been able to stay for long durations on The New York Times Bestsellers’ lists. Born in 1947, Steel regularly explores human psychology in the times of crisis and challenge, in her novels. Many of her novels have been adapted into screen plays and garnered huge success.
Daniyal Mueenuddin is an award-winning American-Pakistani author who gained fame for his work In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, a collection of short stories penned by Mueenuddin. He was born to a Pakistani father and an American mother, and spent most of his life travelling and staying between the two countries. In Other Rooms, Other Wonders is inspired by time spent on his farm in Pakistan where he saw the old fuedal system slowly crumbling away and a new set of rules setting in.
Relin was an American journalist, author and editor and co-wrote The New York Times bestselling book Three Cups of Tea with Greg Mortenson. Apart from this, he was award winning writer and editor and won more than forty national awards for his work. He was also the contributing editor for Parade, and Skiing magazines.
Deborah Rodriguez is famous for her memoirs of her time spend in the heart of Afghanistan, Kabul city. There she owned a beauty school and a coffee shop. Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil is a narration of her memoirs of the people she came across to at the Kabul Beauty School. She has also written two other non-fiction novels, A Cup of Friendship, and The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul.
Douglas Adams, born in 1952, was a famous British author who was most well known for his work Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which eventually turned into a series, as well as a comic book series, a computer game and finally into a feature film. Apart from Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy series, Adams also worked on different other novels, scripts and books. He was also an avid environmentalist and a fan of technical gadgets.
Dr. Abdur Rehman Rafat is a prominent Islamic author, most known for his biographic work Zindagiyan Sahaba Ki, which is about the lives and happenings of the closest companions of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) including Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq (RA), Hazrat Umar (RA), Hazrat Usman (RA) and Hazrat Ali (RA).
Dr. Al-Sallabi is a famous Libyan scholar, cleric, theologist and author, with contemporary views of Islam, and has worked extensively to build Libyan society on the modern Islamic vision of Turkey. He is a famous figure in literary circles for writing biographies of iconic Muslim personalities like Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) , Hazrat Abu Bakr (RA), Hazrat Umar (RA) and many others.
Eminent scholar and writer Dr. Akhtar Nawaz Qadri is most famous for writing Rasul Allah k 2000 Mojizat, a compilation of 2,000 miracles of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Dr. M. Iftikhar Khokar is the famous author of the popular Islamic book Sab se Sachi Kahani.
Dr. Mehar Abdul Haq was a prominent linguist from Pakistan, and an award winning writer and researcher. He was an expert of Siraeki language and wrote many books in Siraeki, helping make it a popular regional language with literary history.
A former student of Ibn Baaz, Muhammad bin Abdul Rehman Al Arifi is a prominent Saudi scholar and Islamist theologian. He holds the position of Imam of the mosque of King Fahd academy of Saudi Navy.
Dr. Ramzan is most famous for writing the biography of Badi uz Zaman Sayed Nusri, the prominent Islamic, author, researcher and scholar.
Dr. Rick Brinkman is a professional motivational speaker. His expertise lie in Conscious Communication and Naturopathic medicine. He has given motivational speeches and trainings on numerous topics as varying as health, wellness, communication, corporate life, and many others. He is also an international bestselling author.
Dr. Rick Kirschner is a professional motivational speaker and communication skills trainer. Business, relationships and life are the topics of his expertise. His clients include a range of individuals from corporate executives, international brands CEOs, and people from all walks of life.
Dr. Shabbir Ahmed is a medical doctor, an Islamic scholar and a former army personnel. Born in Pakistan, he now resides in the United States, and writes extensively on Islam in both Urdu and English. He has also served in the Royal Saudi Army (Medical Corps), and located there, he learnt Arabic in Quraish dialect, which is the same dialect in which Quran was narrated in Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) time.
Dr. Shawqi Abu Khalil was a prominent research scholor of geography and a notable author of Arabian language, popularly known in the Islamic world for his books Atlus of the Quran and Atlus of the Prophet Muhammad's life.
Dr. Syed Shafiq ur Rehman is a famous Islamic author, and has penned many books on a number of Islamic topics. His one of the most famous work is Namaz e Nabvi, a detailed book on how to offer Namaz according to Quran and Hadith.
A popular humorist and a household name in Pakistan, Dr. Younis Butt is a screenwriter and columnist. He is also an executive producer. The popular show Hum Sab Umeed se Hain is based on his humorist writing. He is also the author of more than thirty books.
Dr. Zakir Naik is a popular Indian Islamic speaker. His brilliant memory recall of Quranic verses, his calm and logical approach about Islamic teachings and preachings and his practical and realistic interpretation of Quran and Islam has made him a worldwide popular speaker among Muslims. He is also the founder and president of Islamic Research Foundation, and Islamic International School in India. Dr. Zakir Naik is also a medical doctor and therefore, has a firm grasp on how Islam's various verses are in sync with many modern scientific theories like embroyological development, circulatory system, astronomy and others.
E. L. James shot to fame with her internationally popular fan fiction work Fifty Shades of Grey. It is a fan fiction continuation of the Twilight characters created by Stephenie Meyers. Having enjoyed phenomenal success due to her Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, E. L. James is currently working on another novel now, this time it is her own creative mind thinking up characters and what to do with them.
A prominent Urdu poet from Indian Sub-Continent, Ehsan Danish is called the Poet of the Workmen (Shair e Mazdur). This title was given to him because of his inspiring and motivating poems that spoke of the plights and sufferings of common man. In his early career, he was also quite famous for his fine romantic poetry. He is one of the very few Urdu poets who garnered immense success and popularity in all kinds of poetry lovers, whether romantic or revolutionary, with his simple, yet fascinating style of poetry and light language.
Elif Shafak, born in 1971, is a Turkish writer who writes in both English and Turkish. She is a multiple award winning writer and is considered a strong voice in the modern literature of present Turkey. She has written many novels and stories. Philosophy, mysticism, religion, culture, history and politics are recurrent themes in almost all her works.
Sky-rocketed to fame with her international bestseller, Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert is an award winning writer who is equally adept at writing fiction, as non-fiction. A big part of her work has been translated in many languages, including Eat, Pray, Love, which got translated into more than thirty languages, as well as a Hollywood hit starring Julia Roberts. Her other famous works include Pilgrims, Stern Men, and The Last American Man.
Enid Blyton is one of the most popular fiction writers in the history of the world. She was born in 1897 and died in 1968. During her writing career of 40 years, she is said to have written over 800 books, most of which comprised of children fiction including mysteries, adventures and fantasies. She was a gifted and talented writer that produced timeless books like the series of The Famous Five, The Secret Seven, The Wishing Chair, Mallory Towers and many more.
Erich Segal is an American fiction writer who was also an educator and a screenwriter. His novel, Love Story was a bestseller when it was published and still remains a timeless romantic classic. It was also made into a blockbuster Hollywood movie. Another book by Segal, Man, Woman and Child was also a popular work of fiction and enjoyed film adaptations in different languages.
Regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 21st century, F. Scott Fitzgerald, gained huge success and popularity with his short stories and novels, depicting his paradigmatic writings. In addition to a huge amount of his work turned into TV shows and movies, his own life was also dramatized into a drama film, Beloved Infidel. His most famous work ever is the excessively popular novel The Great Gatsby.
Faiez Hassan Seyal is a behavioral scientist and a motivational speaker. He conducts seminars and lectures on self improvement, social change by changing yourself, and how to better your life. He has written many books on personal growth with topics like Self Improvement, Relationships and Personal Change.
Faiz Ahmed Faiz, a revolutionary Urdu and Punjabi poet from Pakistan, is a national figure in country, even after many years of his death. He was a man of great influence, and was an active member of the Progressive Writers Movement in Pakistan. An avowed Marxist, a unique follower of Islam and a four-time Nobel Prize nominee, was a both feared and celebrated personality of his time. Due to his vocal opposition of many of government stances, he was also once arrested and put behind bars. His work continues to be a great influence on Pakistan's art and literature society.
Faiza Iftikhar, like many of her peers, started her literary journey by writing stories for various women digests. She soon gained popularity through her charismatic approach to various social issues in the country that she frequently addressed in her stories. A master at writing humor, Faiza Iftikhar is also famous for her heart-breaking and sensitive depiction of tragedy in fiction.
Farhat Abbas Shah is a renowned Urdu language poet from Pakistan. He is also an Islamic Microfinance professional, and the founder of Farz Foundation, the first Shariah certified microfinance institution of Pakistan.
Farhat Ishtiaq is one of the most beloved fiction writers of today’s times. Started her writing career through women digests, she will remain forever famous for her novel-turned TV play, Humsafar. Farhat Ishtiaq also has many other successful selling novels and plays on her credit list.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky was a 19th century novelist, born in Russia in 1821. An army engineer by profession, Dostoyevsky had a brilliant writing mind which helped him become the most famous author of his country towards the end of his life. He is considered as one of the most influential elements on modern novel today. His most admirable works include Notes from Underground, The Idiot, White Nights, The Insulted and Injured, and The House of the Dead among many others.
A Nobel Prize winner Colombian writer, Marquez undoubtedly is the one of the most famous literary personalities of the 20th century. Born in 1927 in Colombia, Gabo, as he is lovingly known in his country, is the author of many highly praised writing ventures. His most famous and loved works include One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985).
George Martin is an American author born in 1948 in New Jersey. Schooled in journalism, Martin has always been a comic fan and enthusiast. A vast majority of his work is in the science fiction genre as well as fantasy and horror. Apart from writing books in his favorite themes, Martin has also been associated with many television and film productions including Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and Doorways.
Greg Mortenson is a former American moutaineer, a humanitarian, professional speaker, and writer. His non-profit foundation, Central Asia Institute has build over 60 schools in remote locations of Pakistan-Afghanistan border, and its adjoining villages, promoting girls' education. His biographical account of his K2 climbing adventure, the results of which ultimately inspired him to work towards educational causes in nearby villages are documented in his bestselling book Three Cups of Tea.
Gulzar is one of the most well-known and distinguished Indian poet of present times. A multiple award winning lyricist, he is extremely popular in Indian film industry for his simple, yet glorious lyrics that usually become the reason of a song's success. He writes in Hindi and its many dialects. He also has a good command over Urdu language and uses it to pen songs, poems and lyrics that are instantly heart-touching.
A revolutionary poet from Pakistan, Habib Jalib was also an activist and a politician. He was very vocal in his opinions of Martial Law and wrote many poems to protest against Ayub Khan's Marshal Law in Pakistan, in the 60s and then later against Zia ul Haq's Marshal Law too. Habib Jalib was famous for his cutting words and his fearless voice that stirred the emotions of millions when he recited his poems in public against opression, corruption, and dictatorship.
Hafiz Salahuddin Yousaf is a prominent Hadith scholar from Pakistan. He is also renowned Islamic researcher and holds a key position in Darussalam's research division in Lahore, Pakistan.
Hakeem Aziz ur Rehman is a well known writer of Islamic genre. He is most notably known for his translative work of Arabic scholars titled, Tibb e Nabvi. The book contains great research and holistic solutions of different diseases as expalined by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Hamid Sultan Qadri, a well-known Islamic literary figure who is most popular for his prolific translation of Ibn e Khatir's 'Stories of Prophets' in Urdu titled 'Qasus ul Anbiya'.
Hanif Kureishi is an English fiction writer who was born in London, England in 1954. From the very start of his writing career, Kureishi has enjoyed tremendous success, both as a screenwriter, and as an author. He has won numerous awards for his works. My Beautiful Laundarette, The Buddha of Suburbia and Intimacy are some of his most famous works till date.
Harry Tolley is a prominent educator, and has co-authored world famous series of How To Succeed At An Assessment Center which is a collection of techniques and evaluations to determine how a person would perform in a work environment in the future. He is also a notable researcher, and independent consultant.
Hashim Nadeem rose to high accolades of fame with his bestselling novel Abdullah. It is a story of complex character that starts a journey to self realization and what hurdles he faces. His other novels like Muqaddas, Khuda aur Mohabbat and Bachpan ka December, all are a testament to his true talent as a writer.
Commonly known as Baba Farid, he was one of the most influential and prominent Sufi and Muslim missionary of his time. He primarily preached in the Punjab region of Southeast Asia and is still reverred as a man of great teachings and intellectual power.
Hesse was a Germen-Swiss poet, novelist and painter and received a Nobel Prize for his literary contributions. He was born in 1877 and after spending a big part of his young age in different institutions, following his shaky relationships with his parents, he turned to philosophy, theology and spirituality. Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and Beneath the Wheel are some of his most acclaimed works.
Ian Stephens was born in 1903 and spent a major part of his life living in the Indian Sub Continent. There he witnessed firsthand the politics of India and Pakistan, their inner conflicts and the challenges that ultimately resulted into two different countries. His books carry an authenticity and a searching voice. His most acclaimed works include Pakistan, Unmade Journey, The Pakistanis, and Diary of a Trademark: Poetry and Prose.
Ibn e Insha is one of the most famous and celebrated literary figure in Pakistan. He is most known for his unique styled poetry that is heavily reminiscent of Amir Khusro in its use of words and construction. He started his career from Radio Pakistan and later got associated with a number of cultural and literary institutes of the country. During his association with UN, he visited many countries and wrote sometimes-humurous travelogues that are still read and loved by readers. Insha jee utho, ab kooch karo, remains one of the most popular ghazals by him, and is hailed as a classic.
Born in Damascus, Ibn Khatir, was a highly influential, knowledgeable and prolific Islamic scholar, historian, Muhaddith, and Faqeeh of his time. He has written many books on a number of Islamic topics of interest and they are considered as one of the most authentic and accurate Islamic interpretations till date. Stories of the Prophets, The Beginning and the End, and Tafsir Ibn Khatir remain his few of the most prized, read and loved works.
Intizar Hussain, a living legend of Urdu literature in Pakistan, is an international award winning author of many bestsellers. Many of his books have been translated in English and other languages. His writings showcase a strong influence of Buddhist teachings and thoughts of peace and hope.
Ismat Chughtai was a prominent Indian writer of Urdu language. She is famous for breaking the conventional portrayal of a Muslim women in Indian subcontinent, and wrote about modern feminist ideaology. She was even sued for her her beliefs that were considered radical at that time. Lihaaf is one of her most controversial and famous writings.
J.K Rowling is the world famous author of Harry Potter series and was born in 1965 in England. Before her Harry Potter series, Rowling had suffered a period of rejections from many publishers until she sold her first Harry Potter book. Since then, the whole series has been made into a Hollywood movie franchise and has earned billions. Fantasy and magical themes are Rowling’s forte, for which she has an uncanny knack to create masterpieces.
Jamil Ahmad is a retired official of Pakistan civil service, having spent major portion of his postings in Baluchistan, FATA and North West Frontier Province (now, Khyber Pakhtun Khwah). During his early posting in Balochistan, he penned a collection of short stories inspired by sometimes real life incidents in the areas, and also purely fictional. Keeping that manuscript of The Wandering Falcon untouched for three decades, he finally got it published to international recognition as 'one of the finest collections of short stories to come out of South Asia in decades'.
Javed Chaudhry is a renowned journalist, columnist and author in Pakistan. He is most notable for his quiet voice and an easy manner in which he asks some biting questions, and presents ironies that are highly affecting.
Jeans Sasson is an American writer with many international bestsellers to her credit. Her first book The Rape of Kuwait instantly became the number 1 international bestseller and reached the second spot of the NY Times bestsellers list. She has travelled extensively and resided in Saudi Arabia for 12 years. There she witnessed firsthand the cultural differences and traditions which inspired her to write Princess: A True Story of Life Behind The Veil in Saudi Arabia. She is currently working on memoires of her time spent in Saudi Arabia.
Born in 1971, Jeff Kinney is an American fiction writer who has written numerous books for children that are popular worldwide. His series The Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a favorite among children. He has also created a website for children known as ‘Poptropica’.
Jeffrey Archer is a popular English fiction writer whose main expertise lies in mysteries and thriller. Born in 1940, Archer is a former member of English parliament. As a novelist, playwright and short story writer, Archer enjoyed tremendous success and still is considered a brilliant mystery writer of today’s times.
Jim Collins was born in 1958 in America. By profession he is an educator and a researcher. As an author, he has studied and written extensively about business practices and attitudes that make or break companies. His list of books that he has authored or co-authored includes GOOD TO GREAT: Why Some Companies Make the Leap ... And Others Don’tBuilt to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies, and How The Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In
John Gray is most known for his world famous work Men are From Mars and Women are from Venus. This book opened a floodgate of new philosophies to handle, understand and explore the intricate and challenging relationships between men and women. The book remained a bestseller for a long time and is still considered a milestone in its genres. Relationships and personal growth are two themes very common in Gray’s work. He was born in 1951 in America and has written a lot on pop psychology.
John Green is an award winning author of Young Adult fiction genre and is also a popular video blogger. Almost all of his books have been award winning efforts, whereby his most recent book The Fault in Our Stars was also met by huge critical acclaim. Many of his books are being made into Hollywood movies.
John Grisham is a real life success story. Working as a lawyer in a small law firm in America, a rape case inspired Grisham to write his first novel, a legal thriller, A Time to Kill. From that first novel till now, Grisham has written many bestsellers. Some of his novels have been adapted as Hollywood movies starting A-list stars. These include The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The King of Torts and many others.
John Perkins is an American writer born in 1945. Before switching to writing, Perkins served as Chief Economist at a strategic-consulting firm where he was actively involved in helping U.S Intelligence agencies to influence, by any means, foreign investors and business enterprises into serving U.S. interests. After facing an inner turmoil on his role in crippling many economies, Perkins quite his job after several years and became a front-line activist involved in helping businesses and individuals adopt of a more sustainable way of life. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man is a bestseller by Perkins.
John R. R Tolkien was born South Africa and moved to England with his family when he was 3 years old. Raised as a devout roman catholic, religion has a profound influence over his writings, including The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. He is considered as the ‘father of modern fantasy literature’ because of his efforts through his writings that helped give a new life to the genre and opened the doors for many new writers to explore their imaginations in the fantasy world.
Joseph Murphy was a minister and an author. He was especially interested in the Divine Sciences and made it his lifelong objective. He was born in Ireland in 1898 andlater moved to the United States to further explore his education in religious sciences. He authored many books. His writings deal with the power of mind, spirituality, inspiration and how prayer can be used to solve everyday challenges. His works include The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, Miracle of Mind Dynamics and Believe in Yourself among many others.
Born in 1952, Jostein Gaarder is a Norwegian intellectual, and has written a huge number of books, mostly from a child’s point of view. Gaarder’s writings are particularly inspired by the wondrous minds of children and how they get fascinated about the most common things in life, thus giving each thing a new meaning. He has also written many novels and short stories. The most famous work by Gaarder, to date, is Sophie’s World, which has also inspired the establishment of an annual award by the writer and his wife, for environmental and development accomplishments.
There are not many people who write romance like Judith McNaught does. She is the queen of romance novels with settings both in modern era and regency. Her characters are vibrant, witty, intelligent, strong and kind. She has a sharp mind for dialogues and a talent for creating timeless characters out of common characteristics. Judith McNaught was born in 1944 in America and her books have spent long durations on the international bestsellers lists of many magazines. She currently has over 30 million copies of her books in print.
Julie Garwood is an American fiction author who is loved world over for her brilliant historical romance novels. She has given a new depth to the romance genre and her work has often kept her on the top of the international bestsellers lists of many publications. Born in 1946, Julie Garwood was a slow reader. With the help of a nun at her school, Garwood was introduced to the love for the written word. Since then, it has been a journey that has produced more than 20 brilliantly written books that have garnered her huge fan following globally.
Kamila Shamsie is an English language novelist born in Pakistan in 1973. Schooled in Pakistan, she later continued her education in the Creative Writing and Poetry field overseas. Shamsie has won many awards for her great writing abilities, and is considered as the 21st century’s most promising writers of the world. Her most acclaimed works include novels The City by the Sea, Salt and Saffron, and Kartography.
Karen Armstrong is a British author born in 1944. Armstrong has a keen eye for comparative religions and a mind that has the ability to look at each theological religion of the world with an unbiased, curious and completely honest observation. Her keen observations have resulted into numerous books like , and among many others.
Khadija Mastoor was a popular Urdu fiction writer from Pakistan. Short story writing was her forte and like her sister Hajra Masroor, she was an accomplished short story writer. She focused mainly on women issues in our society and her novel Aangan is considered an Urdu classic.
Khaled Hosseini was born in 1965 in Afghanistan and moved to Iran, and later France, after which they finally settled in the U.S. A medicine doctor by profession, Hosseini is a Goodwill Envoy for UNHCR and runs his own foundation for humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan. His novel The Kite Runner was a hugely remarkable success that helped him earn a solid place in the prolific writers’ list. His other works include A Thousand Splendid Suns and And the Mountains Echoed, which have helped cemented his talent as a writer.
Khan Asif was a gifted Urdu storyteller that mainly worked on his writings from a religious point of view. His book ALLAH k Safeer gained huge popularity when it first came out, and is still very famous. His other writing ventures include successful books like ALLAH k Wali, Safeeran-e-Haram, But-Shikan and many more.
Khushwant Singh was born in 1915 in British-ruled India, in a part of the country which is now Pakistan. Having seen the political infringements that took place during the partition, and living in the post-colonial era, Singh has an acid wit, a brilliant sense of humor and an unbiased historical stance that he doesn’t hesitate to share with the world. He is also a bright historian and a fiction writer.
A social reformer, a moral thinker, a gifted author and a brilliant complex of extreme moralistic and abstinent views, Leo Tolstoy is one of the greatest authors and minds of all times. During his writing life, he wrote numerous short stories and novels, however, War and Peace
Lousie T. Brown is an English writer most known for her work The Dancing Girls of Lahore: Selling Love and Saving Dreams in Pakistan's Pleasure District
Lyle Sussman is a well-known educator, author, consultant and personal motivator. He has written extensively on the subject of personal growth, forward thinking management practices, relationship development and other related areas. Collaborating with Sam Deep, Sussman has written a variety of books on his favorite subject of personal growth and its different angles. These books include Smart Moves, What To Say To Get What You Want, Act On It! And Yes You Can! among others.
M. Ilyas is one of the most popular names of Urdu fiction in recent times. He is a skillful crime and mystery thriller writer. Many of his books have been widely popular in the demographic he targets. Kohar, Aqrab, Baazi and Dushman are some of his most famous novels.
M. Sultana Fakhar is a famous name of Urdu Popular Fiction. She started her career with different montlhy digests, and is has now gained a loyal following. Her most famous works include Karray The Dil K Mausam, Burg e Gull, and Dil Ik Gulab Sa.
Maha Malik is amongst the generation of writers that made their name through storytelling that addresses issues of common man. Relationship dynamics, strong moral and cultural values and different social issues commonly take place in Maha Malik’s writing ventures.
Maimoona Khursheed Ali first started writing for various women digests in Pakistan and soon secured her place as a promising writer among her female fans. Her transition to writing for TV proved successful and since then she has been writing for both mediums equally successfully.
Malcolm Gladwell is Canadian-English journalist and a self-development writer and speaker. He is also a staff writer for The New Yorker. His most notable works include The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and David and Goliath.
Margaret belongs to the rare commodity of writers who gain international faim, critical acclaim and the status of a classic writer, with just one book. Her novel, Gone With The Wind, helped Margaret achieve that timeless honor. For this novel she won the National Book Award for Most Distinguished Novel of 1936 and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1937.
Markus Zusak is an Austrailian writer and has won many awards for his literary contributions. He is the bestselling author of the international literary phenonmenon The Book Thief. Though most of his earlier books helped him garner some awards, it was The Book Thief that gave him international recognition among book fans. The novel was also made into a Hollywood movie in 2013.
Abul Kalam Azad was a prominent Islamic scholar and a senior politician of Indian independence movement. He was a close ally of Gandhi and actively took part in political manuevers that resulted in Indian independence. He was the fist Education minister of Indian cabinet and worked hard to promote modern education system in India. His birthday is still celebrated as the National Education day accross India.
M. Khalid Saif is a prominent Indian Islamic scholar and founding member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board. He is also the general secretary of Islamic Fiqh Academy, India. He has penned several books on important issues of Islamic jurisprudence and is considered an authority on many Islamic social agendas.
Melissa Marr is the bestselling author of young-adult fantasy fiction series, Wicked Lovely. She is a former university English teacher, and her 2007 novel debut novel, Wicked Lovely, earned her the top spot at New York Times Bestselling author. She has also written an adult novel, and two other novels with fellow writer Kelly Armstrong. She frequently contributes to turning short fiction into anthologies.
Melody Ermachild Chavis is most known for her book, Meena, Heroine of Afghanistan: The Martyr Who Founded RAWA, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan. By profession, she is a private investigator and lives in San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, America.
Michael H. Hart is a notable American author and astrophysicist. He is most known for his book 'The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History, in which he has ranked Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) at no. 1 spot, declaring that he was more successful in establishing Islam than Jesus was at establishing Christianity. Hart is a white separatist, and actively advocates his cause.
Mirza Adeeb was a famous Pakistani Urdu author of short story fiction and drama. He wrote numerous plays and stories, and received multiple awards from the prestigious Pakistan Writers' Guild association. His works use simple, everyday Urdu and therefore are still able to appeal to the masses. Pas-e-Parda is the most famous play penned by Mirza Adeeb.
Mitch Albom is an American writer born in 1958. He is also a journalist, a screenwriter, a musician, a radio and television broadcaster and a dramatist. At the start of his career, Albom wrote extensively for sports and achieved huge acclaim. His sensitive understanding of human mind and soul helped him come up with numerous plays, books and stories with inspirational wisdom and moving words.
Miyan Muhammad Bakhsh was a Sufi saint, and a poet of Punjabi language. As a Sufi, he was a great follower of the Qadri tariqah, and preached it all his life. He was also a talented poet, is most well known in public for his poetry work, Saif ul Malook.
A journalist by profession, and a former Pakistan Air Force pilot, Mohammad Hanif is an author by choice. His books A Case of Exploding Mangoes, and Our Lady of Alice Bhatti, both, won numerous awards. He has also written for radio and stage and has been nominated for various awards for his literary accomplishments.
Mohiuddin Nawab is a writer that needs no introduction. With more than 50 years of writing career to his credit, Mohiudding Nawab created some extraordinary masterpieces. He was most famous for adventurous, suspenseful and mysterious storytelling that was his true forte.
Mohsin Hameed is a Pakistani writer born in 1971, who writes in English. His novels The Reluctant Fundamentalist, How to Get Filty Rich in Rising Asia and Moth Smoke garnered huge fan followings. The Reluctant Fundamentalist has also been adapted into a film and achieved critical acclaim.
Very few Urdu poets claim to do justice to tragic Urdu poetry, the way Mohsin Naqvi did. His command over his skill ranged from his huge vocabulary to his deep understanding of human emotions. Giving words to heartbreak, sorrow and addressing an injured soul’s wounds made Mohsin Naqvi stand out among the rest. His excellence at his work matches with those veterans like Meer, Ghalib and Daagh.
Mukhtar Masood is an eminent literary figure of Urdu fiction, and a successful bureaucrat. He has written many successful books and has been awarded with the highest civil award, Sitara-e-Imtiaz. Mukhtar Masood’s Awaz Dost is still considered as one of the most authentic accounts ever written on the creation of Pakistan.
A liberal-turned-Sufi writer, Mumtaz Mufti is one of the most famous and well-known literature figures of all times. He is most notable for his unique and poignant portrayal of love between ALLAH and humans, and how that love can be a guiding star for all other paths that a person has to tread. Greatly influenced by Qudrat ullah Shahab, Mumtaf Mufti wrote Urdu masterpieces in both liberal and Sufi touches, and excelled at both.
Munir Niazi was a Pakistani poet of Urdu and Punjabi language. Though he belonged to a pashtun family, he excelled at Urdu and Punjabi, and even invented a whole new genre of Urdu poetry through his unique uses of romanticism, dreams, nostalgia, a particular diction, and eroticism etc. in his works. He was a prominent song writer of Pakistani movie industry in its prime, in the 1960s, and also wrote for newspapers, magazines and radio.
Munno Bhai is a respected and celebrated name of Pakistan literary circles, and wrote many plays for PTV devotedly. He is most well known for his play Sona Chandi that aired in aired in early 1980s and instantly grabbed viewers' attention, and received astounding success. The play is not considered a classic, and is still watched by fans of decent, realistic humour. Munno bhai is also a well known columinst and poet.
Born in 1918, a banker by profession and an intellectual, humorist and writer by passion Mushtaq Ahmed Yoosufi is one of the most renowned humorist in Urdu literature. He have got a very good grasp on the language and his books make the readers laugh as well as cry at the same time.
His famous books include Khaakim Badhan, Zargazisht, Aab-e-Gum, Charagh Talay and Shaam-e-Shairyaraan.Shaam-e-Shairyaraan is his latest book which took almost 25 years to get published.
Mustansar Hussain Tarrar is an introduction to Urdu storytelling. His novels like Pyar ka Pehla Shehar and Gypsy earned him an eternal respect among his fans. Tarrar is also famous for writing Safarname (a travel literature) in a unique and most personalized manner, which helps the reader learn about foreign places in the most enduring of ways.
Muzaffar Warsi was a prominent Pakistani poet of Urdu language. He was also a noted critic, essayist and scholar. His work comprises a rich collection of Naats, Ghazals, Nazms and hycoes. Gaye Dinon Ka Suraagh, his autobiography, is considered a classic in Pakistani literature.
Naaz Kafeel Gilani is a famous Urdu fiction writer of popular fiction genre. She is widely known among female digest readers. Bikte Nahi Dil, Har Aankh Tamashai and Ghar Jala Barsaat Mein, are some of her popular novels.
Nabila Abrar Raja started her writing career with famous monthly digests. Over the years she has gained a loyal fan following due to her great writing style, and the themes she selects for her novels, which are widely popular among her readers. Dil Ka Samandar, Phir Koi Zakhm Gulaab Ker, and Ik Bhaid Hai Zindagi are some of her popular novels.
Napoleon Hill is most known for his literary works in the business and investment genre. He was born in 1883 in the United States and is credited with breathing new life into personal-success literature. His book Think and Grow Rich has remained a bestseller book of all times. He was a firm believer in the power of mind, and self-belief. He was a vocal advocate of letting positive mind waves rule a person’s other life areas. His other famous works include Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude and Master-Key to Riches among others.
Naseem Hijazi is a highly revered name in Urdu literature. Mr. Hijazi’s major contributions in Islamic History genre are invaluable. He had a knack for sharing Islamic world’s rise and fall stories with a unique charm and historical accuracy without any dryness that sometimes comes with historical accounts. His works like Muhammad Bin Qasim, Qaisar-o-Kisra, Shaheen and Aur Talwaar Toot Gai will remain a true testament to his expertise.
Niccolo Machiavelli was a prominent philosopher, playwright and musician and poet of the 15th century. Machiavelli enjoyed tremendous success and huge presence in the Italian Renaissance era. His books The Prince and The Discourses on Livy are still considered masterpieces of great classical and literary value.
Nicholas Sparks is considered a torch-bearer for modern romantic literature and making it endearing for the masses. An American fiction writer, Sparks is worldwide known for his works like The Notebook, A Walk to Remember and Message in a Bottle, all of which were also adapted into Hollywood movies, and became worldwide successes. He has also written many other novels and a screenplay too.
Nighat Abdullah is a seasoned Urdu fiction writer of present times that used women digests to showcase her passion for writing. Her strong grip on the story, clever plot twisting and rich moral and social values soon endeared her to the readers. She has also written for TV, and now continues her success as a novelist and playwright both.
Nighat Seema is a popular Urdu fiction writer and takes social and cultural clashes among characters as her story plots many times. She is quite skilled at interpreting moral dilemmas into personality conflicts that may put a person in the true battle of right and wrong. Nighat Seema is a popular name among readers of Urdu fiction.
Nimra Ahmed first started writing for famous women digests and soon secured her place as a mature for her age, intelligent author of many bestsellers. Her forte is to create such magical imaginative worlds through her writing that actually take the readers on mysterious adventures of self-discovery, a unique understanding of love, and a roller-coaster of conflicting emotions, which she handles with extreme finesse.
Nosheen D'souza is one half of the two person editor team that worked on collecting all the published material about Ms. Fatima Jinnah in one book, titled 'Fatima Jinnah: Through the Pages'.
Noshi Gilani is one of the most famous Urdu poets of today. She is also a gifted creative writer and brought revolution through her non-stereotypical portrayal of women in her poetry. She has a variety of bestselling poetry books on her credit. Noshi Gilani is also a brilliant academic.
Orhan Pamuk is a Turkish novelist who has won a Nobel Prize for his literary contributions, and for bringing Turkish culture to the world through his sensitive writings. Pamuk was born in 1952, and is considered a post-modern writer. Orhan also collaborates with other writers to create his works of fiction.
Oria Maqbool Jan is a person of multiple talents. In addition to being a respected civil servant, he is also a well known columnist, poet, and playwright in Pakistan. He has won many awards for his literary contributions. He is most known in public for his outspoken newspapers columns.
Parveen Shakir filled a huge gap in Urdu poetry that has always been male dominated. In a time when woman was only praised for her beauty and appearance, Parveen Shakir gave women of her time a new voice and identity. Her initiative of presenting to the society what women actually think and need solidified her place as a revolutionary figure in Urdu poetry.
Parvez Musharraf is a retired Pakistan army general, who came into power through a military coup in 1999. Born in India to an educated and presitgious family, he displayed exceptional abilities at his school, college and later at Kakul Academy. Musharraf was at the center of all the battles and army stand-offs that Pakistan took part in, and was prominent in Pakistan's success at all war fronts. He showed the same zeal and courage, when he supported many popular causes during his stay in power, like women and children rights, free media, strong economic policies, liberal cultural activities and insistence of respectful and peaceful relations to all the neighbors of the country, including India.
Paulo Coelho is a world famous author of many international bestsellers including the internationally acclaimed The Alchemist, and also By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept and The Pilgrimage. His books have been translated in almost all languages around the world. He has a knack for writing inspirational words that touch human lives and leave lasting marks on the reader’s mind and soul. Paulo Coelho enjoys an active writing career, and has published books that contain collections of his most inspirational, motivational and life-altering quotes.
Promod Batra is world famous motivational speaker who has helped many through his lectures, seminars and books. Personal development, family and relationships, business and money, positive thinking and management wisdom are some of the themes recurring in his books. Most popular books authored by Batra are Born to Win, Management Thoughts, and Be A Winner Everytime among others.
A famous writer of various women digests, Qaisra Hayaat is a popular Urdu fiction writer. Successful noves like Zaat ka Safar, Pul-e-Siraat, and Alif ALLAH aur Insan has helped her secure a winning spot among her peers.
Qudratullah Shahab is one of the most prominent names of Urdu literature. He started his professional career as a civil servant in India in 1940, before the partition. After the independence of Pakistan in 1947, he continued his work in civil service, and was appointed at key positions throughout his career. He was a proficient writer of both Urdu and English and routinely used to write for contemporary magazines and newspapers of the country. The literary giant, Mumtaz Mufti, considered Qudratullah Shahab an inspiration and mentor. Ibn e Insha and Ashfaq Ahmed were also some of the closest associates of Qudratullah Shahab and frequently talked about each other in their respective works. Maa Jee, Shahab Nama and Surkh Feeta are some of the most loved, read and acknowledged literary works by Qudratullah Shahab, with Shahab Nama, his autobiography, topping the list.
Quratulain Hayder was an influential figure in Urdu literature in Indian arena. She was considered a pioneer in her art, with her most notable work Aag ka Darya, a novel that begins in 4th Century AD and culminates at the Indian partition. She belonged to an educated family with both her parents great advocates of the written word.
Razia Butt was a famous Urdu fiction writer and had a unique way of storytelling. She mostly wrote about the cultural and social norms of a time when subcontinent was divided into two countries. Her stories contain strong female protagonists and usually revolve around the challenges and tests of time they go through, and finally overcome. Her numerous novels have been adopted for movies and TV plays. She also wrote for radio.
Rhonda Byrne is an Australian writer best known for her writing series The Secret. She was born in 1951 and grew up to become a television writer and producer. Her work has also been adapted into a movie by the same name. Apart from The Secret series, her works include Kouzlo, The Secret Daily Teachings and The Secret Gratitude Book.
Rick Riordan is an American fiction writer most famous for his mythical, mysterious and science-fiction works, like The Lightening Thief, The Last Olympian, and The Lost Hero, among many others. He was born in 1964 and is a teacher by profession, until he quit it to pursue writing full time. Riordan has always been close to books and science fiction has always been his close ally. He is also a video game junkie with his two sons.
Riffat Naheed Sajjad is a seasond Urdu writer that earned her fame by writing novels and short stories in various monthly digests for women. Like many of her peers, she mostly uses different societal issues as plots for her stories, but it is her unique way of narrating the story and taking it from one place to another that stand her out among the rest.
Riffat Siraaj has carved a niche for herself writing beautiful, social romantic tales that touches readers of varying tastes. Her stories contain plot lines that almost everyone can relate with. Riffat Siraaj typically creates strong female characters which greatly appeal to the female fan base.
Roald Dahl was a prominent and popular British fiction writer who was famous for his literary works for both children and adults. His works include his memoirs about his wartime adventures, mythical and fantasy literature for children like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and macabre adult short stories for adults that were horrifying, with a dark sense of humor and always with a surprise ending.
Robert T. Kiyosaki is a famous literary figure of modern times who is actively involved in writing in business and investment genres. His self-help book to help readers understand the importance of investment, Rich Dad Poor Dad, helped him launch his career as a serious self-help genre writer. Since the success of Rich Dad Poor Dad, Kiyosaki has written numerous books on business and investment and all achieved great success.
Robert Wood is a well known British pyschologist and writer. He is a skilled educational researcher and has extensively written on the subject of education, exams selection, selection criteria and similar. Together with Harry Tolley, he has co-authored world famous series of How To Succeed At An Assessment Center, which is a collection of techniques and evaluations to determine how a person would perform in a work environment in the future. He has also authored many books on selection and recruitment including Test Your Emotional Intelligence.
Robin Sharma is a canadian author, speaker, lawyer and leadership expert. He is one of the most notable forward thinkers in the world, and routinely speaks as the keynote speaker in many confrences of world's biggest names like Microsoft, IBM, General Motors and others. His book, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, is a great way to known this brilliant mind, and start the quest of self realization.
Rujuta Diwekar is an award-winning celebrity nutrionist from India. She has worked with many celebrities in India like Kareena Kapoor, Karisma Karpoor, Anil Ambani and Anupam Kher among others.
Saad-Ullah Shah is a famous Pakistani poet of Urdu language. His poetry has a unique flavor of prose with easy vocabulary that's light on ears, and has great emotional depth. Loyalty, patience and resilience are some of the most repeated themes in his poetry.
Saghar Siddiqui was an Urdu poet from Pakistan. Though he was a critically acclaimed poet, and one of the bests from his time, he led a private life. His poetry is a beautiful collection of how he interpreted pain, loneliness and trauma in his life. He later years were of acute financial difficulty, yet his poetry still sells and his books are still in printing.
Sahir Ludhyanvi was a popular Urdu poet and lyricist from India. He wrote extensively for Hindi movie songs, and won the Filmfare Awards twice. He was an influential lyricist and fought for rights like being giving credit, recognition and royalties to lyricists along with singers and composers. He is most known for his emotionally stirring songs as well as poetry.
Salma Kanwal is a popular Pakistani novelist. Her social romantic novels are particularly favorite among women, who can relate themselves to the sensitive, strong female protagonist that Salma Kanwal always portrays. One of her most famous novels, Andaleeb, has also been made into a movie.
Sam Deep is a well known figure in the business arena as he has helped many businesses devise practices and attitudes to run the operations more smoothly, with compassion and intelligence. His famous books include Yes, You Can!: 1,200 Inspiring Ideas for Work, Home, and Happiness, Close The Deal,
Sameer Halbi is a well-knonw Islamic scholar and writer. He often writes on important islamic agendas and his books are highly popular in public. Mohabbat ki Haqeeqat is one of his most famous works.
Samra Bukhari is most famous for her lighthearted and sensitive representations of everyday characters with a new charm and attraction. Her witty dialogues, unique situations and deeply accurate character building techniques have earned her a loyal fan following.
Sandra Brown is a name that has a long list of bestsellers to its credit. Born in 1948 in the United States, Brown began her writing career as a young woman and since 1981 till date, she has written and published over 70 novels. Romance, mystery, thriller and literature are few of her favorite genres which she has a flair for writing. Her bestsellers include Lethal, Smash Cut, Play Dirty, Chill Factor, Envy and many others.
Sarfaraz A. Shah is a renowned Islamic scholar and quite popular in his circle. His book Kahe Faqeer has gained a huge readership is very famous among readers who enjoy Sufi way of Islam.
Sarmila Bose is a British educationist and senior researcher of distiniction, with an Indian heritage. She belongs to a highly influential and education family, from both maternal and paternal sides. She is most famous for her book Dead Reckoning, which contains the memoirs of people from 1971 Bangladesh war. She has been highly criticized in presenting views that seem in favor of Pakistan. She was also an active advocate in pressuring the U.S. to give F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan.
Seth Godin is a prominent name in the personal growth arena. He is an entrepreneur, an author and an advocate of change. He is considered the best speaker of the 21st century and has written numerous bestsellers that have helped millions around the world. His best books include Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable and many more.
Shafiq-ur-Rehman can easily be called Urdu language’s Mark Twain. His wit, humor and entertaining way of storytelling has endeared him to countless fans around the world. He gave a new life to humorous writing in the Urdu language and left a legacy that will be celebrated for times to come.
Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai is probably the most famous Sufi, saint, poet and mystic of the Sindhi language. Though all his work is in Sindhi language, the universal message of love, tolerance, patience and brotherhood in his poetry has enabled that work to be translated in many languages, including Urdu and English. He work is often compared to that of great persian Sufi poet Rumi, and reflects the same soul and depth of human courage that Rumi talks about.
Sheema Majeed is one of the most prominent literary scholars in Pakitan. She is also a master bibliophile, and has produced biographic accounts, with authentic researched material on a number of eminent literary and historical personalities of Islam, and specifically South East Asia, including Faiz Ahmed Faiz and the historical figure Mansoor bin Halaaj.
Sidney Sheldon, born in 1917, was a world famous author of many international bestsellers that were great pieces of work. Sheldon had a knack to surprise his readers, and an uncanny ability to tell a story from a number of different angles which made the story that much appealing. His list of brilliant works includes If Tomorrow Comes, The Naked Face, The Rage of Angels, Master of the Game, Nothing Lasts Forever, and many more. He is also the writer of I Dream of Jeannie, a sit-com that still has a lasting fan following.
Sophie Kinsella is chic-lit at its best. Shot to fame with her first Shopaholic series book, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Kinsella created a character, Becky Bloomwood, that is to be the heartthrob of chic-lit lovers all over the globe. The first two books of the series were later adapted into a Hollywood movie. She has also written other books apart from the series like, The Undomestic Goddess, Can You Keep A Secret, and Twenties Girl, among others, that are loved by her fans world over.
Stephen Hawking is probably the 21st century’s most visionary, gifted and respected scientists. He is a theoretical physicist, an author and the Director of Research at the Center for Theoretical Cosmology. He has achieved great success and recognition in his career and is a person of astounding character and strength. Books written by him carry the same zeal of passion and knowledge that are an intricate part of his persona. A Brief History of Time, The Universe in a Nutshell, and The Grand Design are some of his most famous works to date.
Born in 1932, Covey is the author of the worldwide famous self-help book The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People. There may not be many people in the reading community all around the world who have not heard of this extremely successful book. Covey also wrote First Things First
Stephenie Meyer is an American fiction writer born in 1973, who shot to fame with her worldwide phenomenon of Twilight series, which were adopted into Hollywood movies by the same names. The Host is another novel by her which also explores the sci-fi, mythical and fantasy world that ruled her previous books.
Sun Tzu is the honorary title given to an ancient Chinese war expert who believed that the art of war should be taught and learned in a way that helped spread peace afterwards. Sun Tzu’s work The Art of War is considered the most brilliant book ever written on the subject of military strategy.
Suzzane Collins is a popular author of children books and TV shows. She was born in 1962 in the United States and chose children fiction as her career. Her books as well as TV shows are loved by children all over the world. Fantasy and science fiction are the recurring themes in her work. Her most famous books include The Hunger Games series,
Syed Abu’ul Ala Modoodi was born in 1903 in British India. He was a journalist by profession, and a theologian, political philosopher, and an Islamist thinker in India. He was responsible for creating many controversies in British-led India by his Muslim revivalist views in an orthodox community. His famous literary works include Towards Understanding Islam, Human Rights in Islam, and Qadiani Problem among others.
Talib Hashmi is a prominent name of Islamic literature in Pakistan. He is famously expert in the field of writing about companions of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and their lives.
Tanzeela Riaz is another name of popular fiction genre, and first started writing in a popular monthly digest of Pakistan. She soon garnered a fan following, which has only multiplied after the publication of her novels in book forms.
Tariq Baloch Sehrai is an emerging name in Urdu literature in Pakistan. His book Sawal ki Maut is a testament to his skill and expertise in his art.
Tea Obreht, born in 1985, is an award winning writer of The Tiger’s Wife. Before publishing her first novel, Obreht’s writings were published in many popular publications like The New Yorker, The Guardian and The New York Times, among many others. Obreht is considered a great writing asset under the age of 35.
Tehmina Durrani is a Pakistani author who writes primarily in English. She was born in 1953 in Pakistan to wealthy and prominent parents. Her book, My Feudal Lord explores the dynamics of a woman’s life in a male-dominated society, and caused controversy as it is based on Durrani’s memoirs of her marriage to Ghulam Mustafa Khar, a prominent politician of the country. Her other book Blasphemy is on a similar topic and explains the plight of a woman trapped in a marriage with a heartless, cunning man who is respected and celebrated by masses as a religious personality. She has also written biography of Abdul Sattar Edhi, Pakistan’s most trusted name in the social service sector.
Thomas L. Friedman is an American journalist, born in 1953, who has written many famous books on America’s foreign affairs, green revolution and globalization. His literary works include From Beirut to Jerusalem, That Used to be Us and The World is Flat.
Umera Ahmed is probably the most popular name of Urdu fiction genre in present times in Pakistan. She is not only a skilled novelist, but an equally masterful screenwriter. She has penned many bestselling novels like Peer e Kamil, Man o Salwa, and Meri Zaat Zarra-e-Be-Nishan. Her novels that turned into successful TV plays include Zindagi Gulzar Hai, a drama that broke many TRP records, and other blockbusters like Meri Zaat Zarra-e-Benishan and Doraha. Her original screenplays that were also hugely acclaimed include Qaid e Tanhai and Durr-e-Shehwar.
Veronica Roth is an American novelist and short story writer. She is most famous for her debut novel Divergent that topped the New York Times Bestselling novel. Her other novels Insurgent and Allegiant complete the trilogy.
Vladimir Nabokov was a hugely famous Russian novelist, who rose to international fame when he started writing in English. He was an expert at intricate word play, and it characterised all his works. His most famous work to date is Lolita, a critically acclaimed English novel.
Wasi Shah is a famous Urdu poet and writer, most known for his light, romantic poetry that hailed him as a heartthrob for teens all over Pakistan. Wasi Shah is also a gifted playwright and famous for his strong social stances on many issues that he addresses through his plays and poetry.
Wasif Ali Wasif was a teacher, poet, writer and Sufi intellectual from Pakistan. He was a man of great influence and is said to have improved many lives through his inspirational and motivational words. He was a contemporary Urdu writer and his words are still hugely quoted among masses.]'
Yanna Martel is the world famous author of the novel Life of Pi. He was born in 1963 and has written extensively. Martel is also an avid traveler and spends him time between India, Iran and Turkey. Life of Pi was also adapted into a Hollywood movie and won many awards.
Zana Muhsen was born in 1965 in England to parents of Yemini descent. When she was 15, her father took her and her sister on a journey to Yemen and sold both his girls there. Sold is Muhsen’s account of those torturous years she spent in Yemen as a captivated woman.