Indian author and columnist Shobhaa Rajadhyaksha, better known as Shobhaa De was born in Mumbai on January 7, 1948. She graduated from St Xaviers, Mumbai with a degree in Psychology and began her career as a model. In 1970 she began her career as a journalist and gained fame as editor of 3 magazines: Stardust, Celebrity and Society. Her first novel, Socialite Evenings came out in 1989. De has incited much controversy with her writings, especially her erotic ones. She is popularly known as the Jackie Collins of India
TRIVIA: For some reason, the names of all of De’s novels start with a “s”. Wonder why??!!???
Renowned Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz was born in Kala Kadar Village, Sialkot. After recieving deeni taalim under Maulvi Muhammad Ibrahim Mir Sialkoti, Faiz Sb went on to obtain degrees in English and Arabic Literature from Government College, Lahore and Oriental College, Lahore. In 1936, he started a branch of the Progressive Writers’ Movement in Punjab and then in 1942 he joined the British Indian Army which he served till the time of Independence. In the 1950s Faiz Sb adopted the Communist doctrine and was awarded the Lenin peace Prize by the Soviet Union in 1962. He was also nominated for the Nobel Prize shortly before his death.