Zohra Begum was born in 1917 to a landowning family of the Punjab. Her parents passed away when she was a baby, and she and her older brother were raised in a joint family by their grandparents and uncles and aunts.
As was customary, Zohra Begum received basic education at home, and was married to her first cousin at age 11. She had her first child, a son, when she was 12 year old. Later, she had two daughters.
Zohra Begum, Lahore 1917-1998
She lived in Lahore most of her life.
Zohra Begum began writing poetry at a young age but kept it a secret till she was in her fifties. By then, she had written 6-7 books of poetry. Much of her work was lost over time. Her first collection of poetry ‘Kamli NooN Rang La Geya’ was published in 1983, with a second edition in 1997.
Her second collection of Punjabi poems was published after she passed on in 1998.
Since then, her life is celebrated each year for three consecutive days at her place of burial in Model Town, Lahore; and in Karachi, Islamabad and a few other places.
She initiated many charitable traditions including Al-Zohra Welfare Association in Karachi that continues to serve people.
Zohra Begum was a woman of great wisdom, a born leader, who inspired people to do better in their lives.
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