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Name :Siraj Ul Haq Memon
Period :1933 - 2013
Biographical detail : Acclaimed Sindhi language novelist

A renowned novelist, writer, scholar, journalist, historian and literary researcher and linguist of Sindhi language Siraj Memon wrote several novels and books.

Starting his career as a lawyer Siraj Memon after passing the Pakistan Public Service Commission examinations in the early 1960s joined the Income Tax department.

Siraj Memon wrote a total of five novels, but three of his novels Parrado Soyoi Sadd (The Echo and the Call are the Same), Maran Moun Se Aa (Come die with me) and Tunhji Dunya Sabh Rang Sanwal (Your Life has all the Colours) are considered to be some of the most widely acclaimed novels in Sindhi literature.

Memon is known for narrating the history of Sindh in his writings. His first novel, Parrado Soyie Sadd, depicts the tyrannical rule of Tarkhans and Arghuns on Sindh in 17 AD.

Being a close friend of former Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, he was made the editor of the Daily Hilal-e-Pakistan in 1972. As a newspaper editor, Memon introduced new trends into Sindhi-language journalism and his time there was widely regarded the golden period of the paper as well as the start of modern Sindhi journalism.

He also authored a book on the Memon community of the Subcontinent, which he himself belonged to.

He was also the chief editor of the Oxford Sindhi dictionary, which was compiled in 2010.

Siraj ul-Haq Memon was born in Tando Jam town, Hyderabad district to a schoolteacher and poet. He died of cardiac arrest in Karachi.
 (Compiler : M. Nauman Khan)


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