Khumar-e-Gandum by Ibn-e-Insha

Khumar-e-Gandum by Ibn-e-Insha
Khumar-e-Gandum by Ibn-e-Insha

Sher Muhammad Khan (Urdu: شیر مُحمّد خان‎), better known by his pen name Ibn-e-Insha, (Urdu: اِبنِ اِنشا‎), (15 June 1927 – 11 January 1978) was a Pakistani Urdu poet, humorist, travelogue writer and newspaper columnist. Along with his poetry, he was regarded as one of the best humorists of Urdu. His poetry has a distinctive diction laced with language reminiscent of Amir Khusro in its use of words and construction that is usually heard in the more earthy dialects of the Hindi-Urdu complex of languages, and his forms and poetic style is an influence on generations of young poets.

Insha was born in Phillaur tehsil of Jalandhar District, Punjab, India. His father hailed from Rajasthan. In 1946, he received his B.A. degree from Punjab University and subsequently, his M.A. from University of Karachi in 1953. He was associated with various governmental services including Radio Pakistan, the Ministry of Culture and the National Book Centre of Pakistan. He also served the UN for some time and this enabled him to visit many places, all of which served to inspire the travelogues he would then pen. Some of the places he visited include Japan, Philippines, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, France, UK and the United States. His teachers included Habibullah Ghazenfar Amrohvi, Dr. Ghulam Mustafa Khan and Dr. Abdul Qayyum. In the late 1940s, in his youth years, Ibn-e-Insha had also lived together with the renowned film poet Sahir Ludhianvi in Lahore for a short period. He was also active in the Progressive Writers Movement. Ibn-e-Insha spent the remainder of his life in Karachi. Ibn-e-Insha was awarded the Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan in 1978.


  • Chand Nagar چاند نگر
  • Is Basti Key Ik Koochey Mainاِس بستی کے اِک کوچے میں
  • Dil-e-Wehshi دلِ وحشی
  • Billo Ka Basta بِلو کا بستہ (Rhymes for Children)
  • Qissa Aik Kunvaaray ka (A translation of a lengthy humorous poem by a German poet Wilhelm Bosch)


  • Awara Gard Ki Diary آوارہ گرد کی ڈائری
  • Dunya Gol Hey دنیا گول ہے
  • Ibn Battuta Kay Taqub mein’ (1974)
  • Chaltay Ho To Cheen Ko Chaliye چلتے ھو تو چِین کو چلیے
  • Nagri Nagri Phira Musafar نگری نگری پِھرا مسافر


  • Urdu Ki Aakhri Kitaab (1971) اردو کی آخری کتاب
  • Khat Insha Jee Kay خط انشّا جی کے Collection of letters
  • Khumar-e-Gandum خمارِگندم
  • Aap Se Kya Parda آپ سے کیا پردہ (published in June 2004)
  • Batain Insha Ji Ki (published in June 2005)
  • Dakhl Dar Ma’qulaat (published in June 2019)


  • Seher Honay Tak (translation of Cherkhov work)
  • Karnamay Nawab Tees Maar Khan Kay published in June 1971
  • Lakhon Ka Shaher (translation of some short stories of O. Henry)
  • Andha Kunvaan (translation of some short stories of Edgar Allan Poe)

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