Raja Mehdi Ali Khan (1928 – 1966) famous poet, writer and lyricist of Urdu, was born in Karam Abad, Tehsil Wazirabad, District Gujranwala. A nephew of the great journalist, orator, and poet Zafar Ali Khan, his early tutoring was under his mother. In the early nineteen-forties, while working at All India Radio, Delhi, Raja Mehdi received a call from his friend Saadat Hasan Manto, who had joined the Hindi film industry. Raja Mehdi started his career in films as a dialogue writer and later became a famous lyricist. He died on 29 July 1966.
Dr Rauf Parekh has an MA and PhD from the University of Karachi. He is a critic of Urdu Literature and regularly contributes to the daily Dawn, Karachi. He is a former Chief Editor of the Urdu Dictionary Board. Now he is teaching at the Department of Urdu, University of Karachi. He is the compiler of the first slang Urdu dictionary and Chief Editor of the Oxford Urdu – English Dictionary.