Hasrat Jaipuri was born on 15 April 1922. His real name was Iqbal Husain. Till 1939, he lived in hometown Jaipur. He studied English till 'medium level' and then acquired his 'taalim' in Urdu and Persian from his learned grandfather, Fida Husain. He began writing verse at the age of 20, and around that time, he fell in love with a Hindu girl called Radha. His love was silent, but he wrote a poem for her, ‘Yeh mera prem patra padh kar, ke tum naaraaz na hona...’. And that letter may never have been delivered to Radha, but Raj Kapoor had later delivered it to the world as the everlasting mantra for lovers of all generations in his Sangam. In 1940, Hasrat moved to Bombay and worked as a bus conductor, earning a monthly salary of 11 rupees. He used to participate in mushairas.
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