Zeb Ghauri (1928–1985) was born Khan Ahmad Hussain Khan Ghauri. He hailed from Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, and lived there pursuing his vocation as a poet, with sincere commitment towards discovering a voice and a technique of his own. He belonged to the group of poets who rose to prominence with the modernist movement, gaining momentum and critical recognition during the late 1960s and early ‘70s. He is one of those poets who came to stay on even after the ultra-modernists started losing their fire and settled down to speak in quieter tones using sober modes of expression. Ghauri is clearly recognizable among his contemporaries for his detached yet essentially personal and sympathetic understanding of life’s ambiguities and incongruities. He published his ghazals in a collection titled Zard Zarkhaiz. His second collection, Chaak, was published posthumously in Pakistan.