Syed Sibt-e-Asghar commonly known as Jaun Elia was born on the 14th of December, 1931 and produced wonderful pieces of art until his demise in 2002 on the 8th of November. He was not only a distinguished Urdu poet but he was also a philosopher, biographer and scholar. He was also an editor and translator. He was not the only creative one in his family, his brother; Rais Amrohvi was a well-known journalist and philosopher. His other brother, Syed Muhammad Taqi was a very popular Psychoanalyst as well as a journalist. Jaun Elia married Zahida Hina who was a very popular columnist. Jaun Elia, other than possessing all these abilities and such a rich background, also had an exceptional ability to speak various languages, some of which included Arabic, English, Persian, Sanskrit and Hebrew.
Jaun Elia had just the right environment at home to develop the abilities that he possessed. He was so inspired and motivated that he composed his first Urdu couplet just at the age of 8. His first poetry collection, titled as “Shayad” (maybe), published in 1991. At that time he was 60 years of age. The preface to his book can really prove to be a great insight in the culture and traditions of the sub-continent. Just the preface to his book can be considered as a fine piece of literature. “Yani” was later published in 2003. One of his good friends, Khalid Ansari got the other three of his books published. They were titled as “Guman”, “Laikin” and “Goya”. His poetry collections include “Mubada”, “Franood”, “Zakham-e-Umeed” and “Sukhaan Meri Udasee Hai”.
Dr. Muhammad Ali Siddiqui referred to him as one of the three most prominent Urdu Ghazal poets of the twentieth century because of his way of expressing sorrow and pain beautifully through poetry.