It was the Halloween yesterday and today Google remembers Abdul Qavi Desnavi on it's homepage. The famed doodle is dedicated to the Indian Urdu poet, author and bibliographer who has a number of books to his credit. He is best known for his work on Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Mirza Ghalib and Allama Muhammad Iqbal.
On 1st November 1930, Desnavi was born in Bihar's Desna village into the family of Syed Mohammed Saeed Raza, a professor of Urdu, Arabic and Persian languages at St Xavier's College, Mumbai. After finishing college from St. Xavier's, Desnavi, joined the Urdu department in Saifia Post Graduate College in 1961 as a professor. He later went on to mentor Urdu writers such as Javed Akhtar and Iqbal Masood. Desnavi died on July 7, 2011, in Bhopal at the age of 80.
Artist Prabha Mallya worked on a number of concepts before she finalised on the one where the Doodle depicts Abdul Qavi Desnavi at his work, the logo stylized in Urdu-style script.
Prabha grew up in Goa and trained to be an engineer. She studied Mechanical Engineering at BITS-Pilani, studied Visual Communication Design at IIT Kanpur but finally landed up for a course in illustration at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Since then she has worked as an illustrator for books, comics, maps and everything print. She currently lives in Stanford, CA.