Ismail Meeruthi was born in 1844. He learned both Persian and Arabic and eventually graduated from Roorkee Engineering College. He worked as a clerk and teacher as well as a poet.
Ismail is one of the leading poets of the ‘new age’ of Urdu poetry. His poems always played with new ideas, avoiding conventions that were common during his time. He chose subjects from every day life and wrote in a very direct style. His best known works include; The Rain, My Cow, The Night and The Approach of Dawn. He is widely published within the Urdu community. He died in 1917.