Jaipuri was born Iqbal Husain in Jaipur, where he studied English till medium level, and then acquired his taalim in Urdu and Persian from his paternal grandfather, Fida Husain. He began writing verse, when he was around twenty years old. Around same time, he fell in love with a Hindu girl named Radha. He wrote a poem for her, "Yeh Mera prem Patra Padh Karke Tum Naaraaz Na Hona". Later, the poem was used as a song in Raj Kapoor's film, Sangam (1964).
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