Khalida Bano Ali (1950 - ) is an acclaimed Pakistani poetess. A housewife from Karachi, Miss Bano Ali is renowned for simple poems that resound with implications far beyond the scope of a woman’s life. The versatility of Bano Ali not just as a writer but also as a woman is copiously established in the diversity and profundity of her poetic utterances. “A Sweet Sixteen” bears ample testimony to her dexterity and craft. When a sixty-four year old poetess suggests that she is in her sweet sixteen, there is a lot to learn and appreciate in that. The poem suggests that age should be earned, not taken for granted, literally. Age is not just a number; it is a perspective and an attitude.