Category Archives: People

Didi. The Street Fighter

MAHASWETA DEVI (JANUARY 14, 1926 – JULY 28, 2016), WRITER AND SOCIAL ACTIVIST Protocol wasn’t Didi’s thing. Shoitan! (Satan) she would say lovingly. And then grab you and plonk you on her lap. The fact that both Rahnuma and I were far … Continue reading

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The Statesman, and the Photographer

The statesman, and the photographer Originally published as an Op-Ed in The New Age August 24, 2015 by Shahidul Alam LOOKING at this photograph, one of the few in our library where the photographer is unknown, I realise how times … Continue reading

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Humanitarian to a nation

Originally published in Saudi Aramco World In the cool interior of a mental ward in Karachi, a short, powerfully built man with a flowing snow-white beard and penetrating dark-brown eyes is standing at the bedside of a distraught young woman. … Continue reading

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Ami Tomay Bhalobashi

Bedford College Magazine (my first short story) The sound of the bolt seemed to grate loud into the night as he locked the door.  For a fleeting moment he flustered as he imagined every person in the enormous house knowingly … Continue reading

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