Monthly Archives: July 2015

31st July, 1658: Aurangzeb ascends the throne in Delhi

Imagine the surprise of finding out at the age of eight that you and your eleven year old brother are being held as ransom in your grandparents’ home as a punishment for something your father has done. Imagine going from … Continue reading

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An American abroad: Mary Curzon, Baroness Kedleston, that peacock dress and the zardosi men

My mother is reading a book on the Vicereines of India and on the cover is this portrait of a stunning woman in a stunning dress. Ma tells me she is Mary Curzon, Baroness Curzon of Kedleston and first wife … Continue reading

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Deciding when it is enough…for their sake.

The most difficult test of loving someone is knowing when it must be ended. A little less than two years ago, I had to bring myself to make that decision. About not just knowing when to end the relationship but … Continue reading

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In the Name of Those Married Women…

Originally posted on urduwallahs:
… is a chapter from the book A Life in Words: Memoirs translated from Urdu by M Asaduddin. It elaborates on the pursuits and exploits of the great female Urdu story writer and our very favorite,…

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Saplings of hope!

It is that time of the year again when a gardener’s thoughts turn lightly to bare-rooted trees, as a future feast for both the senses and the body. The youngest was kind enough to indulge me with the first of … Continue reading

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Omar El-Sharif, gone to that great casino in the sky.

“No one in the world is called Omar Sharif, I shall call you Fred!” apparently said Peter O’Toole and Omar who had once been Michael became Fred. He might once have been Hollywood’s go to guy for the quintessential Arab … Continue reading

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Ranjit Singh liberates Lahore, 7th July 1799

The Sher-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh, being shown a map of India by a European in court. On this day in 1799, a nineteen year old youth sat on his horse and surveyed the gates of Lahore. He had been sent … Continue reading

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