In A Life Across Three Continents Nilima Lambah, wife of Satinder Lambah, a Foreign Service officer who also served as the Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, presents interesting anecdotes and experiences from her life as a
diplomat’s wife. Excerpts:
WE arrived in Islamabad in
the summer of 1978. For us, the prospect of a Pakistan posting was
exciting, as our families had hailed from this part of undivided
India. Thus, we were naturally curious to see our place of origin. My
family was from Lahore. On our first visit to Lahore, we found that
the family’s erstwhile home on Edgerton Road was, now a government
office for the Rehabilitation of Enemy Property! An entire wing of the
house, we were told, had been demolished to make way for a new road.
ON FAMILIAR TURF: With Benazir Bhutto (third from right) and her mother Nusrat (second from left), Karachi, 1992 Photos: Courtesy Nilima Lambah
A mosque for women
In several Muslim countries of Asia and Africa, women have acquired the right to pray in mosques. In India, their entry is still
resisted by the clergy. A mosque for women is already under construction in Tamil Nadu’s Pudukkottai district, thanks to the
efforts of Sharifa Khanam and her group, writes Zarina Bhatty
judging the status of women of any religious community, it is
generally assumed that their behaviour is determined only by
The story of Pushkar
The first pictorial representation of Pushkar appeared in 1848, nineteen years after the first written account of the place by a British historian.
Pran Nevile on the works of the scholar and the artist
is considered as one of the most significant places of pilgrimage for
Hindus. With its sacred lake near Ajmer in Rajasthan, Pushkar is an
ancient holy spot.
Autumn hues in Kashmir
autumn there’s a heady change spreading out in and around the
Kashmir Valley. It’s hard to describe the transformation that takes
place when leaves begin falling off from those tall chinar trees,
which stand out majestically at every turn.
City sets the mood
With a new crop of directors giving more attention to urban features, the city is no longer just the backdrop, writes
attacks on Mumbai appear to be the flavour of the season in Bollywood.
There was Nishikant Kamat’s surprise hit Mumbai Meri Jaan
some time back.
years of Bollywood filmmakers and actors looking up to "big
brother" Hollywood for roles and story ideas, the scales seemed
to have reversed with directors and actors from Hollywood increasingly
taking a fascination for Indian films and actors.