Category: India 2015

IBN SINA ACADEMY PHOTO ALBUM

     




MEMORIES OF INDIA: IBN SINA ACADEMY

Aligarh Muslim University arranged a visit for me to a local museum during my recent tour. Located in the middle of a bustling bazaar, the Ibn Sina Academy of Medieval Medicine and Science is run by an illustrious family of ‘Hakims’, doctors, devoted to medieval and modern medicine and Muslim Scientists. The museum and academy is named in…




MEMORIES OF INDIA: SYED HOUSE

I had the pleasure of visiting the home of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, a highly revered man who founded the oldest central university in India in 1875. Originally it was known as the Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College, which became the public Aligarh Muslim University in 1920….




FATEPUR SIKRI

Fatepur Sikri maybe a small city in the shadow of nearby Agra, but it is of monumental importance in terms of history and architecture. Dating back to the Mughal emperors of India, this is as a place I have longed to visit for many years, and finally my wish came true with a visit especially arranged for me by Aligarh Muslim…




AGRA: LAST DAY OF MY INDIAN TOUR

Today, the last day of my tour of India, was a sightseeing day for a change. And what was my destination? None other than one of the wonders of the world — the majestic Taj Mahal! It’s an incredible building — absolutely gorgeous. All one can do is to stare up at it and marvel at the…




FOND FAREWELL

Professor Abdur Raheem Kidwaiji and his colleague Dr. Faiza hosted a wonderful dinner for me last night, with many of the academic staff and contributors to the text book about my work, The Holy and the Unholy: Critical Essays on Qaisra Shahraz’s Fiction.  I was spoiled with super food, company, and presents! Held in a beautiful open garden…




A VERY SPECIAL PLACE

Today began in a very special place. I visited the school for the blind, with students from all over India, funded and overseen by the Aligarh Muslim University. It has become one of most memorable occasions in my life. I heard children of all ages singing their national anthem, and their enthusiasm, confidence, and fervour was so heart-warming…




ALIGARH

My literary tour of five cities in India is nearly ending. What a journey it has been….




UNIVERSITY OF DELHI

Today, I had the pleasure of visiting the English department of the University of Delhi, which provides degrees for students from nearly 80 colleges. The visit started with me being 15 minutes late due to the heavy traffic of the city, and a punctured tyre, but it was quickly all forgotten. My visit was such a pleasant experience, and I enjoyed great interactivity…




BUSY DAY IN DELHI

Busy day ahead! First a literary session at the University of Delhi Literature department. …