"I am thrilled by the initiative of Aman Ki Asha. I put everything aside to come to Pakistan to attend this Mushaira. I am so happy here. I've been pampered by the Jang Group, the fans and other people. It is simply marvelous," she said. Shahnaz is also the Head of the Urdu Department, University of Calcutta.
The simple dress and unassuming disposition of Dr Shahnaz Nabi hardly reveal the exalted place she has attained in the premium university of India. It does only when she speaks. She is also the Chairperson In charge of the West Bengal Urdu Academy. She has complete command on poetry that is less conventional and more of a cry against the social injustices. The fine selection of Urdu and Hindi words turns her poetry into exotic tropic elixir that comforts the reader. She received her PhD degree in 1989. The title of her thesis was 'The Development of Urdu Criticism after 1960'.
"I was interested in Urdu poetry and fiction from a very young age. Many people might not be aware of the fact that Calcutta has a very strong background of Urdu literature. It began with the Fort William College and John Gilchrist. The stay of Ghalib in the city for some months and an influx of Urdu-speaking population have also added to the literary background of Calcutta. The more I read Urdu literature, the more I was attracted to it. Eventually, I ended up doing Masters and then PhD and landed in the university as a teacher."
Shahnaz started writing poems when she was hardly 13. Her first poem was published in an Urdu magazine in 1974. She has written short stories and plays too. Her mother tongue is Urdu but she is also well-versed in English, Bengali and Hindi. She has translated many Urdu short stories and poems into Bengali. She translated 'Ghaddar', an Urdu novel by Krishan Chandra, into Bengali. She has written extensively for children. Her social and political plays have been staged throughout West Bengal.
Shahnaz Nabi is also a political activist and she was an elected representative on a CPI (M) ticket and acted as an Accounts Committee Chairperson in the Calcutta Municipal Corporation.
Dr Shahnaz Nabi felt at home in Karachi. "I visited Zainab Market and some other markets and nobody realised that I was a foreigner. It is so refreshing to feel at home while being thousands of miles away."
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The News on Sunday Special Report: India Pakistan prisoners more editions
We probably didn't need to do this Special Report. Newspaper stories don't matter when it comes to Indians in Pakistani jails and vice versa. In fact, 'vice versa' sums it up. We do to them what they do to us.
Except when the two countries decide to begin talking, yet again! This time a little before the foreign secretary level talks, some Pakistani prisoners were released by India (and vice versa must have happened) and some more were release....read more
For the past 2 years the Jang Group and Geo have been working on a project of great national interest; one that we hope will help usher in an era of peace and prosperity in the country and indeed, in the region. And one that hopefully all Pakistanis can be proud of. more
The Jang Group has entered into an agreement with the Times of India Group, the largest media group of India, to campaign for peace betw