Kaifi and I  -  A Memoir

Kaifi and I - A Memoir

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Author: Shaukat Kaifi
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Nasreen Rehman
Publisher: Kali/Zubaan
Year: 2010
Language: English
Pages: 250
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788189013752


From the heart of a well-known family of Hyderabad to life in a single room with the barest of necessities, Shaukat Kaifi's memoir of her life with the renowned poet Kaifi Azmi speaks of love and commitment.

A marriage of over a half a century, a life steeped in poetry and progressive politics, continuing involvement with the Indian People's Theatre Association, the Progressive Writers Association, Prithvi Theatre... all of these and more inform this beautifully told tale of love. Shaukat Kaifi's writing details life in a communist commune, a long career in theatre and film and a life spent bringing up her two children, cinematographer Baba Azmi and actor Shabana Azmi.

Nasreen Rehman's deft and fluent translation brings this luminous memoir alive with warmth and empathy.


"To say that this is a lovely book would be an understatement. It is an enchanting recollection of the life of a hugely talented and sensitive human being, shared with a great poet."
--- Amartya Sen.


Nasreen Rehman is an award winning screenplay writer. Her book, Nur Jahan, The Melody Queen, is forthcoming.


Introduction : Ralph Russell
Foreword : Priyamvada Gopal
Translator's Note : Nasreen Rehman

1. Growing up in Hyderabad
2. Making My Own Choices
3. Living in a Commune
4. In Search of a Home
5. Heartache and Fulfilment
6. Red Flag Hall
7. Treading the Boards
8. The Silver Screen
9. Janki Kutir
10. Shabana and Baba
11. He was an Unusual Man