A Woman of Substance

A Woman of Substance

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Author: Lubna Kazim
Gail Minault/
Editor(s): Lubna Kazim
Publisher: Kali/Zubaan
Year: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 245
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8189013319


This is the memoir of a remarkable woman, Begum Khurshid Mirza, the daughter of sheikh Abdullah and Waheed Jahan Begum, the founders of Aligarh women’s College. An intimate portrait of an upper class Muslim family in India and Pakistan from the early part of the twentieth century until the recent past, this narrative is much more than an account of Khurshid Mirza’s personal life. It spans the years from 1857 to 1963 and provides an insight into the social conditions of Indian Muslims, the state of Muslim women’s education, and the transition to Pakistan, while illuminating Khurshid Mirza’s rich and varied life as an actor, activist, radio and TV artiste, a writer, a devoted daughter, wife and mother.

Khurshid Mirza’s vitality and dynamism, her pinoneering spirit and unconventionality led her to leave the cloistered world of Aligarh after an early marriage to a police officer ad then pursue a career in films in Bombay. She rapidly climbed the ladder to stardom as Renuka Devi and worked alongside well-known actors and directors of the time Partition cut short her film career and she left for the new country. Pakistan, where she remained deeply engaged as ever and contributed to many worthy causes, especially for the benefit of women. The coming of Pakistan T V gave her a fresh opportunity to express her theatrical talents ad she soon became one of Pakistan’s best known television actors winning many awards including the Pride of Performance award in 19785. A True Woman of Substance.



Growing Up in Aligarh
Papa Mian: June 1874-march 1965
Farashkhana, the Ancestral Home in Delhi
The Struggle for Female Education
Abdullah Lodge, Aligarh
My Sister, Rasheed Jahan 1905-1952
An Early Marriage
On Shikar with Akbar
Renuka Devi, my Celluloid Identity
Leaving India
My home, a New Country
Quiet Days in Quetta
Akbar’s Leavetaking
Years of Fame