YaadeN: Gupta Cha and Family

Posted on October 26, 2008
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Zakintosh Continued from Part 1, here. When you have had the benefit of a 25-year stint at sea (1959-1984), there is bound to be much that is narratable and shareable, with some of it even of interest to a few people outside your immediate family. But this post is, primarily, about Gupta Cha (and his […]

Yaadayñ: Ummi, Abi and Me

Posted on October 18, 2008
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Zakintosh Rewind to late-1944 to 1945 (give or take 6 months … for I am just guessing). The Second World War is in full swing. My father, a doctor, has had to enroll in the Army. The three of us – Abi, Ummi, and I – are constantly on the move from camp to camp. […]

Farida Khanum: Memories New and Old

Posted on December 12, 2007
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Zakintosh The last two or three performances by Fareeda Khanum that I attended had saddened me at the rapid downhill slide in this great artiste’s abilities. Shortness of breath – and the unusual brevity of the pieces she sang – left me wondering whether one should continue attending her performances as a respectful duty of […]