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NEWSMAKERS: 16-31 August 2001
Sahitya Akademy has decided to publish selected
odes of Prof. Shaharyar. The selection will be done by Shaharyar himself
and he will also write a 20 page preamble about his poetry. Prof. Shaharyar has
been honoured with awards of Sahitya Akademy, Uttar Pradesh Urdu Academy, Adabi
Sangam New York, Bahadur Shah Zafar and Ghalib Awards.
Born in Gujarat and brought up in Kenya, Zain Verjee is the newly
appointed CNN anchor of Q&A South Asia. Stepping into the shoes of Riz Khan,
this bubbly young lady having already hosted a political talk show for Kenya
Television, found the Indo-Pak summit an excellent opportunity to give Q&A
the exact local touch. She believes in covering the summit in a journalistic and
prudent manner. She also had the opportunity to host several interesting
episodes centering on Manipur situation, water crisis in Bangladesh and the
recent Agra summit.
Zain came to CNN International from Kenya Television Network where she anchored
the prime-time news bulletin and compiled, produced and presented documentaries.
Her journalistic efforts have even gone beyond the broadcast realm. In Feb 2001,
she published ‘Live and on the Air’- a children’s book exploring the
experiences of a young girl who moves from rural Kenya to Nairobi to work as a
According to the young journalist, every show has a personality which the
anchor-person brings to it. ‘It is a privilege to do this show which was
popularized by Riz,’ she says. ‘Riz is a wonderful journalist and a good
friend. But I guess I can only be Zain and not Riz’.
During her stint with radio, she had also produced successful campaigns on
violence against women, Hepatitis B, spreading awareness of HIV/AIDS and polio.
She says about her Agra summit experience, ‘Almost all of them welcomed
Pakistanis to India and were full of warmth for them. But Kashmir, each one
felt, was an integral part of India.’ ‘As a journalist I have to be
neutral,’ she added.
Abbas Batliwala, an ever-smiling 42-year-old painter, is far from the
prototypal artist. Belonging to a well-to-do- business family, he is just
another natural born artist who took to art at a very young age. ‘Our
community has spawned very few artists’ says the youngest of eight children (M.F.
Husain, incidentally, belongs to the same community), ‘but there was no
resistance from my family members when I chose painting as a subject for my
post-graduation.’ His work is influenced by the tradition of his own
For example, one of his 18 oils depicts a group of men sharing a meal of roomali
roti, mutton, jalebi and laddu. ‘This is how we partake of the ideal food to
celebrate a happy occasion,’ explains the artist who won the Triennale Award
in 1991, ‘Most of my works reflects moments from the daily life.’
Billiard player Yasin Merchant silenced his critics by winning the Asian
Snooker Championship in Karachi. The victory ended a title drought of 2 years
for the champion who had last won the 1998 Asian Snooker Championship in New
Delhi. Expressing his pleasure for the media coverage by Pakistani press when he
won the Karachi event, the ace Indian cueist said, ‘it was fabulous. They know
how to make a player feel important.’
Healthcare facilities in Delhi will get a leg up with the setting up of another
super-specialty hospital soon. Helping in the resurrection of the new look BL
Kapoor Memorial Hospital is the New York based cardiologist Dr Pervez Ahmad,
son of former president Fakhruddin Ali Ahmad and one of the founder directors of
famous Escorts Heart Institute in New Delhi.
Though Ahmad has been living in the US since 1972, he is now looking forward to
moving back to India as the CEO of the new hospital. A founder director of
Escorts along with Dr Naresh Trehan, Ahmad broke away after a shortsix-month
stint there in 1987. It simply didn’t work out.
But now Ahmad is just looking ahead. Conscious of the lack of rehabilitation
facilities for recuperation, Ahmad also plans to offer post hospital support to
Currently working at the Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, Ahmad also finds time
to teach students at the State University New York Downstate. Though he would
rather talk about his work, the 53-year old doctor does recall the days he spent
at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Though as he says he never lived at Rashtrapati Bhavan
because when his father assumed office of the President of India in 1974 he had
already moved to the US. But he visited his parents for holidays.
He is trying to provide high quality super specialty facilities for heart
patients in the country and so he planned to revive a virtually dead hospital.
He has conducted free heart surgeries in collaboration with Rotary Club in
Kerala and he is also keen to do similar projects in the future.