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Our Journey and Memoir: From India to London and America, 1953–1955

Mehr al-Nisa
Canton, Ohio (Original Language: Urdu)

A tourist ticket from Bombay to London on the Chusan cost Rs. 1055. The weight of this ship on the P&O line was 24,000 tonnes. Its color was white and it seemed new and extremely grand and up to date. …

How I learned to Read and Write

Bibi Ashraf
1899
Lahore, Punjab (Original Language: Urdu)

The original essay appeared in two instalments in Tehzib-e Niswan (Lahore) (23 and 30 March 1899).  It was then published with a biographical introduction by the journal’s editor, Muhammadi Begum, in a book entitled Hayat-e Ashraf (Lahore: Imambara Sayyida Mubarak …

A Pilgrimage to the House of God and a Journey to the Land of the Beloved

Fatima Begum
1934
Mecca, Arabia (Original Language: Urdu)

Roznamcha

Nazr Sajjad Haidar
1942
Dehradun, India (Original Language: Urdu)

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26 May 1912: Today was the most important day of life. When I woke up in the morning to offer my prayers, I saw a different atmosphere in the house. My elder female relatives were busy in arrangements …

Kaghazi Hai Pairahan

Ismat Chughtai
1994
Badayun, India (Original Language: Urdu)

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I was weeping inconsolably.

 

Someone was being beaten brutally. The perpetrator was a giant-like

monster, while the one being beaten was a tiny, dark-skinned child.

I do not remember clearly the people involved as I was very …

Sair-i Yurop

Nazli Begum of Janjira
1908
London, England (Original Language: Urdu)

Friday, 22 May 1908
Since we have to go to the royal meeting today all day we prepared for it. We arranged our things. Atiya has gone to buy some necessary items since morning. Her being with us has provided …

Diary – Tehzib al-Nisvan

Nur un-Nisa’ Begum
1943
India (Original Language: Urdu)

Every human being has the right to write a diary. Neither fame nor anonymity can keep anyone deprived of this freedom. Events, incidents and disclosures comprise the definition of life. If the diary of Macaulay tells us that he spent …

Impressions of Europe

1930
Dorchester, England (Original Language: Urdu)

Provisions for the Journey

1923
Kamran Island (Original Language: Urdu)

…This was the general state of things for four days. Now it seems the passengers as a whole have become bored with the journey and are content to sit and watch the land pass by. During all this time, we …

A Travel Account of Iraq and the Hijaz

Begum Hasrat Mohani, Nishat al-Nisa
1936
Baghdad, Iraq (Original Language: Urdu)
The First Letter Hajj Camp, Karachi Saturday, February 1st, 1936 To my dearest Na’imah, may god preserve her from harm.[1] After reading this prayer, may you know that after taking leave from you on Wednesday we reached Delhi at nine the same evening. Our connecting train was ready and waiting; it was scheduled to leave from Delhi itself. All of our luggage and that of our companions was transferred onto the train. We left Delhi at eleven p.m. and arrived at Bathinda the following day. Here we had to change trains once more, at four. Thankfully, our carriage was detached from the first train and joined directly to the second. This spared us the arguments that would inevitably have come with getting the baggage shifted from one train to the other. We traveled through the night. Everyone was able to find a place to sleep. Then, in Samarstar,[2] we changed to another train on Thursday evening.