The versatile woman, renowned writer, activist, columnist, filmmaker, and food connoisseur passed away on August 5, 2020, after the protracted battle of suffering from metastatic breast cancer. She was admitted to the hospital lately, where she was undergoing treatment and died at her home at the age of 63.
Sadia Dehlvi hails from the royal ‘Sharma’ family, was born on June 16, 1957, Delhi. She frequently wrote for Frontline and in English, Hindi, and Urdu newspapers, and magazines.
She had published a book Sufism, the Heart of Islam (2009) and The Sufi Courtyard: Dargahs of Delhi (2012), detailing Delhi’s Sufi history, both published by HarperCollins, India. Her last book Jasmine and Jinns: Memories and Recipes of My Delhi, discussing Delhi’s culinary history was published in 2017.
Apart from writing these books, she had also scripted the popular show Amma and Family, starring veteran actor Zohra Sehgal. She also edited Bano an Urdu women’s journal for the Shama Group, which published Shama the Urdu literary and film monthly. It ultimately closed in 1987.
Dehlvi and renowned author Khushwant Singh had shared a vital link of friendship. They had produced an excellent TV show Not A Nice Man To Know, where Mr Singh interviewed women from various fields. The show was anchored by Mr Singh and was based on the book with a similar name which was respectfully dedicated by him to Dehlvi.
Interestingly, she had also criticised radical Islamic interpretations and had justly demanded a pluralistic understanding of Islam.
Her affectionate friends, devoted fans, and well-wishers have been eloquently expressing their immense grief on social media. RIP!
Article written by Yogita Malhotra
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