Wednesday, March 22, 2017

PROF NEERJA MATTOO REMEMBERS DR.SYED NASEER AHMED SHAH'S FAMILY AND MISS MEHMOODA AHMED ALI SHAH ..


                                                                               




DR. SYED NASEER AHMED SHAH..

( RENOWNED PHYSICIAN FROM OUR STATE AND PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT MEDICAL COLLEGE ..1969-1981)


Prof Neerja Mattoo writes ;

" A vivid memory of the close trust between communities in Kashmir those days pertains to the scary times of Partition. In October 1947, when the Tribal Invaders had reached the outskirts of Srinagar city , the women and children of our household were sent off to Drugjan home of Mehmooda Ali Shah , whose brother , The renowned doctor of the valley Dr Syed Naseer Ahmed Shah , was ( And continues to be ) My brother Anupam Dhar’s childhood friend . It did not occur to anyone that it was a Muslim House to which family’s safety was entrusted . The only precaution taken was to send the family cook Sudershan along , as my Grandmother and her daughters In law would not eat the food offered by the Generous shahs ! For us children , the aroma of Garlic and onion _ never used in our kitchen till my grandmother was alive – lent an exotic touch to the food and sent us into Paroxysms of joy . Such was the togetherness in the midst of separation !!
Miss Mehmooda Ali Shah had been educated at Kinnaird College in Lahore and had imbibed Modern Ideas from the Vibrant Intellectual Air of the Lahore of pre-partition India interacting with likes of Faiz Ahmed Faiz . The most Remarkable thing about her , apart from her striking good looks , was her Fearlessness . She is supposed to have earned the sobriquet , HUNTERWALI ( Apropos the film of that name which was starred by Fearless Nadia ! )because according to one of many legends that grew around her , she had once snatched the whip from a Tonga driver who tried to get fresh with her .
Mehmooda Ali Shah was never afraid of offending the powers that be in the interests of the institution .Once she locked up a bureaucrat fo entering the college without permission. As principal , she stressed on the importance of Co Curricular activities to expand horizon. Plays and musicals were got specially written by Literary Luminaries like Dina Nath Nadim and Noor Mohd Roshan and staged to great acclaim.""

                                                                             
    ( Dr Naseer and Anupam Dhar  2016.. Photo source .. Tina Anjila Shah )
    
               ( Dr Naseer and Anupam Dhar  ( In chairs )  1945.. Photo source .. Tina Anjila Shah)

Dr Naseer is married to Dr Girja Dhar, another medical Luminary of our state. This loving couple has remained stuck to the cherished values of humanity in the most trying circumstances . This couple remains dedicated ,sincere and honest to the core in ameliorating pain and suffering in any manner they feel capable to do without any bias or consideration.
                                                                           

( Dr Naseer and Dr Girja Dhar ... Photo source .. Tina Anjila Shah )

Both husband and wife are connoisseurs of fine Arts.

Good Health to them...
( Autar Mota )


PS

(Prof Neerja Mattoo is an Eminent Academician and a distinguished scholar from Kashmir. She is a noted writer and has also translated several Poetry and Prose texts from Kashmiri into English. This post has been extracted from her write up in “ Miraas “ Issue July – December 2016 Page 81 ..REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST- MYTH AND REALITY OF BELONGING AND TOGETHERNESS With due thanks and regards to her )

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