Tarana Husain Khan

Andarsey-A Forgotten Monsoon Treat

They came in cheap, gruesome pink cardboard boxes; shriveled disks, dotted with sesame seeds-an unappetizing sight that hardly merited any gastronomic yearning. Yet my Nani and gaggle of aunts, congregating for the summer break with their brood, would send fervent demands for Mumtaz Bhai’s andarsey to be sent post haste from Rampur along with the […]

HOW THE NAWAB OF RAMPUR HUMILIATED HIS PROUD BEGUM ON ‘NAUROZ’

My grandfather, Zaigham Husain, would seat me and my sister in his tiny room and talk about Moharram rituals, cry listening to marsiyas and exalt the wonderful spread of sweetmeats on Nauroz. Sitting on his prickly, wool blanket, the crying at the martyrdom of Hazrat Husain seemed unreal to us but we were caught up […]