Our Silver Wedding Anniversary: 25 Years of Love, Respect, and Trust

It was the evening of 7th February 1996 just before breaking fast on 17th Ramadan that my life completely changed for the better. Ending 29 years 4 months and 15 days of bachelor life, I got married to my beautiful wife Shaheen, and the rest is history! Marriage is a sacred act in Islam that … Continue reading

Professor Fatihi: My Idol

[A slightly different version of this article was published in the book, Reflections on Science of Language: In Honour of Professor Ali. R. Fatihi, edited by Aejaz Mohammad Sheikh and Ranjit Singh Rangila, Educational Publishing House, New Delhi, India, 2020] On World Teachers’ Day I thought of sharing my thoughts on my idol, teacher and … Continue reading

Is there anyone to hear our cries for our missing brother Amaan Azmi?

Today, 22nd August marks exactly four years since my brother, former Brigadier General of Bangladesh Army Abdullahil Amaan Azmi was abducted from our house by the Bangladesh security forces. Despite many appeals from the family and international human rights organisations, and widespread coverage in the international media, his whereabouts remain unknown. Our family is devastated, … Continue reading

My PhD Story

I decided to become an academic after my first year as an undergraduate student at Aligarh Muslim University. It wasn’t that I hadn’t thought about it before. University teaching had been my first choice ever since I understood that medical was not the subject I would pursue, but I wasn’t sure I was academically capable … Continue reading