Noted Delhi-based writer and activist Sadia Dehlvi has passed away after a prolonged battle with cancer. She was 63.
Sadia was admitted to a city hospital recently where she was undergoing treatment. She died at her home on Wednesday.
“Sad to hear about the tragic demise of Sadia Dehlvi, a well known cultural figure of Delhi, a dear friend and a wonderful human being. Rest in Peace,” tweeted eminent historian S. Irfan Habib.
Sadia, who hailed from the royal ‘Shama’ family, edited Bano , an Urdu women’s journal. Her grandfather, Hafiz Yusuf Dehlvi, founded in 1938 Shama, an iconic Urdu film and literary monthly.
A well-known food connoisseur, she wrote a book on Delhi’s culinary history in 2017, titled Jasmine & Jinns: Memories and Recipes of My Delhi.
A woman of many talents, Sadia also produced and scripted documentaries and television programmes, including “Amma and Family” (1995), starring Zohra Sehgal, a veteran stage actor.
She was a close friend and confidante of the late author Khushwant Singh. Singh dedicated his book Not a Nice Man to Know to her.
He wrote, “To Sadia Dehlvi, who gave me more affection and notoriety than I deserve.”
Singh’s book Men and Women in my Life has Sadia’s photo on its cover and the book has a chapter dedicated to her.
Sadia produced the television show “Not a Nice man to Know” with Singh interviewing women from various fields.
She is survived by her son Arman Ali Dehlvi.