Our Authors
Jafar Abbas
Jafar Abbas writes poetry and prose both in Urdu and English, and computer software in several other languages. A collection of his English poems Feast of Stones was published sometime ago. Mr. Abbas holds master's degrees in Information Science and Computer Science and is currently working on several interesting projects, a couple of them pertaining to the Urdu language.
Fawzia Afzal-Khan
Fawzia Afzal-Khan is a Professor of English at Montclair State University. She is the author of Cultural Imperialism and the Indo-English Novel and coauthor of The PreOccupation of Postcolonial Studies. She is a prize-winning poet and is currently working on a memoir entitled Sahelian: Growing Up With Girlfriends, Pakistani Style. Trained in North Indo-Pakistani vocal classical music, she also performs with her musical ensemble East Meets West in and around Manhattan.
Saniya Ansari
Saniya Ansari is a Pakistani/Canadian who works in New York for Zee TV. She hosts the program NRIs on Zee Network for a global audience. The program features South Asian individuals who have made important contributions to their fields of activity.
Sobia Aslam
Sobia Aslam holds a Master's degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently working in Lahore in a credit rating agency as an in-house editor and media affairs manager. Sobia also writes regularly for Dawn and other English dailies of Pakistan, as well as several online magazines. She loves eating, writing and sleeping, and occasionally likes to try her hand at cooking!
Sohail Aslam
Sohail Aslam is originally from Lahore, where he studied at the Forman Christian College. He came to the United States in 1971, where he completed his degree in engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. A quiet and amiable person, Suhail enjoys boating, fishing, and hunting, and also likes listening to music, especially albums of the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
Ashraf Faruqi
Pasbaan's alter-ego, Ashraf Faruqi is your fearless editor/publisher. He comes from an illustrious family of scholars. Ashraf is a graduate from Duke University and is a dedicated lover of Urdu language and literature. He is active in the Urdu Majlis - a popular literary organization in the Triangle area.
Rubina Firdaus
Rubina hails from Hyderabad, India. She recently completed her Masters in Electrical engineering from North Carolina State university. When she is not designing (or eating) chips or writing her diary, she writes articles for Mehraab. She is fiercely proud of her heritage of nawabs, kebabs, sher-o-shairi, and software engineers. She lives in Cary with her software engineer husband Ishraq.
A. S. Ghazali
Mr. Abdul Sattar Ghazali is a distinguished journalist. He has worked as an Assistant Editor for the daily Dawn and as the editor-in-chief of the Kuwait TV English News. Mr. Ghazali is the author of several books: Islamic Pakistan: Illusions & Reality, Hegemony of the Ruling Elite in Pakistan, Islam & the West in the Post-Cold War Era, and Islam and Modernism.
Amena Hassan
Amena Hassan is a freelance writer and researcher and began writing at the age of five. Born and brought up in London, England, she went to high school and college in North Carolina, where her family eventually moved. She hopes to attend graduate school in either Creative Writing or Journalism in the coming years.
Rakhshi Khan
Dr. Rakhshi Khan is one of the editors of Mehraab. She holds a PhD in Biochemistry and is now working towards an MD. She lives in Greenville with her husband Kamran and son Sameer.
Carla Petievich
Carla Petievich teaches History and directs the Women's Studies Program at Montclair State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Urdu from the University of British Columbia (1986) and has taught at a number of universities in North America. She is currently completing a book of annotated translations from Indo-Muslim poetry in the feminine voice (Punjabi and Urdu).
Sumaira Salim
Sumaira Saleem grew up and received her education in England. She is a CPA and assists her husband in running their Internet hosting company localweb.com. She lives in Cary with her husband Ahsan Salim and daughter Aamna.
Afroz Taj
Dr. Afroz Taj is Assistant Professor in the Hindi-Urdu Language Program at North Carolina State University. Also, he is the Director of the South-East Asia Consortium. As an organizer of many cultural events, Prof. Taj is a well known figure in the Triangle Area.