AHMAD BASHIR was born c.1932 in a village near Rawalpindi. After completing an M.A. in Psychology at Karachi University he worked for the newspaper Dawn (Karachi) and taught at Government College. He moved to London in 1968 where he worked at sundry jobs, including as a post office clerk and as a broadcaster for the BBC, until he joined the British Museum. A collection of his travel writings, Baansra Gali Se Saa'iberiya Tak, will appear shortly from Karachi.

PHOTO BY M.U. MEMON (London) March 2005