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Google honors Fatima Surayya Bajia on 88th birthday

Google honors a doodle to the famed novelist and playwright Fatima Surayya Bajia on her 88th birthday which is on 1st September. She’s the sister of comedian and author Anwar Maqsood.

Alphabet Inc’s Google often remembers prominent personalities and occasions with special logos called ‘Doodles’. In the past, it has paid honor to legendary musician Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, pop queen Nazia Hassan, humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi, and Shehenshah-e Ghazl Mehdi Hassan on their birthdays.

Bajia was born in the Indian Hyderabad in September 1930. She immigrated to Pakistan together with her family after the partition of the sub-continent in 1947.

In spite of the lack of a proper degree, she broadly studied Arabic, Persian, English, and Urdu literature and history. Whereas at the same time, she was looking after her younger siblings after their father and grandfather passed away.

Bajia was awarded with several accolades, including Pakistan’s Pride of Performance Award for her services to the country’s performing arts. She was awarded the Hilal-i-Imtiaz in 2012 by the President.

She brought up her siblings in a motherly style and made sure they received a good education. Approximately all of them imprinted their own identities effectively in various fields of art and culture.
Her sister Zehra Nigah is a comparatively well-known poet, while another sister, Zubaida Tariq, who passed away earlier this year, was a cooking expert. Her brother, Anwar Maqsood, is a legendary comedian.

Bajia passed away on February 10, 2016, at the age of 85.

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