Houston Honors Bapsi Sidhwa


Mayor Bill White of the city of Houston and Houston City Council recognized eminent Pakistani writer Bapsi Sidhwa on her remarkable literary achievement by declaring July 26 as Bapsi Sidhwa Day. A proclamation issued on the occasion said:
Houston is a city of rich cultural diversity, and the many ethnic groups that share their heritage with Houstonians enhance the quality of our lives. Houston has been enriched by the presence and contributions of its residents of Pakistani ancestry, and is especially proud to be recipient of their many significant contributions to the cultural, civic, economic and spiritual life of our city.
Distinguished international writer has published four novels: An American Brat, Cracking India, The Bride and The Crow Eaters, and she has been translated into several European and Asian languages. She was born in Karachi, brought up in Lahore and she now lives in Houston, Texas
Among her many honors Sidhwa received the Bunting Fellowship at Radcliffe/Harvard, the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writer's Award, the Sitara-i-Imtiaz, Pakistan's highest national honor in the arts, and the LiBeraturepreis in Germany. She has also been inducted into the Zoroastrian Hall of Fame.
The city of Houston congratulates and commends Bapsi Sidhwa on this important occasion and extends best wishes for continued success.
Therefore, I, Bill White, Mayor of the city of Houston, hereby proclaim July 26, 2005, as Bapsi Sidhwa Day in HoustonTexas.
In a message to Pakistan Link. Bapsi Sidhwa said:
“I am grateful to the City of Houston for honoring me. I am also very humbled.
”I love Houston for its energy [I don't mean only just gas], and a generosity of spirit that makes things happen. The Houstonians are laid-back and friendly and I like its climate. After Lahore and Delhi it feels like a hill-resort. Houston has almost 2 lac deshis -- that says a lot for the city: you can trust us to know a good thing when we see it.”

 

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