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HER message of love and peace could not have come at a more appropriate moment. Professor Salima Hashmi has inherited her famous father's commitment to making this world a better place to live in. As she releases a CD ROM to commemorate her late father's 16th death anniversary, she recalls some of the facets of his life that his multitude of fans hardly know about. Titled Paiz Aaj Ke Naam, the CD ROM contains rare photographs and interviews of people with whom Faiz interacted during his lifetime. It also includes the only English poem, The Unicorn and the Dancing Girl, written by Faiz. According to Hashmi her father was dedicated to peace on the subcontinent and it was with this end in view that he headed the Postmen's Union in Lahore in 1948. He also "was the first person to start a fisherman's cooperative," said Hashmi. Hashmi has planned for a Faiz Aman Mela in Mumbai in February which she said will be a "festival celebrating cultural harmony, not only in the subcontinent but the entire South Asian region."

SUCHITRA BEHAL

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