One of Pakistan’s oldest and most renowned columnists, Ardeshir Cowasjee, passed away in Karachi on Saturday at the age of 86. Cowasjee's weekly columns graced the Dawn newspaper from 1988 to 2011.
“Now, old at 85, tired, and disillusioned with a country that just cannot pull itself together in any way and get on with life in this day and age, I have decided to call it a day,” he wrote in a column in December 2011 for Dawn. He went on to write two more columns that year before he finally put his pen to rest.
Here are some photographs, spanning over three decades, looking at the life of Ardehsir Cowasjee.
Home with cockatoo Ben, and Billie. – Photo courtesy Sama Books
With Amina Jilani and Humayun Khan, former Deputy Commissioner of Bannu and Swat. – Photo courtesy Sama Books
With Syed Sajjad Ali Shah, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. – Photo courtesy Sama Books.
With Sardar Ataullah Khan Mengal, former Chief Minister of Balochistan. – Photo courtesy Sama Books
With Asfandyar Wali Khan, President, Awami National Party. – Photo courtesy Sama Books
With Akbar Bugti and EIahi Bukhsh Somroo, former Speaker of the National Assembly. – Photo courtesy Sama Books
With Fatehyab Ali Khan (L), former Chairman of the Pakistan Institute of Internal Affairs, and artist Ahmed Saeed Nagi (R). – Photo courtesy Sama Books
Ardeshir Cowasjee with wife, Nancy Dinshaw. – Photo courtesy Sama Books
With daughter Ava, and son, Rustom. – Photo courtesy Sama Books
With parents, Mecca and Rustom (sitting R and C) and brothers John (sitting L) and Cyrus (Standing L). – Photo courtesy Sama Books
Ardeshir (standing L), Cyrus (R) and John (sitting). – Photo courtesy Sama Books
With brother in law, Ambassador Jamsheed Marker. - Photo courtesy Sama Books
In the garden with Billie, his Jack Russel terrier, and in the company of (L-R) Nadirshah Eduljee Dinshaw, Eduljee Dinshaw, and Hormusjee Jemsetjee Rustomjee. – Photo courtesy Sama Books
Cowasjee at home, instructing his cook to make some tea - Photo courtesy White Star
Cowasjee at his breakfast table. - Photo courtesy White Star
Climbing the stairs at his home.- Photo courtesy White Star