From: Saeed Akhtar Durrani
Sent: Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Subject: Re: Fw: [RR] Iqbal's views about Shakespeare
Dear Khurram Shafique,
On 5th June 09, a delegation led by me as the Chairman, Iqbal Academy (UK) and including the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, visited Dr Diana Owen, Director of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust at Stratford upon Avon. We presented a copy of your illustrated book to her for the Birthplace Library.
We also proposed that a suitable plaque, containing Iqbal's Ode to the Bard be installed at a suitable place. The Director graciously agreed to our proposal.
I have now asked the noted calligrapher, Mr Rasheed Butt, to prepare a suitable metal plaque - but still await his answer...
I gave the Trust my own translation of Iqbal's poem - which has been placed in their Library. I'll keep you informed of progress…
With best wishes.
Saeed Durrani, Chairman, Iqbal Academy (UK)
Sunday, August 16, 2009
My book in the library of Shakespeare Birthplace
I have received an email from Iqbal Academy UK informing me of something which I consider an honor. My book, Iqbal: an Illustrated Biography (2006), has been presented for inclusion in the Birthplace Library at Stratford-upon-Avon. The director of Shakespeare Birthplace Trust received it from a delegation which included chairperson of the Academy and the Lord Mayor of Birmingham.
The love which I feel for Shakespeare is beyond words, therefore I feel a special joy at receiving this news. Following are relevant portions of the email sent to me by Dr. Saeed Akhtar Durrani, Chairman, Iqbal Academy UK, whose contribution towards retrieving the documents related to Iqbal from various places in Europe is especially noteworthy.