Zulfikar Ghose was born in 1935 at Sialkot, from which both his Muslim parents, Khwaja Mohammed Ghose and Salima Ghose (nee Virk) came. In 1942, his father, a businessman, moved to Bombay (now Mumbai), and in 1952 he moved to London where he established a shop, “Maharani”, in Regent Street. In the “Preface” to the 1998 OUP edition of his second novel, The Murder of Aziz Khan (London, Macmillan, 1967), Zulfikar Ghose writes:
By the time I was seven, in 1942, when I went on the longest train journey of my life, from Sialkot to Bombay, I had seen almost all of the Punjab that one can see from a railway carriage. In later years I was to see beautiful landscapes in other parts of the world, but those …
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Shamsie, Muneeza. "Zulfikar Ghose". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 February 2003
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