~By Anu. Meet Midnight's Twins.
Zafar Hameed and Azhar Sherwani are identical twins, born on August 15th, 1947--the day India gained independence from Britain. Like so many communities in Punjab and Bengal, their lives were ripped apart when the departing British divided the subcontinent into Hindu India, and Muslim East and West Pakistan.
As a result, Zafar grew up in Lahore and Azhar in Delhi, their personal lives mirroring the tragic, bitter history of the divided subcontinent. I took this photo ten years ago at a rare reunion in Delhi, when Zafar managed to get an Indian visa to attend a family wedding. On August 15th, 1997, they celebrated their 50th birthdays... as well as 50 years of Independence. I dug this photo out because their story stands out in my mind as the perfect parable for what has happened to India and Pakistan since the Raj. Keep reading to find out more about these real life 'Midnight's Children'.... Happy 60th Birthday Zafar and Azhar!! Hope this occasion brings the two of you together once more.