Tahmina Aziz Ayub
Tahmina Aziz Ayub, better known as Poonam Ayub, spent her school years in Karachi, Islamabad, and Rome. She pursued her postgraduate studies at Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, and the University of Sussex, UK. In her later professional life, she worked with national and international NGOs, as well as the United Nations, with a primary focus on gender issues and family health and welfare. Later, she married a diplomat and lived in various parts of the world, including Rome, Cairo, Nepal, New York, and The Hague. This led to breaks in her own career, during which she pursued her interests in travel, yoga, trekking, and, eventually, writing. She had the unique opportunity to co-author the biography of an exceptional individual whose life bridged two cultures and countries—Begum Ra’ana Liaquat Ali, the wife of Pakistan’s first Prime Minister. This work was launched at the prestigious Jaipur Literature Festival in 2019. Her most recent work, ‘The Forgotten Legacies of Sir Ganga Ram,’ illuminates his role as the Father and Engineer/Architect of modern Lahore. It was first introduced at Majha House, Amritsar. Her current writing project, still in development, delves into the Lahore Court of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, exploring the lives and roles of its women. Currently, she resides in Islamabad with her husband and son, Shehryar.