Flipping through the net, I came across this remarkable story of Elsa Kazi and Allama I.I. Kazi. Elsa Kazi, commonly known as “Mother Elsa” in Sindh, was a German writer of one-act plays, short stories, novels and history, and one of the greatest poetesses of her time. She was also a composer and a musician of considerable achievement, involved in virtually every conspicuous branch of fine arts. Allama Imdad Ali Imam Ali Kazi was a scholar, philosopher, jurist, and educationist. He is considered to be a founder of the University of Sindh at its present location at Jamshoro. Many remarkable works for Sindhi Art, literature, mysticism, education and history are attributed to him. He was a prolific writer as well. He, along with his wife Elsa, wrote a book on comparative religion, “The Adventures of the Brown Girl in her Search for God”, which was published by Arthur H Stockwell Ltd., England, in 1933, in response to G. B. Shaw’s ” The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search For God”.
Here goes the story
It was in London that she met Allama I. I. Kazi by sheer chance. It so happened that Allama Kazi, having arrived at the railway station while the train had already started moving, managed to board in the last compartment which was empty, except for a solitary young lady occupying a corner quarter. Reared in a traditional family background, Mr Kazi felt very shy and embarrassed and kept standing near the door with his back to the lady. Elsa was amazed, astonished and amused to meet a man who would not take a seat despite her repeated offers, and would only repeat apologies. For a man who was so innocent and fascinating, she sought his address and thus developed a lifelong association. The couple was married in Germany in 1910.
And the couple lived happily everafter….