The Colour of a Loved Person’s Eyes in Artrage

Series nameShort Stories

This is one of the two tailored versions of Aamer Hussein’s ‘The Colour of a Loved Person’s Eyes’. In the story, the narrator learns the key to the relationship between his idealistic dashing aristocratic father and his proud literary and widowed mother in pre-partition India, by interpreting an Indian miniature painting by her. This version appeared in Volume 19 of ‘Artrage’, an inter-cultural arts magazine, and was published in 1987. The story is shorter and several details are altered to events in the story. ‘Artrage’ was one of two journals published by the now defunct Minorities Arts Advisory Service based in London. Another article on the writer Hon Suyin by Aamer Hussein is also featured in this magazine. In addition, it features articles on literature, dance, and art and includes contributions from playwright Rukhsana Ahmed, artist Prafulla Mohanti and dancer Shobana Jeysingh. The front cover features detail from Arpana Caur’s Painting and the back cover features a detail form Malangatana Ngwenya’s Painting.

Date of Creation / Publication1987
CreatorHussein, Aamer
Associated Person/ Organisation
Collection and Reference NumberAamer Hussein Collection (GB 2661 AAH)
Catalogue NumberAAH/SS/AR
CopyrightThe Creator and/ or associated person or organisation where applicable.
Access to originalsThe originals are located with Aamer Hussein. The novels are published and are available from bookshops.
Series notesThis grouping contains a selection of eight short stories. Each story has been individually selected to represent the focal themes in Aamer Hussein’s work.
Collection notesAamer Hussein was born and brought up in Karachi, Pakistan in 1955. His father, Ahmed Hussein settled in Karachi, his family home, after completing his studies at Oxford and Aligarh in the early 1940s. He married Sabiha Malik, Aamer Hussein’s mother, in 1948.