A colorful, wilting bloom

A play focuses on the unhappy marriage of Ruttie Petit to Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Farrokh Jijina

"Qubool hai! Qubool hai! Qubool hai! Three hundred times qubool hai (I accept, 300 times!),” exulted the actress playing Ruttie Petit (1900-1929), daughter of Sir Dinshaw Petit, second baronet, when enacting her wedding to barrister-politician Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Her husband later went on to demand a separate homeland for Muslims and was the first governor general of Pakistan. Ruttie took the name Maryam Jinnah after the nikah (marriage). The 120-minute staging of a Gujarati play Bombay Flower, directed by Manoj Shah brings out the highs and lows of Ruttie’s life, her love for, and even obsession with Jinnah, her later......

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